Hosted by Daryl Somers, Hey Hey It's Saturday is a variety show, featuring sketches, performances, a talent show of sorts, and an array of celebrity guests, ranging from Australian television stars, to actors in big Hollywood blockbuster movies. It ran for 27 years broadcasting its last episode in November 1999. After the popularity of two reunion shows in 2009, it came back TV screens in 2010.
With a career that spans 52 years on Australian television, Denise "Ding Dong" Drysdale is truly a Dame of the industry.
"Think of me as the light relief. I am very much looking forward to being back on TV with all these intelligent women… Although I am petrified a bit of scenery will fall on me and the swearing will pop out of my mouth before I realise it!"
Her warmth and humour have delighted Australian audiences for decades, following her debut on The Happy Hammond Show as a 10-year-old.
Since the 1960s, she's been a magazine pin-up, entertained the troops in Vietnam and worked with legends of entertainment like Graham Kennedy, Ernie Sigley and Daryl Somers.
Her regular appearances on The Ernie Sigley Show in the 1970s not only marked the beginning of a cracking showbiz partnership, but also saw Denise win two Gold Logies. From there she has hosted her own shows and made countless appearances on an almost endless list of Australian shows including Countdown, Norman Gunston Show, Homicide and a regular role on Hey Hey it's Saturday.
No stranger to hosting morning television Denise knows how to mix information, entertainment and laughs and is always willing to go the extra mile for the show, whether that be dressing as a giant chicken or abseiling off a Turkish mountainside.
Currently residing in Gippsland, Victoria, Denise is a mother to two grown sons and a menagerie of animals and still enjoys touring Australia with her live shows.
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