1992 in Australian television

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Events[edit]

  • 1 January – The Victorian television market is aggregated, with VIC TV (now WIN Television) becoming the Nine Network affiliate, Prime Television taking a Seven Network affiliation & Southern Cross Network (now Southern Cross Ten) taking the Network Ten affiliation.
  • 3 January – The long running British science fiction series Doctor Who airs its finale broadcast on ABC with the fourth and final part of the seventh and final serial of Season 18 Logopolis. For the rest of 1992 there were no more broadcasts of Doctor Who until 8 March 1993 with the first serial of Season 19 Castrovalva. The show will finish airing on 3 March 1994.
  • 6 January – Neighbours and Home and Away return for 1992 now both screening against each other in the 7:30 pm timeslot.
  • 20 January – Network Ten launches weeknight "First at Five" news on its five capital city stations.
  • 20 January – Bert Newton returns to television as host of a new talk show on Network Ten The Morning Show.
  • 27 January – Australian evening current affairs program The 7.30 Report returns to ABC for the new year.
  • February – Ex-Europe Correspondent Ian Henderson takes over as newsreader for the 7.00 pm ABC News in Victoria after Mary Delahunty left to replace John Jost for the Victoria Edition of The 7.30 Report.
  • 8 February – Network Ten's troubled soap opera Neighbours is another attempt to bring back to its former 1980s ratings glory, producers are ramping up the show's storylines as well as writing out four cast members while signing up three new faces. Lorraine Bayly, Jeremy Angerson, Andrew Williams and Gillian being terminated and are all leaving the show in coming weeks – while Ben Mitchell and Felice Arena are joining the series, and former guest star Natalie Imbruglia is returning for an ongoing role. Producer Don Battye is confident of re-signing Melissa Bell when her contract expires mid-year, despite moves to have her swap over to Ten's other evening soap, E Street. Veteran actor Tom Oliver has been re-signed with Neighbours, with plans to romantically match up his character Lou Carpenter to now-widowed Madge Bishop (Anne Charleston). Producers are also casting for two teenagers to enter the series as Carpenter's children. Another romantic storyline being devised by writers is set to involve Lucy Robinson (Melissa Bell) and Brad Willis (Scott Michaelson).
  • 9 February – Three of Nine Network's current affairs lineup programmes 60 Minutes, Sunday and Business Sunday return for another year.
  • 10 February – Australian comedy series Mother and Son returns for a new series on ABC.
  • 10 February – The Nine Network launches a new game show called Supermarket Sweep presented by Ian Turpie, making his last game show appearance before his passing in 2012.
  • 14 February – Australian gardening and lifestyle series Burke's Backyard returns for another year. This time host Don Burke is joined by presenters Dr. Harry Cooper, Peter Harris and Densey Clyne.
  • 14 March – Australian documentary series Foreign Correspondent debuts on the ABC.
  • 8 May – Australian children's educational TV series Lift Off debuts on ABC at 2:00 pm every Friday. It later aired weekdays at 4:30 pm in June and on Saturdays at 6:00 pm in November.
  • 8 June – Australian teen game show Vidiot presented by Eden Gaha debuts on ABC.
  • 18 July – Australian comedy series The Late Show starring The D-Generation starts airing on the ABC running for two seasons.
  • 20 July – ABC debuts children's TV series Bananas in Pyjamas.
  • 4 September – Kerry Packer and Channel Nine pulls the plug on Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos midway through the show.
  • 6 November – Final episode of the Australian children's game show Big Square Eye airs on the ABC.
  • 26 November – Accident-prone comedy sketch show Fast forward airs its final episode on Seven Network. It returns in 1993 with the rebranded name Full Frontal, which is the same as FF. Fast Forward continued specials in 1993 and 1994.
  • 21 December – Network Ten debuts a new weekday morning program for children called The Big Breakfast.

