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The Price is Right

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Garry Meadows (1973-1974)
Ian Turpie (1981-1986/1989)
Larry Emdur (1993-1998/2003-2005/2012)
John Deeks (1981-1986)
Gavin Wood (1989)
Shaun Cosgrove (1993-1998/2003-2005)
Brodie Young (2012)
Network Ten: 5 February 1973-1974
Australia 1984
Seven Network: 7 September 1981-1986
Australia 1989
Network Ten: 1989
L PriceIsRight AUS 1996
AUS 2003
AUS 2005
Nine Network: 13 December 1993-1998, 23 June 2003-24 November 2005
Seven Network: 7 May-19 December 2012
Grundy Organization (1973-1974/1981-1986/1989/1993-1998/2003-2005)
Fremantlemedia Australia (2012)

The Price is Right is an Australian television game show based on the long-running U.S. game show of the same name that has been produced in a number of different formats. Keep in mind that this is not to be confused with the original 1957 show of the same name.

Seven Network (1981-1986) & Network Ten (1989)Edit

The New Price Is Right aired on Seven Network from 1981–1986 with host Ian Turpie and announcer John Deeks. In 1984, the show introduced a "carry-over" format with returning champions. Up to that point, the format of the show consisted of three pricing games, the Showcase Playoff, and the Showcase. The new format replaced the third game with the Showcase Showdown from the American version, with 100 earning a bonus prize. The winner faced the champion in the Showcase Playoff, whose winner advanced to the Showcase.

The show returned in 1989 for an hour-long version, again hosted by Turpie airing Saturday nights on Network Ten as part of Network Ten's attempted revamp that year; however, it only lasted 12 episodes. The format resembled the US version, with three games, then a Showcase Showdown, then repeat. The two Showdown winners then competed in the Showcase Playoff, with the winner advancing to the Showcase.

Pricing Game LineupEdit

The following pricing games were played during Ian Turpie's tenure:

  • Any Number (Sometimes played for a car)
  • Bonus Game
  • Bullseye
  • Dice Game (never played for a car)
  • Grocery Game (sometimes played for a car)
  • Lucky $even (played for a car)
  • Race Game
  • Range Game
  • Switcheroo
  • Two Price Tags (Double Prices)
  • Hole in One (Mini-Golf / Putt Putt)

Nine Network (1993-1998 & 2003-2005)Edit

The Price Is Right was revived again from 1993–1998 on Nine Network, hosted by Larry Emdur with announcer Shawn Cosgrove. The show used the original format of the 1981-86 edition.

The show returned on 23 June 2003 on the Nine Network, again with Emdur (earlier news reports had speculated that former A*mazing host James Sherry would be the star, but it never happened). This show carried on the same format until 2004, when it was made a one-hour show to combat the Seven Network's hit Deal or No Deal, in the hopes that people would stay tuned to the channel for the news after watching the first half hour. This format involved four pricing games; after the second and fourth games, a Showcase Showdown was played, with a $1,000 bonus for achieving a total score of $1. The two Showdown winners then competed in the Showcase Playoff, with the winner advancing to the Showcase.

Cars given away on the mid-'90s version of the program were provided by Daihatsu and later SEAT. Early in the 2003 run, Suzuki cars were used for both the pricing games and the Showcase; once the Mega Showcase was introduced, Citroën cars were used for the pricing games, while Alfa Romeo cars were used for the Showcase. Holden replaced Citroen in 2005.

The show was replaced for a period of one week with a daily version of Who Wants To Be a Millionaire?

The Showcase at this time also added a prize of a condominium on the Sunshine Coast, making the showcase worth between $500,000 and $600,000, and making it known as the "Mega Showcase". Before the last prize was revealed (or if the producers knew the contestant was going to lose by misplacing a prize) they were tempted with a "cash buyout" of between $1,000 and $50,000. Three people won the "Mega Showcase" - Marisa Tamboro (15 September 2004), Laurie Dennis (exactly one week after Marisa won it), and Joanne Segeviano (3 March 2005). Another person did get the Mega Showcase prizes in correct order, but he took the cash buyout of $50,000.

After a few months the show returned to a half-hour, albeit with a new format. Only two pricing games were played each day, followed by a single Showcase Showdown whose winner advanced immediately to the prize-ordering part of the Showcase. The Showcase dropped the condominium as the top prize, but a cash jackpot was added to the boot of the car to entice the bidder. It was then renamed the "Monster Showcase".

The Mega Showcase win of $664,667 (about US$612,000 or S$850,000) won by Segeviano was a world record for the Price franchise that stood until exactly three years later, in February 2008, when Adam Rose won $1,153,908 on the U.S. primetime version of the show.

