Super Flying Fun Show

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Super Flying Fun Show
Genre Children's television
Starring Marilyn Mayo
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 9
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales
Running time 90 then 120 minutes
Original channel TCN-9 for GTV-9
Picture format 2" monochrome VT, kinescoped, PAL Colour from 1975
Audio format Monaural
Original run 1970 – 1980

The Super Flying Fun Show was a live weekday morning television programme aimed at children. It was made at TCN 9 in Sydney, Australia, and shown on relay in Melbourne on GTV 9.

Super Flying Fun Show replaced the original Today show that had been launched from GTV 9 in 1968 with Mike Walsh. When Today was linked with TCN 9 and the compare changed to Tony Charlton, recently recruited Victorian regional stations began to drop the show.

By October 1969 the Today had been canceled, and a mixture of live children's entertainment and cartoons was on air between 7AM and 8:30AM, and later to 9:00AM from 1970. Throughout the decade Super Flying Fun Show competed with Fredd Bears Breakfast Au-Go-Go, and later Non Stop Cartoon Carnival and The Early Bird Show on ATV 0 in Melbourne.

Original hosts were Miss Marilyn (Marilyn Mayo) and former electrician Rod Hull with Emu. When Rod Hull returned to England in 1971 he was replaced with Marty Morton who was also a co-producer.

Opening titles consisted of Rod Hull as the character Caretaker Clot (Clotty the Janitor) walking to the TCN 9 transmitter tower and flicking a big switch.

Daily competitions included Miss Marilyn spinning a prize wheel. Contestants were rung by telephone.

Other characters included: Wing Ding (A human sized chicken sponsoring a fast food chain), the Paddle Pop Lion (A human sized lion sponsoring a brand of ice-cream), and Freddo Frog (A human sized frog sponsoring a brand of chocolate).

On occasions live musical performances played in the studio.

Between the live segments were cartoons (usually American sourced) and programs such as Comedy Capers that consisted of Hal Roach silent film shorts.

Spin off's from the show include a LP record, and a Milton Bradley board game.

Super Flying Fun Show ran until late 1979. It was replaced by cartoons until the current format Today show, that commenced on 28 June 1982.

It is not known if any of the episodes were kinescoped or any video tapes were made, and it is possible (though not confirmed) that the series is lost.

The show title was also used in Perth - with host Dianna Hammond, and in Adelaide (Super Duper Flying Fun Show) with Ric Marshall, Bozo the Clown and co-presenter Joanne White.