|Country of origin
|1 May 1961
Toddy Time is an Australian television series which aired in Melbourne during 1961, on station GTV-9. The first episode aired 1 May 1961.It was a daytime series made up of various segments, including "camera test", which was a talent segment. The series aired at 11:30AM, and was typically the first show of the day (television in Australia and many other countries was not yet a 24-hour service). It was hosted by Hal Todd.
Candid Camera is an American hidden camera reality television series, with versions of the show appeared on television from 1948 until 2014. Originally created and produced by Allen Funt, it often featured practical jokes, and initially began on radio as The Candid Microphone on June 28, 1947.
Gunsmoke is an American radio and television Western drama series created by director Norman Macdonnell and writer John Meston. It centered on Dodge City, Kansas, in the 1870s, during the settlement of the American West. The central character is lawman Marshal Matt Dillon, played by William Conrad on radio and James Arness on television.
Comedy Playhouse is a long-running British anthology series of one-off unrelated sitcoms that aired for 128 episodes from 1961 to 1975. Many episodes later graduated to their own series, including Steptoe and Son, Meet the Wife, Till Death Us Do Part, All Gas and Gaiters, Up Pompeii!, Not in Front of the Children, Me Mammy, That's Your Funeral, The Liver Birds, Are You Being Served? and particularly Last of the Summer Wine, which is the world's longest running sitcom, having run from January 1973 to August 2010. In all, 27 sitcoms started from a pilot in the Comedy Playhouse strand.
The Alvin Show is an American animated television series that aired on CBS in the early 1960s. This was the first series to feature the singing characters Alvin and the Chipmunks. The Alvin Show aired for one season, from October 4, 1961, to September 12, 1962 and was originally sponsored by General Foods through its Jell-O gelatin and Post Cereal brands. Although the series was created in color, it was initially telecast in black and white. It was later rebroadcast in color from 1962-65 for Saturday mornings on CBS and again Saturday mornings on NBC in 1979.
Television in Australia began experimentally as early as 1929 in Melbourne with radio stations 3DB and 3UZ, and 2UE in Sydney, using the Radiovision system by Gilbert Miles and Donald McDonald, and later from other locations, such as Brisbane in 1934.
House Party is an American radio daytime variety/talk show that aired on CBS Radio and on ABC Radio from January 15, 1945 to October 13, 1967. The show had an equally long run on CBS Television as Art Linkletter's House Party and, in its final season, The Linkletter Show, airing from September 1, 1952 to September 5, 1969.
Eric Stanley Jupp was a British-born musician, composer, arranger and conductor who gained wide popularity in Australia after settling there in the 1960s, hosting a long-running light music TV show and composing for film and TV. He is best remembered for his theme music to the TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo.
Hamish & Andy are an Australian comedy duo formed in 2003 by Hamish Blake and Andy Lee. Best known for their various drive time radio programmes on the Hit Network, which aired in multiple formats until 2017, their shows gained consistently high market share and became the highest rated radio show in Australian history. Retiring after 14 years of broadcasting, the duo now produce a weekly self-titled podcast and occasionally publish a secondary programme, the Remembering Project, to revisit their old radio segments.
ABC's Wide World of Sports is an American sports anthology television program that aired on ABC from April 29, 1961, to January 3, 1998, primarily on Saturday afternoons. Hosted by Jim McKay, with a succession of co-hosts beginning in 1987, the title continued to be used for general sports programs on the network until 2006. In 2007, Wide World of Sports was named by Time on its list of the 100 best television programs of all time.
The Yogi Bear Show is an American comedy animated television series and the first entry of the Yogi Bear franchise produced by Hanna-Barbera Productions that centers on the misadventures of forest-dwelling Yogi Bear in Jellystone Park. The show debuted in syndication on January 30, 1961 and ran for 33 episodes until January 6, 1962. Two other segments for the show were Snagglepuss and Yakky Doodle. The show had a two-year production run.
Couch Time is an Australian television block, currently hosted by Billy Bentley and Carina Waye, which airs weekday afternoons on Eleven, first going to air on 11 January 2011. The show is a hosted television block, consisting of external television series dispersed between hosted segments, described as "drive time radio for television". The program was originally hosted by Jason "Labby" Hawkins and Stewart "Stav" Davidson.
Thursday at One was an Australian daytime television series which aired from 1957 to 1960 on Melbourne station GTV-9. A "programme for the housewife", the running time was as long as two hours.
Women's World was an Australian television series which aired from 1956 to 1963 on ABC. Originally broadcast in Sydney and later Melbourne, it would appear the last couple years of the series were only broadcast in Sydney.
In Melbourne Today was an early Australian television series, which aired in two versions in the 1950s, on Melbourne station GTV-9. It was Australia's first breakfast television series.
Fashion Digest is an Australian television series aired 1960–1961 on Sydney station ATN-7, and also aired on Melbourne station GTV-9. The series featured Sylvia Rapley, who had a regular segment on the series Your Home. Fashion Digest was a weekly series aired in a 15-minute time-slot.
Merry-Go-Round was an Australian television series which aired on Melbourne station HSV-7 during 1961. A variety series, it also featured a "barrel quiz" and an amateur talent segment.
Party Time is an Australian television series which aired 1963 on what would eventually become the Seven Network. A daytime game show aired on Sundays, the first episode aired on 5 May 1963. The show featured two segments, "Letter Box Game" and "Double Your Money" It was hosted by Bill Acfield and featured Myra Roper. It appears to have been a follow-up to Letter Box.
Boomerang is an Australian television program which aired from 1961 to 1962 on Melbourne station GTV-9. A daytime program, it was hosted by Sybil Francis, and aired in a 30-minute time-slot. Among its segments was "Kangaroo Court", which featured discussion of controversial topics.
Today is an Australian television series which aired from 23 July 1960 to 1961 on Melbourne station GTV-9. The series was originally hosted by Barry McQueen. By August 1960, McQueen had departed from both Today and GTV-9 owing to having disagreements about the show as well as "other matters, not connected with money". Most episodes were hosted by Hal Todd, for whom the role was his inaugural major television role. It was a morning series aired at 7:30AM, and running for 60 minutes. It included news, weather and exercise instruction. Following the end of the series, Hal Todd began hosting Toddy Time. Following the end of the series, GTV-9 stopped offering morning programming for several years. Previously, it had aired In Melbourne Today in a morning time-slot on Saturdays from 1957 to 1958.
The General Motors Hour was an Australian radio and television drama series.