Friday Flashback: Prime Time

Crawfords '80s soap was centred around a current affairs show, where the men had handlebar moustaches & the women had shoulder pads.

Speaking of 1980s newsrooms….

This week’s Friday Flashback is a look back at Prime Time, Nine’s soap which was centred around a current affairs show, called Assignment.

60 episodes screened from January 1986 – 1987 (an amazing feat by today’s standards), produced by Crawford Productions.

The men had handlebar moustaches and the women had shoulder pads. The opening titles may have been designed on a Hewlett Packard.

The cast featured Chris Orchard, Tony Hawkins, Nina Landis, Peter Kowitz, David Whitney, Peter Whitford, Gary Sweet, Tottie Goldsmith, Katrina Foster and a young Ben Mendelsohn.

By 1994, Frontline debunked the whole genre, and we’ve never looked back.

One Response

  1. I only watched it once or twice. I do remember though it seemed to have an obscure (and blink-and-you-missed-it) crossover the other Crawfords TV universe in The Box. There was one storyline featuring a reporter and a camera crew from a rival channel which was identified as UCV-12, which was the fictional channel featured in The Box a decade earlier.

    That was about the only interesting thing I ever retained from my viewing of that series!

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