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Anyone know if ABC still have this in the archives?
It was actually a standby show, and a repeat of episode 91 from December 1976.
Date of Transmission..: 22-Aug-1983
Program Title.........: COUNTDOWN;STANDBY PROGRAM
Summary...............: THIS SHOW IS ACTUALLY A REPLAY OF COUNTDOWN SHOW #91
RECORDED IN DECEMBER 1976.MOLLY IS SHOWN IN THE
'COUNTDOWN VAULTS' WITH A TORCH PULLING OUT THE
TAPE.THE SHOW OPENS WITH FANS WELCOMING SHERBET AT
MELBOURNE AIRPORT AFTER LONDON TOUR,THEN TO STUDIO
WHERE SHERBET HOST THE SHOW ALONG WITH MOLLY,JOHN PAUL
YOUNG,FRANKIE J HOLDEN AND ROCKWELL T JAMES.SHERBET ARE
PRESENTED WITH THE GOLDEN GULL 3MP LISTENER AWARD
LIVE PERFORMANCES IN STUDIO:
AC/DC 'DIRTY DEEDS DONE DIRT CHEAP'
ROCKWELL T JAMES 'ROXANNE'
SUPERNAUT 'TOO HOT TO TOUCH'
SHERBET 'YOU'VE GOT THE GUN'
'OL 55 'ST NICK'
SHIRLEY 'EVERY LITTLE BIT HURTS'
MARCIA HINES 'QUEEN OF POP'
SHERBET 'ROCK ME GENTLY'
JOHN PAUL YOUNG 'KEEP ON SMILING'
TED MULRY 'JAMAICA RUM'
ABBA 'MONEY MONEY MONEY'
Personalities.........: SHERBET,ROCK GROUP
IAN MELDRUM,MOLLY MELDRUM,ABC HOST
FRANKIE J HOLDEN,SINGER
JOHN PAUL YOUNG,SINGER
ROCKWELL T JAMES,SINGER
Yes, that is the Christmas 1976 episode which was shown on the first ever retro in Jan 1993. It was only one night and meant to be a one-off but reaction was so positive they did it again the following year and retro month was born. This episode was also repeated in 2005 (?) after I requested it on the Rage messageboard. For some reason, this episode somehow survived, and if I'm not mistaken it is the only surviving episode between the colour TV launch episode - March 1, 1975 (which was also destroyed but later recovered from a U-Matic backup tape) and the 100th episode in May 1977 (which famously featured Molly becoming indisposed near the end and the co-hosts having to finish the show). The thing I remember most about the 1976 show is AC/DC performing Dirty Deeds and the girl who jumps the stage trying to kiss Bon, which proved he was singing live. Just magic