Classic NZ TV Listings

Today’s TV: Saturday 27 January 1996 (Part 1 - free-to-air channels and regional stations)
from the NZ Listener

TV One
6.00am BBC World, including:
6.00 BBC World News
6.25 Time Out - Holiday
7.00 The World Today

8.00 eTV, including:
8.00 Journeys into National Parks (Rpt, G)
8.45 Open House (Rpt, G)
9.00 Out of the Archives: Off the Ground (Starting today, part 1) (Rpt, G)
9.30 Country Calendar (Starting today) (Rpt, G)

9.55 Survival (G)
10.55 In Search of Our Ancestors (Rpt, G)
Noon Open Home (Rpt, G)
12.30 Gourmet Island (G)
1.00 Antiques Roadshow (Rpt, G)
2.00 One World of Sport - Racing Special
1996 Wellington Cup - live from Trentham
5.00 A Friend for Life (Rpt, G)
6.00 One Network News
6.30 Last of the Summer Wine (Final) (G)
7.05 Goodnight Sweetheart (Final) (PGR)
7.45 The Bill (Double episode) (PGR)
8.45 Inspector Morse: The Secret of Bay 5B (Rpt, AO)
11.00 Film on One - Proof (1992) (AO)
1.00am BBC World, including:
1.00 BBC World Headlines
1.05 Timewatch
2.00 BBC World News
2.20 This Week
3.00 BBC World News
3.30 Time Out - Film ‘96
4.00 BBC World Headlines
4.05 Assignment
5.00 BBC World News
5.30 Time Out - This Multimedia Business (Continues to 6am)

6.10am The Perils of Penelope Pitstop (Rpt, G)
6.40 Tom & Jerry Kids (Rpt, G)
7.05 The Yogi Bear Show (Rpt, G)
7.35 Alvin and the Chipmunks (Rpt, G)
8.05 Ewoks (Rpt, G)
8.35 Back to the Future (G)
9.05 The Bots Master (Rpt, G)
9.30 X-Men (Rpt, PGR)
10.00 The Marvel Action Hour - Iron Man and Fantastic Four (PGR)
11.00 Coca-Cola Video Hits - New Releases (PGR)
Noon Baywatch (Rpt, PGR)
1.00 Quantum Leap (Final) (Rpt, PGR)
3.00 Babylon 5 (PGR)
4.00 Banjo Paterson’s The Man from Snowy River (Rpt, G)
5.00 Christy (G)
6.00 Billy (Rpt, G)
6.30 UK Gladiators (G)
7.30 Saturday Night Double Feature - Bingo (1991) (Rpt, G)
8.00 Lotto (Live draw)
8.05 Saturday Night Double Feature - Bingo (Continued)
9.20 Saturday Night Double Feature - Die Hard (1988) (Rpt, AO)
12.00am Here’s Looking at You Warner Bros
2.10 The Saturday Late Movie - Hi Honey, I’m Dead (1990) (G)
4.05 Joe Cocker: Live
5.10 Zorro (Double episode) (G) (Continues to 6am)

6.30am The Adventures of Skippy (G)
7.00 Bush School (G)
7.10 The Tiki Tiki Television Show (G)
7.40 Budgie the Little Helicopter (G)
8.10 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (Double episode) (G)
9.10 Dinosaurs (G)
9.35 Saved by the Bell (G)
10.00 City Kids (G)
10.30 Infomercials
Noon Strathblair (PGR)
2.00 3 Special - Celebrity Romance (G)
3.00 3 Sport - Motorsport
The 1996 Street Skills Series
4.00 3 Special - Who’s Counting? (G)
6.00 3 National News
6.30 Noel’s House Party (G)
7.30 Touched by an Angel (PGR)
8.30 Saturday Night at the Movies - Mask (1985) (AO)
11.05 3 Sport - Cricket
Australia v Sri Lanka - third test, day three; highlights from Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
11.35 Late Movie - The Killer Inside Me (1976) (AO)
1.45am Infomercials (Continues to 6am)

Horizon Pacific Television (HPTV)
ATV, Coast to Coast, Capital City, CTV, Southern

7.00am ATV ONLY - Welcome to Auckland
This programme repeats at 8am and after closedown
Noon TV Shopping
3.00 BBC World
Includes BBC World News, World Business Report and 24 Hours
5.00 BBC World Headlines
5.15 Assignment
6.00 BBC World News
6.30 The Waltons (G)
7.30 Blues Brothers Live
8.30 Classic Movie - 55 Days at Peking (1963) (Rpt, PGR)
11.30 BBC World News
11.30 CTV ONLY - Welcome to Canterbury (Continues to noon)
12.00am (approx) Closedown

Bays Television, Nelson
2.00pm Bays-Watch
5.30 Welcome to Nelson (G)
6.30 Next Step (G)
7.00 Frontiers of Flight (G)
8.00 Homes and Gardens (G)
8.30 Classic Movie - Camelot (1967) (PGR)
10.30 Welcome to Nelson (G)
12.05am Bays-Watch

CRY Television, Christchurch
11.00am J&L Green Zone (Rpt)
1.00 Orange Zone (Rpt)
4.00 Paris Texas Green Zone
6.00 Orange Zone
9.00 Request Show
12.00am Closedown

MAX TV, Auckland
7.00am Breakadawn
9.00 Philips Power Play
11.00 The Pulse
Noon Nike Sport
2.00 MAX Classics
5.00 The Levi’s New Frontier
6.00 M&M’s 180
Includes M&M’s at the Movies Review (at 7.50pm)
9.00 MAX Overdrive
Includes Export Gold Gig Guide (at 9.10pm and 11.30pm)
1.00am Closedown

More to come in Part 2.

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Today’s TV: Saturday 27 January 1996 (Part 2 - Sky channels)
from the NZ Listener

Sky Sport
6.30am ESPN Direct - Sky World
7.00 Ballooning
8.00 Chess
1995 World Speed Chess Championship
8.30 Basketball - Slam
9.00 Racehorse Digest
9.30 Golf
PGA Tour - 1996 Phoenix Open; live
11.30 Sky Sport - Ironman/Ironwoman
Super Series - from Manly, NSW
12.50pm World of Rugby
1.20 Cricket
Australia v Sri Lanka - third test, day three; live from Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
3.30 Coca-Cola World Cricket
4.00 Cricket
Australia v Sri Lanka - third test, day three; live from Adelaide Oval, Adelaide
8.35 Golf
PGA Tour - 1996 Phoenix Open; highlights
9.30 Tennis
1996 Australian Open - women’s final and men’s double final; full replay
12.00am ESPN Direct - Latin Football Weekly
1.00 Basketball
NBA 1995/96 - Philadelphia 76ers v LA Lakers; full coverage
3.30 Portraits of Courage
4.30 World Football Report
5.00 Yachting - 1996 International Year in Sailing (Continues to 6am)

6.25am Truly Madly Deeply (1991) (GA)
8.10 The Devil’s Daughter (1972) (GA)
9.30 Mot
10.00 The Beverly Hillbillies (1993) (GY)
11.30 The Making of “Money Train”
Noon MTV Music - Poison: Unplugged (1995)
12.30 White Line Fever (1975) (GA)
2.00 Trust (1991) (GA)
3.45 My Father the Hero (1994) (GY)
5.15 Lightning Jack (1994) (GA)
7.00 Stay Tuned (1992) (GY)
8.30 Cadbury Saturday Premiere - The Paper (1994) (GA)
10.25 Silver (1993) (RP16)
12.15am Late Night Trash - The Incredible Shrinking Man (1957) (R13)
1.35 Christine (1983) (RP16)
3.25 Night of the Creeps (1986) (R16)
4.50 The Notherners (1992) (R16) (Continues to 6.35am)

CNN (incomplete)
7.00am BBC News (6pm bulletin)
8.30 World Business Today Update
9.30 World Report
11.00 Inside Business
11.30 World Report
Noon World View
1.30 Moneyline
2.30 Inside Asia
3.00 Larry King Live
4.30 Showbiz Today
5.30 Inside Politics
6.30 Diplomatic License
7.00 BBC News (9am bulletin)
7.30 Larry King
8.30 Earth Matters
9.30 Style with Elsa Klensch
10.30 Future Watch
11.30 Travel Guide
12.30am Your Health
1.30 World Sport
3.00 Inside Asia
3.30 Larry King
4.30 World Sport Replay
5.00 Future Watch
5.30 Your Money

7.00am The Juice Music TV - The Snickers Top 40 Countdown (Free to air)
10.00 Children’s Ward
10.30 Major Dad
11.00 Kate & Allie
11.30 The Mary Tyler Moore Show
Noon Knots Landing
1.00 The Six Million Dollar Man
2.00 Sledge Hammer!
2.30 My Sister Sam
3.00 Sport on Orange - Tennis
1996 Australian Open - women’s final and men’s double final; live from Melbourne
8.00 The Real World
8.30 Hunter
9.30 Silk Stalkings
10.30 WCW Wrestling
11.30 The Juice Music Television (Free to air, continues to 7am)

