It should do, because Shane Porteous was the bloke who went on to achieve fame as Dr Elliot in the long running soapie, A Country Practice.
In hindsight I was probably much too young to be staying up, hugging my knees and watching horror movies with the lights out – but for whatever reason my parents allowed me.
The show was popular with teenagers and uni students who were attracted as much by the schlock horror as by the host and his acidic wit (drugs might have had something to do with it too).
In the opening sequence, Bannerman dressed to look like one of the living dead from a George Romero film, is shown wheeling a coffin across the rooftop of the Channel 10 at North Ryde and through its darkened corridors to the studio – his coffin it suggests?
Only a few fragments of film and video footage of Deadly Earnest survive, because the show went out live and was not recorded.
Bannerman achieved something of a cult following and ended up releasing his own record, Rave In Peace, with his band The Grave Situation.
One of the songs was about Cec Cook’s Magic Shop which he was always plugging on the show.