Talking Footy

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Talking Footy
Genre Sport
Presented by Luke Darcy
Tim Watson
Wayne Carey
Sam McClure
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 11
Location(s) Melbourne, Victoria
Running time 60 minutes
Original network Seven Network (1994-2004)
7mate (2013-present)
Picture format 4.3 PAL (1994-2001)
16.9 576i (SDTV (2002, 2013-present)
1080i (HDTV (2014-present)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 1994-2004
26 August 2013 – present

Talking Footy is an Australian rules football chat show appearing on the Seven Network. The show is hosted by Luke Darcy.

New Format[edit]

In August 2013, the Seven Network re-instated the series, which now airs on Monday nights at 7.30 pm on 7mate in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth, and on delay at midnight the same day in Sydney and Brisbane. The show is hosted by Luke Darcy with Tim Watson, Wayne Carey and Sam McClure. The show is broadcast from Seven's Docklands studios in Melbourne.

Original Format (1994-2002)[edit]

It first appeared on TV from 1994 until 2003. The show was a creation of Channel 7 Director of Sport at the time Gary Fenton. The show was hosted by Bruce McAvaney from 1995-1998, Tim Lane in 1999 and Gerard Healy in 2000,Bruce McAvaney again hosted from 2001-2003. Regular couch members included Mike Sheahan, Malcolm Blight, Terry Wallace, Caroline Wilson and Leigh Matthews. It was initially screened Monday nights at 8:30 in 1995, then it was screened on Monday nights at 10.30pm for the remainder of it run.


In 2005, comedian Andrew Startin appeared on rival network Channel Nine with a send-up of the show on The Footy Show. Gary Ayres was sent up with his catchphrase "at the end of the day" and "You've got your Buckleys, your Hirds, your Ricciutos"; Mike Sheahan with "what do you think?"; and Bruce McAvaney with "Special!".

Theme song[edit]

The lyrics to the song are as follows:

The weekend's come and gone,
As we talk up a storm,
'Bout our team, bout our form,
And how it could be.

But when Monday comes around,
Talk around the town,
It's what happened on the weekend in the footy.

Monday nights, we're Talking Footy.

When the show switched to a Tuesday night timeslot (which led to its demise), the lyrics changed somewhat. During the 2014 relaunch, only the second verse is used.

In the first season, the theme song was Monday's Experts by Weddings, Parties, Anything.