Saturday 23 October 1976 — MELBOURNE

The eclipse of the sun was telecast on all four channels. And with the public told that to avoid eye damage the best way to watch the eclipse was on TV, ratings for the afternoon telecasts were huge.

Source: TV Times, 23 October 1976. The Age Green Guide, 21 October 1976

6AM 6am Thunderbirds
7AM 7am Gene Autry (B&W)
8AM 8am Movie: The Green Helmet. 1961 (B&W) [IMDB] 8am Hey Hey It’s Saturday. Includes King Leonardo, Rocky And His Friends, Shazzan, The Go Go Gopher Show, The Barkleys, Quick Draw McGraw 8am Cartoon Carnival
9AM 9.30 Rocket Robin Hood 9.30 Movie: War Arrow. 1954 [IMDB]
10AM 10am Sound Unlimited. Donnie Sutherland
11AM 11am Daktari 11am The Rock Show. Lee Cornell
11.30 Please Don’t Eat The Daisies
12PM 12pm Golf: 1976 West Lakes Classic. Live from Adelaide 12pm Movies: Kimberley Jim. 1965 [IMDB]; Battle Beneath The Earth. 1967 [IMDB] 12pm World Championship Wrestling 12pm Soccer: West German Soccer
1PM 1pm Wide World Of Sport 1pm Special: Voyage To The End Of The Sea
1.55 Movie: Five Pennies. 1959 [IMDB]
2PM 2pm Movie: GI Blues. 1960 [IMDB]
3PM 3.30 Special: Australasian Air Race Start. Highlights 3pm Opportunity Knocks. Johnny Farnham
4PM 4.30 Special: Eclipse Of The Sun. Ralphe Neill. Live from Ballarat 4pm This Week Has Seven Days. David Johnston, Honor Walters. Includes live coverage of the eclipse of the sun 4pm Look Listen Laugh And Learn
4.30 Special: Eclipse Of The Sun. Brian Bury, Kevin Arnett. Live from Ballarat.
4pm Junior Jury. Noel O’Connor
4.30 Special: Eclipse Of The Sun. Phil de Montignie
5PM 5pm Climb When You Are Ready
5.35 Pot Black
5pm Born Free 5pm The Pink Panther
5.30 The Lost Islands
6PM 6pm Countdown (Rpt)
6.57 Weather
6pm Seven National News. David Johnston, Bill Collins, Peter Landy
6.30 Movie: Kissin’ Cousins. 1964 [IMDB]
6pm National Nine News. Peter Hitchener, Ted Ryan, Bert Bryant
6.30 Bandstand 76. Daryl Somers
6pm Eyewitness News. Brad Smart, Clem Dimsey, Tony Doherty
6.30 Young Talent Time
7PM  7pm ABC News. John Amies
7.15 Today’s Sport
7.30 Quest 76. Peter Regan
7.30 Cannon 7.30 MASH
8PM  8.20 Four Corners 8.20 Penthouse Club. Mary Hardy, Michael Williamson. Includes Tattslotto 8.30 Police Story 8.30 Movie: Ulysses. 1954 [IMDB]
9PM  9.15 ABC News, Weather
9.25 Movie: The Band Wagon. 1953 [IMDB]
9.30 Movie: Zulu. 1964 [IMDB]
10PM  10.30 Tennis: Custom Credit Indoor Championships. Live from Hordern Pavilion, Sydney
11PM  11.15 Close 11pm Star Soccer: Match Of The Day (UK)
12AM  12.15am UFO 12am Special: The Presidential Debate
1AM  1.15 Close 1.30 Movie: The Fountainhead (B&W) [IMDB] 1.30am Close
3AM  3.10 Movie: Desire (B&W) [IMDB]
4AM  4.40 Movie: Peter Ibbetson (B&W) [IMDB]
(Continues to 6am)