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Some of Dickie Knee’s greatest moments
DICKIE Knee has opened up about his 29 years on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, revealing what Daryl Somers is really like and which celebrity guest was the best to work with.
In a world exclusive (to be fair, no one else was really chasing him), the cheeky schoolboy also spoke to news.com.au (with the help of John Blackman) about a possible return to TV. Here are the highlights of our chat with the pint-sized Aussie star:
Where are you these days Dickie?

“I spend most of my time in the boot of Mr Blackman’s car. Sometimes he gets me out and uses me as a dipstick.”

Do you look the same or have you aged?

“Nothing has changed, not even my face which is horribly disfigured after a very nasty cooking incident where I asked mum if I could lick the beaters of her mix master and she let me and then accidentally turned it on.”

Do you miss Hey Hey It’s Saturday?

“I don’t miss it personally but Mr Blackman’s accountant does and his wife does and his entire family does. He has three dependants: his wife, me and the Australian Taxation Department.”

What is Daryl Somers really like?

“He could read this couldn’t he? Well in that case he was an absolute honey to work for. He was a sweetheart, a very kind, considerate, generous person.”

What about Red Symons?

“He’s the same off camera as he is on camera. I can’t say any more than that.”

And Molly Meldrum?

“Ah Molly, my arch-enemy. We still have a love/hate relationship.
“I was really concerned when he fell off that ladder a couple of years ago when he was putting up his Christmas decorations. But you’ll be happy to know, he’s back and he’s now actually able to put words together and form sentences which is really weird because he couldn’t do that before the accident.”

Who was your favourite celebrity guest on Hey Hey?

“Probably Kylie Minogue, mainly because she’s about the same height as me and she talks like me too.”

And the worst?

“Sheena Easton (singer). She was very grumpy. In fact she was on Hey Hey one day and she punched me right in the eye. I had a Sheena shiner for about a week.”

What was the best line you ever came up with on the show?

“I think my best line was when Mr Meldrum was on one day and he had Shirley Strachan (Skyhooks singer) on and they were doing Molly’s Melodrama and they were both dressed exactly the same.

“Shirley had a Molly Meldrum mask on and a hat so I stuck my head up and I said to Mr Meldrum, ‘I told you this would happen if you didn’t chlorinate your spa’.”

“Can I help you with something Dickie?”
Are you still available for work these days?

“Dickie knee is available for fabulously well-paid national television commercials if anybody’s interested… and I work cheap.”
And the big question, will Hey Hey It’s Saturday make another TV comeback?
“We can’t say too much at this stage but we are in talks with Channel 31.”

 

Ossie Ostrich is an Australian television character, firstly on the Tarax Show, and then on the long-running program Hey Hey It’s Saturday which started as a Saturday morning cartoon show for children in 1971. In 1984, he also hosted an after-school children’s show called The Ossie Ostrich Video Show, with co-host Jacki MacDonald. In October 2009, Ossie appeared on the second Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion special and made regular appearances during the show’s 2010 revival series.

Producer Ernie Carroll, an experienced comedy writer who had worked for Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight, resurrected a puppet used for an earlier GTV-9 children’s program “packed away in a dusty suitcase in the GTV props bay.”

Typically, Ossie would provide the comic foil to Somers’ straight man. Daryl Somers sometimes retaliated by calling Ossie names like ‘Fiberglass Head’, but he also had more affectionate names, like his ‘pink, feathered beakie’. The comic skill of Somers and Carroll was instrumental in leading to the wider appeal of the show and its move to a prime time spot on Saturday evening.

Ossie wasn’t a part of Hey Hey It’s Saturday for the entirety of its 28-year run – he replaced footballer Peter McKenna as co-host after the show’s first eight weeks, and his retirement in 1994 was arguably a key factor in the demise of the show – but he was one of the most recognisable puppets in Australia for more than two decades.

