The second in our occasional series looking at what was on TV on this day in years past.
Today we’re going back to Wednesday 10 October 1990 in Melbourne, as listed in Sunday Sun TV Extra (with Annie Jones on the cover).
Today (Nine) battles out with Good Morning Australia (Ten) for the morning news viewers. Seven and ABC both catering to the youth market at that time of day with cartoons and old favourites Sesame Street and Play School.
Mid-mornings are largely taken up by re-runs on Seven plus the obligatory pre-school program, Fat Cat And Friends. Nine has Here’s Humphrey followed by chat show In Melbourne Today, hosted by Ernie Sigley and Denise Drysdale. Ten has the national Til Ten program with Joan McInnes, followed by Mulligrubs, Ten Morning News and then Another World marks the beginning of the daily run of US soaps.
After Eleven AM, Seven’s midday movie is Finnegan Begin Again from 1984, starring Mary Tyler Moore, up against Midday With Ray Martin (Nine) and Ten’s soap double Santa Barbara and The Bold And The Beautiful. SBS begins its broadcast day with the Russian news bulletin, Vremya, then goes back to test pattern until its children’s shows kick in later in the afternoon.
Ten’s afternoon includes US talk show Donahue (Ten), then re-runs of The Rockford Files and Gimme A Break — while Nine’s Days Of Our Lives and The Young And The Restless keep the soap suds flowing.
After school shows include Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles and Now You See It on Seven, Mr Merlin and The Bugs Bunny Show on Nine and Double Dare, Charles In Charge and Candid Camera on Ten.
The 6.00pm hour starts off with news bulletins on all of Seven, Nine and Ten, while ABC caters for music fans with Countdown Revolution and SBS has Dutch sitcom Say Aah before Mary Kostakidis and World News.
Seven then goes to Home And Away at 6.30pm, avoiding a clash with Ten’s Neighbours at 7.00pm, before going into current affairs with Hinch, which in turn dodges a clash with A Current Affair (Nine).
The Flying Doctors (Nine) and E Street (Ten) provide more Australian drama while Seven’s comedy hour includes Hey Dad! and Full House.
The 1990 AFI Awards are presented at the World Congress Centre, Melbourne, with a 90-minute telecast on ABC. Seven and Nine have both slotted movie re-runs at 8.30pm, while Ten presents the final chapter of mini-series Shadows Of The Heart, starring Jerome Ehlers, Josephine Byrnes and Marcus Graham (pictured).
Couchman and Lateline present late news and discussion on ABC, while Tonight Live With Steve Vizard (Seven) presents variety and Robbo’s The World Tonight (Nine) gives a unique take on the news. Ten has a five-minute late news break before going into a repeat of Prisoner. Ten then crosses to Newswatch — overnight coverage of news from CNN — which takes them through to Good Morning Australia.
ABC shuts down by midnight, while SBS has a late movie from Vietnam before it signs off just after 1.00am. Seven’s relay of Today from NBC is followed by Unsolved Mysteries, Rituals, Generations, Singles, Trial By Jury and Ocean Quest.
Nine’s overnight movies include La Cage Aux Folles III from 1986 and The Happy Time from 1952, before Dukes Of Hazzard and The Young Doctors take us through to daybreak.
Source: Sunday Sun TV Extra, 7 October 1990.
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