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I will start a thread on additional Countdown shows from 1982 as there is little recorded about them and I think what has been recorded on other threads will get lost over time. I don't know too much about it but if others add to it then a reasonable archive can be compiled for future reference.
Using my old TV guides as a reference, in 1982, as in previous years, Countdown aired on 6pm Sunday evenings and was repeated on the following Saturday at 5pm usually.
Saturday May 1 1982 was the last Saturday replay for the year. In the following week Rock Arena was replayed in the 5pm Saturday slot and on Friday May 7 Countrywide was removed from the 6pm slot and replaced by the Countdown repeat.
Countdown was repeated on the Fridays until May 28 1982. On the May 30 1982 Countdown Molly announced in Humdrum that Countdown would no longer be repeated on the Friday but a new show called Countdown 2nd Edition would air. This was to give a chance of showing more clips as this medium was starting to take off and they found it hard to screen everything they wanted on the Sunday edition. Sounds on Channel 7 had 3 hours and could show a lot more now.
In the TV guides it was still shown as being a repeat even though it was a different show.
This resulted in the shows becoming known as Countdown Sunday and Countdown 2nd Edition. The first episode of Countdown 2nd Edition aired on June 4th for which we now know the playlist thanks to Nathan:
To date this is the only information I have on this version of the show. I don't know the graphics used or the host.
Countdown 2nd Edition aired for 3 weeks from Friday June 4 until Friday June 18.
On Friday June 25 and July 2 the ABC screened the World Cup soccer. I don't know what was on the 9th as I don't have the program but the World Cup normally ran for 3 weeks.
On Friday July 16 Countdown was back on and I assume this was the last episode that was called Countdown 2nd Edition.
On Friday July 23 it aired for the first time officially as Countdown Friday and ran for 20 episodes until Dec 17 with no shows being made for Oct 1 and Oct 8 due to the Commonwealth Games in Brisbane.
Therefore we have the following individual episode information thus far
1 July 23 - nothing
2 July 30 - nothing
3 August 6 - nothing
4 August 13
5 August 20 - nothing
6 August 27 - nothing
7 Sept 3 - nothing
8 Sept 10 - nothing
9 Sept 17
10 Sept 24 (in ABC archives)
11 October 15 - nothing
12 October 22 - nothing
13 October 29 - nothing
14 November 5 - nothing
15 November 12 - nothing
16 November 19 - nothing
17 November 26 - nothing
18 December 3 - nothing
19 December 10 (short version in ABC archives)
20 December 17 (in ABC archives)
So we now know at least what is on one quarter of the shows. They are mostly common clips with some voiceover but there are some gems amongst them.
It is possible that these shows may all exist in the ABC archives but they just hadn't been catalogued.
The final episode No.20 featured the Duran Duran - My Own Way clip.
On Dec 24 the Christmas episode of Countdown aired as the final Countdown for the year.
Apart from the introductory graphics there is nothing other than back to back clips shown. Here is an example of the graphics from the timecoded episode on December 10:
GURU!!! You have solved what I have been looking for last week!
I have been trying to find on what episode the Countdown performance of The Dugites 'No Money' was performed on and couldn't find it in any of the 1982 episodes and figured it may have been like the Duran 'My Own Way' performance and placed on a Countdown Friday show and WELLA, it showed up in the list you put down on Friday 13th August!!! I would say the ABC do have copies of these episodes seeing you mentioned that Duran Duran's 'My Own Way' COUNTDOWN performance showed up on the final episode No.20
Where did you get those COUNTDOWN snapshots saying Countdown Friday? WOW!!!!!!
Wonderful work Guru - answers a lot of questions I had as well. Great stuff
Are you able to look at 1983 and "Countdown Flipside" as well when you get a chance. Not sure there will be much besides TV guides etc. I would very much like to date the episodes I have as well - the only one I know for sure is the one with the football score plastered which will be easy enough to locate
Good idea Guru to have them all in the one place.
