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1977 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television

This is a list of Australian television-related events in 1977.


  • 21 January – Golden West Network is launched in Geraldton as GTW-11 and begins broadcasting. This completes the roll-out of regional commercial television across Australia[citation needed].
  • April – The ABC's long-running music program Countdown celebrates its 100th episode.
  • April – The Seven Network successfully bids for exclusive Australian rights to televise the 1980 Olympic Games from Moscow. The network paid $1 million in the deal, outbidding rival offers from ABC and Nine Network.
  • 1 April – British sitcom Fawlty Towers debuts on ABC.
  • 26 May – Australian satirical radio and television sketch show The Naked Vicar Show premieres on Seven Network.
  • 5 December – The final episode of the Australian music series Flashez airs on ABC at 5:30pm.
  • 6 December – The 0-10 Network screens Australian soap opera The Restless Years.
  • 23 December – ABC televises the final episode of its Australian soap opera Bellbird.
  • Seven Network televises the VFL Grand Final live to Melbourne for the first time.
  • The Federal Government investigates a proposal to establish a domestic satellite system, enabling instant transmission of television and other communications across Australia and in particular to remote areas.
  • Australian music series Flashez returns for a new series on ABC now airing at 5:30pm right after Sesame Street for most of the year.
  • Gus the Snail (a character who was based on an executive producer who wanted to take over the ABC) makes his very first appearance on the long running Australian children's television series Mr. Squiggle and Friends.


Program Network Debut date
Blankety Blanks The 0-10 Network 24 January
The Naked Vicar Show Seven Network 26 May
Pig in a Poke ABC 24 July
Kirby's Company ABC 19 September
Glenview High Seven Network 27 September
Young Ramsay Seven Network 30 October
Bobby Dazzler Seven Network 20 November
Cop Shop Seven Network 28 November
The Restless Years The 0-10 Network 6 December
Hotel Story The 0-10 Network 27 December
The Toothbrush Family Unknown 1977
Family Feud Nine Network 1977

New International Programming

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Ending this year

Date Show Channel Debut
18 January Homicide Seven Network 20 October 1964
1 February The Outsiders ABC 9 November 1976
25 April Bluey Seven Network 2 August 1976
11 August Number 96 The 0-10 Network 13 March 1972
11 October The Box The 0-10 Network 11 February 1974
5 December Flashez ABC 2 August 1976
23 December Bellbird ABC 28 August 1967
1977 The Ernie Sigley Show Nine Network 1974
1977 The Celebrity Game The 0-10 Network 1976

See also


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