Filmed: Monday 29 October 1979
Location: Vienna, Austria
Broadcast: Sunday 4 November 1979, 18:30, ORF2, Austria
Release status: This programme has not been included on any officially released video or DVD
Duration: Full programme 1 hour, ABBA segment 8:56 minutes
Shown in: Austria
Okay was a music and cultural youth programme on ORF2 which ran from 4 November 1979 to 4 October 1987, in 1 hour long on Sunday evening at 18:30. (In the 80's in 2-weeks.)
The hosts were Peter Hofbauer and Vera Russwurm. The first report of the first episode was Helmut Frodl’s report about ABBA's concert in Vienna showing footage of them arriving by private jet, passing through passport control and signing autographs. Benny and Björn gave a small interview.
Gimme!, Gimme!, Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) and Chiquitita promos were shown.
Click here for a TV listing from Arbeiter-zeitung - 4 November 1979, p.15.
Host: We want to talk about young people who have fulfilled their youth's dream, for example ABBA, who stayed here in Austria at the beginning of this week and were backed by a children school choir from Vienna during their concert.
Speaker: On the 29th of October Vienna hosted ABBA's world tour 79. It started in September with great success in America and in the middle of November it will end in Ireland. With this simple tour, the four Swedes don't want to present only their brand new album Greatest Hits II but they want to prove once more their popularity among audiences, that have seemed enthusiastic. ABBA have been successful for 7 years and, since Ring Ring and Waterloo, they released hit after hit, which means 80 millions of Schillings by the end of 1978.
Gimme! Gimme! Gimme! (A Man After Midnight) video is played.
Boy: Their names are Benny, Björn, "Anna"-Frid and Agnetha. They have formed a group and got really successful.
Interviewer: Are you happy to sing with them?
Children: Yes, of course! (they sing Thank You For The Music).
Interviewer: For many people the ABBA story sounds like fairy-tale. What do you think about it?
Benny: In my opinion, it isn't. There's hard work behind it. We were both in music business before ABBA started, you know.
Björn: We've been in the business for quite some time, even before ABBA, which means being in showbiz and being well known, etc.
Interviewer: Was the unexpected success a kind of dream-come-true?
Björn: I can remember that when I was a child, I often dreamed about becoming a star. But once you achieve it, you tend to forget about that.
Interviewer: Have you got any particular connection with Vienna?
Benny: Yes, we've been here a couple of times. Moreover, Austria was one of the first countries that gave us a chance.
Chiquitita video is played. Some fans are shown after the concert.
The teens interviewed are enthusiastic about the event, telling also that ABBA was very kind with them, signing autographs. When they're asked if they see any flaws in the band, they answer that they love them ("Super!"), also because they are always cool and up-to-date.
Björn: Benny and I will soon retire and start composing, maybe in Florida. In February we're in the studio and in March we will be on tour in Japan. After that we're going home and will start writing something new.
Benny: Afterwards, we're going to South America and recording some TV-specials there.
Interviewer: Has it got something to do with the success of Chiquitita in Spanish?
Benny: Of course. We didn't expect such huge success, but when you sing in another language, you can reach different audiences.
(thanks to Veronica Armellini)