Debuts[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Real Life Seven Network 20 January
The Morning Show Network Ten 20 January
Supermarket Sweep Nine Network 10 February
Phoenix ABC TV 13 February
Saturday at Rick's Nine Network 22 February
Sylvania Waters ABC TV 7 March
Foreign Correspondent ABC TV 14 March
Sunday Football Nine Network 22 March
Ferry Boat Fred ABC TV 30 March
Lift Off ABC TV 8 May
Getaway Nine Network 14 May
A Dog's Life ABC TV 29 May
Vidiot ABC TV 8 June
Totally Wild Network Ten 12 July
The Late Show ABC TV 18 July
Bananas in Pyjamas ABC TV 20 July
Bony Seven Network 15 August
My Two Wives Nine Network 8 September
The Big Breakfast Network Ten 21 December

International programming[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United Kingdom The Secret Cabaret SBS TV 2 January
United States Wings Nine Network 2 January
United States Studs Network Ten 6 January
United States Hammer, Slammer and Slade Seven Network 12 January
United States Mad Scientist Seven Network 18 January
New Zealand Night of the Red Hunter ABC TV 20 January
United Kingdom Two by Two ABC TV 28 January
United Kingdom Birds of a Feather Seven Network 30 January
United Kingdom The Generation Game Seven Network 1 February
United States Dinosaurs Seven Network 2 February
United States Tiny Toon Adventures Nine Network 10 February
United States Home Improvement Seven Network 12 February
United States Freddy's Nightmares Seven Network 13 February
United Kingdom Bicycle SBS TV 18 February
United States Toxic Crusaders Seven Network 21 February
United States In Living Color Network Ten 21 February
Canada The Magic Library ABC TV 25 February
Canada Zardip's Search for Healthy Wellness ABC TV 26 February
Canada Look Up ABC TV 26 February
United States The Family Man (1990) Seven Network 26 February
United States A Pup Named Scooby-Doo Seven Network 3 March
United Kingdom Gophers! Network Ten 8 March
United Kingdom Girls on Top ABC TV 13 April
Canada Katts and Dog Nine Network 21 April
United States My Little Pony 'n Friends Nine Network 2 May
United States Canada Beetlejuice Nine Network 2 May
United Kingdom Nellie the Elephant ABC TV 4 May
United Kingdom The Darling Buds of May Seven Network 8 May
United Kingdom Small World ABC TV 11 May
United States Working Girl Network Ten 18 May
United Kingdom Keeping Up Appearances ABC TV 18 May
United States Yo Yogi! Seven Network 22 May
United Kingdom The Brollys ABC TV 25 May
Canada Return to the Magic Library ABC TV 2 June
United States Uncle Buck Network Ten 7 June
United Kingdom Forget Me Not Farm ABC TV 11 June
Canada Tropical Heat Network Ten 12 June
United States Herman's Head Seven Network 25 June
United Kingdom Murder Squad ABC TV 25 June
United States Widget ABC TV 6 July
United States Harry and the Hendersons ABC TV 6 July
United Kingdom Watt on Earth ABC TV 19 July
Canada Tales from the Blue Crystal ABC TV 30 July
United States The Torkelsons Seven Network 10 August
United States Step by Step Seven Network 16 August
United Kingdom Classic Cars SBS TV 25 August
United States Coach Network Ten 28 August
United Kingdom Bangers and Mash ABC TV 31 August
United Kingdom A Bit of Fry and Laurie ABC TV 31 August
United Kingdom On the Up ABC TV 7 September
United States Saved by the Bell Seven Network 8 September
United Kingdom Duty Free Seven Network 10 September
United Kingdom Windfalls ABC TV 14 September
United Kingdom Close to Home (1989) Seven Network 17 September
United States Walter & Emily Seven Network 23 September
Germany Pyjamas for Three SBS TV 1 October
United Kingdom Gruey ABC TV 2 October
Germany Kir Royal – Aus dem Leben eines Klatschreporters SBS TV 30 October
United Kingdom The Power and the Glory Nine Network 29 November
United Kingdom The Sharp End ABC TV 1 December
United Kingdom May to December ABC TV 12 December
Japan Samurai Pizza Cats Seven Network 1992
United States The Legend of Prince Valiant Seven Network 1992

Television shows[edit]

ABC TV

Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
6 November Big Square Eye ABC 1991
26 November Fast forward Channel Seven 1989
Double Dare Network Ten 1989
The Bugs Bunny Show Network Nine 1990