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Hey Hey It’s Saturday’s return date is confirmed as the show celebrates it’s 50th anniversary


Channel Seven have confirmed a return date for Hey Hey It’s Saturday, as the show celebrates its milestone 50 year anniversary.

The one-off special, titled Hey Hey It’s 50 Years, will be hosted by Daryl Somers and air on Sunday, October 10 at 7pm – 50 years and one day after the show’s debut.

In a trailer for the upcoming episode, there’s even a cameo appearance from A-list star Kylie Minogue.

Comeback king: Channel Seven have confirmed a return date for Hey Hey It’s Saturday, as the show celebrates its milestone 50 year anniversary. Pictured: Host Daryl Somers

‘Huge congratulations on your 50th anniversary!’ Kylie is seen telling Daryl, 70, in a short video.

Hey Hey It’s 50 Years is set to showcase the best of the madness and mayhem that became essential family viewing across an incredible 30 years.

Daryl is set to revisit the trademark organised chaos of regular segments including Red Faces, Celebrity Head, The Great Aussie Joke, Plucka Duck and Chooklotto.

With viewers stuck at home during the pandemic, Somers says the iconic comedy and variety program couldn’t come back at a better time.   

‘I was absolutely delighted when Seven suggested a 50th anniversary Hey Hey special,’ he said in a statement earlier this month. 

Special guest: 'Huge congratulations on your 50th anniversary!' Kylie Minogue (pictured) is seen telling Daryl, 70, in an trailer for the upcoming show

Special guest: ‘Huge congratulations on your 50th anniversary!’ Kylie Minogue (pictured) is seen telling Daryl, 70, in an trailer for the upcoming show

Happy days: Daryl is set to revisit the trademark organised chaos of regular segments including Red Faces, Celebrity Head, The Great Aussie Joke, Plucka Duck and Chooklotto

Happy days: Daryl is set to revisit the trademark organised chaos of regular segments including Red Faces, Celebrity Head, The Great Aussie Joke, Plucka Duck and Chooklotto

‘Trawling back through the vast archive has been almost as much fun as doing the show in the first place, so I hope we can offer a few laughs. 

‘Not only to the diehard Hey Hey fans but to all Australians, as we desperately need a touch of levity at this time.’  

Seven Network Director of Programming, Angus Ross, added: ‘There are very few Australian TV shows as loved as Hey Hey and we are really pleased to be able to work with Daryl and his team on this fantastic special event.

Fun: And with viewers stuck at home during the pandemic, host Daryl Somers, 70, says the iconic comedy and variety program couldn't come back at a better time. Pictured with guest Kylie Minogue

Fun: And with viewers stuck at home during the pandemic, host Daryl Somers, 70, says the iconic comedy and variety program couldn’t come back at a better time. Pictured with guest Kylie Minogue 

‘For three decades, Hey Hey was one of the funniest, most entertaining and most unpredictable shows on TV. We’re honoured to be part of what promises to be a wonderful celebration.’

Somers recently reached out to fans of the beloved variety series and asked what they would like to see on the celebratory episode. 

In a post to Twitter, he wrote: ‘One thing I realise is that pretty much from day one, a significant portion of our show was generated by you, our loyal audience.  

‘Whether through ‘What Cheeses Me Orff’, ‘Phunny Fotos’, ‘Media Watch Press’ etc, you provided us with fodder for fun.

Memories:  Trawling back through the vast archive has been almost as much fun as doing the show in the first place, so I hope we can offer a few laughs,' he said. 'Not only to the diehard Hey Hey fans but to all Australians, as we desperately need a touch of levity at this time'

Memories:  Trawling back through the vast archive has been almost as much fun as doing the show in the first place, so I hope we can offer a few laughs,’ he said. ‘Not only to the diehard Hey Hey fans but to all Australians, as we desperately need a touch of levity at this time’

‘It’s only appropriate to keep that going for our 50th, so time to mine your memories and get your creative juices flowing,’ he said, asking followers to shared ideas for a segment in a celebratory show. We’d love to hear from you.’

Somers presented the hit variety show from 1971 to 1999, and again in 2009 to 2010, alongside Lavinia Nixon, Jo Beth Taylor, Molly Meldrum, Red Symons, Wilbur Wilde and Russell Gilbert.

His last TV appearance was hosting the revamped Dancing With The Stars on Channel Seven with Sonia Kruger. 

Hey Hey It’s 50 Years premieres 7.00pm Sunday, 10 October on Channel 7 and 7plus 

History: Somers presented the hit variety show from 1971 to 1999, and again in 2009 to 2010

History: Somers presented the hit variety show from 1971 to 1999, and again in 2009 to 2010



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