EXCLUSIVE | A new twist in the Denise Drysdale HOLEY MOLEY accident


This story contains factual errors. A story with updated information can be found HERE

Despite the claims and counterclaims TV BLACKBOX can reveal new details about the golf buggy involved in that infamous incident

A scene from the US version of Holey Moley where electric shocks are given to contestants who miss a putt (image – ABC)

When news first broke that TV icon Denise Drysdale had suffered a serious accident on the set of Channel 7’s new game show Holey Moley, fans were left very concerned about the aging star.

Taking part in a game called ‘Frankenputt’ contestants are given an electric shock if they miss a putt.

As TV Blackbox previously reported it was not the electrodes that caused Ding Dong to fall, resulting in a hospital visit.

Instead, the comic was playing up to the crowd, in her usual wonderful way, on a flat part of the course. Her back was injured in several places.

That report from October 9, which has been picked up by several media, has been disputed by Denise and her close friend Craig Bennett. During a phone call with Drysdale on Studio 10 last week Bennett referenced those reports:

“And you were not playing silly buggers, that needs to be clear, unlike some stupid reports”

Denise backed up that statement saying she was not playing silly buggers and she was put:

“In a situation where I shouldn’t have even been there”

Sources have again confirmed to TV Blackbox the incident took place during a break in filming. We have also been told Drysdale was chasing a golf buggy around when she fell. The golf buggy part of the story has not previously been mentioned as part of the series of events.

We can also reveal conversations are taking place within Channel 7 right now as to whether to air the mishap. We are told executives are currently favouring the idea of airing the clip as an ending was filmed on the night.

There is no doubt Denise has been seriously hurt by the fall. Not only has she spent time in hospital but she also told Studio 10 she now needs help to do simple tasks while she is in recovery.

The veteran entertainer had only just recovered from knee surgery.

You can hear the full story in the latest episode of the TV Blackbox podcast.

Also in this episode;

  • 3.20 – Denise Drysdale’s big accident – what you haven’t heard!
  • 7.20 – Week 44 ratings wrap
  • 11.41 – Is Pete Evans really heading into the jungle?
  • 21.09 – Has Firass Dirani killed his career?
  • 27.01 – AACTA nominations
  • 27.53 – The Goodies turn 50
  • 30.25 – Hatches & Dispatches
  • 32.24 – The Big Issue: Legacy
  • 46.40 – TV Blackvault

Robert McKnight
"Leading TV commentator" - The Daily Telegraph. "Known for his impeccable sources in the TV industry" - The Daily Mail. Robert McKnight is a highly regarded Australian Television Producer having worked at SEVEN, NINE and TEN during his 25 years in the industry. Publicly he is most well-known for creating and producing STUDIO 10 but has worked on SUNRISE, THE MORNING SHOW plus other prime time productions in addition to creating award-winning news campaigns for both 7NEWS and 9NEWS. Currently Rob is the host and producer of the TV BLACKBOX, MCKNIGHT TONIGHT and MONSTERS WHO MURDER podcasts plus host & executive producer of the video streaming show THE BEN, ROB & ROBBO SHOW.



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