Each week the closing credits were played over this sequence as Aunty Jack (Grahame Bond), with Thin Arthur (Rory O’Donoghue) in the side car, rode aggressively over the top and into her royal domain of Wollongong, to the signature tune of the series, Farewell Aunty Jack.
In its day the program effectively pushed the boundaries of what could be done on television. It’s hard to imagine from today’s perspective those times of thirty years ago when to say 'bloody’ on the ABC (the nation’s public broadcaster), sent a frisson through the viewing public, not to mention a pantomime dame with a moustache and a boxing glove called Aunty Jack, threatening to punch anyone who didn’t watch her program. It was a bold and brave decision by the ABC to program this, over the many objections it received.
The Aunty Jack song was one of the earliest video clips, showcasing a great character and a memorable tune that stays with you so that you find yourself humming it long after the program is finished. The clip itself is still visually fresh and amusing although a little slow, but in its day was very stylish, and its technique was often copied. It was unusual in those days, and probably still is, to find a comedy show with several musical sequences in each program.
As with most filmed sequences at the ABC in the transition from black-and-white to colour, the opening and closing musical sequences of The Aunty Jack Show were filmed in colour although all programs were transmitted in black-and-white until the changeover date. Then with a fanfare at midnight on the 1 March 1975, despite Aunty Jack threatening to hold it back, colour was introduced on Australian television for the first time and audiences found themselves having to upgrade to a colour television set.