6.00am A World Away
7.00 Beyond 2000
8.00 Jack Thompson Down Under
9.00 A World Away
10.00 The Himalayas
10.30 The Arctic
11.00 Trackside Channel (Free to air)
Includes live racing from Ellerslie, Trentham, Richmond, Forbury Park and Australia. Featuring the Trentham Back on Track Foal Stakes (group three), the Japan Racing Association Trophy (group three), the Hutt Valley Cartage Thorndon Mile (group one), the Wellington Cup Handicap (group one) and the Winfield 4YO Pacing Championship (group two), plus:
8.00pm Newbury Park racing across the USA
9.00 Equestrian - from Auckland NZEF
12.15am Final race from Australia

12.30 How the West Was Lost
1.00 Invention
1.30 Next Step
2.00 Wings
3.00 Beyond 2000
4.00 Zoo Life with Jack Hanna
5.00 Jack Thompson Down Under (Continues to 6am)


Today’s TV: Tuesday 28 January 1986
from the NZ Listener

TV One
10.15am Teletext in Vision
10.30 The Richard Simmons Show (Rpt)
10.50 Tai Chi (Rpt)
11.00 Crossroads
11.20 Sooty
11.40 Beany and Cecil (Rpt)
12.05pm Father Murphy (Rpt)
12.55 That Girl
1.30 Palmerstown USA (Rpt)
2.20 Desert Hopping Mouse (Rpt)
2.30 Sesame Street (Rpt)
3.25 Walt Disney’s Mickey and Donald (Rpt)
3.50 Danger Mouse (Rpt)
4.00 The Littlest Hobo (Rpt)
4.30 The Phoenix and the Carpet (Rpt)
5.00 The Flintstones (Rpt)
5.30 Viewfinder Review
6.00 Happy Days (Rpt)
6.30 News
7.00 EastEnders
7.35 The Legend of Robin Hood (Part 4)
8.35 Raoul Wallenberg: Missing Hero (Rpt)
9.35 Duty Free
10.05 Berrenger’s (Final)
11.00 News
11.05 Late Movie - Beach Red (1967) (Rpt)
12.50am Closedown

11.45am Teletext in Vision
Noon The Midday Movie - Mountain Man (1977)
1.50 Petticoat Junction (B&W) (Rpt)
2.20 General Hospital (Three episodes)
3.35 Holiday Movie - The Joker Is Wild (1957) (B&W) (Rpt)
5.45 See Here (Rpt)
5.50 News
6.00 The Young Doctors
6.30 CHiPs
7.30 The Sullivans (Double episode)
8.30 Mini-Series - Lace (Starting tonight, part 1)
10.30 News
10.40 Mini-Series - Lace (Continued)
11.40 Naked City (B&W) (Rpt)
12.35am Closedown

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Today’s TV: Monday 2 February 1976
from the NZ Listener

TV One
11.30am Play School (Rpt)
Noon Beauty and the Beast (Series premiere)
12.30 Lunchbox - Take Kerr
12.35 The Young and the Restless
1.00 News
1.05 The French Way (Final)
1.35 Days of Our Lives
1.55 Crown Court (Series premiere)
2.20 Crossroads
2.40 Play School
3.10 Sesame Street
4.10 Yak
4.20 The Magic Pencil
4.30 The Tomorrow People
4.55 Magilla Gorilla
5.20 The Bobby Goldsboro Show
5.40 Apple’s Way
6.30 News
Includes regional news from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
7.00 Close to Home
7.30 Warship
8.20 Mr Rossi Goes Skiing
8.30 Monty Python’s Flying Circus
9.00 Pot Black
9.30 Tonight
10.00 World in Action - The Rise and Fall of the CIA (Part 3, final)
10.25 The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes (Final)
11.15 News and Weather
11.20 Closedown

TV2 South Pacific Television
1.00pm The Box
1.25 Dinah!
2.15 Search for Tomorrow
2.35 Here’s Lucy
3.00 Rainbow
3.20 Romper Room
3.50 The Adventures of Rupert Bear
4.00 Space Kidettes
4.10 The Bugaloos (Rpt)
4.30 Emergency Plus 4
5.00 The Adventures of Long John Silver
5.30 The Flintstones (Rpt)
6.00 News at Six
6.10 Scene Around Six
6.30 Batman
7.00 Rhoda
7.30 Emergency!
8.25 The Life of Riley
8.55 Barlow at Large
9.55 News at Ten
10.25 The FBI
11.20 Thrill Seekers
11.45 (approx) Closedown

All programmes in colour unless otherwise specified.

Today’s TV: Sunday 2 February 1992
from the NZ Listener

TV One
9.35am Teletext in Vision
9.50 One World of Sport - Yachting (The America’s Cup Challenge)
The America’s Cup Challenger Series - round one; live from San Diego
10.15 One World of Sport - Cricket
NZ v England - second test, day three; live from Eden Park, Auckland
6.00pm One Network News
6.30 Clive James: Postcards from Los Angeles (Rpt, G)
7.30 Our World - Puffins (G)
8.00 Sunday Theatre - The House of Eliott (Series premiere, part 1) (G)
10.05 One World of Sport - Yachting (The America’s Cup Challenge)
The America’s Cup Challenger Series - round one; highlights
10.35 One World of Sport - Rugby: The Big Game
Five Nations 1992 - Wales v France, England v Ireland; highlights
12.05am Closedown

Channel 2
6.00am Around the World in Eighty Days (G)
6.30 The Droids (Rpt, G)
6.50 The Berenstain Bears Show (Rpt, G)
7.15 The Snorks (Final) (Rpt, G)
7.40 The Further Adventures of SuperTed (Rpt, G)
8.05 Scooby-Doo and Scrappy-Doo (Rpt, G)
8.30 Roger Ramjet (Rpt, G)
8.35 The Completely Mental Misadventures of Ed Grimley (Final) (Rpt, G)
9.00 Pepsi RTR Sounz!
11.05 Maid Marian and her Merry Men (Part 6, final) (G)
11.30 Mr Majeika (G)
Noon EastEnders (Double episode) (G)
1.05 Griffin’s Sunday Cinema - 55 Days at Peking (1963) (Rpt, G)
4.15 Supergran (Rpt, G)
4.50 The Haunting of Barney Palmer (Rpt, G)
6.00 Parker Lewis Can’t Lose (G)
6.30 America’s Funniest Home Videos (G)
7.00 Full House (Rpt, G)
7.30 The Sunday Premiere Blockbuster Double Feature - Back to the Future (1985) (Rpt, PGR)
9.50 The Sunday Premiere Blockbuster Double Feature - Conan the Barbarian (1982) (Rpt, AO)
12.20am The Sunday Horrors - The Car (1977) (AO)
2.20 Gangster
4.10 Treasure Island in Outer Space
5.05 A-Z Video Gold (G) (Continues to 6am)

7.00am EBS, including:
7.00 Sylvanian Families (Rpt, G)
7.25 The Littl’ Bits (G)
7.50 The Charlie Brown and Snoopy Show (Rpt, G)
8.10 Punky Brewster (Rpt, G)
8.35 Superman (Rpt, G)

9.00 Coca-Cola TVFM: Hits (Rpt)
11.05 The Scheme of Things (G)
11.35 The Go Show (Rpt, G)
Noon 3 Sport - Tennis
The Nutri-Metics Bendon Classic - singles and doubles finals; live from the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland
5.30 Black Sheep Squadron (G)
This episode is split into two parts due to TV3’s tennis coverage; part two screens next week
6.00 3 National News
6.30 The World Around Us - Reaching for the Skies (Rpt, G)
7.30 60 Minutes
8.30 3 Mini-Series - Sword of Honour (Starting tonight, part 1) (AO)
10.30 Late Movie - Summer Job (1989) (AO)
12.30am Closedown

Sky Sport
6.00am ESPN Direct - Short Track Cycling
1992 US Olympic Trials
7.00 Sky Sport - Rugby Extra
Five Nations 1992 - Wales v France, England v Ireland; full delayed coverage
10.00 ESPN Direct - Tennis
Davis Cup 1992 - US v Argentina, first round doubles; live
12.30pm Sky Sport - Basketball
NCAA 1992 - Duke Blue Devis v Florida State Seminoles; full replay
2.00 Boxing - The Heavyweights
3.00 Tennis
Davis Cup 1992 - US v Argentina, first round doubles; full replay
5.00 Golf
Senior PGA - Royal Caribbean Classic, round two
6.30 Football - The Big Match
8.20 Rugby Extra
Five Nations 1992 - Wales v France, England v Ireland; highlights
10.00 PGA Golf
11.30 ESPN Direct - Motorsport (IHRA Drag Racing)
Locite World Nationals
12.30am Mickey Thompson’s Off Road Championship Grand Prix
1.30 1991 AMA Camel Pro Series
2.30 Ski World
3.00 Inside the PGA Tour
3.30 Scholastic Sports America
4.00 Basketball
NCAA 1992 - Duke Blue Devis v Florida State Seminoles; full replay (Continues to 6am)

Sky News (CNN)
CNN News 24 hours a day, including BBC News at 8.30am and 7pm

Sky Movies
6.00am Leda: The Fantastic Adventure of Yohko (1985) (G)
7.10 The Road Runner Show (G)
7.30 Merrie Melodies (G)
8.00 Dance of the Polar Bears (1990) (G)
9.30 The Porky Pig Show (G)
9.50 Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989) (GY)
Noon Nostalgia at Noon - Suddenly, Last Summer (1959) (B&W) (R18)
2.00 The Forgotten (1989) (GA)
3.35 Box Office America (G)
4.00 Rubber Tarzan (1989) (G)
5.30 The Road Runner Show (G)
6.00 Mini-Series - Amerika (1989, part 1) (GY)
8.00 Gold - Back to the Future III (1990) (GY)
10.00 Fright Night, Part 2 (1988) (RP16)
11.45 Amazon Women on the Moon (1987) (RP13)
1.06am Closedown

