Young Talent Time
is an Australian television
variety program screened on Network Ten
, running from 1971 until 1988. The series featured a core group of young performers in the vein of The Mickey Mouse Club
, and a weekly junior talent quest
. The Young Talent Team regularly performed popular classics along with the top hit songs of the day. The program was the creation of host Johnny Young
and launched the careers of a number of Australian performers including Kylie Minogue, Jamie Redfern, Tina Arena
and Dannii Minogue
Young Talent Time was produced by Lewis-Young Productions (the production partnership between host Johnny Young and his friend and colleague Kevin Lewis) and was taped mainly at the studios of ATV-10 in Nunawading, Melbourne although occasional shows were taped at the TEN-10 studios in Sydney or on location.
Many of the episodes from the early-mid 1970s no longer exist as the tapes were wiped for re-use, being the official Network Ten policy at the time. Later episodes from the series were repeated by pay TV broadcaster Foxtel in the late 1990s.
One memorable aspect of the show was the regular closing number, where Johnny Young would croon the Beatles' song "All My Loving" (with which he had an Australian hit in the 1960s), accompanied by the entire cast, in an almost lullaby style, individually wishing all of the cast good night.
Late in the show's run, Young Talent Time launched an American based show, "New Generation", produced in Australia starring certain members of the Young Talent Team with a new American host named Michael Young. It was screened twice weekly in the US. Europe and Canada.