>> Funky Squad
Funky Squad began filming on 1 January 1995. The four characters were Cassie (Jane Kennedy), Stix (Santo Cliauro), Poncho (Tom Gleisner) and Grant (Tim Ferguson). It was a take off of all those dodgy 70s cop shows.
The wild and wacky concept was put together by the writers of ABC TV's Frontline and was originally going to star Rob Sitch as Grant, but that year Rob left Australia to study in the United States so Ferguson was approached and accepted the role.
Obviously, the cast were required to wear clothes that fitted the era, and Kitty Stuckey was responsible for clothing the actors in Funky Squad. There was "a $1000 budget for each episode", so Stuckey would scavenge around in all of Melbourne's second hand stores. The Salvation Army was a big help to her and she managed to acquire 400 kilograms of costumes from the Salvos from the 70's period.
Cassie was the sexy, intelligent, young 'chick' of the group. Played by Jane Kennedy, who donned a blonde wig and 'groovy clothes'. Cassie was a feminist, and during the series it was hinted at something more than a professional relationship between Cassie and Grant.
Stix was the guy with the ridiculous afro (wig). He was always trying to chat up fellow female officers or just about any other woman. "My name is Stix and I love chicks. Put us together and we really clicks. What's more I know all the tricks, no risks, Cause I'm Stix and I dig chicks" was his catchphrase.
Poncho was the silent member of the Funky Squad. Tom Gleisner played the character, who had been shot in the tongue and was unable to speak.
Funky Squad only ran for one season, with merchandise such as t-shirts, books and a video released.