Canterbury Television (CTV), Christchurch
5.00pm The Gemini Factor (G)
5.30 Fifty Plus (G)
6.00 CTV Classic Hits (G)
6.30 Great Railway Journeys of the World (G)
7.30 George Balani
8.30 The Duty Men
9.30 Question Time (G)
10.00 Soap (AO)
10.30 Closedown

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Today’s TV: Sunday 3 February 1991
from the NZ Listener

TV One
9.30am Teletext in Vision
9.45 Heirs and Graces (Part 3) (G)
10.15 One World of Sport - Sports Special
Includes cricket (NZ v Sri Lanka - first test, day four; live from the Basin Reserve, Wellington), motorsport (NZ Grand Prix - from Pukekohe) and English Soccer
6.00pm One Network News
6.30 You Rang, M’Lord? (G)
7.20 Our World - Antarctica: The Last Frontier (Part 1) (G)
8.10 Sunday Theatre - Frankenstein’s Baby (PGR)
9.25 One World of Sport - Rugby Special
Five Nations 1991 - Ireland v France, Scotland v Wales; highlights
10.15 One Network News - Gulf War Special
10.25 One Playhouse - Chekhov in Yalta (G)
11.50 Closedown

Channel 2
6.15am Teletext in Vision
6.30 Gustavus (Rpt, G)
6.35 Cockleshell Bay (Final) (G)
6.45 Don’t Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (G)
7.45 Porky Pig (Rpt, G)
8.05 Snagglepuss (Rpt, G)
8.20 New Kids on the Block (Rpt, G)
8.40 The Ghost of Faffner Hall (G)
9.05 Thunderbirds (Rpt, G)
9.55 Lucky Luke: Ballad of the Daltons (Rpt, G)
11.15 Happy Birthday Bugs: 50 Looney Years (Rpt, G)
Noon EastEnders (Double episode) (G)
12.55 Classic Movie - I Was a Male War Bride (1949) (B&W) (Rpt, G)
2.50 Classic Movie - The Real Glory (1939) (B&W) (Rpt, G)
4.35 Zorro (G)
5.00 A Country Practice (G)
6.00 Anne of Green Gables: The Sequel (Part 5, final) (Rpt, G)
7.00 The Cosby Show (Rpt, G)
7.30 MacGyver (Rpt, G)
8.30 The Sunday Premiere Movie - Cocoon: The Return (1988)
10.50 Entertainment Tonight (PGR)
11.50 The New Dragnet (aka “Dragnet Today”) (G)
12.25am Closedown

9.00am Andy Robson (G)
9.25 You Can’t Do That on TV (G)
9.50 Holiday World (Double episode) (G)
10.40 Sara (Rpt, G)
11.05 3 Sport - Tennis (Honda Summer of Tennis)
Davis Cup 1991 - NZ v Argentina; live from Wilding Park, Christchurch
4.00pm 3 Sport - Tennis (Honda Summer of Tennis)
Nutri-Metic Bendon Classic 1991 - finals; live from the ASB Tennis Centre, Auckland (includes 3 National News at 5.45pm)
7.00 The Nutt House (Rpt, G)
7.30 60 Minutes
8.30 Sunday Night at the Movies - Monsignor (1982)
11.00 Late Movie - Crimes of Innocence (1985)
1.00am Closedown

Sky Sport
3.25am Rugby
Five Nations 1991 - Scotland v Wales; live from Murrayfield
5.00 Closedown
7.00 Rugby
Five Nations 1991 - Scotland v Wales; full replay
10.00 Closedown
Noon Football - The Big Match
1.50 Tennis
Davis Cup 1991 - USA v Mexico doubles, round one
3.30 Motorsport - American Racing Series
4.00 Cricket
Australia v England (1990/91 Ashes Series) - fifth test, day three; live from the WACA Ground, Perth
6.00 Golf
Senior PGA - Royal Caribbean Classic
6.40 Cricket
Australia v England (1990/91 Ashes Series) - fifth test, day three; live from the WACA Ground, Perth
8.40 Sportraits
9.00 Cricket
Australia v England (1990/91 Ashes Series) - fifth test, day three; live from the WACA Ground, Perth
11.00 Women’s Golf - Oldsmobile Classic
12.00am Closedown

Sky News (CNN)
CNN News 24 hours a day, including BBC News (9pm bulletin) at 7pm

Sky Movies
Noon The Hayley Mills Storybook
2.00 George Stevens: A Filmmaker’s Journey (1986) (GA)
4.00 Zelly and Me (1988) (GY)
6.00 Mini-Series - The Nightmare Years (1989, part 1) (GA)
7.50 Sky Hollywood Report
8.00 Sunday Premiere Gold - Beetlejuice (1988) (GY)
10.00 The Hit (1984) (R13)
11.40 Prom Night II (1987) (R16)
1.13am Closedown

In April 1990 TVNZ faced backlash when it aired a divisive documentary called “For the Public Good” as part of its weekly current affairs programme, Frontline, which was produced at the Avalon Television Studios in Wellington. This documentary examined the relationship between business and the Labour Government, led by then Prime Minister David Lange. The aftermath of the documentary included legal action against TVNZ as well as the sacking of several staff members, including reporter Bronwen Reid, director Chris Wilks and executive producer Murray McLaughlin. As a result, the Frontline office was relocated from Wellington to Auckland.

The Broadcasting Standards Authority (BSA) reviewed complaints from the New Zealand Business Roundtable (now known as the New Zealand Initiative since its merger with the New Zealand Institute in 2012) and the Treasury of Wellington. Both parties claimed that the airing of “For the Public Good” violated the broadcaster’s responsibility to present truthful and accurate information and to ensure balance, impartiality and fairness when discussing political matters, current affairs and controversial topics. As a result, the BSA ordered TVNZ to issue a correction and apology statement for each complaint by 21 December 1990. In the case of the Business Roundtable complaint TVNZ was also ordered to refrain from airing any commercial advertising on TV One (now TVNZ 1) from 6pm until closedown on Sunday 3 February 1991.

Ongoing coverage of the Gulf War, a military dispute between Iraq and a coalition of 42 countries led by the US, was provided on TV One with updates at 7.20pm (following You Rang, M’Lord?) and approximately 9pm (during Frankenstein’s Baby) as well as a special 10-minute bulletin at 10.15pm (following the Five Nations rugby highlights).

Please note that this information may not be correct at the time of writing.

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Today’s TV: Saturday 4 February 1989
from the NZ Listener

TV One
6.45am Teletext in Vision
7.00 My Little Pony ‘n Friends
7.30 The Raccoons (Rpt)
8.00 Alias the Jester
8.10 The Kidsongs TV Show
8.35 Yogi’s Treasure Hunt
9.00 Whiz Kids (Rpt)
9.55 The Muppet Show Command Performances (Rpt)
10.20 Sport on One
Includes cricket (NZ v Pakistan - first test, day two; live from Carisbrook, Dunedin) and tennis (Nutri-Metics Women’s Tournament - semifinals; live from Stanley Street, Auckland)
6.30pm Network News and Sport
7.00 Cousteau: Amazon (Final)
8.00 Hilary
8.35 Casualty
9.35 Last of the Summer Wine
10.10 Network News
10.20 Truckers (Final)
11.25 The Two Ronnies (Rpt)
12.20am Closedown

Network Two
11.20am Teletext in Vision
11.35 The Paper Lads (Rpt)
Noon Out of This World
12.30 Saturday Matinee - The Bliss of Mrs Blossom (1968)
2.00 Lost in Space (Rpt)
2.45 Entertainment This Week (Rpt)
3.40 The Betty White Show (Rpt)
4.10 Alison Holst’s Cooking Class (Part 5) (Rpt)
4.40 The Henderson Kids II (Rpt)
5.30 Batman (Rpt)
6.00 Taxi (Rpt)
6.30 Charles in Charge
7.00 The Roadies Tale
7.30 Summertime Special - Body Language
8.30 Lotto (Live draw)
8.35 21 Jump Street
9.30 The Network Two Saturday Night Movie - Johnny Dangerously (1984)
11.20 Late Movie - The Buddy System (1984)
1.25am Closedown

Lotto underwent a transformation in February 1989, coinciding with the highly anticipated $3 million “New Season Superdraw”. For marketing and promotional purposes the fresh new changes included a catchy new song (“Happy Days Are Here Again”), upbeat dance routines, eye-catching costumes and a talented group of dancers. The exciting revamped draw was hosted live by Doug Harvey and the late Kerry Smith from TVNZ’s Auckland studios.

The winning numbers from Lotto’s New Season Superdraw, which aired on Network Two (now TVNZ 2) at 8.30pm on the evening of Saturday 4 February 1989, were - spoiler alert! - 23, 21, 24, 5, 8 and… 28, and the bonus number was 30. The total prize pool for that draw was $6,047,064 and the $3 million Superdraw prize was divided among four lucky winners in Division 1.


