Footy fans nostalgic for a small reminder of AFL’s iconic past are in luck as Channel 7 prepares to revive an old favourite.
Starting in 1994, Talking Footy was a beloved show that provided insight and analysis to the code, hosted by Bruce McAvaney and even enjoying a popular jingle.
Now it is being brought back in a third incarnation, as reported by the Herald Sun.
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The first version was on screens for a decade, with Leigh Matthews, Malcolm Blight and Mike Sheahan joining McAvaney on set.
The show was revived in 2013, hosted by McAvaney and then Luke Darcy and regularly featuring Wayne Carey and Brian Taylor before it became a victim of the global pandemic in 2020.
A finals version was well received last year, titled Talking Finals, featuring James Brayshaw, Tim Watson, Joel Selwood and Trent Cotchin.
Amid reports that Channel 7 has faced criticised for a lack of footy analysis programs as the sport’s free-to-air broadcaster, Talking Footy returns in 2024, with the same four faces as appeared in last year’s September offering.
Flag-winning skippers Selwood, 35, and 33-year-old Cotchin retired in 2022 and 2023 respectively and will be expected to add some modern views and ideas to the coverage.
Mitch Cleary, Channel 7’s chief footy reporter, will also be part of the new show.
The plan is to air the show at 9.30pm on Wednesdays in the traditional AFL states, including Victoria and South Australia, directly after the popular Front Bar program.
It is likely to be shown later in the evening on free-to-air in NSW and Queensland.