Good News Week

What do you get when you put a bunch of funny, interesting people in front of some cameras & ask them to talk about what’s going on in the world?  You get The Fat, The Panel, The Project & many others.  But before all of them, there was Good News Week, the first, & perhaps the only, satirical / current affairs / pop culture / panel / game / variety rabble Australian TV has ever had.

Hosted by Paul McDermott, with Mikey Robins & Julie McCrossin as team captains, the first incarnation of GNW ran for five years, from the beginning of 1996 to the end of 2000. Every week, we welcomed four guests from all walks of life, from comedians to nuns, from politicians to poets, to play games that sometimes didn’t make sense, for points that didn’t matter, to win nothing.

We made hundreds of shows, in studios at the ABC & Network Ten, the Melbourne Town Hall, the Opera House & Enmore Theatre in Sydney, the Perth Entertainment Centre, & a place in Brisbane with an open roof during a thunderstorm.  After surviving all of that, GNW came to an end in late 2000, in front of a sell-out crowd at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.

Then, in 2008, the show rose again & returned to its second home on Ten, with Paul & Mikey joined by new team captain Claire Hooper.  It ran for another four years, finally saying goodbye for the second or possibly third time at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival in April 2012.

Good News Week also spawned a video, two books & two CDs.  It received an ARIA award in 1998 for Best Comedy Release, & won nine Writers’ Guild awards for its scripts.