On 5 February 2016 the NFSA devoted an evening to remembering 1966, Teenage Dream, featuring the premier Canberra screening of episode #117 of the Australian television teenage music show, Go!!, reconstructed and restored by the NFSA.
Here we Go!!
Go!! was ‘Australia’s swingin’est teenage show’. It was ranked number 10 in the ’50 Top Moments’ of Network Ten’s 50 Years Young special aired in August 2014.
Go!! first went to air on 4 August 1964, four days after ATV-0 Melbourne began transmission, and helped launch the 0-10 Network on its journey targeting a younger viewing audience. Within 12 months, Go!! was broadcast on 0/10 stations in Adelaide, Brisbane, Sydney and Perth. Go!! was also sold to Australian regional stations including CTC-7, Canberra’s first commercial television station. CTC-7 commenced screening the show at 6pm each Tuesday from January 1967.
The show’s popularity brought fame to many Australian pop artists, a decade before the arrival of ABC TV’s Countdown in 1974. Yet of the 222 episodes telecast between August 1964 and September 1967, only significant portions of seven episodes survive, and only episode 117, first broadcast on ATV 0 on 28 November 1966, survives in its entirety.