The Kent Report has repeated Countdowns for 11th & 18th June 1982:
There is no new release/Countdown section scanned for 20 & 27 August 1982. I'm not sure why.
No Countdown Friday playlists are on the scans for 1, 8, 15 October 1982, though the regular Countdown Sunday playlists are there.
edit - as Guru Bob posted above, there was no program on the 1st & 8th October 1982, due to the Commonwealth Games.
No playlist for 12 November 1982, though the new releases & hit prediction section takes up a full page, so it may have been posted on a separate page (not scanned with this lot).
No playlist for 19 November 1982; instead there are playlists for the 2 preceding Sunday editions of Countdown - suggesting that the 12 November 1982 wasn't published in the previous Kent Report.
The last Friday playlist in the 1982 scans Brad obtained is 10 December 1982.
No need to thank me guys, I'm happy to share. As I just posted elsewhere, I didn't realise that some of this information wasn't available to the other Countdown addicts, so it's nice to see it back where it belongs thanks to Nathan.
Guru, is the actual CLIP of So Excited on the Friday edition as so far we have only got the COUNTDOWN performance. i so want the actual video!
I really hope that the No Money performance from The Dugites exists, it's on You Tube and I love it sooooo much.
The Duran My Own Way performance exists so hopefully The Dugites do as well
We should hound rage for another Vault special this year (or Tuesday morning episode/s if that fails, though they seem to be stuck with themes for that) and suggest some of these rare videos.
Bumping this for anyone interested (someone was in another thread).
I would like 'My Man' by Cheetah, and it's interesting to see where 'Only Lonely' by Divinyls would have slotted in if there had been a single release.
If these shows still exist we should have seen a couple by now as we have with Flipside. Did someone request the Flipside episodes?
rage did play No Money last year on the Vault 1982 Special which came from a Flipside edition as it wasn't featured on a standard Countdown episode so they must have Flipsides and like Nathan said, they probably just haven't thought of playing Flipside Countdown's
Am I going mad? I thought one of these shows had Eurogliders "(No) Laughing Matter" clip in the playlist... but now I can't see it.
I should know, but I don't... Was Flipside Countdown just Countdown Friday re-named? Or was it a (supposed?) request show?
If they had Episode 9 that would be beyond great! We need to start agitating for rage to play these.
TARA's a very good resource but I don't think it's exhaustive in that just because something is not in TARA doesn't mean that it's not in the ABC archives. It might just mean that item, for whatever reason, has not been catalogued in TARA. Rage has played at least one Rock Arena that wasn't in TARA.
I would love the video for Euroglider's No laughing Matter to be played, such a RARE GEM !!!!!!!
There are other threads in here that have all the answers to the questions asked. Check Gurubobs postings in particular. Countdown Friday and Flipside were seperate shows. Countdown Friday was mainly clips that could not fit into the standard show line-ups, and Flipside was a request show that played mainly older material. 3 Countdown Fridays are known to survive, but none have been shown on Rage. It appears that no Flipside shows survive, the 5 episodes mentioned are domestic recordings. Having said that though, more shows may well survive but have not been catalogued or had a digital transfer done.
I might add the 3 Countdown Fridays to my list of requests for 2019
Some more Flipside info, from the Kent Music Report:
Of note is that this one also contains the playlist for the once thought lost Lene Lovich-hosted episode that aired in 2017:
This one is the last one I have in the set of Kent Music Report photos, taken from the collection held in the National Library of Australia. Somebody else photographed these. Later listings of Countdown only have the Sunday playlist.
Thanks for these Nathan. It looks like they played fairly run of the mill standard requests on those few shows.
I'm guessing the Deckchairs Overboard clip would be the one they made especially for Countdown and showed on a February episode.
Marianne Faithfull - Running For Our Lives really reminds me of early 1983 as that was the only time I heard it played before it vanished forever. It would be great to see that clip played again.