Australia has had only a few TV Horror Hosts,
with many of them known as Deadly Earnest.

The first Deadly character was performed by
Roland Barnes. The idea of the character was
developed by Max Bostock of the Western
Australian television station - TVW-7 in 1959.

The idea for a Deadly was picked up by four other
states from 1966 to 1978.

Barnes was born in Lancashire (United Kingdom)
in 1926. After arriving in Australia, he spent
time in Queensland in the 1950's and later
in Western Australia, where he played
Charlie Davenport in the stage show "Annie Get
Your Gun",

and "The Teahouse of the August Moon" at the
Playhouse, Perth; as well as other productions

Barnes - old gentleman on the left

Although sources state that Barnes commenced as
Deadly Earnest in 1961, other sources suggest
that it may have been from 16 October 1959
until November 1960.

He returned to the United Kingdom and was
married on 31 December 1960. He died in 2014.

These behind the scenes photographs are all
that has survived from the show.


Internet Movie Data Base
"Aweful Movies with Deadly Earnest"

Internet Movie Data Base
"Roland Barnes"

"Deadly Earnest"

Rocket's Retro TV Tribute Site
"Deadly Earnest: Western Australia - Roland Barnes"

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