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Tue 13 Mar 2012, 7:00pm

Where: Star Bar, 600 George Street, Sydney CBD, New South Wales

Restrictions: All Ages

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Listed by: JennyEF

On March 13, 1972, Number 96 exploded onto Australian TV screens with a sex bomb called Abigail, and then became front page news in 1975 when a bomb blast killed off several well-loved characters. It was one of the most groundbreaking series' in the history of television and it shattered every taboo of its era including nudity, homosexuality and interracial romance.

Those original residents included virginal Bev (Abigail), gay student Don (Joe Hasham), bisexual boyfriend Bruce (Paul Weingott) and his married lover Maggie Cameron (Bettina Welch). There was Vera (Elaine Lee) being raped by Harry (Norman Yemm) and pregnant Helen (Brioney Behets) discovering her husband in bed with Rose Godolfus (Vivienne Garrett). Hippies were stripping in the laundrette, bikies were running amok and Dorrie Evans (Pat McDonald) was forever
snooping around in search of gossip.

Now, 40 years after "the night Australian TV lost its virginity", see one of those groundbreaking black and white episodes (10) in its entirety along with the colour episode (846) that revealed who the mad bomber was.

Stay for a Q&A with creator David Sale and cast members Elaine Lee and Vivienne Garrett!


David Sale had already worked for years on 60s iconic sketch comedy The Mavis Bramston Show before being asked to create Number 96. In one night, he came up with all of the building's original residents and multiple plotlines which were used in the show for years afterwards. In between writing scripts for Number 96 for most of the time it aired, Sale also wrote several novels and is now working on his biography.

Elaine Lee became an overnight star playing unlucky-in-love Vera Collins. A photo of her nude in bed ended up in Time magazine and she stayed with the show for several years, becoming one of its best-loved characters. Afterwards, Lee continued appearing such TV series as Glenview High, Bullpitt, Heartbreak High and Home & Away. Today she is a professional bridge player.

Vivienne Garrett featured heavily in the first few months of Number 96, playing wild child Rose Godolfus. Despite being the daughter of delightful delicatessan owner Aldo, Rose struggled with adulterous husbands and bikies before settling down and getting married in a traditional Jewish ceremony for the show's first wedding. She will soon star in the stage show Biddies.