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Tracy '80

Television, 1980

Tracy Barr succeeded Andrew Shaw and Richard Wilde (aka Wilkins) as TV2’s afternoon children’s host. She first appeared on Tracy’s GTS (Good Time Show) in 1979. The weekly Tracy ’80 followed a year later with a resident band, guests, contests and field stories. Barr drew criticism for her Kiwi accent and lack of rounded vowels (as would Karyn Hay soon after) and for her wriggling. But viewers didn’t seem to mind. Tracy ’80 was replaced by Dropakulcha in 1981 and then Shazam! (with Phillip Schofield). Tracy Barr now lives in Australia.