Classic episodes of Countdown are returning to ABC TV on Sunday nights

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Gather the family and relive the landmark Australian music TV show each Sunday night.

Thirty years since we said goodbye to Molly Meldrum and the Countdown team, the show returns to Australian TV in its trusty Sunday night timeslot. Yes, the ABC is bringing classic episodes of Countdown back to Sunday nights starting this September.

For 13 weeks, you can see some of the most beloved episodes of the show from the 70s and 80s, including performances and interviews from guests like Tina Turner, David Bowie, Split Enz, The Church, I’m Talking, Blondie and heaps more. The show ran from 1974 to 1987, so there is plenty of incredible material to choose from.

While there have been Countdown episodes repurposed on Rage in years past, Classic Countdown will be a bit different. For a start, the original episodes have been meticulously restored so they’ll look and sound better than ever. The team behind it have also scoured the archives to uncover performances that you would not have seen for decades, if at all.

There will be special guest narration from artists who performed on the show being played – John Paul Young, Kate Ceberano, Steve Kilbey and Richard Clapton among them – while Gavin Wood will be return as the Countdown announcer.

It might not be the Recovery reboot so many of you have been crying out for, but it will be a great chance to relive one of the most important forces in the history of Australian music.

There will also be a new 4CD collection, packed with memorable performances from the original series, released to coincide with the program’s return. It’s out Friday 15 September.

Countdown returns to ABC TV at 6pm Sunday nights from Sunday 17 September. Find out more at their website

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