Dec 13

Frontline binge on iView

FrontlineiviewJust when you can’t get enough of great Australian comedy with DVD boxsets, iTunes downloads and legal streaming on YouTube, the good folks at the ABC have released “Binge on the Best” on iView.

Working Dog’s satirical classic Frontline‘s three seasons are now on full display for free on iView to entertain you over Christmas and the new year. Joining Mike Moore and his fellow co-workers, as well as other Aussie gems Upper Middle Bogan, Agony Aunts / Uncles, The Moodys, Laid, Jonah from Tonga and It’s A Date.

iView is available on many platforms, such as PC, Mac, iPhone, Android, gaming consoles and Smart TVs.

Get clicking!

Nov 12

Updated: Our 8 Cents A Day For 2015

Watching our budget, plummet through the floor.

“Watching our budget, plummet through the floor.”

In a world where the Australian Government looms an axe over the heads of ABC and SBS to save money, the announcement today of new and renewed shows for the ABC has been released.

And guess what?

Tony and Co from the Nation Building Authority are returning to build something that’s not there for Season Two of Working Dog‘s Utopia for 2015.

Staying with the ABC, Season Two regular of The Late Show Judith Lucy comes back to TV after her previous stint filling in as a film critic to star in another solo project – Judith Lucy Is All Woman. This show has already been filmed and in the can and was scheduled to play in 2014, but will now see the light of day in 2015.

… and since we’re here…

While the news is a couple of weeks old, Working Dog are currently working on Pacific Heat - Australia’s first adult animated comedy series, which will screen on Foxtel next year.

Here’s to 2015! (and maybe rating more than Number Four…)

UPDATE: At a presentation launch of programs, Channel 10 has announced that Have You Been Paying Attention? is returning in 2015.


Nov 09

Have You Been Paying Attention? Year In Review Special

Have Year Been Paying Attention

Have Year Been Paying Attention?

Do yourself a favour and skip watching the latest shenanigans on some reality show shown on another network, and turn to Channel 10 on Monday November 17 at 8:30pm.

Tom GleisnerEd KavaleeSam Pang, Jane Kennedy, Mick Molloy and Michala Banas are returning to the blue question mark for a Have You Been Paying Attention? Year In Review special.

Remember those “Year In Review” specials that TV stations used to show towards the end of the year and would last anywhere from 30 minutes to 2 hours? Well, this is as close as you’re going to get.

If you’ve missed out on the news of 2014 because you were too busy throwing ice buckets over your head or refusing to go outside in case you caught that Ebola thingy, let HYBPA? catch you up on the summary of the year events with a cheeky and funny twist.

And just in case the show starts later on in the evening, PVR the episode of Q&A.

Have You Been Paying Attention? Year In Review Special – Monday November 17, 8:30pm on Channel 10.

Nov 03

From the archives: Jokers get smart

More gold from the archives! The ageless Jane Kennedy featured as a contestant on Sale of the Century with other funny people from the 1990s including Marg Downey and Andrew Denton, and here’s an article all about it from one of the Sunday TV listing guides.


Oct 25

Bargearse’s Real Voice



As soon as you see this donut-loving, beer-drinking face, we recognise him as Detective Sergeant Bargearse.

Or in other cases, the police officer known as Bluey, played by the late Lucky Grills in the 1970s.

For the ones who weren’t born in the 70s and had never seen the Crawfords Production that originally screened, we only know the re-dubbed by The Late Show cast, mainly with Tony Martin voicing Bargey-Wargeyarse. While there is currently no DVD release by Crawfords themselves, and rare clips of Bluey on YouTube, we will only find random snippets in anniversary specials.

Such as these two scenes used in a “40 Years Of Australian Television” special by Channel 9 from 1995. Skip to 25:58 if unsure.



While Bargearse itself was a blended mix of various scenes chopped together to make the joke, the most noticeable parts used in the video above were:

1) “Where Are Me Bloody Chips?” (1:21s)

2) The Opening Titles (0:37s)

Blink and you’ll miss it.

Oh, and as an added extra – the original opening titles to Bluey, using the same theme music as Channel 9’s World Series Cricket.

The original theme is New Horizons by Brian Bennett.

While the music used for Bargearse is Wild Waters by Keith Mansfield, Alessandro Rizzo, and Elliot Ireland.

Both tracks are from the KPM Production Library, available through EMI Music.

Now, Crawfords – where are me bloody DVD releases?


Oct 11

Mike Moore Goes Mental As

Rob Sitch briefly returns as  Mike Moore  for "Mental As". // ABC | Working Dog

Rob Sitch briefly returns as Mike Moore for “Mental As”. // ABC | Working Dog

To raise awareness of Mental Health, ABC TV broadcasted Friday Night Crack-Up - a live variety show on Friday 10 October 2014 at 8:30pm for “Mental Health Week” 5 – 12 October.

With various guests and stars from across entertainment and TV, a pre-recorded segment included Rob Sitch as his iconic mock Current Affairs character – Frontline‘s Mike Moore.

