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A blast from the Capital 7 past.

By johnboy - 25 January 2009 60

YouTube throws up strange things. Few as strange as this gem from 1982 posted by “keepemhonest08”.

It comes with the following note:

    Capital 7 Canberra, a montage with many employees caught doing what they do best – not much!

For younger readers and newer Canberrans, back in the day there was only one commercial channel in Canberra. It called itself “Capital 7” but cherry picked the best content from all the networks. It worked surprisingly well for the viewers with a steady stream of content instead of all the good stuff running at the same time.

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A blast from the Capital 7 past.
R. Slicker 3:02 pm 25 Jan 09

Other shows we never saw in Canberra thanks to Crapital 7:

The Naked Vicar Show
The Dukes of Hazzard
Skyways
Chico and the Man
Fantasy Island
The Don Lane Show (for most of its run)
The Celebrity Game
Sons and Daughters
Class of 74/75
The Norman Gunston Show (when he moved to Seven)

need I go on?

nyssa76 2:42 pm 25 Jan 09

I remember Sons and Daughters. My mother would have it taped for her in Sydney and mailed to Canberra.

BB, I remember Treasure Island!!!! The Banana Splits are on the Boomerang channel on Foxtel – so I still get to watch it 🙂

heinous 2:19 pm 25 Jan 09

It has had a lot of names over the years hasn’t it. Can anyone add to this:

CTC-7
Super 7
Captial Television
Colour 7
Capital 7
Ten Capital
Network TEN
Southern Cross Ten

ebony57 1:58 pm 25 Jan 09

“Network O-28. Bringing the world back home.”

Ooh, that was exciting.

BerraBoy68 1:50 pm 25 Jan 09

sepi said :

Years ago I did an interview with Amanda Muggleton about a play she was in in Canberra.
I asked her about her time acting on E-Street and there was this silence, and then she said she had been on Sons and Daughters for years.

I was so embarassed I didn’t admit we didn’t get either of those shows.

LOL. Wasn’t she also on Prisoner?

sepi 1:45 pm 25 Jan 09

Years ago I did an interview with Amanda Muggleton about a play she was in in Canberra.
I asked her about her time acting on E-Street and there was this silence, and then she said she had been on Sons and Daughters for years.

I was so embarassed I didn’t admit we didn’t get either of those shows.

BerraBoy68 1:28 pm 25 Jan 09

ant said :

I’m pretty sure we didn’t have Hey Hey in 1973? Bananasplits, yes, that was on, I loved that. Tra-la-la, Tra-la la-la! But we didn’t get Hey Hey until WIN came to town after aggregation.

You’re right ANT, sorry. My memories are jumbled. I do recall getting up early and watching ‘Hey, Hey..’ with the sound turned way down on trips to visit relatives in Sydney. Thank god for the Banana Splits!

RoadRage – yep, that’s what I recall them driving. Wasn’t there a show that was part of the overall BananSplits called Treasure Island or something similar? One of the Chgaracters used to call out “oh-oh Jungooooooo”” like Tarzan.

That and cartoons like Speed Racer, AstroBoy, Kimba etc. were required watching. Actually, one of the original local newsreaders ‘Karen Barlin’ is still around – you see her from time to time in the social pages of the CT.

nyssa76 11:40 am 25 Jan 09

I loved the Banana Splits 🙂

Danman 11:16 am 25 Jan 09

SBS was called O-28 in the 80’s im sure and Capital 7 had that daggy stylised waving australia flag with a & on it as its logo

Roadrage77 11:14 am 25 Jan 09

Did the Bananasplits get around on one of them Argo thingy’s with the 8 wheels or do I put that memory down to yet another spurious acid flashback?

ant 11:11 am 25 Jan 09

I’m pretty sure we didn’t have Hey Hey in 1973? Bananasplits, yes, that was on, I loved that. Tra-la-la, Tra-la la-la! But we didn’t get Hey Hey until WIN came to town after aggregation.

BerraBoy68 11:07 am 25 Jan 09

Try coming from London’s East End to Canberra in 1973! I’d gone from a veritable treasure trove of kids TV shows to an almost barren landscape. Thank God we had Hey, Hey and The Bananaspilts to save my emotional wellbeing.

nyssa76 11:00 am 25 Jan 09

I moved to Canberra from Sydney in the mid 80’s when Capital 7 was on, let me tell you it was a sad day!

I still remember the jingle “Join us on Capital 7 TV”.

Granny 10:42 am 25 Jan 09

We were always jealous of the four channels they had in Melbourne, and always enjoyed watching ‘Hey Hey It’s Saturday’ when we went to stay with our grandparents.

It’s kind of weird to have totally missed out on shows that other Aussie kids from our generation grew up with, such as ‘Prince Planet’.

They’re like, ‘Oh yeah! Prince Planet!’ and we’re like, ‘Who?’

ant 10:31 am 25 Jan 09

And from memory, Capital 7 then became the 10 network? I remember when it was CTC 7. Just 2 channels, CTC 7 and ABC 3, and then great excitement, we got a third channel, SBS. You’d only get to see groovy shows like Hey Hey It’s Saturday when you went to the coast, and could watch WIN, beamed from Wollongong.

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