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Hey Hey Returns for Two Reunion Shows

published  First Published: 01/10/2009
Article written by: Claire Goulding
How wrong were they! It was not only a massive success for all concerned, it was a ratings winner as well.
Nine's Hey Hey even beat Celebrity MasterChef in the ratings, scoring more than 2.1 million viewers nationally compared to Channel 10's show, which attracted more than 1.3 million viewers, not bad for a show that has been off the air for over 10 years; and must make the station wonder why it was taken off at all.
Daryl Somers looked and behaved as he did 10 years ago, healthy and clearly happy to have the old gang back with him, including Red Symons, Wilbur Wilde, a glowing Livinia Nixon, Russell Gilbert, Molly Meldrum, Plucka Duck and John Blackman, all doing what they did, and do best... entertain us.
Jimmy Barnes and son David Campbell started off the show with their version of the classic 'Shake Rattle and Roll', before the regular segments and familiar guests kicked in with 'Celebrity Head', and true to form was running over time until some helpful clues from Somers brought things to a timely end.
Thats the thing about Hey Hey, its unpredictable, but that's what makes it entertaining as well.
Hey Hey favourite 'The Amazing Johnathan' was there. Livinia Nixon was witty and funny.
Facebook fan Corinne Lawrence, whose Bring Back Hey Hey page helped get the show back on air, was acknowledged, as they kept track of the sites hits.
Current rockers Eskimo Joe, and a cross to a John Farnham concert in Brisbane gave things a musical touch, and Kylie Minogue, who performed on Hey Hey in 1988, sent her well wishes.
Russell Gilberts MasterChef send-up, DisasterChef, poked fun at Hey Heys timeslot rival, and added some spice to the inevitable ratings pot.
It was nostalgic to see the whole show come together in such a short space of time, and it was also great to see the audience filled with obvious Hey Hey first timers having a ball.
The famous or is that infamous Red Faces segment, with the satirical Red Symons was the same as it was 10 years ago, with a kid smearing Vegemite over his body declared the winner.
The Great Aussie Joke segment, which montaged past footage of Maurie Fields with his son Marty, was genuinely moving.
As usual the show ran over time...Did it ever run to time?, but as usual no one cared, as entertainment came back to the small screen, and about time too.
Everyone on Hey Hey Its Saturday The Reunion, was clearly having the time of their lives. So was the audience at home. It asks the question why was it taken off the first time? This is a show that could easily go for another round of 10 years.


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