- Burke's Backyard
show_name = Burke's Backyard
runtime = 60 minutes (including commercials)
presenter = Host
Team Members (1987-2004)
Scott Cam Tara Dennis Geoff Jansz Rebecca Harris
Team Members (2007-)
Scott Cam Giaan Rooney Paul Clitheroe
country = AUS
language = English
12 September 1987
26 November 2004
num_episodes = 713 [cite news|first=Michael|last=Idato|authorlink=Michael Idato|title=Those were the days|url=http://www.smh.com.au/news/tv--radio/those-were-the-days/2007/04/29/1177787956160.html?page=7|work=
The Sydney Morning Herald|date= 2007-04-30|accessdate=2008-01-08]
website = http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/
imdb_id = 0244332
tv_com_id = 19242
"Burke's Backyard" is an
Australian gardening and lifestyle program, broadcast on both radioand television. On television, it was a regular weekly series on the Nine Networkfrom 1987to 2004and from 2007, the show has been revived with themed specials. Hosted by Don Burke, it is one of the most watched and adored programs in Australian television history and was the the first program on Australian television to fit in with the "lifestyle program" genre.
The program initially began on the Sydney AM radio station
2UEon Saturday and Sunday mornings before being picked up by the Nine Network in late 1987. The network then broadcast the show on Friday evenings for the next 17 years. It is currently being broadcast on radio by 2UE and syndicated stations on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The popularity of the show also lead to a spin-off magazine of the same name by Australian Consolidated Press. Don Burke would also later create backyard makeover show " Backyard Blitz" with Jamie Durie, which also proved to be very popular.
In the original television series, Don Burke has a number of assistant members throughout the 17 year run who come and go. The cooking expert was
Geoff Jansz, who also hosted the Channel Nine cooking show Fresh. Tara Denniscoordinated the fabrics and design section, while Rebecca Harriscoordinated the pet section as she also did in her own Nine series Animal Hospital. Harris also helps out with design and fabrics at times. Scott Camis Don's right hand man for 10 of the 17 years as the building, gardening and design expert. Other lesser members of the series who stay for only short times include current " The Great Outdoors" reporter Ernie Dingo, Jackie French, Elise Pascoeand Rosemary Stanton.
For the 2007 television specials, Don Burke is once again assisted mainly by Scott Cam. Former international swimmer
Giaan Rooneyalso joins the cast for the specials, giving tips regarding the environment, while financial expert Paul Clitheroeheads up the financial section.
The theme to "Burke's Backyard" is a modified version of John Williamson's "Home Among the Gum Trees", with the last line of the chorus changed from "and an old rocking chair" to "all in "Burke's Backyard".
The television show was consistently a very strong ratings performer for the
Nine Networkright through most of the 17 years it was screened. It occupied the Friday 7.30-8.30 timeslot right through this period. The ratings however dwindled during its final year and it was announced on 1 November 2004would be rested by the network. [cite news|title=Burke's Backyard axed|url=http://www.smh.com.au/articles/2004/11/01/1099262776390.html|work= The Sydney Morning Herald|date= 2004-11-01|accessdate=2008-01-08]
In the spring special return in 2007, the show posted a very encouraging 10th place in the weeks shows. It defeated both of its competing
Seven Networkshows including "Australia's Best Backyards" and "Hot Property", and was the most watched Nine Networkshow of the week.
* Better Homes and Gardens
List of Australian television series
List of Nine Network programs
* [http://www.burkesbackyard.com.au/ "Burke's Backyard" Official website]
* [http://colsearch.nfsa.afc.gov.au/nfsa/search/display/display.w3p;adv=yes;group=;groupequals=;holdingType=;page=0;parentid=;query=280036;querytype=;rec=0;resCount=10 Burke's Backyard at the National Film and Sound Archive]
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