Healthy, Wealthy and Wise

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Not to be confused with Healthy, Wealthy and Dumb.
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise
Genre Lifestyle
Created by Michael Dickinson & Gavan Disney
Presented by Ronnie Burns
Felicity Kennett (Seasons 6&7)
Jacki MacDonald (Season 1)
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 8
Production
Executive producer(s) Gavan Disney
Producer(s) Michael Dickinson
Running time 60 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 4.3 PAL
Audio format Stereo
Original run 1991 – 1998

Healthy, Wealthy and Wise was a pioneering lifestyle television program shown in Australia. It was shown on Network Ten and was seen from 1991 until 1998.[1] The programme also helped re-invent the then-ailing network after its financial collapse of the late 1980s. It helped popularise the lifestyle genre in Australia[citation needed] and it also spawned a number of imitators during the 1990s including the Seven Network's Better Homes and Gardens, which is still seen today.

The show was created and produced by Michael Dickinson and Executive Producer Gavan Disney, once the producer of the Nine Network's long-running variety show Hey Hey it's Saturday and packaged by Disney Entertainment P/L for the Ten Network and its affiliates throughout the world.

The title takes its name from the proverb, "Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." This quote is often attributed to Benjamin Franklin since it appeared in his Poor Richard's Almanack; however, it was first used in print by John Clarke in a 1639 book of English and Latin proverbs. (Consequently, as it is a proverb, Clarke was also probably not the original author but was simply passing on a common saying.)

Cast[edit]

Notable people associated with the programme included Felicity Kennett, wife of the then Premier of Victoria Jeff Kennett, and Jim Brown, a former Ten Eyewitness news journalist.

Others such as Iain Hewitson used the opportunity to develop an ongoing TV career with the show as a starting point, including crafts lady Tonia Todman. The popular motoring journalist Peter Wherrett had some staying power. The show's finance guru Ross Greenwood enjoyed particular success and became Network Finance Editor on the Nine Network.

List of contributors[edit]

Some featured reporters and presenters on the show included:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Healthy, Wealthy and Wise at the Internet Movie Database. Retrieved June 20, 2007.

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