Today’s TV: Monday 5 February 1979
from the NZ Listener

TV One
Noon News
12.05 The Young and the Restless
12.25 Beauty and the Beast
12.55 Vision
1.20 Days of Our Lives
2.05 Couples
2.30 Sooty (Rpt)
2.50 Play Away
3.20 Scooby-Doo, Where Are You! (Rpt)
3.40 Mister Ed (B&W) (Rpt)
4.05 A Place to Hide (Part 6, final)
4.30 The Spinners
4.55 Movie Matinee - Bonanza: Ride the Wind (1965) (Rpt)
6.30 News
Includes regional news from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
7.00 Close to Home
7.30 Event Horse (Rpt)
8.25 Whodunnit? (Final)
9.00 News
9.10 Rising Damp
9.35 Summertime Movie - The Spy Who Came in from the Cold (1965) (B&W)
11.25 News and Weather
11.30 Closedown

South Pacific Television (SPTV)
3.00pm Chic Chat, including:
3.00 Romper Room
3.30 Clutch Cargo (Rpt)
3.35 The Big Blue Marble

4.00 Good Time Show with Tracy, including:
4.00 The Flintstones (Rpt)
4.30 Spencer’s Pilots (Rpt)
5.30 My Three Sons (Rpt)

6.00 News at Six
6.30 Eight Is Enough
7.30 Custer
8.30 New Scotland Yard
9.30 Soap
10.00 Late News
10.15 Late Movie (The John Wayne Season) - The Wake of the Red Witch (1948) (B&W)
12.05am Goodnight Kiwi / Closedown

All programmes in colour unless otherwise specified.


Today’s TV: Monday 9 February 1981
from the NZ Listener

TV One
11.35am Play School
Noon News
12.02 The Young and the Restless
12.30 Beauty and the Beast
1.00 The Liver Birds (Rpt)
1.35 Days of Our Lives
2.30 The Learning Tree
2.40 Sesame Street
3.40 Fables of the Green Forest
4.00 Little House on the Prairie (Rpt)
4.55 The Legend of King Arthur (Part 7)
5.25 Taxi (Rpt)
5.55 Cabbages and Kings
6.30 News
7.00 Coronation Street
7.30 Newsmakers (Rpt)
8.00 One Day at a Time
8.30 The Sandbaggers (Final)
9.35 Sport on One Special - The Most Beautiful Run in the World
10.05 Summertime Movie - A Touch of Class (1973)
12.05am News
12.10 Closedown

2.30pm Fall of Eagles (Rpt)
3.25 Matinee Theatre - Happy Anniversary (1959) (Rpt)
4.40 Diff’rent Strokes (Rpt)
5.05 National Geographic Specials - America’s Wonderland: The National Parks (Rpt)
5.55 News
6.00 Doctor Who - The Horns of Nimon (Part 2) (Rpt)
6.25 I Like That One: Two
6.35 Best of Lookout - Morioris (Rpt)
7.40 Sister Dora (Starting tonight, part 1)
8.30 The Christians (Part 7)
9.20 The Two Ronnies
10.00 News at Ten
10.30 From India and Nepal (Part 2)
11.00 The Man Who Meant Well (Part 7)
12.00am Closedown

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Today’s TV: Monday 10 February 1986
from the NZ Listener

TV One
10.15am Teletext in Vision
10.30 The Richard Simmons Show (Rpt)
10.50 Tai Chi (Rpt)
11.00 Crossroads
11.25 The Magic Roundabout (Rpt)
11.30 Play School (Rpt)
11.55 You and Your Child (Rpt)
Noon The Young and the Restless
1.00 Doctor in the House (Rpt)
1.35 Days of Our Lives
2.30 You and Your Child (Rpt)
A repeat screening of today’s programme
2.35 Play School (Rpt)
A repeat screening of today’s programme
3.00 Towser (Series premiere)
3.05 The Munch Bunch (Rpt)
3.15 Danger Mouse
3.25 After School, including:
3.30 The Adventures of the Little Prince
4.00 Cantinflas
4.05 The Enchanted Castle (Part 6, final) (Rpt)
4.40 The Edison Twins

5.05 The Flintstones (Rpt)
5.30 The Baker Street Boys (Final) (Rpt)
6.00 Happy Days (Rpt)
6.30 News
Includes regional programmes: Top Half (Auckland), Today Tonight (Wellington), The Mainland Touch (Christchurch) and The South Tonight (Dunedin)
7.30 Seekers (Series premiere)
Click the NZ On Screen link below to watch

8.30 Cheers (Series return)
9.00 Dallas (Feature-length series return)
10.55 News
11.02 Closedown

11.45am Teletext in Vision
Noon Petticoat Junction (B&W) (Rpt)
12.30 Newsline (Starting today)
1.25 See Here (Rpt)
1.30 Beauty and the Beast (Series return)
2.00 Crown Court (Rpt)
2.30 Prisoner
3.30 Bewitched (Rpt)
4.00 Monday Afternoon Movie - Eternally Yours (1939) (B&W)
5.45 News
5.50 Te Karere (First bulletin for 1986)
6.00 Sons and Daughters (Series premiere)
6.30 The Facts of Life
7.00 Man About the House (Rpt)
7.30 World Professional Figure Skating Championships 1985
9.30 Eye Witness News
10.00 Terror and the State (Starting tonight, part 1)
11.00 Jazz Seen (Rpt)
A repeat screening of Sunday’s programme
11.55 Closedown


@OnAir In February 1986 TVNZ launched Newsline, a midday news package that aired five lunchtimes a week, Monday to Friday, with a focus on current issues through television talkback.

The programme, which ran for 55 minutes, was broadcast on TV2 (now TVNZ 2) at 12.30pm every weekday. Fronted by Rodney Bryant, it also featured an in-depth interview segment with a prominent figure of the day with Karen Sims providing the latest international news and summaries of the national headlines. Viewers from all over New Zealand could phone in during the television talkback segment to ask questions of the key interviewee from 11am. Before the availability of the 0800 number, the phone number to call was (09) 392 500.

However, TVNZ discontinued Newsline in December that same year. It was eventually revived in July 1987 for a temporary run during the election campaign and again in November that year for a week-long series about New Zealand in the year 2000, tailored to the desires of the public. During the final week of that month, the phone calls received were considered as legitimate submissions for the Royal Commission on Social Policy. Taking over as presenter for the revived Newsline was the late Angela D’Audney.

See Here / Beauty and the Beast

In the meantime, TVNZ made scheduling changes for its daytime programmes, Beauty and the Beast and See Here. Originally airing on TV One, these shows were moved to TV2 in their new timeslots.

Through 1986 See Here, a five-minute programme catering for Pacific Island and Māori viewers, was initially broadcast at 1.25pm on TV2 but then shifted to 1.55pm. However, after being on air since 1980, it was eventually cancelled and replaced in April 1987 by a longer programme called Tagata Pasifika. For over 35 years Tagata Pasifika, which, nowadays, is produced by SunPix for TVNZ and funded through NZ On Air, has been a trusted source of Pacific news, current affairs and magazine-style features.

Meanwhile, Beauty and the Beast, a weekday advice panel show, had been on air in New Zealand since it debuted in February 1976. In its 11th and final year it was relocated from TV One to TV2, first at 1.30pm and then at 1.25pm. The show was hosted by the late Selwyn Toogood (aka “The Beast”) and featured an all-female group of panellists (aka “The Beauties”).

Over the years the show tackled various sensitive topics including incest, rape and sexual abuse. It was originally based in the Dunedin studios before moving to Christchurch from 1982 to 1985. However, due to the strain on facilities at TVNZ’s Christchurch studios, which were later destroyed by the damaging earthquakes of February 2011, the show returned to Dunedin in 1986.

After 11 years Beauty and the Beast concluded with a live broadcast from the Maurice Joel Theatre at Otago Boys’ High School in November.


A 16-part drama series from TVNZ, Seekers, premiered on TV One at 7.30pm on the evening of Monday 10 February 1986.

Originally scheduled to premiere in September 1985, the series was delayed due to an industrial dispute by Actors Equity. It followed the journey of a rather mysterious birth mother named Maggie Settler (played by Bridget Armstrong) as she pushed her three children - Selwyn (Temuera Morrison), a real estate agent; Nardia (Jennifer Ward-Lealand), a TV producer; and Ben (Kerry McKay), an art student - to pursue their individual aspirations.

In the first episode, Maggie gathers her children together and sends them on a quest to chase their dreams. You can watch it via NZ On Screen by clicking its link above.

Sons and Daughters

Australian soaps have made a lasting impact on global audiences for decades. In the 1980s one such iconic drama, Sons and Daughters, made its way across the Tasman Sea to captivate us as New Zealanders. Debuting on TV2 (now TVNZ 2) with a feature-length pilot on the evening of Sunday 9 February 1986 at 7.25pm, Sons and Daughters quickly became a household name in New Zealand with its intriguing storylines and relatable characters.

The serial drama revolved around the lives of two families, the Hamiltons in Sydney and the Palmers in Melbourne. The two families were brought together due to the consequences of an extramarital affair between Patricia Hamilton (aka “Pat the Rat” and played by Rowena Wallace) and David Palmer (Tom Richards), which resulted in the birth of two children, Angela (Ally Fowler) and John (Peter Phelps). This complex family dynamic set the stage for a dramatic and at times, tumultuous storyline that kept viewers hooked.