The programme ended on 24 November 2005 and Larry Emdur then signed with the Seven Network to revive the ailing Wheel of Fortune, which was then cancelled after only a few months.

Pricing game lineupEdit

The following pricing games were played during Larry Emdur's tenure:

  • Any Number (never played for a car)
  • Bump
  • Buy or Sell
  • Cliff Hangers (frequently played for a car- here the climber was named "Cliff" and he had a dog named "Spot" climbing with him)
  • Clock Game
  • Cover Up
  • Dice Game (never played for a car)
  • Five Price Tags
  • Flip Flop
  • Grocery Game (sometimes played for a car)
  • Hole in One
  • Line 'Em Up
  • Magic #
  • Make Your Move
  • Money Game (never played for a car)
  • One Away
  • One Dollar Deal (Lucky $even)
  • Race Game
  • Range Game
  • Safe Crackers
  • Side by Side
  • Split Decision
  • Squeeze Play
  • Switch?
  • Switcheroo
  • Temptation
  • 2 for the Price of 1
  • Two Price Tags (Double Prices)

Pricing Game PicturesEdit


The models of The Price is Right often drew as much interest as the show itself. Many of the models have become celebrities in their own right. Some of these models include:

  • Danielle Atkin
  • Kimberley Chen
  • Chris Frankish
  • Kellie Johns
  • Kathy Lloyd
  • Elise May
  • Roz Roy
  • Jacqee Saunders
  • Samantha Steele
  • Sarita Stella
  • Susan Thorne

Other PicturesEdit

Random PicsEdit

Pics from a 1996 episodeEdit

Pics from a 2003 episodeEdit

Seven Network (2012)Edit

The Price Is Right was revived again in 2012 on Seven Network, hosted by Larry Emdur with announcer Brodie Young. The show is using the logo and look of the French version.

Speculation of an Australian revival started when Emdur, during a winter 2011 trip to Los Angeles (July), visited CBS Television City, where U.S. version host Drew Carey had Emdur call down a contestant and host Cliff Hangers during a taping in July for an episode that aired in December 2011. Furthermore, U. S. version announcer George Gray appeared on Rove LA, an Australian chat show also taped at CBS Television City (Studio 56) and has featured a Price prop appear on the show often.

In 2012 it was reported in various local newspapers in Melbourne and Sydney that the Seven Network were looking at reviving the franchise.

On 28 March 2012, the Seven Network confirmed that the show would return with host Larry Emdur and will air on the Seven Network.

On 4 April 2012, production on the game show began, with its debut scheduled for 7 May at 5:00pm, leading into Deal or No Deal, which will remain at 5:30pm. However, the cash and prizes featured were a lot less in value than the previous versions, which disappointed many viewers. A scandal was also confirmed in this version.

The show was cancelled on 7 December 2012.

Pricing Game LineupEdit

The current series has 16 games on rotation, including:

  • Check-Out
  • Cliff Hangers
  • Danger Price
  • Hi-Lo
  • Hole in One
  • It's in the Bag
  • Pick-A-Pair
  • Push Over
  • Plinko
  • Safe Crackers
  • Secret X
  • Squeeze Play
  • Take Two


Pics from a 2012 episodeEdit


Typewriter Prize Cue - "The Typewriter" by Leroy Anderson

Board GamesEdit

Board Games based on The Price Is Right have been made by Crown & Andrews, including a "Party Night" version.

In Popular CultureEdit

Fictional scenes from The Price Is Right were featured in the 1997 comedy film The Castle, showing the narrator's sister appearing on the show, winning the amount of $4,321.


Official website 03' era (via Internet Archive)
Official Facebook Page (2012 era)

YouTube VideosEdit

Ian Turpie era (1981-1989)Edit

TNPIR (1981-1986)Edit

The New Price is Right promo 1983
HSV-7 Promo for "The New Price Is Right", 1984
HSV-7 Promo for "The New Price Is Right", 1984 (2)
HSV-7 Promo for "The New Price Is Right", 1984 (3)
HSV-7 Promo for "The New Price Is Right", 1984 (4)

TPIR (1989)Edit

Channel 10 The Price Is Right promo with Ian Turpie
ATV10 - The Price is Right Promo -Australian Ad 1990

Larry Emdur era (1993-2013)Edit

TPIR (1993-1998)Edit

The Price is Right Promo (9 Victoria)

TPIR (2003-2005)Edit

The Price is Right promo - September 2003

TPIR (2012-2013)Edit

SEVEN The Price is Right & Deal or no Deal Promo 2012

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