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Classic TV Guides: The Timeless Land

The success of Australian-produced mini-series in the late 1970s saw the genre continue into the 1980s — with period dramas like The Last Outlaw, Outbreak Of Love, Water Under The Bridge, A Town Like Alice, 1915, Women Of The Sun and Sara Dane clocking up big budgets and, in many cases, overseas sales. ABC‘s contribution …

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Classic TV Guides: Nothing on TV!

Back in the day, electricity restrictions triggered by industrial action were an occasional feature of life in Victoria. Various measures were applied to domestic, business and industrial premises to stem the widespread use of electricity to ensure the demand did not exceed the instantly limited supply. Among the measures applied to cut back household power …

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Classic TV Guides: Fly Wrinklys Fly

In the early 1970s one of Melbourne’s most popular radio stations was 3AK, which played a pop and rock music format accompanied by the slogan “Where No Wrinklys Fly”. The station’s promotions featured pictures of various radical or pop cultural elements, declaring that anyone that turned their noses up at these images was a “wrinkly” …

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Classic TV Guides: Hard Copy

While other current affairs shows may have skirted around describing themselves as ‘tabloid’, Hard Copy went into it unashamedly with its mix of sensationalist stories, loud music and over-the-top headlines. The Australian version of Hard Copy, debuting on Network Ten on 19 September 1991, was a franchise of the American show of the same name. …

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A New Way to Follow Us!

Since 2008, Television.AU has provided an email feed of blog posts through Feedburner. At the end of June this year, Feedburner retired the email subscription service. Television.AU is now subscribed to follow.it, allowing email feeds to continue and providing additional options for reading content from this site. Any active email addresses subscribed to Television.AU through …

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Classic TV Guides: Homicide Squad

  In May 1981, the Seven Network and Crawford Productions had announced plans to produce a new Sydney-based crime drama, The Squad, with a telemovie pilot soon to go into production. It was heralded as the first Sydney-based series from the Melbourne-based Crawford empire, which had several successful cop dramas under its belt by this …

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Classic TV Guides: Meet Prince Philip

In March 1971, Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, toured Australia as part of the golden jubilee celebration for the Royal Australian Air Force. The half-hour special Meet Prince Philip, was telecast live from Adelaide with the Prince interviewed by reporters from each of the four networks. Seven and Nine followed up the interview with a …

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ABC’s Sixty-One, Here We Come!

Sixty years ago, as we were coming to an end to 1960, ABC was planning an ambitious variety special to welcome 1961. Sixty-One, Here We Come! was a 65-minute program produced at the studios of ABV2, Melbourne, and in a rare technical feat was relayed via microwave links for direct broadcast in Sydney. American-born actress …

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Classic TV Guides: Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue

It is not often that the three commercial networks put aside their fierce rivalries, but it does occasionally happen when it’s for a good cause. One such event was the airing of the cartoon special Cartoon All-Stars To The Rescue on Friday 9 November 1990 across the three commercial networks and regional commercial stations. Produced …

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Classic TV Guides: The Sammys

In 1976, the Variety Club of Australia, TV Times and the Seven Network launched The Australian TV And Film Awards, nicknamed “The Sammys”. The name was derived from the trophy’s design in the shape of a seal — Sammy the Seal! The awards were a rival to the long-running TV Week Logie Awards, which were …

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