Young Talent Time

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Young Talent Time is an Australian television variety program screened on Network Ten, running from 1971 until 1988. The series featured a core group of young performers in the vein of The Mickey Mouse Club, and a weekly junior talent quest. The Young Talent Team regularly performed popular classics along with the top hit songs of the day. The program was the creation of host Johnny Young and launched the careers of a number of Australian performers including Tina Arena and Dannii Minogue.

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Production details

Young Talent Time was produced by Lewis-Young Productions (the production partnership between host Johnny Young and his friend and colleague Kevin Lewis) and was taped mainly at the studios of ATV-10 in Nunawading, Melbourne although occasional shows were taped at the TEN-10 studios in Sydney or on location.

Many of the episodes from the early-mid 1970s no longer exist as the tapes were wiped for re-use, being the official Network Ten policy at the time. Later episodes from the series were repeated by pay TV broadcaster Foxtel in the late 1990s.

Because the series ran for such a long time and featured young performers, Young Talent Time made an indelible mark on the psyche of several generations of Australian children, leading them to believe that if they tried hard enough, they too could be a 'star' like the kids they saw on television[citation needed].

One memorable aspect of the show was the regular closing number, where Johnny Young would croon the Beatles' song "All My Loving" (with which he had an Australian hit in the 1960s), accompanied by the entire cast, in an almost lullaby style, individually wishing all of the cast good night.

Late in the show's run, Young Talent Time launched an American based show, "New Generation", produced in Australia starring certain members of the Young Talent Team with a new American host named Michael Young. It was screened twice weekly in the US. Europe and Canada.

Alumni

Members of the Young Talent Team who found continued success after leaving the series include Tina Arena, Jamie Redfern, Dannii Minogue, Debra Byrne. Three of the original Logie winning team, Trevor Hindmarch, Derek Redfern and Julie Ryles elected not to continue their singing careers after years of service. Trevor Hindmarch spent many years acting in stage productions such as Death Of A Salesman, The Wind Of Heaven, Candlelight and in the latter part of his career he switched back to television shows like Janus(ABC) and Channel 7's Logie award winning Blue Heelers. Hindmarch also served three years as a soldier in the Australian Army Reserve and since 1994, after retiring from acting, he has directed his own business in the Australian Thoroughbred Racing Industry. [1] His Racing Software, Profiler, has been highly praised by well known horse trainers and racing publications as the most reliable program for Australian thoroughbreds.

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