The Dream with Roy & H.G. (2000– )

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A watershed program in Australian television, The Dream aired every night for the 15 nights of the Sydney Olympic Games. Roy and HG engaged in loosely scripted banter, hilarious athlete ... See full summary »

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A watershed program in Australian television, The Dream aired every night for the 15 nights of the Sydney Olympic Games. Roy and HG engaged in loosely scripted banter, hilarious athlete interviews, and most famously a reinterpretation of Gymnastics, Greco-Roman Wrestling, Weight-lifting and Diving with their own distinctive commentary style. Written by Benjamin Sharp <absharp@hotmail.com>

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The Greatest Show on Earth for two weeks!
4 November 2000 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

The Sydney 2000 Olympic Games were amazing. Everyone except NBC had a great time, and about four days into the whole thing, people noticed that after coverage of the actual Games finished on Channel 7, Roy and HG were doing their thing for the other two hours of the day. As Australians, we knew them, knew their humour and how they worked. Foreigners in town for the Games were shocked as to how two complete `unknowns' dared to make fun of the IOC, and present its own anarchic Olympic Mascot, Fatso the Fat-arsed Wombat. As anyone who was there will remember, Fatso (The Battler's Prince) became a celebrity. Athletes smuggled him around so they could hold him on the podium as they received their medal. Gary Hall Jr was seen pouring beer down his throat. He dived off the platform and sank straight to the bottom. And when the time came to auction him off, he went for over $80,000 and now rests in Channel 7's Hall of Fame. But back to the actual show. Roy and HG pulled no punches in making fun of everything. Drug scandals, falls in gymnastics, the sheer stupidity of greco-roman wrestling, and fencing's incomprehensible rules. They even made fun of the whole pin craze, with the special Fatso pins, that were worth so much (no one is allowed to make another) They were a huge success, with everyone wanting a ticket to the live presentation. Unless you were an athlete, in which case you wanted to be on it. The studio was the hottest place in the world. It's strange - before the Olympics, John Clarke's series on ABC (`The Games') was seen as the best commentary on what was going to be a huge disaster. The Dream came on, with a terrific idea, that the whole thing was going to be great. They were right, and were THE huge success story of Sydney 2000. Channel 7 had better release a video set. It'll sell like hotcakes. It was simply, the best thing on TV for two weeks, and is now only a memory. It's strange - people miss the Games, because they were so much fun, but we all remember the Dream.


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