Friday Flashback: Basically Black

Friday Flashback: Basically Black

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be aware that this post may contain images, voices and names of deceased persons.

2023 marks 50 years since Basically Black, the first ever all-Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander TV show, was seen in Australia.

The comedy pilot was shown on ABC in 1973 with co-writers Bob Maza & Gary Foley plus Aileen Corpus, Zac Martin and Bindi Williams.

Some elements of the original script had been censored by ABC, described by Gary Foley as a “politically watered-down” version of the Nimrod stage show, upon which it was based.

You can watch in full here.

Period comedy may offend!