Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Channel 0

Channel O is moving to channel 10? When? Oh, it has already. Yes, I remember now. I also remember before there was Channel 10 and before there was a Channel 0.

I had an underprivileged childhood. We had no television, but my grandparents did. Cold roast meat and salad before watching Rawhide at my grandparents was a Sunday night ritual. Move 'em up. Get 'em out. Sorry, the theme music just came back to me.

Pop, why won't your television get channel 0? Don't know. Can't you get it fixed Pop? By our next visit, a technician had been called and the set would now pick up channel 0. By this time, the fifties model Astor was getting on a bit. The tech did something to the set and something to the aerial and we were happy kids.

I suspect it was a bit of a rip off. Surely all that was needed was tuning in the new channel and maybe a slight alteration of aerial direction? I recall it cost quite a few pounds.

My grandparents died in the late 1970s and so the process did not have to be repeated when Channel 0 moved to Channel 10. It was still the same television set but by then we had our own vastly superior AWA Deep Image set.


  1. The Astor 17" set had a swan logo on the front under the tiny deep-set screen.
    Frozen 'TV Dinners' appeared right after television did. The assumption was that food had to be shovelled to mouth from a compartmented aluminium tray, while sitting in the dark room watching Walt Disney on sunday nights.

    Absolutely frgn bizarre, and explains why the baby boom generation is so screwed up.

    When Reg Ansett's Channel O was built way way out there in the wasteland of the east, pop groups who were booked for the 1968 saturday morning show would travel straight there (considered an epic journey) from the city gigs the night before, and be interviewed sleepless and high on pills (the sixties vices were nembies and benzedrine).
    Nearly 50 years later, channel 10 is still crap through the digital box,and it would not bother me except I am fond of Burn Notice.

    Weren't your grandparents sweet to accede to your cultural needs?
    My Nan (born 1897) said colour TV was a passing fad and she wouldn't bother with it.

  2. Dee-eep Image.

    "Hey, you can see the teeth in that comb!"

    What dupes we were.

  3. Sitting in the bedroom with the tiny B&W portable watching Doctor Who then wrenching the huge dial around to channel O aka channel 10 to catch the short-lived soapie Arcade (can't remember watching anything else on there and won't admit to YTT :P )

  4. Anonymous9:16 am

    I remember the change to 10 in 1980. I was eight years old.

  5. I was a boy working in a cabinet making factory above a shop in Chapel Street Windsor. And there was Vince, a bloke about sixty, who sang to himself all day to "stop getting mad". He had a tartan cap, a thin white moustache, and an Austin Healy 100E sports. He was just back from overseas and told me no one wanted black and white TVs in America, they threw them out in the street. I couldn't believe it.
    I do now.

  6. You watched Rawhide.

    I remember my parents inviting a schoolmate of mine to dinner and when we sat down to watch The Donna Reed Show he squirmed throughout and couldn't leave us quickly enough afterwards.

    The gay vibes were evident very early!

  7. Nunawadding wasa bit of a mistake Ann. As grandparents do, they spoilt us.

    Come a long way RH.

    I never admit to watching YTT either Jayne.

    Stop your bragging Scott.

    And now we throw out crt colour sets.

    Can't remember the show Victor, just the theme tune. I was a Donna Reid fan too.

  8. Thanks for the link, I hope the blog post was of interest. I remember the day of the changeover, I was 8. And found it quite amusing to be able to switch the TV between Channels 0 and 10 to get the same picture. Simple things amuse small minds! I remember being cross (as kids do) when mum threw out the junk mail brochure about the change. But thanks to Ebay many years later I got another copy of it.

    I remember my family gathered around the TV to see the first episode of Arcade. I can't recall what they thought of it but I imagine it wasn't too complimentary, although i seem to recall continuing to watch it before it was swiftly axed.

  9. TV AU, all your posts are of interest. Until you switched to more recent times it was a big walk along memory lane and many thoughts of whatever happened to? Arcade seems so recent to me. It was truly a shocker.

  10. Unfortunately having to switch from documenting 30 years ago to 20 years ago was not a change I was thrilled to make, but I had no alternative as I didn't have a weekly magazine collection for between 1980 and 1990.