Simon Townsend's Wonder World! The Final Episode: Hello and Goodbye
This short compilation is from the very last episode of Simon Townsend's Wonder World! which was recorded on 22 April 1987. It was the 1,961st episode of the show.
The episode was a nostalgic trip down memory lane for viewers and featured many funny and memorable moments, plus some viewer favourites. It also includes an extended opening credits featuring every reporter who worked on the show.
How do you say goodbye after almost 2,000 episodes of a much-loved television show that ran for the best part of a decade? Simon Townsend's Wonder World! is a part of Australian television culture. Everyone gets a moment in this clip: past and present reporters, Townsend's animal co-hosts and scenes from popular episodes.
'Hello and goodbye', says Townsend paradoxically. His greeting and sign-off do not dwell on the sadness of the occasion but encourages viewers to smile and laugh (particularly at the bloopers). In all, this is a fitting farewell to a milestone in Australian children's television entertainment.