The Lorrae Desmond Show was an early black and white, Australian television series, produced by James Upshaw which aired from 1960 to 1964 on the ABC hosted by singer and entertainer Lorrae Desmond, later best known for her role as Shirley Gilroy in soap opera/serial A Country Practice, who won the Gold Logie for the program.

It was a music and variety show, similar to The Dinah Shore Show in the US, with emphasis on live performances and dance numbers. The final episode aired on 27 April 1964.[1] Over 20 episodes of the series are held by the National Film and Sound Archive[2][3]

Desmond at the time had been described as a talent in the vein of a young Cicely Courtneidge.


  1. ^ "National Film and Sound Archives ---- Title Details".
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  3. ^ "New setting for modern society". The Australian Women's Weekly. 28 (3[?]). Australia. 8 February 1961. p. 50. Retrieved 1 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.