Over time, Ossie’s head had to be replaced due to mishaps. Lipstick marks from over-amorous admirers were very difficult to remove. Other members of Ossie’s family were represented using the same puppet with different accessories. The Ossie Ostrich puppet is now on display at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

On the Tarax Show, Ossie’s theme song was “Here comes Ossie Ostrich”. This was also occasionally heard on Hey Hey.

 

Plucka Duck is a character on the popular Australian television program Hey Hey It’s Saturday. The character “presented” a segment on the show, along with Daryl Somers, which was a self-titled segment of Plucka Duck. Plucka was on the show until the show ended in 1999. In 2009, Plucka returned to the show when it returned to the screens as “Reunion Specials”. In 2010, the show returned as a series, with Plucka appearing in every episode. According to an interview given by John Blackman in 2009, Plucka was originally played by Mark McGahan, but was replaced by “Sim” for the reunion specials. “Sim” appears to refer to Simon Lefebvre. Also, Plucka Duck had its own show, Plucka’s Place. This show aired in 1997, with Livinia Nixon and Daniel Kowalski as co-hosts. The show lasted one season. In 2005, Plucka appeared with Daryl Somers at Carols by Candlelight. In 2008, Plucka made a long awaited return to television. Plucka (along with Dickie Knee and Daryl Somers) did a skit at the Logies. In early 2016, Plucka Duck appeared in an ad campaign for KFC riding a skateboard down a mountainous road in New Zealand.

 

Ossie Ostrich is an Australian television character, firstly on the Tarax Show, and then on the long-running program Hey Hey It’s Saturday which started as a Saturday morning cartoon show for children in 1971. In 1984, he also hosted an after-school children’s show called The Ossie Ostrich Video Show, with co-host Jacki MacDonald. In October 2009, Ossie appeared on the second Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion special and made regular appearances during the show’s 2010 revival series.

Producer Ernie Carroll, an experienced comedy writer who had worked for Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight, resurrected a puppet used for an earlier GTV-9 children’s program “packed away in a dusty suitcase in the GTV props bay.”

Typically, Ossie would provide the comic foil to Somers’ straight man. Daryl Somers sometimes retaliated by calling Ossie names like ‘Fiberglass Head’, but he also had more affectionate names, like his ‘pink, feathered beakie’. The comic skill of Somers and Carroll was instrumental in leading to the wider appeal of the show and its move to a prime time spot on Saturday evening.

Ossie wasn’t a part of Hey Hey It’s Saturday for the entirety of its 28-year run – he replaced footballer Peter McKenna as co-host after the show’s first eight weeks, and his retirement in 1994 was arguably a key factor in the demise of the show – but he was one of the most recognisable puppets in Australia for more than two decades.

Over time, Ossie’s head had to be replaced due to mishaps. Lipstick marks from over-amorous admirers were very difficult to remove. Other members of Ossie’s family were represented using the same puppet with different accessories. The Ossie Ostrich puppet is now on display at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

On the Tarax Show, Ossie’s theme song was “Here comes Ossie Ostrich”. This was also occasionally heard on Hey Hey.

 

Plucka Duck is a character on the popular Australian television program Hey Hey It’s Saturday. The character “presented” a segment on the show, along with Daryl Somers, which was a self-titled segment of Plucka Duck. Plucka was on the show until the show ended in 1999. In 2009, Plucka returned to the show when it returned to the screens as “Reunion Specials”. In 2010, the show returned as a series, with Plucka appearing in every episode. According to an interview given by John Blackman in 2009, Plucka was originally played by Mark McGahan, but was replaced by “Sim” for the reunion specials. “Sim” appears to refer to Simon Lefebvre. Also, Plucka Duck had its own show, Plucka’s Place. This show aired in 1997, with Livinia Nixon and Daniel Kowalski as co-hosts. The show lasted one season. In 2005, Plucka appeared with Daryl Somers at Carols by Candlelight. In 2008, Plucka made a long awaited return to television. Plucka (along with Dickie Knee and Daryl Somers) did a skit at the Logies. In early 2016, Plucka Duck appeared in an ad campaign for KFC riding a skateboard down a mountainous road in New Zealand.