Coincidentally, it’s been 20 years since Frontline hit our screens it was originally shown on the ABC.

Where has he been? Moore explains less… err.. moore..

Even Working Dog staffer Ed Kavalee played a role as commentator for the show. Just as he was wrapping up his part of the show, there was a nice throwback in regards to a certain green blazer he was wearing.


Ed Kavalee as commentator on the mini-games during “Friday Night Crack-Up”. | ABC

If you missed the show, you can view it on iView until November 9.

Or you can watch the replay Saturday October 11 on ABC2 from 8:30pm.

For more info on Mental Health Week: visit
To donate:

Sep 07

Santo Cilauro’s Auto-biography

Behold! Another clipping!

Back in 1993, Santo Cilauro posed with his beloved 1987 Alfa Romeo 33 Boxer for The Australian Magazine (here’s the PDF).

“This car’s always full of junk,” he apologises, “because we film so many things ourselves on The Late Show. There’s an old street directory, for instance, that’s lost its middle pages. “That section between Maps 189 and 222 – I always just hope I don’t have to go there.”



“Alfas are notorious for having their badges stolen. Whenever I have to buy a replacement, I’m sure it’s the one that’s been stolen. At school they teach you about the cycles of the seasons. They should have a diagram for Alfa badges – this is the man who steals it, this is the man he gives it to, this is the man who sells it back to you … “

Aug 23

A trip down memory lane: old Late Show clippings!

I have rediscovered a treasure-trove of clippings from The Late Show days, kept in a folder for 21 whole years – because that’s what 16 and 17 year olds did back then, as we didn’t have the ability to scan them and put them on the internet. (We also photocopied them at the school library, in black and white, for distribution.) Old clippings, I release you from your stagnant dwelling! May future generations enjoy your revelations!

I’ll be uploading the gold to the site on a regular basis! Today’s installment is called “Well Suited” and stars Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro. Is it any wonder most of my friends had a crush on members of The Late Show cast back then?

Well-Suited: Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro

Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro in The Australian Good Weekend magazine, August  28 1993

Rob Sitch and Santo Cilauro in The Australian Good Weekend magazine, August 28 1993


They met 12 years ago at the time of the 1981 Melbourne Law Revue when Rob was in the cast and Santo was making filmed segments for the show.
“I was trying to get things in focus,” says Santo, “while Rob was trying to crack on to my girlfriend. He didn’t succeed; she’s now my wife.”
During the years they’ve been friends, Rob and Santo have worked together constantly. “Looking back, we have been through some really tough times, but that has only strengthened our
friendship,” says Rob. They spend a lot of time together, even when they’re not at work.
What’s the best thing about your best friend? Santo: “The best thing about Rob? His ingenuity in
the most difficult situations.” Rob: “Most brilliant people develop a cynical streak. Santo doesn’t have that.” What’s worst about him? Santo: “His taste in music.”
Rob: “Santa can’t gossip accurately. The decimal point is never in the right place.”
How does he look in a suit? Santo: “Most of our working life is spent in a suit, and at the ABC the suits always seem to be beige. I prefer him in beige.”
Rob: “Italians have a big margin of error available to them. They look good in anything stylish. He looks better in a more classic cut.”
Santo is wearing a Hugo Boss navy pinstripe suit ($845), Hugo Boss cotton shirt ($139), belt by Boss ($119) and a Grieves and Hawkes silk tie ($99.95). Rob wears a Boss navy singlebreasted
suit ($695), a Hugo Boss cotton shirt ($99.50) and a Zegna silk tie ($109.50).

Aug 08

Mick Molloy talks “Behind The Scenes” from Late Show days

While doing his regular hosting duties on Triple M Melbourne’s Hot Breakfast radio show with Eddie McGuire, Mick Molloy has a regular chat to Triple M Brisbane’s The Grill Team at after 8am weekdays. The conversations are usually having a chin-wag with Greg “Marto” Martin, Michelle Anderson and Ed Kavalee about the odd stories in the world and sport.

On Friday August 8 show, Kavalee touched on a bit of The Late Show history – probing the stories he’s been told from some of the cast. Molloy responded, with amusing results. It also could explain why there were a few episodes where Tony would actually look a bit miffed to explain where Mick was…

You can catch his regular segments as well as Kavalee and the crew on The Grill Team Brisbane on 104.5FM Triple M weekdays. Stream online or download the podcast.

You can also catch Mick on The Hot Breakfast with Eddie McGuire on 105.1FM Triple M Melbourne. Stream online or download the podcast.

Jul 23

Utopia Arriving

UtopiaRobSitchTime flies quickly..

As mentioned September last year, a new 8 part dramedy series from Working Dog is about to touch down on ABC.

Beginning Wednesday August 13 8:30pm on ABC, the teasers for Utopia are popping up. Headed by Rob Sitch, it appears the talent pool has been expanded with Celia PacquolaLuke MacGregor and Kitty Flanagan added to the cast.

Mark it in your diary now.

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