Wednesday 13 July 1977 — MELBOURNE

After the demise of Number 96 and The Box, the 0-10 Network had commissioned Crawford Productions to produce a new ‘quality’ adults-only soap opera drama. The company responded with Hotel Story, proposing 26 weekly episodes. After only seven episodes were produced network executives previewed the opening episode and immediately canned production. With the premature cancellation of the show generating media coverage ATV0 proceeded to rush the completed handful of episodes to air, leaving viewers to see for themselves what all the fuss was about.

The short saga of Hotel Story [2017]

Source: TV Times, 9 July 1977 and The Age, 13 July 1977.

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6AM 6am Thunderbirds
7AM 7am The Super Flying Fun Show 7am The Early Bird Show
8AM 8am Sesame Street
8.55 Test Pattern, Music
8.30 The Littlest Hobo
9AM 9.30 Play School 9am Here’s Humphrey 9am Rainbow
9.30 Fat Cat And Friends
10AM 10am For Schools: Behind The News, Science (B&W), The Arcade Show, Thinkabout/Talkabout, Natural Science, Inside Economics 10am Fay
10.30 Hazel
10am Dinah! 10am Swami Sarasvati
10.15 King’s Kitchen
10.30 The Roy Hampson Show
11AM 11am The Doris Day Show
11.30 Willesee At Seven (Rpt)
11am Another World
11.55 News
11.30 Harriet’s Back In Town
12PM 12.30pm Test Pattern, Music 12pm Movie: The Diary Of Anne Frank. 1959 (B&W) [IMDB] 12pm The Mike Walsh Show 12pm Movie: Caprice. 1967 [IMDB]
1PM 1pm ABC News
1.10 Horizon-5
1.29 Weather
1.30 For Schools: For The Juniors, Three Weeks In Haruli’s Life, Our Asian Neighbours
1.30 Days Of Our Lives
2PM 2.30 The Young And The Restless
2.55 News
2pm Vi’s Pad. Vi Greenhalf
2.30 The Celebrity Game. Mike Preston
3PM 3pm Test Pattern, Music 3pm Ryan 3pm General Hospital
3.30 Search For Tomorrow
3pm Pot Of Gold. Tommy Hanlon Jnr, Bernard King
4PM 4pm Play School
4.30 The Magic Roundabout
4.35 Sesame Street
4pm The Flying Nun
4.30 The Partridge Family
4pm Cartoons. Daryl Somers, Ossie Ostrich 4pm Lost In Space
5PM 5.30 Flashez. Ray Burgess 5pm The New Mickey Mouse Club
5.30 Get Smart
5pm Superman
5.30 My Three Sons
5pm The Brady Bunch
5.30 Hogan’s Heroes
6PM 6pm Lorne Greene’s Last Of The Wild
6.20 Here It Is
6.30 Bellbird
6.55 Police File
6pm The Flintstones
6.30 Seven National News. Brian Naylor, Peter Landy, Ilona Komesaroff
6pm The Young Doctors
6.30 National Nine News. Eric Pearce, Peter Hitchener
6pm News At Six. Bruce Mansfield, Rob Astbury, Clem Dimsey
6.30 $30,000 Treasure Hunt. Chard Hayward
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.30 This Day Tonight. Peter Couchman
7pm Willesee At Seven. Mike Willesee, Trish Sheppard, Stuart Littlemore, Helen Wellings, Howard Gipps, Paul Makin
7.30 Special: Royal Command Variety Performance
7pm A Current Affair. Sue Smith, Kevin Sanders
7.30 Columbo
7pm Blankety Blanks. Graham Kennedy
7.30 MASH
8PM  8pm Cricket Highlights: Second Test. England v Australia
8.30 The Fight Against Slavery
8.30 Hotel Story PREMIERE Carmen Duncan, Terence Donovan, Max Meldrum, George Spartels, Richard Lawson, Frank Taylor, Rod McLennan (see advertisement below)
9PM  9.20 The World About Us 9.30 Movie: Captain Newman MD. 1963 [IMDB] 9.30 Something Special. Denise Drysdale
10PM  10.10 ABC News
10.20 World Of Music
10.10 Special: The Queen’s Garden
11PM  11pm Close 11.10 Queen’s Silver Jubilee
11.40 Movie: Laxdale Hall. 1953 (B&W) [IMDB]
11pm National Football League. Port Adelaide v East Perth
12AM  12.50am Close 12am Movie: Never Too Late. 1965 [IMDB]
1AM  1.45 Movie: Dear Heart. 1965 (B&W) [IMDB] 1am Close
3AM  3.35 Movie: Beyond The Forest. 1948 [IMDB]
5AM  5am Edgar Wallace Theatre (B&W)
(Continues to 6am)