The shared history and culture of Australia and the UK are well-documented and cover just about everything you can imagine. The music, celebrity culture, high art, fashion, and films of the two countries are very closely entwined and continue to influence each other to this day.
One area where this is abundantly clear is the realm of television, where a huge number of Australia’s biggest shows today are actually based on British originals (and vice versa, albeit to a lesser extent). Read on to find out the biggest Australian telly shows that are actually based on British shows.
One of the most popular series in Oz right now, Gogglebox takes a format that sounds incredibly dull – watching others watch the week’s biggest telly shows – and turns it into a hilarious show that shines a light on how people typically spend their evenings with loved ones, huddled around the box. As many people probably know already, Gogglebox is based on the original UK version, which continues to air on Channel 4 every week.
The Great Australian Bake-Off
If you are surprised by this entry, you need to watch more TV. The Great Australian Bake-Off, presented by Claire Hooper and Mel Buttle, takes its inspiration directly from one of the biggest UK talent shows in the world right now: The Great British Bake-Off. The GBBO has inspired copycat versions in more than a dozen countries, and ‘straya is no exception here.
Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?
One of the most famous game shows ever created and one that completely raised the stakes for what it means to win a televised quiz show, WWTBAM continues to be one of Australia’s top weekend watches. As many already may know, the show was originally created in the UK for ITV, catapulting the presenter Chris Tarrant to international fame.
The show has become so popular in recent years that it has even been adopted into various online game formats. One example that is played across the UK right now is the online Slingo game based on the show, in which players must guess the right numbers on the reels to win actual, real-money prizes. The Slingo edition of WWTBAM and other variants of bingo online by anyone in the UK who is looking to try their luck online.
Chris & Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway
Every Sunday, countless families across Australia cap off their weekends by sitting down to watch Chris and Julia as they put the public through its paces with various challenges, as well as perform various skits and funny bits. The show might seem ubiquitous to Australia, but it is actually directly based on a British predecessor called Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway, which has been going on since 2002.
Finally, let’s end on one that the Australians have almost definitely done better than their British forebearers. Masterchef Australia is based on the UK original, in which top chefs must compete to be crowned the best in the nation. However, Masterchef Australia has become so popular and critically acclaimed that this version actually takes up prime-time telly slots in the UK and is massively popular with British audiences. Evidently, older isn’t always better.
These are our top examples of the iconic Aussie TV shows that are actually based on British originals. Are there any that you think we missed?