Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos

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Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos
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Genre Adult-oriented comedy
Presented by Doug Mulray
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 1 (intended)
½ (aired)
Production
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales
Running time 60 minutes [1] (intended running time including commercials. 34 minutes aired during initial broadcast).
38:55 (intended running time without commercials, 24:05 aired during initial broadcast)
60 minutes (repackaged episode with commercials, 41:11 without commercials).
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Picture format 4.3 PAL
Audio format Stereo
Original airing 4 September 1992 (original airing)
28 August 2008 (repackaged special)
Chronology
Related shows Australia's Funniest Home Videos

Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos is a controversial Australian television comedy program which was broadcast on Nine Network on 4 September 1992. It was a one-off special spin-off of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, depicting videos of sexual situations and other sexually explicit content. The program gained notoriety for, as with the 1969 American TV show Turn-On, being taken off the air part-way through the broadcast of its first and only episode.

Background[edit]

Australia's Funniest Home Video Show premiered in 1990, and was similar in concept to the 1989 American special (and later series) America's Funniest Home Videos; viewers would send in amateur-shot videos that were unintentionally humorous, and the video deemed the "funniest" by the studio audience was awarded a prize at the end of the show. The producers often received racy or risqué videos that couldn't be included into the program due to its family-friendly nature; however, since the show's policy stated that videos sent in by viewers couldn't be sent back, videos that didn't make it to the program were still kept by the station.[2] The producers decided to compile these videos into a one-off special aimed at an adult audience.

It differentiated from Australia's Funniest Home Video Show in more than just the content of the videos. It had a different opening, a slightly-modified version of the Australia's Funniest Home Video Show's theme song and a slightly modified set. It was hosted by Australian radio personality Doug Mulray. Due to the difference in content, the show aired at 8:30 PM[2] and was preceded by a short message warning viewers of the show's content and informing them of the fact that it was a one-off special that was different from Australia's Funniest Home Video Show.

Content[edit]

A child grabbing a kangaroo's scrotum in one of the videos featured in the special.

The show followed the same structure of Australia's Funniest Home Video Show, in which the videos were shown in short blocks, interspersed with humorous monologues by Mulray, who wrote all of them himself.[1] Mulray often poked fun at the content of the videos, which he described as "The most sensational collection of home videos since Rodney King nicked out for a pizza recently." Mulray also did humorous voice overs as the videos were shown, similar to Lisa Patrick's on Australia's Funniest Home Video Show.

The content of the videos included shots of animal genitalia, humans or animals humorously engaging in sexual intercourse, people who get accidentally and humorously disrobed, and other situations that often relied on gross-out humour, including a child grabbing a kangaroo's testicles, a man lifting a barbell with his penis, a man getting his head squeezed between an erotic dancer's large breasts, an elderly woman removing an envelope from a stripper's undergarments with her dentures, two people running into water with flaming pieces of toilet paper hanging from their buttocks, and two people filmed having sex in the middle of a park.

Cancellation[edit]

We apologise for this interruption. Unfortunately, a technical problem prevents us continuing our scheduled program for the moment. In the meantime, we bring you a brief, alternative program.

—An announcement made after the show was pulled and just before a rerun of Cheers aired.

Kerry Packer, the owner of the Nine Network at the time, was informed of the show's content by friends while at a dinner. He tuned in to watch the show, which was being transmitted on TCN-9, and was so offended by its content that he phoned the studio operators and shouted, "Get that shit off the air!" Within minutes, the series was pulled.[3] After the break, the Nine Network announced that it was not able to continue airing the show, allegedly due to 'a technical problem', and aired re-runs of Cheers immediately afterwards to fill in the remaining airtime. Bert Newton commented in 2008, "[The message was true]; Technically it's very difficult to keep a show on air with Mr. Packer on the phone, yelling at you."

Although the same bumper and announcement interrupted the show during every broadcast across Australia, it occurred in different parts of the program depending on the area it was airing in, due to time differences. In Melbourne and Brisbane, the station simply started airing an episode of Cheers after a scheduled commercial break. In other areas, the last part of the show broadcast was of Mulray giving a monologue about "bosoms" or the aforementioned clip of a child grabbing a kangaroo's scrotum. The show was cancelled before it was scheduled to air in Perth, and thus its Nine Network affiliate showed a brief message mentioning that the special won't be aired, before beginning an episode of Cheers.

Despite Packer's objections to the series' content, it was popular among viewers. The special was recorded to a record studio audience. After the announcement, Nine reportedly received "thousands" of phone calls from viewers, with 65 percent of callers upset with the program being pulled,[4] in contrast to the 60 callers who called in during the show's broadcast, complaining about the show.[1] Viewers were generally bewildered by the sudden interruption and the cut to Cheers, not knowing about the show's cancellation until it was widely reported by the Australian media outlets the next day.[1]

The day after the special aired, a furious Packer showed up at Nine's headquarters.[2] He held meetings in which he loudly berated Nine's managers and censors,[2] referring to the program as "disgusting and offensive shit."[2] Mulray and many of the staff who were involved with the creation of the special were fired, and Mulray was banned for life from Channel Nine. On his radio show the next day, Mulray commented, "I am the first man in Australian history to be pulled off by Kerry Packer."[2]

Rebroadcast[edit]

In 2008, a full copy of the show was located by Nine's head of factual television. It was aired in its entirety at 8:30 PM on 28 August 2008 - one week short of sixteen years after the original special, and at the same time. Promoted as "the show Kerry Packer didn't want you to see", it featured commentary from Bert Newton. (Packer died in 2005, and Mulray refused Nine's request to host the special.[5]) Notably, the special was interrupted by the Channel Nine bumper and "technical difficulties" announcement 36 minutes in, cutting to the Cheers opening credits before resuming to a monologue by Newton and the latter part of the special that never aired. Portions of Mulray's monologues (including jibes about child obesity) had to be cut from the special to meet community standards that did not exist in 1992.[1]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e Casey, Marcus (20 August 2008). "Behind the return of Kerry Packer's Naughtiest Home Videos". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f Casey, Marcus (20 August 2008). "The moment Kerry Packer blew his stack". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 30 December 2010. 
  3. ^ "Worst of TV". The Bulletin. NineMSN. Retrieved 14 November 2007. [dead link]
  4. ^ "Nine Press Release". eBroadcast. Archived from the original on 23 August 2008. Retrieved 20 August 2008. 
  5. ^ Holland, Mal (30 August 2008). "Kerry wouldn't have aired 's&#t'". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). Archived from the original on 18 September 2008. Retrieved 31 August 2008.