Daniel Burt June 28, 2012
Exhibits include the gloves of Prisoner's Joan Ferguson.
Marvel at dubious detritus from Australia's broadcast history.
THE Australian Museum of Modern Media boasts all manner of trashy treasure for nostalgic television fans. Among the most prized exhibits donated or lent by companies and individuals are Paul Hogan's Foster's Lagerphone; the German scout car from The Sullivans; Rolf Harris's wobble board; and Zig and Zag's hats.
-The Age, December 6, 1988
We are proud to announce 10 exciting new acquisitions to augment our already formidable collection of TV memorabilia. Contemporary items will be showcased alongside favourites such as the legendary black glove worn by Joan ''The Freak'' Ferguson to molest inmates on Prisoner, as well as a tennis ball coated in the dry slobber of Neighbours star Bouncer the dog. The following additions are sure to entice a whole new generation of small-screen enthusiasts:
Matt Preston's bouillabaisse-stained cravat
This floral neck-cloth was worn only once by MasterChef's foodie connoisseur, before being irredeemably sullied by a contestant's pungent fish stew. The offending burgundy-coloured broth was not splattered during food preparation, but rather by George Calombaris, who tried to say ''bouillabaisse'' with his mouth full.
The cricket bat from The Slap
This stickerless Slazenger V100 is at the centre of the ABC's hit Melbourne-based drama series. A game of backyard cricket descends into mayhem and alters lives forever when an obnoxious child swings this bat in defiance of being given out LBW. One glance at this piece of willow and you can almost hear Alex Dimitriades' sweet smack of flesh.
Big Brother's 'dancing doona'
Australia's Big Brother house has seen many thrills, but its most memorable spill belonged to Pete and Christina, who consummated their season-one courtship with a surreptitious and headline-grabbing hand shandy. This 80 per cent goose down, Japara cotton-covered quilt has been DNA tested for authenticity. The exhibit also features commentary of the infamous footage by Pete Timbs himself, who is now an entertainment reporter and can be seen regularly moralising on the behaviour of celebrities in the public eye.
The Red Faces gong
This giant Hey Hey It's Saturday prop played a crucial role in the humiliation of countless amateur performers over decades. The flat metal disc and mallet were retired in 2009, not long after they were used to silence the Jackson Jive, who blacked up to the horror of New Orleans singer Harry Connick jnr. (We also have on display from that incident the shoe polish and two of the afro wigs.)
Lara Bingle has taken time out from Being Lara Bingle to be Lara Bingle in one of our glass display cabinets. The eerily lifelike reality star is with us for a limited time only, so where the bloody hell are you? Flash photography encouraged.
Tracy Grimshaw's stress ball
The veteran host of A Current Affair absent-mindedly destroys nearly a dozen stress balls a year as she introduces stories that can't help but undermine her personal self-worth. Ms Grimshaw discreetly channels her internal seething into malleable foam toys, one of which sits proudly in our museum with a broken hand mirror previously owned by Today Tonight's Matthew White.
The Block's chump hat
This soft, patchwork dunce's headgear is a triumph of comical millinery. Losing contestants are crowned weekly in a ceremony the program stages to degrade contestants who are already degraded by renovating properties for months with no guarantee of recompense.
Kyle Sandilands' lie detector
The controversial radio personality was sacked as a judge on Australian Idol after hooking up a 14-year-old girl to a polygraph and asking if the rape she had just revealed was her only sexual experience. This state-of-art polygraph comes with the original printout that visually documents a low point in Australian prurience. A must-see.
Biggest Loser holograms
It's a magical moment in Biggest Loser finales: healthy and triumphant contestants walk down the red carpet beside near-naked holograms of their former fatter selves. We have reproduced the special catwalk in our museum, so you can get up close and personal with your favourite Biggest Loser contestant hologram. Highlights include Bob, the weightless 167.8-kilogram season-four winner, and from Biggest Loser: Families, the hologram version of the Duncan twins.
The wind machine from The Voice
We are honoured to have on temporary loan the actual apparatus used on Channel Nine's juggernaut talent quest. This sleek 2500rpm fan adds an ethereal quality to even the most underwhelming performance. Whether you have a full head of hair or are as bald as a badger, our interactive display is sure to re-create the sensation of being judged by millions. Cherish the moment forever with a professionally made DVD of your two-minute karaoke performance.
Come and celebrate the history of Australian television with us! Ample parking.
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