Author(s): Nigel Giles
Number 96 was one of the most groundbreaking and controversial TV shows in the history of Australian television. It was not only the first show to feature on-screen nudity, it portrayed gay, transgender and interracial relationships with honesty that was way ahead of its time. It was also a technical innovator, writing, filming and marketing at a pace that saw over a 1000 episodes, a movie, numerous books and spin-offs created in the space of five years. This is the story of the magic and mania of Number 96, told by the people who made it. Number 96 created characters and stories that have stood the test of time. So powerful was the show's influence that after forty-five years it still commands a devoted cult following continues and to attract new fans who can scarcely believe what Number 96 was able to get away with.