One of the reasons for the show’s success in New Zealand was its unique broadcast schedule. While in Australia, Sons and Daughters aired for 10 months, four times a week, in New Zealand, it aired as five half hour episodes every week at 6pm, Monday to Friday, all year round. This meant that, since Sons and Daughters premiered in Australia in 1982 and episodes were only four years behind, New Zealanders were able to immerse themselves in the lives of the Hamiltons and the Palmers on a more regular basis, allowing for a stronger connection with the characters and their story.

The show’s popularity also led to the appearance of some of its main cast members, including Kim Lewis, Antonia Murphy and Ian Rawlings, as guests on Telethon in June 1988. This was a significant event for us as New Zealanders who were able to see their beloved soap stars in person.

After 2.5 successful years on TV2, which later became known as Network Two, Sons and Daughters was moved to TV One on Monday 25 July 1988 and aired at 5.25pm as a lead-in to the Network News at the new time of 6pm. This decision highlighted the show’s strong following and its ability to attract and retain viewers, making it a valuable asset for TVNZ.

The final episode of Sons and Daughters was broadcast on Wednesday 13 December 1989 at 5.25pm, marking the end of an era for New Zealanders. The show had become a part of their daily routine and saying goodbye to the beloved characters was difficult for many.

Sons and Daughters may have aired its last episode in 1989 but its influence on Australian soap operas and its impact on us as New Zealanders continues to this day. The show’s relatable characters, intense storylines and unique broadcast schedule made it a standout in the world of soaps. And for those who were lucky enough to witness its journey in New Zealand, Sons and Daughters will always hold a special place in their hearts and memories.

To make way for Sons and Daughters, The Young Doctors was moved from weeknights at 6pm to double episodes every Tuesday and Wednesday at 6.30pm (replacing The Sullivans) before finally shifting to weekdays at 5.15pm in August 1986 as part of TVNZ’s spring season. The show was transferred to TV One in February 1987 and its final episode was broadcast on Wednesday 27 May 1987.


Sons and Daughters was huge back in the day in Australia. Surprised it took so long to air in NZ. I also loved The Young Doctors. But Sons and Daughters was just unmissable. It seemed so modern and sophisticated in a way, compared to The Sullivan’s and the like. The nuance that might have been missed in NZ was the Sydney vs. Melbourne theme which Australians instantly recognised. The Palmers were Melbourne and the Hamiltons were flashy Sydneysiders.


Today’s TV: Monday 11 February 1991
from the NZ Listener

TV One
11.45am Teletext in Vision
Noon Hard Copy
12.30 Film on One - The Sleeping Beauty (1987) (Rpt, G)
1.30 Reviving Antiques (G)
1.45 Matinee on One - The Young Philadelphians (1959) (Rpt, G)
4.15 The Mary Tyler Moore Show (Rpt, G)
4.45 Last of the Summer Wine (Rpt, G)
5.15 Quantum (G)
5.25 Dad’s Army (Rpt, G)
6.00 One Network News
6.30 Holmes
7.00 Sale of the Century (G)
7.30 A Bit of Fry and Laurie (PGR)
8.05 Fawlty Towers (Rpt, PGR)
8.45 Beyond 2000 (G)
9.45 Haggard (Part 2)
10.15 One Network News
10.45 The Monday Documentary - Inside the Cartel
11.55 In Sickness and in Health (PGR)
12.35am Closedown

Channel 2
6.15am Teletext in Vision
6.30 The Hallo Spencer Show (G)
7.00 Woody Woodpecker (G)
7.30 Heathcliff (G)
8.00 ITN World News
8.25 The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (G)
8.55 Bugs Bunny (Rpt, G)
9.05 Sesame Street (Rpt, G)
10.05 Alison Holst Microwave Menus (Rpt, G)
10.40 Aerobics Oz Style (G)
11.05 Santa Barbara
Noon The Young and the Restless
1.00 Days of Our Lives
2.00 Working Girl (Starting today) (G)
2.30 After 2, including:
2.33 Play School (Rpt, G)
3.00 Casper and Friends (G)
3.30 Defenders of the Earth (Rpt, G)

4.00 The Adventures of the Galaxy Rangers (G)
4.30 Count Duckula (Rpt, G)
5.00 Charles in Charge (Rpt, G)
5.30 Wheel of Fortune (Series premiere) (G)
6.00 Family Ties (Rpt, G)
6.30 Blind Date (New timeslot) (G)
7.00 Neighbours (New timeslot) (G)
7.30 The Flying Doctors (G)
8.30 LA Law (PGR)
9.30 Jake and the Fatman (AO)
10.30 Hill Street Blues (Rpt, AO)
11.30 Snoops (PGR)
12.35am Closedown

Noon Trial by Jury (PGR)
12.30 NBC Nightly News
1.30 Another World (PGR)
2.30 The Oprah Winfrey Show (New timeslot) (G)
3.30 Dennis the Menace (Rpt, G)
4.00 Mickey Mouse Club (New timeslot) (Rpt, G)
4.30 Police Academy (New timeslot) (Rpt, G)
5.00 He-Man and the Masters of the Universe (Starting today) (G)
5.30 Home and Away (New timeslot) (G)
6.00 3 National News (New timeslot and hour-long bulletin)
7.00 Man About the House (Rpt, G)
7.30 Candid Camera (Series premiere) (G)
8.00 Col’n Carpenter (G)
8.30 3 Mini-Series - Voice of the Heart (Starting tonight, part 1)
10.30 Nightline
11.00 Late Movie - Last of the Great Survivors (1984) (Rpt)
1.00am Closedown

Sky Sport
Noon Basketball
NCAA 1991 - Northwestern v Illinois
1.30 Magic Years in Sport - 1963
2.00 Bodies in Motion
2.30 Bodyshaping
3.00 Tennis 1990
A review of the tennis year - Wimbledon, the ATP tour, the Grand Slam finals and the Davis Cup
5.00 Equestrian
International Horse Show: The Puissance
6.00 Sportraits
6.30 UK Rugby League 1990/91
8.00 Yachting
ANZ 12 Metre Challenge - final day
9.40 Golf
1991 Bob Hope Chrysler Classic - final round
11.00 Golf
1991 Phar-Mor Inverarry Classic - final round
12.00am Closedown

Sky News (CNN)
CNN News 24 hours a day, including BBC News (9pm bulletin) at 7pm

Sky Movies
Noon The Black Tent (1956) (G)
2.00 Going Sane (1987)
4.00 The Hayley Mills Storybook
5.15 Haunting Harmony (1990)
6.00 The Shooting Party (1984) (GA)
8.00 Jacknife (1989) (GA)
10.00 Western - Return of the Seven (1966) (GY)
11.40 Hello Mary Lou: Prom Night II (1987) (R16)
1.13am Closedown

Wheel of Fortune

Would you like an ‘O’ for awesome?

In 1981, Australia’s Grundy Organisation (now Fremantle) acquired the rights to Merv Griffin’s US game show Wheel of Fortune and created an exact replica of the series, following their success with other game shows. The show debuted on the Seven Network in July that year.

TVNZ, in partnership with Grundy, introduced a new game show, Wheel of Fortune, on the evening of Monday 11 February 1991, which aired on Channel 2 (now TVNZ 2) at 5.30pm. Although the original US version is still popular nowadays, it had already gained a substantial following in the USA, Australia and Europe.

Hosted by Phillip Leishman and Lana Coc-Kroft, Wheel of Fortune was a game show where contestants had to spin a wheel divided into different money segments.

Using only consonants, players had to guess the hidden subject which could be a name, phrase, occupation, place, animal or something else, in order to win the round. The objective was to gain control of the wheel to earn the highest amount of money and qualify for the bonus round, where they could win overseas trips, cars, boats and household appliances.

A contestant who continued to win became a ‘carryover champion’ and returned to play Wheel of Fortune every night from Monday to Friday.

The show was originally scheduled to premiere on TV One (now TVNZ 1) in March 1990, but it was postponed until the aforementioned date.

Blind Date / Neighbours

The popular dating game show, Blind Date, featuring hosts Dave Jamieson and Suzy Aiken (now Suzy Clarkson) as matchmakers, was rescheduled to air at 6.30pm in order to accommodate the new show, Wheel of Fortune, at 5.30pm.

Within the next month Blind Date was once again moved, this time to the 6pm slot, and replaced at 6.30pm with reruns of the US sitcom, M-A-S-H. According to TVNZ, Blind Date was regarded as ‘television’s premier dating game’ until it ended in August 1991.

Meanwhile, TVNZ decided to shorten its showing of the Australian soap Neighbours, going from back-to-back episodes airing from 6.30-7.30pm to single, half hour episodes airing on Channel 2 at 7pm every night from Monday to Friday. Nevertheless, the Neighbours episodes were still only under two years behind their original broadcasts in Australia, despite the change of timeslot.

Candid Camera

Smile - you’re on Candid Camera!

At 7.30pm on the evening of Monday 11 February 1991, TV3 (now Three) premiered a Kiwi adaptation of the popular US hidden camera show, Candid Camera.

With Danny Watson (previously known from Spot On and What Now during the 70s & 80s) leading the way as host, every episode featured unsuspecting Kiwis facing bizarre yet entertaining situations, caught on hidden cameras to capture their reactions. The show also included classic segments from its over 40-year run in the US.

