Friday 13 August 1976 — SYDNEY

The sex-comedy series Alvin Purple, based on the earlier successful film of the same name, was due to commence its 13-episode run. Starring Graeme Blundell in the title role, Alvin Purple featured the amorous escapades of a young man who had an effect on women of all types.

It was front page news (below) when, one day before going to air, Alvin Purple was bumped off the schedule — with ABC management and its new chairman Sir Henry Bland accused of “censorship” of the controversial series.

The program didn’t appear as listed below. ABC management suggested some edits but the show’s producer Maurice Murphy did not make any. Alvin Purple managed to make a belated debut the following week.

Source: TV Times, 7 August 1976

6AM 6am Thunderbirds
7AM 7am The Super Flying Fun Show 7am Wilma The Witch’s Club
7.01 Jeff’s Collie (B&W)
7.30 Emergency +4
8AM 8am Sesame Street 8am Sky Hawks
8.30 Movie: Stranger At My Door. 1956 (B&W) [IMDB]
9AM 9am For Schools: Starters
9.30 Play School (B&W)
9am Here’s Humphrey 9.55 That’s The Difference
10AM 10am For Schools: Behind The News, Secondary Social Sciences, Starters, Watch, Music Time (B&W) 10am Romper Room 10am Celebrity Squares
10.30 Here’s Lucy
10am Switched On Living
10.15 Swami Sarasvati
10.30 The Real McCoys (B&W)
11AM 11am Eleven AM. Roger Climpson 11am Another World
11.55 News
11am The Maggie Eckardt Hour
12PM 12pm Movie: Painting The Clouds With Sunshine. 1951 (B&W) [IMDB] 12pm Days Of Our Lives
12.55 News
12pm The Mike Walsh Show
1PM 1pm ABC News
1.10 Horizon 5
1.30 For Schools: Watch, The Wanderer Butterfly, En Francais
1pm Search For Tomorrow
1.30 The Young And The Restless
1.30 Pot Of Gold
2PM 2pm Ben Casey (B&W) 2pm General Hospital
2.55 News
2.30 Casino 10
3PM 3pm Sesame Street 3pm Mannix 3pm Dinah! 3pm Matlock Police (B&W)
4PM 4pm Play School
4.30 Flashez. Ray Burgess
4pm Jeopardy. Andrew Harwood
4.30 My Three Sons (B&W)
4pm Cartoon Corner. Daryl Somers, Ossie Ostrich. Includes The New Adventures Of Superman, Birdman And The Galaxy Trio 4pm Abbott And Costello (B&W)
4.30 Daniel Boone
5PM 5.05 The Wombles
5.10 Last Of The Wild
5.30 The Goodies
5pm The Partridge Family
5.30 The Flintstones
5pm The Monkees
5.30 Celebrity Squares. Jimmy Hannan
5.30 The Brady Bunch
6PM 6pm Dirty Sally
6.25 Dad’s Army
6.55 Gardening
6pm The Beverly Hillbillies
6.30 Seven National News. Roger Climpson
6pm National Nine News. Brian Henderson
6.30 A Current Affair. Mike Minehan
6pm Eyewitness Newshour. Eric Walters
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.26 Weather
7.30 This Day Tonight. David Flatman
7pm I Dream Of Jeannie
7.30 Opportunity Knocks. Johnny Farnham
7pm Laverne And Shirley
7.30 McCloud
7pm The Celebrity Game. Mike Preston
7.30 Sara
8PM  8pm Pot Black
8.30 Alvin Purple PREMIERE
8.30 Movie: The Yearling. 1948 [IMDB] 8.30 Movie: The Big Bounce. 1969 [IMDB]
9PM  9pm Sportscene
9.10 New Scotland Yard
9pm Movie: Return Of The Seven. 1966 [IMDB]
10PM  10pm Sportscene
10.10 ABC News, Weather
10.20 Sportscene
10.50 Movie: Weekend Of Terror. 1970 [IMDB] 10.25 Movie: Heartbeat. 1946 [IMDB]
11PM  11pm Close 11pm Movie: King Kong. 1933 (B&W) [IMDB]
12AM  12.20am Movie: The Face Of Fu Manchu [IMDB] 12.20am Movie: Juarez. 1939 (B&W) [IMDB]
1AM  1am Close
2AM  2am Movie: Brainstorm (B&W) [IMDB] 2.25 That’s The Difference
2.30 Movie: The Man With The Grey Gloves [IMDB]
3AM  3.45 Movie: King Dinosaur (B&W) [IMDB] 3.50 Movie: International Lady [IMDB]
4AM  4.50 Movie: Spanish Sword (B&W) [IMDB]
(Continues to 6am)
5AM  5.30 Movie: Bride Of Vengeance [IMDB]
(Continues to 7am)
The Sydney Morning Herald, 13 August 1976