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Hey Hey It's Saturday
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2010 Hey Hey It's Saturday logo.
Genre Variety Slapstick
Directed by Peter Ots
Presented by Daryl Somers
Starring Suze Raymond
John Blackman
Andrew Fyfe
Russell Gilbert
Livinia Nixon
Ossie Ostrich
Plucka Duck
Dickie Knee
Red Symons
Wilbur Wilde
Molly Meldrum
Judges Red Symons
(Red Faces segment)
Voices of John Blackman
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 29 (1971–1977, 1979–1999, 2010)
No. of episodes 500+
Production
Executive producer(s) Daryl Somers
Graeme Trippett
Producer(s) Bob Phillips
Pam Barnes
Jenny Parr
Production location(s) GTV Richmond, Victoria (1971–1999, 2009–2010)
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 3 hrs (1971–83)
2 hrs (1984–99, 2009–10)
(including commercials)
Production company(s) Somers Carroll Productions
Release
Original network Nine Network
Picture format PAL (1971–99)
576i (SDTV) (2009–2010)
Audio format Mono (1971–mid-1980s)
Stereo (mid-1980s–1999, 2009–2010)
Original release 9 October 1971 (1971-10-09) – 20 November 1999 (1999-11-20) (first run)
30 September and 7 October 2009 (Reunion special)
14 April 2010 – 27 November 2010 (second run)

Hey Hey It's Saturday was a long-running variety and slapstick television program on Australian television. It initially ran for 28 years on the Nine Network from 9 October 1971 to 20 November 1999 (there was a recess in 1978). Its host throughout its entire run was Daryl Somers, who later also became executive producer of the program. The original producer, Gavin Disney, left the program in the 1980s and Somers then jointly formed his own production company, Somers Carroll Productions, with comedy writer and on-screen partner Ernie Carroll, the performer of Somers' pink ostrich puppet sidekick Ossie Ostrich.

On 25 July 2009, the Nine Network announced the show would return for two reunion specials in late 2009 and hinted if they rated strongly, the show could return full-time. The first reunion show aired on 30 September 2009 and the second on 7 October and both won the ratings on their respective nights.

On 7 December 2009, it was announced that the show was planned to return in 2010 with a speculated run of 20 episodes. During the 2010 premiere on Wednesday 14 April, it was indicated that the 20-episode run would be split into two groups, with a break between them, and the second group was broadcast on Saturday nights from 16 October 2010 with the season finale on 27 November 2010. The show was not renewed for a new season in 2011.

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