3 National News

In 1991 TV3 made the decision to expand its main evening news programme, 3 National News, to a full hour starting at 6pm. This change took place amidst the Gulf War, yet TV3 continued to air the extended hour-long bulletin even after the war ended.

This was seen as a major advantage over TVNZ’s One Network News, which at the time was still only half an hour long and followed by the current affairs programme, Holmes, at 6.30pm. It wasn’t until February 1995 that TVNZ finally decided to extend its news programme to a full hour as well.

Meanwhile, the weekend edition of 3 National News was moved to 6pm but reduced to a half hour format.


Today’s TV: Thursday 12 February 1987
from the NZ Listener

TV One
10.45am Teletext in Vision
11.00 The Richard Simmons Show (Rpt)
11.20 Kōhanga Reo
11.30 Peter’s Adventures
11.35 Portland Bill
11.40 Rainbow (Rpt)
Noon Midday News
12.10 The Young and the Restless
1.05 Days of Our Lives
1.55 The Liver Birds (Rpt)
2.30 Knots Landing
3.25 Too Close for Comfort (Series premiere)
3.50 The Odd Couple (Rpt)
4.15 Crossroads
4.40 The Video Club
4.45 I Dream of Jeannie (Rpt)
5.15 The Young Doctors
5.45 Te Karere
6.00 M-A-S-H (Rpt)
6.30 Network News
Includes regional programmes: Top Half (Auckland), Today Tonight (Wellington), The Mainland Touch (Christchurch) and The South Tonight (Dunedin)
7.30 Coronation Street
8.00 Lost Empires (Starting tonight, part 1)
9.45 One Hundred Great Sporting Moments
10.00 Dynasty (Series return)
10.55 Beryl’s Lot (Rpt)
11.55 Closedown

11.45am Teletext in Vision
Noon Hart to Hart (Rpt)
12.50 A Family at War (Rpt)
1.55 Jim Crow’s Army
2.25 The Moomins
2.30 Play School
2.55 Sesame Street
Includes Te Whakapiri Māori
3.55 After School, including:
4.00 Alvin and the Chipmunks
4.30 This Is Me

4.55 Butterfly Island (Part 8, final) (Rpt)
5.25 Codename Icarus (Starting tonight, part 1)
6.00 Sons and Daughters
6.30 A Country Practice
7.30 Who’s the Boss?
8.00 The Flying Doctors (Series premiere)
9.00 Miami Vice
10.00 Eye Witness News
11.00 Night Gallery (Rpt)
11.50 Closedown

New season for 1987

@TV4 @OnAir In 1987 TVNZ underwent significant changes to its programming for the new season, in anticipation of competition from a third channel. This competition did not materialise until November 1989 with the launch of TV3 (now Three). Prior to this, since the formation of TVNZ in 1980, both TV One and TV2 (now TVNZ 1 & 2 respectively) had been airing the same mix of programmes, with a perceived 50/50 split in potential viewership.

As of February 1987, TV One and TV2 began to develop their own unique identities and TVNZ appointed two new controllers to oversee both channels. Harold Anderson, formerly an assistant head of sport at the BBC, took on the role of controller of TV One while John Barningham, who had experience at Crawfords in Australia (known for producing shows like The Sullivans, Cop Shop, Skyways, Carson’s Law etc), was appointed as controller of TV2. However, Barningham was replaced mid-year by ex-TVNZ head of drama, John McRae, and TV2 itself was rebranded as Network Two.

TV One was aimed at an older demographic and offered a diversity of high-quality dramas, documentaries and comedies, with a preference for British productions. Conversely, TV2 catered towards a younger demographic and showcased American and Australian content, with a particular focus on light entertainment, mainstream dramas, hit movies and a majority of children’s programmes.

Following the conclusion of the America’s Cup races, TV One became the main source for sporting coverage, although the selection was limited to major events and one-off specials. In some cases, there would be no sport on Saturday afternoons if there were only minor sporting events occurring.

The formatting approaches of TV One and TV2 were set to remain unchanged in the first half of 1987, but the newly appointed controllers expressed their intention to develop unique styles throughout the year. Harold Anderson, the controller of TV One, was particularly enthusiastic about implementing a change as early as possible, with the implementation of the Friz Quadrata font and a classical look for TV One scheduled for the start of TVNZ’s spring season in July.

Daytime programming on TV One

TV One kickstarted its weekday programming at the later time of 11am on the morning of Monday 9 February 1987 as the new TVNZ season began. After initially extending TV One’s weekday transmission to a 9am start in April 1986, TVNZ had conducted an internal evaluation of its operations which led to the cancellation of a majority of its programmes and a reduction in transmission hours as a cost-cutting measure. Therefore, TV One’s weekday transmission commenced at 11am instead of 9am.

In its first week, the first programme for the day on TV One consisted of reruns of The Richard Simmons Show, which was advertised as ‘a daily workout with Richard Simmons’. This was followed by Kōhanga Reo, a newly introduced programme in te reo Māori from TVNZ, then a half hour block of children’s television starting at 11.30am. The selection included Peter’s Adventures, an animated show about a lion trainer; Portland Bill, an animated series about a Scottish lighthouse keeper; and Rainbow, which followed the escapades of George, Zippy and Bungle as told by Geoffrey Hayes.

TVNZ cancelled its midday news and talkback programme, Newsline, and replaced it with a 10-minute midday news bulletin in February 1987. This was later followed by the US soaps The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives, and reruns of British sitcoms such as Doctor in the House, Doctor at Large, Are You Being Served? and The Liver Birds.

Children’s programmes, which had aired on TV One in the afternoons since TVNZ’s arrival in 1980, were shifted to TV2. In their place on TV One, programmes targeted at adult audiences were brought in, such as the popular Australian dramas Prisoner and The Young Doctors, along with British soaps Crossroads and Emmerdale Farm, and the hit US drama Knots Landing. Additionally, reruns of Dynasty and various US sitcoms like Bewitched, Green Acres, I Dream of Jeannie, The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Mork & Mindy and The Odd Couple were added to the schedule. The Māori news programme, Te Karere, also saw an expansion from 10 to 15 minutes and a move to TV One at the new time of 5.45pm.

The Flying Doctors

In the midst of the 1980s, a new medical drama took to the screens of Australian television. Little did anyone know that this show would not only become a massive hit in its home country, but it would also go on to captivate audiences around the world. The show in question was none other than The Flying Doctors.

Based on the real-life Royal Flying Doctor Service (RFDS) of Australia, The Flying Doctors follows the lives of the medical staff as they provide vital healthcare services to people living in remote areas of the Outback. The series was produced by Crawfords for the Nine Network and officially launched in 1986 as a weekly primetime show, following the success of its three-part miniseries run in 1985. However, it wasn’t until the evening of Thursday 12 February 1987 that the whole of New Zealand was introduced to the beloved show, which made its debut on TV2 (now TVNZ 2) at 8pm.

From the outset, the show captured the hearts and minds of viewers with its gripping storylines, beautiful Australian setting and diverse characters. The central character of the series is Dr Tom Callaghan, played by Andrew McFarlane, who leads the team of doctors and nurses based in the fictional town of Coopers Crossing. Alongside him, we have Dr Chris Randall (Liz Burch), a young doctor who is also Tom’s love interest, and Dr Geoffrey Standish (Robert Grubb), who struggles to find his place in the rural community. The team is completed by Nurse Kate Wellings (Lenore Smith) and pilot Dave “Gibbo” Gibson (Lewis Fitz-Gerald), both of whom play crucial roles in the smooth functioning of the RFDS.

One of the most significant aspects of The Flying Doctors was its realistic depiction of life in rural Australia. The show highlighted the difficulties faced by those living in such remote areas, from lack of access to medical facilities to the challenges of living in harsh weather conditions. The show also brought attention to the crucial work of the RFDS, which provides medical services to over 90% of Australia’s landmass. The series effectively showcased how this service is a lifeline for those living in the Outback and it generated a sense of admiration and respect for the brave doctors and nurses who work tirelessly to save lives.

Over the course of its six years and 221 episodes, The Flying Doctors tackled a range of hard-hitting and emotional storylines, including medical emergencies, natural disasters and personal struggles of the characters. This multifaceted approach to storytelling kept audiences hooked week after week and cemented the show’s place in the hearts of viewers.

The show’s popularity in New Zealand grew rapidly and it quickly became one of the highest-rated programmes on TV2, which was rebranded as Network Two and Channel 2 respectively. Its success was not limited to just New Zealand; it also gained a global following in countries such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, the Netherlands, Nigeria and Sweden. The Flying Doctors became an icon of Australian television and its impact was felt not only in the entertainment industry but also in the community and the healthcare sector.

Today, 37 years after its New Zealand debut, The Flying Doctors remains a beloved show and its legacy continues to live on. It paved the way for other successful Australian dramas such as All Saints and McLeod’s Daughters, and it remains a benchmark for high-quality medical dramas. Its success is a testament to the incredible vision of its creators and the talented cast and crew who brought it to life.


