Thursday 4 September 1980 — SYDNEY

ABC debuts its big-budget period drama The Timeless Land. The eight-part series, said to cost $1 million — a substantial sum in 1980 — claimed to take a “realistic and earthy look at the early convict days of our country”, from 1788 to 1810. The series starred Michael Craig, Angela Punch-McGregor, Nicola Pagett, Patrick Dickson, Peter Cousens, Chris Haywood, Ray Barrett, Peter Collingwood, Vince Gil and Robin Stewart.

Source: TV Week, 30 August 1980. Sydney Morning Herald, 4 September 1980.

6AM 6am Thunderbirds
6.55 Go Health
7AM 7am Woody Woodpecker
7.30 Space Ghost
8AM 8am Sesame Street 8am Magazine Seven 8am The Perils Of Penelope Pitstop
8.30 Cartoons
9AM 9am Close
9.10 For Schools: The Magic Bag
9.30 Play School
9am The Munsters (B&W)
9.30 Mister Ed (B&W)
9am Here’s Humphrey 9am With Joyful Praise
9.05 Battle Of The Planets
9.30 Rainbow
10AM 10am For Schools: Flip Slide Turn, Zlateh The Goat, Science About, Living Machines, Industrial Arts, Self-Incorporated 10am Romper Room 10am The Ed Allen Show
10.30 Another World
10am Fat Cat And Friends
10.30 The Bernard King Show
10.55 Skywatch
11AM 11am Eleven AM. Steve Liebmann 11.55 News 11am Good Morning Sydney
12PM 12pm Movie: Attila. 1958 [IMDB] 12pm The Mike Walsh Show 12pm Movie: Sweet November. 1965 [IMDB]
1PM 1pm ABC News
1.10 Weather
1.11 Wild, Wild World Of Animals
1.30 Movie: I’ll Get By. 1950 [IMDB]
1.45 Movie: The Yellow Cab Man. 1950 (B&W) [IMDB] 1.30 Days Of Our Lives
2PM 2.50 The Beachcombers 2.30 The Young And The Restless
2.55 News
2pm Movie: The Happy Thieves. 1962 (B&W) [IMDB]
3PM 3.10 Arthur! And The Square Knights Of The Round Table
3.35 Gentle Ben
3pm Space 1999 3pm General Hospital
3.30 Search For Tomorrow
3.30 Alice
4PM 4pm Alexander’s Afternoon. Includes Play School, Sesame Street 4pm Shirl’s Neighbourhood
4.30 The Tomorrow People
4pm Special: Ballet Shoes
4.30 Skippy The Bush Kangaroo
4pm Simon Townsend’s Wonder World
4.30 My Friend Flicka
5PM 5pm Horses Galore
5.30 Tom’s Midnight Garden
5pm The Road Runner Show
5.30 Get Smart
5pm Here’s Lucy
5.30 Family Feud. Daryl Somers
5pm Gilligan’s Island
5.30 Hogan’s Heroes
6PM 6pm Laff-A-Bits
6.05 The Ghost And Mrs Muir
6.30 Doctor Who
6pm Seven Sydney News. Steve Liebmann
6.30 Seven National News. Roger Climpson
6pm The Young Doctors
6.30 National Nine News. Brian Henderson
6pm Eyewitness News. Katrina Lee, John Bailey, John Cootes, David Ellyard
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.30 The Timeless Land PREMIERE (see advertisement below)
7pm Willesee At Seven
7.30 The World Around Us
7pm Sale Of The Century. Tony Barber, Victoria Nicolls
7.30 The Sullivans
7pm Animal World
7.30 The Dukes Of Hazzard
8PM  8.30 Cop Shop 8.30 Kaz 8.30 Movie: Dr Max. 1974 [IMDB]
9PM  9.15 ABC News, Weather
9.25 Nationwide. Clive Hale, Richard Carleton
9.55 Wilderness
9.30 Skyways 9.30 The Don Lane Show. Don Lane, Bert Newton.
10PM  10.30 New Scotland Yard 10.30 Newsnight 10.30 The John Singleton Show
11PM  11.20 Close 11.15 Movie: George White’s Scandals. 1945 (B&W) [IMDB] 11pm Gunsmoke
12AM  12am Movie: The Shepherd Of The Hills. 1941 [IMDB] 12am Number 96 (Rpt)
1AM  1.05am Close 1am Building A People
1.05 Close
2AM  2am Movie: The Daring Dobermans. 1973 [IMDB]
3AM  3.45 Movie: Wings Of The Hawk. 1953 [IMDB]
5AM  5.15 The Big Valley
(Continues to 6am)