|Filmed||6th & 7th March 1976 (outside scenes - Hawkesbury River,
Koala Sanctuary, Cruise, Zoo
Tuesday 9th-12th March 1976 (Studio)
|Location||Hawkesbury River, Sydney
Kola Sanctuary, Bobbin Head, Sydney
Sydney Harbour; Taronga Park Zoo, Sydney
Channel 9 Studios, Artamon, Sydney, Australia
|Broadcast||Saturday 20th March 1976, Australia (in capital cities)
Saturday 27th March 1976, Australia (in regional centre)
March 31 Sydney, April 24 1976 Melbourne and May 23 Brisbane on Ch9
Wednesday, 7 April 1976, 8.30pm on Ch9
ABBA in Australia was broadcast in Sweden on 5th June 1976
9 October 1977, BBC1, UK (4.53pm)
30 December 1976, 9.50pm, rete 1, Italy called "ABBA Show"
|Released||ABBA Down Under (ABBA in Australia) has been officially released on DVD on the ABBA Deluxe Edition|
|Notes||There are three versions of this programme:
"THE BEST OF ABBA"
"ABBA DOWN UNDER" / "ABBA IN AUSTRALIA"
The third version is the same as the second except it has the medley of songs from the first version (Australian version in the studio only) played over the end credits/footage of the boomerang throwing).
A recently unearthed version of this special includes two performances by Australian country singer Lucky Starr who is also briefly interviewed by Benny and Björn. This segment was in the show due to local content laws - they had to have some local performer in the show. When Björn filmed the introduction to Lucky Star, he (Lucky Star) wasn't even in the studio at the time. Björn kept stuffing it up and calling him "Happy Star" which is why you hear a huge round of applause for Lucky Star. It was because Bjorn finally got his name right! The interview with Lucky Star was filmed at a different time.
A performance of Dancing Queen was recorded at the same time but not broadcast as part of "The Best of ABBA" programme. It was included in the "ABBA Down Under / ABBA In Australia" version of the programme. It was used as a promotional clip for the song later in the year, most notably on the UK's "Top Of The Pops" programme. This clip was shown on 'Bandstand' in Australia in 1976.
Hasta Manana Ring Ring Tropical Loveland
Waterloo I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do, I Do Rock Me Honey Honey
Fernando So Long SOS
Intro with Lucky Star
|Watch Out For||
Frida turning the wrong
way in "Ring Ring" - they are supposed to turn the same way but she turns in
an opposite direction to
Agnetha - but carries on so you'd never know.
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