 

Some of Dickie Knee’s greatest moments
DICKIE Knee has opened up about his 29 years on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, revealing what Daryl Somers is really like and which celebrity guest was the best to work with.
In a world exclusive (to be fair, no one else was really chasing him), the cheeky schoolboy also spoke to news.com.au (with the help of John Blackman) about a possible return to TV. Here are the highlights of our chat with the pint-sized Aussie star:
Where are you these days Dickie?

“I spend most of my time in the boot of Mr Blackman’s car. Sometimes he gets me out and uses me as a dipstick.”

Do you look the same or have you aged?

“Nothing has changed, not even my face which is horribly disfigured after a very nasty cooking incident where I asked mum if I could lick the beaters of her mix master and she let me and then accidentally turned it on.”

Do you miss Hey Hey It’s Saturday?

“I don’t miss it personally but Mr Blackman’s accountant does and his wife does and his entire family does. He has three dependants: his wife, me and the Australian Taxation Department.”

What is Daryl Somers really like?

“He could read this couldn’t he? Well in that case he was an absolute honey to work for. He was a sweetheart, a very kind, considerate, generous person.”

What about Red Symons?

“He’s the same off camera as he is on camera. I can’t say any more than that.”

And Molly Meldrum?

“Ah Molly, my arch-enemy. We still have a love/hate relationship.
“I was really concerned when he fell off that ladder a couple of years ago when he was putting up his Christmas decorations. But you’ll be happy to know, he’s back and he’s now actually able to put words together and form sentences which is really weird because he couldn’t do that before the accident.”

Who was your favourite celebrity guest on Hey Hey?

“Probably Kylie Minogue, mainly because she’s about the same height as me and she talks like me too.”

And the worst?

“Sheena Easton (singer). She was very grumpy. In fact she was on Hey Hey one day and she punched me right in the eye. I had a Sheena shiner for about a week.”

What was the best line you ever came up with on the show?

“I think my best line was when Mr Meldrum was on one day and he had Shirley Strachan (Skyhooks singer) on and they were doing Molly’s Melodrama and they were both dressed exactly the same.

“Shirley had a Molly Meldrum mask on and a hat so I stuck my head up and I said to Mr Meldrum, ‘I told you this would happen if you didn’t chlorinate your spa’.”

“Can I help you with something Dickie?”
Are you still available for work these days?

“Dickie knee is available for fabulously well-paid national television commercials if anybody’s interested… and I work cheap.”
And the big question, will Hey Hey It’s Saturday make another TV comeback?
“We can’t say too much at this stage but we are in talks with Channel 31.”

 

 

Some of Dickie Knee’s greatest moments
DICKIE Knee has opened up about his 29 years on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, revealing what Daryl Somers is really like and which celebrity guest was the best to work with.
In a world exclusive (to be fair, no one else was really chasing him), the cheeky schoolboy also spoke to news.com.au (with the help of John Blackman) about a possible return to TV. Here are the highlights of our chat with the pint-sized Aussie star:
Where are you these days Dickie?

“I spend most of my time in the boot of Mr Blackman’s car. Sometimes he gets me out and uses me as a dipstick.”

Do you look the same or have you aged?

“Nothing has changed, not even my face which is horribly disfigured after a very nasty cooking incident where I asked mum if I could lick the beaters of her mix master and she let me and then accidentally turned it on.”

Do you miss Hey Hey It’s Saturday?

“I don’t miss it personally but Mr Blackman’s accountant does and his wife does and his entire family does. He has three dependants: his wife, me and the Australian Taxation Department.”

What is Daryl Somers really like?

“He could read this couldn’t he? Well in that case he was an absolute honey to work for. He was a sweetheart, a very kind, considerate, generous person.”

What about Red Symons?

“He’s the same off camera as he is on camera. I can’t say any more than that.”

And Molly Meldrum?

“Ah Molly, my arch-enemy. We still have a love/hate relationship.
“I was really concerned when he fell off that ladder a couple of years ago when he was putting up his Christmas decorations. But you’ll be happy to know, he’s back and he’s now actually able to put words together and form sentences which is really weird because he couldn’t do that before the accident.”

