It has been 10 years this week since The Project graced our screens, and Carrie Bickmore has been there for all ten of them.
But the show, which took out its eighth Logie for Most Popular Panel or Current Affairs Program a few weeks ago, has come a long way in a decade. In fact, Carrie and her original co-hosts didn’t expect the show to last beyond the first episode.
“On the first show we didn’t have an audience… Hughsey [who was on the original panel] cracked the absolute shits,” Carrie told host of podcast You’ve Gotta Start Somewhere Rachel Corbett.
Carrie Bickmore has only just returned to The Project after maternity leave. Post continues after video.
“I remember thinking ‘why is he so worried about an audience, this is a new show. We don’t need an audience’. He couldn’t have been more right. Without an audience the show wouldn’t be what it is,” she said.
The show was called The 7PM project for the first two years before adopting its current name.
It started with Carrie Bickmore, Dave Hughes and Charlie Pickering, before Peter Hellier took over from Dave and Waleed Aly replaced Charlie. That’s not including the current weekend rotation of Lisa Wilkinson, Tommy Little and Hamish Macdonald.