I had an idea a few days ago about Countdown,
the 70s/80’s pop music show that ran in Australia on the ABC
Imagine that you could go back in time, with recent camera and sound
equipment, or better, perhaps you come from the future.
So you do this, and your objective is to make recordings, perhaps for
historic reasons, of the tv shows of the 20th century, your project
Perhaps we can, in a way.
I’ve watched “Life on mars” and “Ashes to Ashes” which dealt with roughly the same time frame, and was impressed with all the details.
It would be easier to fool me with an Elizabethan setting, as I am
not that old, nor have I been to England, but I know, and I dare say
that most of us here remember the 70s very well.
What if we had a total re-creation of Countdown?
We have actors playing the parts, we have to, because none of the
stars of the show look the same as they did back in 1975.
But we have the original music, yes it would be mimed to, but then
bands always mimed their songs on the show, so it doesn’t really matter.
(guitars were often, noticeably not plugged in)
And what about behind the curtain, fly on the wall moments with agitated performers, some of them calm, some annoyed, others throwing up. I mean, there has to be tales from people who were there who saw
things and heard things.
So what I’m suggesting is that we get our heads together and come up
with a one hour, one off, experimental television program which looks
as authentic as humanly possible. a genuine labour of love.
Now, Hey Hey came back because someone started a facebook page which
encouraged people to join up and talk about the show, so I’ve done the same.
If you’re on Facebook, and the idea appeals to you, please join me
There and let’s see how far we can push this idea.
Countdown Experience on Facebook
Also, if we can get it moving, I will be tweeting the progress of the programs development via
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