8 August 1970: Pop star Allison Durbin

8 August 1987: Helen Wellings (The Investigators)

8 August 1992: Georgie Parker and Mary Coustas (Acropolis Now)

8 August 1998: Martin Sacks and Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers)

8 August 2009: Amy Mathews and Jon Sivewright (Home And Away)

8 August 1959: GTV9, Melbourne, screens the play They Were Big, They Were Blue, They Were Beautiful, part of the Shell Presents series. The play was originally performed live-to-air at ATN7, Sydney, in June and videotaped for broadcast in Melbourne.

8 August 1964: The end of ATV0’s first full week of transmission ends with the debut of Goal To Goal, presenting highlights and discussion of the day’s VFL matches, and The Ray Taylor Show, a late night variety show with a mix of satire and commentary.

8 August 1978: The series may have been axed a year beforehand, but the movie version of the former hit series Number 96 is given a re-run on ATV0 — Number 96 movie’s 40th birthday bash [2014]

8 August 1982: ABC screens Henry V, part of the BBC’s series of television adaptations of all 37 plays by William Shakespeare.

8 August 1985: The final episode of The Mike Walsh Show, ending a 12-year run.

8 August 1990: Michele Fawdon stars in an ABC docu-drama, This Time Next Time, as a crusading journalist assigned to write a feature article on the dangers of alcohol-related brain damage.

8 August 2001: ABC debuts the six-part documentary series Long Way To The Top, covering the history of Australian rock music from the 1950s to the present day.

8 August 2008: The Opening Ceremony of The Games Of The XXIX Olympiad are telecast live from Beijing on the Seven Network. Daily coverage from the Games was primarily on Seven with some events covered by SBS.


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