Before I get into this – I really never thought I’d see the day this would happen.
Everyone’s favourite larger-than-life Detective Sargeant Bluey, is finally getting a DVD release.
The TV drama series was first screened from 1976 to 1977, only lasting 39 episodes (or one season) on Channel 7.
Stand-up comedian (the late) Lucky Grills was cast as the beer-swilling, chain-smoking, womanizing, deep-frying Det. Sgt. ‘Bluey’ Hills who fought crime, while at the same time – enjoying life’s little luxuries – in comparison to hard-hitting, fit and energetic detectives and police officers in TV shows of the time.
While the show wasn’t a major hit, Bluey reached a new lease in life and a massive status in pop culture when The D-Generation re-wrote and re-dubbed footage from various episodes to make a mini-show, known to everyone as Bargearse. This was shown within The Late Show Season 2 (which in Season 1, the same process was done with ABC’s period drama Rush, changed to The Olden Days).
Bargearse proved so popular, t-shirts were printed, and it was released as a feature on VHS (back in the day) and later on DVD with The Olden Days, Lucky Grills jumped on the bandwagon in one episode, as well as promoting it where ever he went.
With catch-phrases coined by Tony Martin as Det Sgt Bargearse, it’ll be hard to watch Bluey in its original form, but I’m up for the challenge.
Original clips of Bluey are rare on YouTube, and naturally – there’s a shitload of Bargearse ones. Make sure you purchase the DVDs – geeze!