Who was your favourite celebrity guest on Hey Hey?

“Probably Kylie Minogue, mainly because she’s about the same height as me and she talks like me too.”

And the worst?

“Sheena Easton (singer). She was very grumpy. In fact she was on Hey Hey one day and she punched me right in the eye. I had a Sheena shiner for about a week.”

What was the best line you ever came up with on the show?

“I think my best line was when Mr Meldrum was on one day and he had Shirley Strachan (Skyhooks singer) on and they were doing Molly’s Melodrama and they were both dressed exactly the same.

“Shirley had a Molly Meldrum mask on and a hat so I stuck my head up and I said to Mr Meldrum, ‘I told you this would happen if you didn’t chlorinate your spa’.”

“Can I help you with something Dickie?”
Are you still available for work these days?

“Dickie knee is available for fabulously well-paid national television commercials if anybody’s interested… and I work cheap.”
And the big question, will Hey Hey It’s Saturday make another TV comeback?
“We can’t say too much at this stage but we are in talks with Channel 31.”

 

Plucka Duck is a character on the popular Australian television program Hey Hey It’s Saturday. The character “presented” a segment on the show, along with Daryl Somers, which was a self-titled segment of Plucka Duck. Plucka was on the show until the show ended in 1999. In 2009, Plucka returned to the show when it returned to the screens as “Reunion Specials”. In 2010, the show returned as a series, with Plucka appearing in every episode. According to an interview given by John Blackman in 2009, Plucka was originally played by Mark McGahan, but was replaced by “Sim” for the reunion specials. “Sim” appears to refer to Simon Lefebvre. Also, Plucka Duck had its own show, Plucka’s Place. This show aired in 1997, with Livinia Nixon and Daniel Kowalski as co-hosts. The show lasted one season. In 2005, Plucka appeared with Daryl Somers at Carols by Candlelight. In 2008, Plucka made a long awaited return to television. Plucka (along with Dickie Knee and Daryl Somers) did a skit at the Logies. In early 2016, Plucka Duck appeared in an ad campaign for KFC riding a skateboard down a mountainous road in New Zealand.

 

Ossie Ostrich is an Australian television character, firstly on the Tarax Show, and then on the long-running program Hey Hey It’s Saturday which started as a Saturday morning cartoon show for children in 1971. In 1984, he also hosted an after-school children’s show called The Ossie Ostrich Video Show, with co-host Jacki MacDonald. In October 2009, Ossie appeared on the second Hey Hey It’s Saturday reunion special and made regular appearances during the show’s 2010 revival series.

Producer Ernie Carroll, an experienced comedy writer who had worked for Graham Kennedy’s In Melbourne Tonight, resurrected a puppet used for an earlier GTV-9 children’s program “packed away in a dusty suitcase in the GTV props bay.”

Typically, Ossie would provide the comic foil to Somers’ straight man. Daryl Somers sometimes retaliated by calling Ossie names like ‘Fiberglass Head’, but he also had more affectionate names, like his ‘pink, feathered beakie’. The comic skill of Somers and Carroll was instrumental in leading to the wider appeal of the show and its move to a prime time spot on Saturday evening.

Ossie wasn’t a part of Hey Hey It’s Saturday for the entirety of its 28-year run – he replaced footballer Peter McKenna as co-host after the show’s first eight weeks, and his retirement in 1994 was arguably a key factor in the demise of the show – but he was one of the most recognisable puppets in Australia for more than two decades.

Over time, Ossie’s head had to be replaced due to mishaps. Lipstick marks from over-amorous admirers were very difficult to remove. Other members of Ossie’s family were represented using the same puppet with different accessories. The Ossie Ostrich puppet is now on display at the National Film and Sound Archive in Canberra.

On the Tarax Show, Ossie’s theme song was “Here comes Ossie Ostrich”. This was also occasionally heard on Hey Hey.