Shock, Horror, Aunty!: Nov 20
This week look back on Aunty Jack, The Big Gig and the way swearing weaved its way into our TV language.
Episode two starts with a look at some of the ABC programs that have shocked audiences with coarse language, and how
what is acceptable to viewers changes with time.
Rory O’Donoghue & Maurice Murphy talk about how using the dreaded B-word got a thousand complaint phone calls after the first episode of The Aunty Jack Show.
Wendy Harmer discusses the stream of complaints about language on The Big Gig.
Tracey Harvey takes us back to when she was the first person to say the C-word on an ABC TV show, in Pack of Women in 1986. David Hill explains how he dealt with the explosion of the F-word on the ABC in the early ‘90s
We look at the programs that got in trouble for discussing sex and drugs, and the shows that upset parents, including the first episode of Wayzgoose, that is perhaps the most inappropriate kids program the ABC has ever broadcast.
This episode also examines the racial stereotypes and the way indigenous people have been portrayed on ABC shows, and
features some excerpts from the boundary pushing first all Aboriginal show, Basically Black in 1973.
Phil Scott describes how offended actors walked off a Dingo Principle sketch.
Tim Ferguson relates how even some of the Doug Anthony All Stars loyal studio audience were offend by a KKK sketch on DAAS Kapital.
And, Rory O’Donoghue and Maurice Murphy talk about the most offensive sketch they ever produced, on Wollongong The
Brave in 1975.
Wednesday 20 November at 9:30pm on ABC1.