Simon Townsend's Wonder World!: The First Episode

Title:
Simon Townsend's Wonder World!: The First Episode
NFSA ID:
34042
Year:
1979
Courtesy:
Simon TownsendNetwork Ten
Category:
Access fees

After two pilots and six years of trying to get a current affairs-style program produced specifically for kids onto the airwaves, Simon Townsend finally hosts the first episode of Simon Townsend's Wonder World!. 

In this clip, Simon introduces the show and the very first report – a quirky story about miniature mouse portraits, or 'mousterpieces', by reporter Angela Catterns. 

Note that the first episode did not include the now famous 'Wonder World!' theme song, which was not written until later in the first season.

At the start of this show is the 1976 hit from the Starland Vocal Band, 'Afternoon Delight'. The song was replaced after Simon was made aware of the suggestive nature of the song's lyrics.