Before the Summer Bay and Ramsey Street there was a block of flats in Paddington, "Number 96". The show premiered in 1972 and was an overnight sensation - the audience had never seen anything like it with its combination of sex, comedy and drama and characters that included a gay couple (when it was still illegal), migrants, hippies, troubled teens, a pantyhose murderer, lady bowlers and a Town Clerk. not to mention Satanists.
Millions tuned in five nights a week for their “fix” - as Phillip Adams commented at the time “many viewers are more involved in Number 96 than they are in their own community”. A fan of the show since he was a child, one of the few who were allowed to stay up and watch it, oral historian and author Nigel Giles spent fifteen years tracking down and interviewing writers, directors, crew and actors to tell the story of how the show was made. The result is an honest, entertaining and poignant behind the scenes look at “Australian TV’s most notorious address”.