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Friday Flashback: Supermarket Sweep

For this daytime game show, a mock supermarket was mounted in Nine's Richmond studio.

From 1992 – 1994 legendary game show host Ian Turpie fronted Nine’s Supermarket Sweep, a Grundy TV version of the US game show of the same name.

A mock supermarket was mounted in Nine’s Richmond studio for which audience members raced to collect items in a wild “shopping spree.”

For collecting the right grocery items contestants won various prizes including a radio, an EastWest Airlines flight and $250.

According to Wiki, ‘Turps’ was assisted by Tania Zaetta. Col Mooney and Alan Glover served as announcers.

10 Responses

  1. I’d just started my first job as a Coles check-out operator when this started. We had to wear a badge promoting it. Good times. There was a UK reboot of this a few years ago on ITV with Rylan Clarke that was fabulously camp!

  2. I think Supermarket Sweep could easily be revived in Australia, as it’s family friendly and supermarkets are universal, almost everyone goes there and there’s food from all over the world, so there’s broad appeal.

    As melbinuk mentioned, it has been on in the UK recently on ITV network, one of the main channels and not just on Challenge on satellite, so it has broad appeal in the UK. Even the UK version could be imported.

  3. I used to love watching this show when it first aired in the early 90s, I would’ve only been 10 to 12 years old during its run, but it was one of the regular afternoon shows I’d watch when I come home from school.

  4. The “supermarket” stocked real food – including refrigerated items. Legend has it the fridges and freezers were accidentally turned off one Friday afternoon and the crew returned Monday morning to find melted icecream and spoiled meat.

  5. It was also designed as a Coles Supermarket (at least to start with)
    australiangameshows.fandom.com/wiki/Supermarket_Sweep

    They also say that the announcer used to say at the end of the show
    “Where possible, prices quoted are actual prices existing in Coles Supermarkets in Victoria this week.”

  6. I fondly remember watching this when I was likely still a toddler (as I have just learned that I was only 4 when the show ended!).

    Nearly 10 years ago, I had digitised our family tapes, and among them was one containing two full episodes of Supermarket Sweep, featuring relatives in one episode and a couple of mum’s school friends in another.

    As much as we like to ridicule the ill-fated “Big W Presents” revival of The Price Is Right, this was every bit as cynical an advertorial barely disguised as a game show, but it was a fun watch thanks to its manic pacing.

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