Post by Matthew the Swordsman on Oct 21, 2017 5:30:28 GMT
Jack Davey was a hugely popular Australian radio star during the 1930s-1950s.
In 1957, as an experiment, three of his radio shows were simulcast on TV: comedy panel game show "The Pressure Pak Show", and quiz shows "Give it a Go" and "The Dulux Show". The simulcasts weren't live, rather both radio and TV versions were prerecorded.
The shows had been hugely popular on radio, but bombed on TV, with low ratings and negative reviews. Why they bombed, I don't know. I've seen all three* and found them very enjoyable. For example, "The Pressure Pak Show" is a good imitation of the kind of show Goodson-Todman did in the United States.
Despite being game shows (which both radio and TV considered "disposable"), many transcription discs exist of the radio versions, and various kinescopes survive of the TV versions. Despite this, they aren't readily available for listening/viewing, and only a small number have been digitised. If you ask me, they should be made available.
*I've seen one episode of "Give it a Go", one episode of "The Dulux Show", and two episodes of "The Pressure Pak Show". I viewed them via VHS copies at the Melbourne Mediatheque, a truly awful place.