Frontline series 2 and 3 DVDs

23 March 2006 sees Frontline series 2 and 3 out on DVD after years of waiting! Starring Rob Sitch as Mike Moore and Jane Kennedy as Brooke Vandenberg. Thanks to the forum members BenG and Kichigai for alerting us to this important event.

The DVD of Frontline series 1 was devoid of any extras so we aren’t expecting much from this series, but hey – perhaps we’ll be pleasantly surprised!

For those who never got to watch the three Frontline series, which aired in the mid 90s, it was a biting, satirical take on the current affairs formula prevalent on Australian TV screens in shows like A Current Affair, Real Life and 60 minutes. In fact, it was ‘The Office’ of its day, with its fly-on-the-wall ‘reality TV style’ comedy. The spin and deception that goes into producing a current affairs show was skillfully deconstructed—what appears to be a worthy topic being broadcast to the masses is, thanks to the Frontline’s top cast, stripped to pieces and revealed as being nothing more than ratings-grabbing, sensationalist tat.

January 22, 2006

Tanya Blencowe clip online

In February 1994, when I was in year 12, a group of girls in our year took Tanya “in the year 2000” Blencowe hostage, who’d just joined the school (as a year sevener) a couple of weeks before. It’s on tape. For those of you who don’t remember Jane’s famous parody of Tanya … well, bad luck to you. Here’s the video clip of the carnival hijack in action.


Where you least expect it

I was at a Christmas party yesterday where there were quite a few of us Antipodeans and I heard this girl Delia say, ‘…kinda like The Late Show or D-Generation humour.’ I then proceeded to get quite excited by the fact that people still like the show.

Apparently, Delia (hello, if you finally found this page) was like me in that she stayed in and watched the show at 10pm, by herself after saying goodnight to her mum. She didn’t quite understand how we were fans when we weren’t from Melbourne, but I didn’t need to listen to any 1990 breakfast show to ‘get’ the D-Gen when TLS burst on to the scene.

Then this other girl Alana overheard us talking and quietly said, ‘Excuse me, but are you two talking about The Late Show? I loved that show!’ Alana then proceeded to do her best Tanya Blencowe expression.

It was quite funny as other people had no idea what we were talking about, especially the English people, but I often get that glazed look on my face when people talk about sport (much like Tony does).

Anyway, the moral of the story is, LATE SHOW FANS EXIST WHERE YOU LEAST EXPECT IT.

In other news, don’t forget that Steve has revised his Late Show page (UPDATE 2011: Site has since closed) and there’s even a new sponsor (I really encourage you to take a look!).

That’s all for now – have a merry Christmas everyone and make sure your Christmas tree doesn’t explode!

Hi Tony!

Forum regular Pete The Clown managed to get a word in edgewise with Tony Martin after volunteering to be an extra on the BoyTown Aria day. Among other things, Pete says on the forum that “hopefully he will check [this website] soon as the last time he checked for stuff about himself on the net was to read reviews for Bad Eggs, most of which were pretty ordinary by memory”. Read all about it here.

So, Tony, if you’re reading, thanks for the mayhem and laughter you gave us during The Late Show years and beyond… from all of us! And we hope you get a chance to post something on the forum too.

Here are some photos of Pete with Tony! Dare I say… spot the difference!

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Thanks for putting it online BeerStud2!

Late Show Caps

Steve has found a great deal on embroidered Late Show Caps. We’d love to buy the originals but they don’t make them any more. Steve’s NOT making a profit on them and they’ll cost you $16.50 plus $5 postage, anywhere in Australia.

Steve’s new Late Show Page

Forum regular Steve has a new Late Show page, with what is arguably the most comprehensive episode guide to The Late Show ever. With hundreds of stills, a complete episode guide, quotable quotes and in-depth guides to your favourite skits, it’s highly recommended. A labour of love. Whether you’re new to The Late Show or an old-timer wanting to mull over those good old times, just check it out. You won’t be disappointed. What’s more, the main site also hosts a run down of Australian colonial drama (Rush, aka ‘The Olden Days’). Check it out.


Tony’s new book

Tony Martin of Late Show fame has a new book coming out. Called Lolly Scramble, it’s available for purchase on 1 October.

The blurb on the Pan MacMillan website reads:

Comedian Tony Martin has strip-mined his often unremarkable life to tell sixteen small tales fraught with laughter and detail. Choosing to ignore his many dubious achievements in the world of Australian show business (Martin/Molloy, The Late Show, a short-lived but torrid affair with Sharon on Kath & Kim), New Zealand-born Martin instead recalls dozens of tiny life-changing moments that, frankly, could have happened to anybody.

In a damning personal testimony spanning nearly forty years on both sides of the Tasman, Martin wreaks havoc as an apprentice props man in amateur theatre, attempts to corrupt his school’s ‘weird religious kid’, tries vainly to seduce an unwilling babysitter, turns an entire tour bus against him, battles an addiction to Donkey Kong, seeks to master the art of ‘kerning’ under the tutelage of a tyrannical Geordie, and is forced to donate an unfeasible amount of blood in an attempt to save his own life.

Lolly Scramble is a light but flavoursome assortment from a man who appears to have learnt very little from his many mistakes. Tuck right in, but don’t eat them all at once or you’ll spoil your dinner.

Thanks, rdmcphee for the info!

Late Show marathons

Hey, who’s having a Late Show marathon?

If you end up having a party at home, or just watch them marathon-style by yourself like a sad git, we want to hear all your stories, and see all your pictures! Email them to kimgilmour (at) or link to them on the forum.

September 9, 2005

Late Show Wikipedia Entry

Link of the day: There’s a Wikipedia entry on The Late Show, and of course, as it’s a Wiki, you can go in and edit or add to it!

For example, I’ve gone in and added this excellent site to the end of their entry.