Today’s TV: Tuesday 13 February 1990
from the NZ Listener

TV One
10.05am Teletext in Vision
10.20 One World of Sport - Cricket
NZ v India - second test, day five; live from McLean Park, Napier
6.00pm One Network News
6.30 Holmes
7.00 Sale of the Century (G)
7.30 The Good Life (Rpt, G)
8.00 Brush Strokes (Rpt, G)
8.30 Tuesday Documentary - South Africa’s Death Factory
9.30 Executive Stress (Rpt, G)
10.00 One Network News
10.30 One World of Sport - English Soccer
Highlights of last weekend’s matches, featuring Norwich v Liverpool
11.30 Return of the Saint (Starting tonight) (Rpt, PGR)
12.35am Closedown

Channel 2
6.15am Teletext in Vision
6.30 The Telebugs (Rpt, G)
6.35 The Muppet Babies (Rpt, G)
7.00 Breakfast News
7.05 Ox Tales (G)
7.30 Breakfast News
7.35 Defenders of the Earth (G)
8.00 Breakfast News
8.05 The Raccoons (Rpt, G)
8.30 Breakfast News
8.35 The Porky Pig Show (Rpt, G)
9.00 Bangers and Mash (G)
9.05 Sesame Street (G)
10.05 Hi-de-Hi! (Rpt, PGR)
10.40 Aerobics Oz Style (G)
11.05 Santa Barbara
Noon The Young and the Restless
1.00 Days of Our Lives
1.55 Newhart (G)
2.25 After 2, including:
2.26 Play School (Rpt, G)
2.50 Wisdom of the Gnomes (G)
3.15 The Wind in the Willows (G)

3.40 The All-New Popeye Show (Rpt, G)
4.05 COPS (G)
4.30 Full House (Series return) (G)
5.00 Batman (Rpt, G)
5.30 Blind Date (G)
6.00 Happy Days (Rpt, G)
6.30 Neighbours (Double episode) (G)
7.30 Cheers (G)
8.00 Night Court (PGR)
8.30 China Beach (Series return) (AO)
9.30 Wiseguy (Series return) (AO)
10.30 Newsbreak
10.35 Simon & Simon (PGR)
11.35 The Tuesday Thriller - The Face of Rage (1983) (AO)
1.30am Closedown

Noon The Oprah Winfrey Show (PGR)
1.00 Give Us a Clue (G)
1.30 Trial by Jury (PGR)
2.00 The Bold and the Beautiful (PGR)
2.30 Another World (PGR)
3.30 Mickey Mouse Club (G)
4.00 The Real Ghostbusters (G)
4.30 Saber Rider (G)
5.00 Police Academy (G)
5.30 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (G)
6.00 3 National News
6.30 A Current Affair
7.00 Perfect Match (G)
7.30 Home and Away (Double episode) (PGR)
8.30 3 Mini-Series - Dress Gray (Part 2, final) (AO)
10.30 3 National News
11.00 The Law & Harry McGraw (AO)
12.00am Closedown

Afternoon programming for TV3

@TV4 @OnAir TV3 (now Three), the first private television network in New Zealand, made its much-anticipated debut on Sunday 26 November 1989. The launch of this new network broke the long-standing monopoly of state-owned TVNZ and was met with much excitement and anticipation from viewers.

However, the summer of 1989/90 proved to be a challenging period for TV3. Despite its efforts to diversify its programming, the network struggled with low ratings and insufficient advertising revenue. As a result, there were major changes and cutbacks that took place within the network, causing upheaval among its staff and the axing of several programmes.

One of the biggest casualties of this difficult time for TV3 was the axing of its current affairs programmes, A Current Affair and 60 Minutes. These did not receive the same level of interest from viewers on the new network. As a result, they were pulled from the schedule due to strong competition from TVNZ’s Holmes and Frontline, leaving a significant gap in TV3’s programming.

The network also made the decision to axe its weekend sports show, Sportsworld, which had aired on Saturday and Sunday afternoons from 2-5pm. This move was met with disappointment from sports fans.

In addition to programme cancellations, there were also layoffs among TV3’s staff during this period. The network faced financial difficulties and had to reduce its workforce in order to stay afloat. This was a difficult time for many of its staff, who had worked hard to see TV3’s launch and were now facing uncertainty and job losses.

On Monday 12 February 1990 TV3 made the difficult decision to drop all of its morning programmes and instead open its weekday transmission at noon instead of the previous start time of 7am. The network’s breakfast show for children, the Early Bird Show, was also moved to the weekends. This was a significant change for viewers who had become accustomed to starting their day with TV3’s morning programmes.

With the new schedule, TV3 aimed to diversify its programming and bring fresh, international content to viewers. The Oprah Winfrey Show, which had never been seen before on New Zealand television, kicked off the network’s weekday programming at noon. Oprah was followed at 1pm by the popular British game show, Give Us a Clue, hosted by the late (Sir) Michael Parkinson.

At 1.30pm TV3 introduced the dramatised court show, Trial by Jury, with Hollywood legend Raymond Burr as the host. This unique show cast Burr as a judge, presiding over real-life disputes and delivering his verdict at the end of each case. This was followed by the daytime US soaps, The Bold and the Beautiful and Another World, at 2pm and 2.30pm respectively.

Despite the struggles and challenges that TV3 faced during its first summer on air, the network continued to push forward and evolve its programming in an attempt to attract viewers and advertisers.

This information may not be correct at the time of writing.


Paddy, Wasn’t TV3 going to be New Zealand’s most watched TV network after the channel launched in 1989 to try steal viewers away from TVNZ’s TV One or TV2?

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@Sheldon_Betteridge No idea.

UPDATE: I had to clarify that the information contained in the previous post may not be correct at the time of writing.

Today’s TV: Wednesday 14 February 1973
from The Press

2.00pm Headline News
2.03 Nightfall
3.21 Portrait
4.12 Julia
4.42 Archie and Sabrina
5.03 The Adventures of Babar
5.08 Puddy the Pup
5.14 Max the 2000-Year-Old Mouse
5.19 My Three Sons
5.43 Headline News and Weather
5.49 Folk Scene
6.16 Champions in Action
6.32 Circus
7.00 Network News
7.22 Weather / The South Tonight
7.45 The New Dick Van Dyke Show
8.15 Nichols
9.09 Newsbrief
9.11 Doctor at Large
9.40 Out of the Unknown
10.35 Zero One Magazine
10.51 Late News and Weather
10.57 Closedown

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Today’s TV: Tuesday 17 February 1976
from the NZ Listener

TV One
11.30am Play School (Rpt)
Noon Beauty and the Beast
12.30 Lunchbox
12.35 The Young and the Restless
1.00 News
1.05 The Don Rickles Show
1.30 Days of Our Lives
1.50 Owen Marshall: Counsellor at Law
2.45 Play School
3.15 The Wonderful World of Brother Buzz
3.40 Barbapapa
3.45 Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids
4.05 Origami
4.15 The Lone Ranger (B&W)
4.40 Huckleberry Hound (Rpt)
5.10 Bewitched (Rpt)
5.40 Cowboy in Africa
6.30 News
Includes regional news from Auckland, Wellington, Christchurch and Dunedin
7.00 Close to Home
7.30 Star Trek
8.30 The World of Television
9.00 All in the Family
9.30 Tonight
10.00 The Sweeney
11.00 News and Weather
11.05 Closedown

TV2 South Pacific Television
1.00pm Marked Personal
1.25 Dinah!
2.15 Search for Tomorrow
2.35 Bridget Loves Bernie (Rpt)
3.00 Rainbow
3.20 Romper Room
3.50 The Adventures of Rupert Bear
4.00 The Merrie Melodies Show
4.20 The Adventures of Gulliver (Rpt)
4.40 The Young Rebels (Rpt)
5.35 The Flintstones (Rpt)
6.00 News at Six
6.30 Batman
7.00 And Mother Makes Three
7.30 Cash and Company
8.30 A Going Concern
9.00 Caribe
10.00 News at Ten
10.30 12 O’Clock High (B&W)
11.25 Cricket in the Middle
11.55 (approx) Closedown

All programmes in colour unless otherwise specified.


Today’s TV: Tuesday 19 February 1980
from the NZ Listener

TV One
11.35am Play School
Noon News
12.05 The Young and the Restless
12.30 Beauty and the Beast
1.00 In Search of…
1.30 Days of Our Lives
2.25 The Learning Tree
2.40 Rainbow
3.00 Play Away
3.25 Chic Chat
4.00 Story Beneath the Sands (Starting today, part 1)
4.25 Sport on One Special - Racing
The International Stakes - live from Ellerslie, Auckland
4.50 Donny & Marie
5.40 Sport on One Special - Racing
The Lion Brown Sprint - live from Ellerslie, Auckland
6.00 Crypto Cross (Series premiere)
6.30 News
7.00 Close to Home
7.30 One Day at a Time
8.00 Secret Army
9.00 Eischied (Series premiere)
10.55 News
11.00 Closedown

2.30pm Crown Court
3.00 The Cedar Tree
3.20 Movie Matinee - My Geisha (1962) (Rpt)
5.25 Angels (Series return)
5.55 News
6.00 WKRP in Cincinnati
6.30 Blake’s 7 (Series premiere)
7.30 Botanic Man (Starting tonight, part 1)
8.00 A Man Called Sloane (Starting tonight)
9.00 Eye Witness
9.30 All in the Family
10.00 News
10.30 On the Mat
11.00 The Streets of San Francisco
11.55 Closedown

TVNZ’s first week

Television New Zealand (TVNZ) was formed in February 1980 as a result of the merger of two government-owned television networks, TV One and South Pacific Television (SPTV), under a single administration.

