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.
Daryl made his television debut in 1968 on Ch9's New Faces as a drummer/vocalist in a band formed at his school. They came second in the final to John Williamson of True Blue fame. He then won the heat and final as a solo vocalist, reaching the Grand Final of the prestigious Australia's New Faces in 1970.
Daryl's first hosting role was on the kids' show Cartoon Corner in July, 1971. On October 9th that year, Daryl launched Hey Hey It's Saturday with his pink, feathery co-host, Ossie, giving rise to one of the most famous partnerships in Australian television history.
Over the next 28 years, Hey Hey evolved from an early morning kid's cartoon show to an adult's evening variety show. In 1984, Hey Hey was moved from 8.00am to 9.30pm. The following year, it was moved to 6.30pm where it stayed for the next 14 years.
As well as Hey Hey, Daryl hosted Bandstand in 1976. He presented the King of Pop Awards in 1976 and 1977. In 1980 Daryl replaced Tony Barber on the quiz show Family Feud, hosting the program for three years. In June 1982, he hosted his own variety show The Daryl Somers Show, which ran for 18 months. In 1985 Daryl hosted the revived game show Blankety Blanks and returned to the show where it all started, hosting and producing New Faces in 1989.
He also hosted the TV Week Logie Awards five times, won over 30 Logies including three Gold
In the January 2004 Australia Day Honours List, Daryl was awarded a Medal of the Order of Australia for service to the television and entertainment industries, to charitable organisations and to the community.
That same year, Daryl made his return to TV, after a five year absence, as host of the hugely successful Dancing with the Stars.
Now, after 40 years in the business, Daryl returns to front the show that made him one of the legends of Australian television. Get ready for Hey Hey It's Saturday - on Wednesday nights at 7.30.
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