Friday 20 July 1973 — MELBOURNE

The Evil Touch, a 26-episode anthology series of mysteries, makes its debut on GTV9.

The series was an Australian production but with an eye on the overseas market featured guest appearances by a list of American actors. Although Australian television was still in black-and-white, the series was produced in colour to attract overseas sales — a tactic employed by a number of Australian productions during that era.

The Evil Touch had a short run, with Nine removing the series from the schedule after only a couple of weeks with remaining episodes played out over the summer non-ratings period. The series then went on to become a regular staple of Nine’s late-night schedule for years to come.

Source: Listener In-TV, 14 July 1973.

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7AM 7am Today. Graeme Coddington in Melbourne, Bruce Webster and Pat Lovell in Sydney 7am The Super Flying Fun Show 7am The All Electric Non-Stop Cartoon Carnival
8AM 8am Sesame Street
8.55 Close
8.30 Owly’s School
9AM 9.10 For Schools: Form One Maths, Current Affairs
9.50 Play School
9am Dina And Percy
9.53 Housekeeping Club. John D’Arcy
9am Here’s Humphrey 9am Kindy. Sherry Wheeler
9.30 Movie: Ring Of Fire. 1961 [IMDB]
(Jackpot Quiz at 10.58, 11.58, 12.28, 1.28, 2.58, 3.58)
10AM 10.20 For Schools: Physical Science Study Course, Form Three Maths, The Cow, Science Session, History 1917-1967 10am Tammy
10.30 Ours Is A Nice House
10.53 Housekeeping Club (cont’d)
10am Divorce Court
10.30 Good Morning Vi. Vi Greenhalf
10.32 What’s My Line
11AM 11am Beauty And The Beast
11.53 Housekeeping Clun (cont’d)
11am Peyton Place
11.30 A Current Affair (Rpt)
11am The Roy Hampson Show
12PM 12.35pm Weekend Magazine 12pm Movie: Slander. 1957 [IMDB] 12pm Days Of Our Lives
12.55 Home Edition News
12pm The New Moneymakers. Philip Brady
12.30 The Price Is Right. Garry Meadows
1PM 1pm ABC News
1.05 Close
1.15 For Schools: Forms Two Maths, Heritage: Greeks And The Sea, Current Affairs, The Cow, Making Of A Musical
1.30 Concentration. Lionel Williams 1pm No Man’s Land. Tanya Halesworth
1.30 Coronation Street
1.30 The Mike Walsh Show
2PM 2pm Temptation. Tony Barber 2pm General Hospital
3PM 3.15 Flowerpot Men
3.30 Play School
3pm Matt Lincoln 3pm Spending Spree. Jimmy Hannan
3.30 Free For All. Ugly Dave Gray
3pm Password. Philip Brady
3.30 Mayberry RFD
4PM 4pm Adventure Island. Sue Donovan
4.30 Sesame Street
4pm Abbott And Costello
4.30 The Osmonds
4pm Cartoon Corner. Daryl Somers. Includes Rocky And Bullwinkle, Josie And The Pussycats In Outer Space 4pm Storytime
4.05 Rod’s Fun Palace. Rod Kirkham
5PM 5.25 Squiggle
5.35 Cartoons
5.40 Lassie
5pm Cheyenne 5pm The Many Loves Of Dobie Gillis
5.30 The Addams Family
5pm The Patty Duke Show
5.30 Gilligan’s Island
6PM 6.05 Doctor Who
6.30 Switched On Set
6.55 Melbourne Preview
6pm The Partridge Family
6.30 Seven National News. Brian Naylor, David Johnston
6pm Here’s Lucy
6.30 National Nine News. John Bailey, Brian Smith
6pm Eyewitness News. Ralphe Neill, John Sorell, Philip Gibbs
6.30 The Brady Bunch
7PM  7pm ABC News
7.30 This Day Tonight. Bill Peach
7pm $25,000 Great Temptation. Tony Barber
7.30 The Best Of Homicide
7pm A Current Affair. Mike Willesee, Ken Burslem, Peter Meakin, Steve Raymond, Phil Davis, Judy Lynne, Tony Ward, Simon Townsend, Tim Connor
7.30 Hawaii Five O
7pm The Price Is Right. Garry Meadows
7.30 Matlock Police
8PM  8pm Focus On Football. Harry Beitzel
8.30 News In Brief
8.35 Dad’s Army
8.30 Please Sir 8.30 The Evil Touch PREMIERE 8.30 Number 96
9PM  9.05 The Regiment
9.55 Sow What. Kevin Heinze
9pm Movie: The VIPs. 1963 [IMDB] 9pm McCloud 9pm Movie: White Witch Doctor. 1953 [IMDB]
10PM  10.10 ABC News, Weather
10.20 Golf: 1973 British Open Championship
10.25 National News Headlines. Jason Davis
10.30 Movie: Last Of The Fast Guns. 1958 [IMDB]
10.45 Eyewitness News. Bruce Mansfield
10.50 The Mike Walsh Show (Rpt)
11PM  11.20 Would You Believe
11.50 Close
11.15 Two On The Aisle. Ivan Hutchinson, Jim Murphy
11.45 Movie: San Francisco. 1936 [IMDB]
12AM  12am Movie: Rhythm On The River. 1940 [IMDB] 12.20am Close
1AM  1.45am News, Weather. Greg Shackleton
1.55 Close
3AM  3am Epilogue
3.05 Close