When anyone thinks of vintage Australian TV, they don’t think Neighbours, Home And Away or even The Sullivans. They think of Skippy – the country’s most cherished and fondly remembered TV star. Skippy, of course, was Australia’s version of Lassie – a crime-busting animal superstar (a kangaroo, natch) who rose to fame in the 1960s.
Skippy: Australia’s First Superstar hops back onto the small screen in this channel premiere documentary that relives the marsupial's most famous, controversial and memorable moments, while revealing how this lovable crime fighting kangaroo became the emblem of a nation for children from all over the world.
With 91 episodes between 1967 and 1969, Skippy The Bush Kangaroo beamed into living rooms in more than 120 countries, introducing the world to the wonders of the Australian bush and a cast of colourful characters, including Skippy's human companion Sonny, whose father was head ranger of the Waratah National Park.
The impact of Skippy had more reach than your average TV series, and introduced the world to Australia, its land, people and history.
Not only that, Skippy became a cultural icon for a young country that had yet to land on the world stage. With some highly controversial behind-the-scenes footage, we’ll see how Skippy rose to fame and how Australian TV had to catch up with the hopping superstar.