Show Business: Black, White and Blue

"Tonight at 8:30, television loses its virginity!" proclaimed the ad in Sydney's Daily Mirror. An irresistible come-on, and most sets in Australia's largest city probably flicked to Channel 10 that night in March to see what the action was. Most of them have stayed there ever since, and No. 96, a kind of salacious Peyton Place, has not only jumped to the top of the ratings but changed Australian nighttime habits. Even at posh parties hostesses expect half their guests to hover around the set while the show is on.

No. 96 is the...

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