Friday, 30 December 2016
575 The Paul Hogan Show
First viewed : 2 November 1982
This followed straight after Brookside on that first night of Channel Four.
The Australian comic's show had been running for nearly a decade by this time and I'm not sure at what point Channel Four's broadcasts began. It was a sketch-based show with Hogan playing a number of recurring characters such as George Fungus and Leo Wanker. I think it's safe to say Benny Hill was a major influence on Paul's work with many sketches featuring leering men, scantily-clad lovelies and sight gags.
Although Paul's a likeable guy I never found the show more than moderately funny and I struggle to recall any individual sketch that really cut the mustard.
The Show ended in 1984 a couple of years before Paul became a mega-star with Crocodile Dundee.