Hello! This week, I’m bringing you a few random memories of my time on TAYG, but first, I’d like you to join me on a little stroll to Shameless Namedropping Corner….
Given that the show ran for 72 episodes, and that each episode required three guest players (one for The Baby Boomer team, one for Generation X and one for Gen Y), that’s 216 celebrity guests who sat behind those three TAYG desks. Some of them have turned out to be Hollywood heavy hitters…
- Margot Robbie (Series One, Episode 11),
- Rebel Wilson (Series One, Episode 4),
- Ruby Rose (Series One, Episodes 1 and 18),
- Josh Lawson (Series One, Episode 17 and Series 2, Episode 19)
Some of them were successful recording artists…
- Ronan Keating (Series 2, Episode 4)
- Colin Hay (Series 2, Episode 9)
- Chrissy Amphlett (Series 2, Episode 9)
- Tim Minchin (Series 2, Episode 9)
- Darren Hayes (Series 3, Episode 18)
- Leo Sayer (Series 2, Episode 20)
One of them was a YouTube sensation, whose videos have had over 500 million views…
- Natalie Tran (Series 3, Episode 16)…
… And one of them was a cheeky puppet fox.
- Basil Brush (Series Two, Episode 1)
I recall being quite excited that Basil Brush was going to be a player in the first episode of our second series – he was an international guest, after all. However, I wasn’t quite as excited as our Executive Producer Peter Beck; he’s a long-time fan of Basil, and the photo of Peter with Basil – from that TAYG record – was still on the wall in Peter’s office, last time I looked. Before recording Basil’s episode, the production really gave him the star treatment. Well, not Basil, technically – the star treatment was more for Michael Winsor, his operator. I remember Peter, Mel (a producer on the show), Michael and I being treated to dinner at one of the fanciest restaurants in Melbourne by the production company. A lovely, happy, chatty, enthusiastic, evening; Michael was really excited to be here, all the way from England, Basil came to dinner with us (in his special case, which Michael kept with him at all times), and the four of us even talked about how a Basil Brush show might work in Australia.
So I was disappointed when the episode record rolled around, and all three of our team captains were repeatedly rude to Basil during the show. It made for very uncomfortable viewing, and I really felt for poor Michael (Basil’s operator), who came to the show with so much enthusiasm and goodwill. I was embarrassed about the way our show treated this guest. Why all three of the captains treated him like that, I’ll never know. But am I over-reacting? Have a look, see what you think, and let me know in the comments below:
I mentioned Leo Sayer above, and he played a part in one of my most vivid memories from the show. If you’re familiar with the show’s format, you’d know that