17 February 1971: Bill Newman (Sound Of Music)

17 February 1973: Paul Hogan (A Current Affair)

17 February 1979: Geoffrey Davies and Robin Nedwell (Doctors Down Under)

17 February 1990: Dannii Minogue (Home And Away) and Johnny Depp

17 February 2001: Kym Valentine and Dan Paris (Neighbours)

17 February 2007: Amy Mizzi and Chris Hemsworth (Home And Away)

17 February 1961: The premiere of Crawford Productions’ first television drama series, Consider Your Verdict. Produced at HSV7’s “Teletheatre” and regarded as the first Australian-made one-hour drama series, Consider Your Verdict continued for over 160 episodes before winding up in 1964.

17 February 1978: The premiere of ABC four-part drama series Loss Of Innocence, based on a story starting in Sydney in the 1930s going through to the 1970s. Starring Ronald Falk, Monica Maughan, Carol Burns, Enid Lorimer, Carol Raye, David Franklin, Alwyn Kurts, John Fitzgerald and Edward Howell.

17 February 1990: ABC presents the ABC Sports Award Of The Year, live from the Australian Institute of Sport, Canberra.

17 February 1991: SBS begins a national screening of the twelve-part documentary series My Place, My Land, My People, a production of Queensland-based regional broadcaster QTV and a winner at the 1990 TV Week Logie Awards for most outstanding achievement by a regional television station

17 February 1993: ABC launches its new Asia-Pacific television service, Australia Television International (ATVI) with a one-hour special, A Network Begins, hosted by Karina Kelly. ATVI was officially opened by Prime Minister Paul Keating. Later, ABC begins nightly broadcast of Australia Television International News, presented from ABC’s Darwin studios. ATVI initially broadcast via satellite to fifteen countries in South-East Asia.

17 February 1995: The one-hour special The Mavis Bramston 30th Anniversary pays tribute to the popular comedy show of the 1960s, hosted by Amanda Keller and featuring Mavis originals Carol Raye and Barry Creyton with guest stars Garry McDonald, Andrew Denton, Noeline Brown and the cast of Big Girl’s BlouseThe Mavis Bramston Show’s 50th anniversary [2014]

17 February 1997: Drama series Big Sky, starring Gary Sweet, Alexandra Fowler and Martin Henderson, debuts on Ten with a two-hour episode.

17 February 2006: Friday Night Games, a spin-off from Big Brother: Friday Night Live, debuts with Mike Goldman, Bree Amer and Ryan Fitzgerald. The show features teams of celebrities participating in games and challenges.


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