Initially, TVNZ operated from the Avalon television centre in Lower Hutt with TV One (now TVNZ 1) broadcasting from there and TV2 (now TVNZ 2) broadcasting from Auckland.

TV One, under TVNZ, opened transmission at 10am on the morning of Saturday 16 February 1980 with the racing preview show, Tucker’s Turf Talk, hosted by Glyn Tucker while TV2 began its programming at noon with the iconic US soap, Search for Tomorrow.

On day four of TVNZ’s first week on air, TV One commenced its programming at 11.35am with Play School. The channel then aired a midday news summary at noon, followed by TVNZ’s main evening news programme at 6.30pm. Following a five-minute spot for the late news and weather, TV One ended its transmission at 11pm. It wasn’t until Monday 31 March 1980 that TV One began airing regional news programmes at 7.30pm, including Top Half in Auckland, Today Tonight in Wellington, The Mainland Touch in Christchurch and 7.30 South in Dunedin.

TV2’s transmission began at 2.30pm with Crown Court. The channel featured a five-minute news update at 5.55pm and a half hour bulletin at 10pm. Eye Witness, a twice weekly current affairs programme from the old South Pacific Television (SPTV) era, aired on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9pm. TV2 concluded its programming at 11.55pm after showing The Streets of San Francisco.

Crypto Cross

In 1980 a groundbreaking game show titled Crypto Cross was launched by TVNZ in partnership with Vid-Com, an independent production company based in Auckland.

Hosted by Barry Daniels, this innovative show revolutionised the world of television with its challenging cryptic word game format. Aired at 6pm on Tuesday nights on TV One, starting from 19 February, Crypto Cross mesmerised audiences with its thrilling battles between studio contestants and a skilled cryptographer, all vying to win luxurious holiday prizes.

Even home viewers were not left out as they were able to participate in the action through a puzzle published in the NZ Listener and revealed on Crypto Cross at 6pm that night, with special prizes for the winners.

New shows

The first of the four new shows to hit the screens was Blake’s 7, a British sci-fi series set in the third century of the second calendar. The show was a hit among sci-fi fans as it followed the adventures of a group of rebels fighting against an oppressive federation. The show was known for its impressive special effects and gripping storylines, making it a must-watch for many viewers. Blake’s 7 aired at 6.30pm on TV2 and quickly gained a loyal following.

Following Blake’s 7 was Botanic Man, a 10-part documentary series presented by famed environmentalist David Bellamy. The show took viewers on a journey through the evolution and adaptation of life on Earth, exploring the wonders of the natural world. This series, produced by Thames Television, was not only informative but also visually stunning. It aired at 7.30pm on TV2 and provided an educational and exciting half hour of television for the whole family.

Next up was A Man Called Sloane, a short-lived US series that followed the exploits of TR Sloane, a suave, sophisticated secret agent. Sloane, who was often compared to the iconic James Bond, worked for UNIT, a counter-espionage team using a toy store as a front. The show was full of action, glamour and fast cars, making it a popular choice for viewers. However, despite its initial success, the show was cancelled after the 1979/80 season. A Man Called Sloane aired at 8pm on TV2 and provided a dose of action and adventure to viewers.

Last but not least, TVNZ premiered Eischied, a short-lived US crime series about Earl Eischied, the chief of detectives in the New York Police Department. The show followed Eischied as he battled crime and corruption in the city, providing viewers with a thrilling and intense hour of television. Similar to A Man Called Sloane, Eischied was also cancelled after the 1979/80 season. However, it left a lasting impression on viewers with its gripping storylines and compelling characters. Eischied aired at 9pm on TV One (right after Secret Army) and provided a darker and more gritty option for viewers.

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Today’s TV: Sunday 20 February 1983
from the NZ Listener

TV One
10.00am Sport on One Special - Bowls
1983 Lion Masters - semifinals; live from Palmerston North
Noon News
12.02 Big League Soccer
12.55 Tomorrow’s World
1.00 A Prophet for All Seasons: Aldo Lepold
2.00 Sport on One Special - Bowls
1983 Lion Masters - final; live from Palmerston North
4.40 Woolly Valley (Rpt)
4.45 The All New Pink Panther Show
5.05 Wildlife on One - Flower from the Flames
5.30 Arthur C Clarke’s Mysterious World (Rpt)
6.00 Credo
6.30 News
6.45 World Watch
7.00 Horizon - The Case of the UFOs
7.50 The Best of Country Calendar (Rpt)
8.05 The Gaffer (Starting tonight, part 1)
8.30 Water Under the Bridge (Part 8, final)
9.15 News
9.30 Play of the Week - The Dybbuk
11.35 News
11.40 Closedown

Noon Sunday Matinee - They Went That-a-Way and That-a-Way (1978) (Rpt)
1.30 The Bob Newhart Show (Final) (Rpt)
1.55 Opus
2.55 Remembering Winsor McCay
3.15 The Edinburgh Military Tattoo 1982 (Highlights)
4.30 Taste and See
5.05 Silver Spoons (Series premiere)
5.30 Stars on Sunday
5.55 News
6.00 The Wonderful World of Disney - Epcot Centre: The Opening Celebration
6.50 Preview 2
7.00 Three’s Company
7.25 Sunday Movie - Knight Rider (Feature-length pilot)
9.00 Kid Creole and the Coconuts
9.50 The Sunday Horrors - Psycho (1960) (B&W)
11.35 Closedown

Knight Rider

For fans of action-packed television shows, the arrival of Knight Rider on New Zealand television in 1983 was a highly anticipated event.

This popular US series, which first aired in 1982, made its way to New Zealand on TV2 (now TVNZ 2) as a telemovie at 7.25pm on the evening of Sunday 20 February 1983. With its unique blend of high-tech crime-fighting, fast cars, and a talking, artificially intelligent supercar, Knight Rider brought a new level of excitement to the small screen.

The telemovie, titled “Knight of the Phoenix”, introduced viewers to the world of Knight Rider and its protagonist, Michael Knight (played by David Hasselhoff). The premise of the show involved a secret team of crime-fighters known as the Foundation for Law and Government (FLAG), led by the enigmatic millionaire Wilton Knight. The star of the show, however, was not the Hoff’s character, but rather the advanced and highly sophisticated car known as KITT (Knight Industries Two Thousand). Equipped with state-of-the-art technology and a witty personality, KITT (voiced by William Daniels) was the ultimate crime-fighting partner for Michael Knight.

The telemovie, which was written by Knight Rider creator Glen A Larson, was a captivating introduction to the series and left viewers wanting more. Fortunately, they didn’t have to wait long. Just five days after the telemovie aired, the series premiered on TV2 on Friday, 25 February at 7.30pm. Knight Rider quickly became a Friday night ritual for many families, with viewers eagerly tuning in to see what new adventures Michael and KITT would embark on.

One of the unique elements of Knight Rider was its use of cutting-edge technology. KITT’s futuristic features, such as its bullet-proof exterior, turbo boost capability, and ability to drive itself, captivated audiences and made the show stand out from other action series of the time. The use of special effects also added to the show’s appeal, making it a truly immersive viewing experience.

Aside from the action and technology, the show also had a heartwarming element. The relationship between Michael and KITT was a key aspect of the show, with KITT not just being a car, but also a loyal and dependable friend to Michael. Their bond was depicted through KITT’s advanced technology, which allowed it to express emotions and interact with Michael in a human-like manner.

As the series progressed, it became a massive hit in New Zealand with viewers of all ages becoming engrossed in the adventures of Michael and KITT. The show was a cultural phenomenon, and there was a surge in popularity for all things Knight Rider, with merchandise and toys being highly sought after.

Knight Rider’s success in New Zealand was a testament to the show’s appeal and the talented actors, writers and crew behind it. The show ran for four seasons until 1986, entertaining viewers every week with its thrilling storylines and memorable characters. In 2024 Knight Rider, like the Hoff, remains a beloved classic and its impact can still be felt on pop culture.


Today’s TV: Sunday 23 February 1986
from the NZ Listener

TV One
8.00am Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids (Rpt)
8.20 Warner Bros Cartoons
8.30 Sing to the Lord (Rpt)
9.00 Some Mothers Do ‘Ave ‘Em (Rpt)
9.30 Big League Soccer
10.20 British Football Results 1985/86
10.30 Science World
10.40 That’s Incredible! (Rpt)
11.30 Holding the Fort (Rpt)
11.58 News
Noon The Last Vikings (Rpt)
12.50 A Fighting Chance
1.10 Life in His Stride
2.00 Royal Variety Performance 1985 (Rpt)
4.10 Opus (Rpt)
5.00 James Burke: The Real Thing (Part 2) (Rpt)
5.30 Spot On (Rpt)
6.00 Day One
6.30 News
7.00 Entertainment Showcase - Beethoven: The Piano Concertos (Part 2)
7.45 The Winemakers (Part 2)
8.00 Full House (Part 3)
8.25 The Last Place on Earth (Part 3)
9.20 News
9.30 Sunday
10.00 Play of the Week - Dear Box Number
10.50 News
10.55 Closedown

10.50am Sports Special - Cricket
NZ v Australia - first test, day three; live from the Basin Reserve, Wellington
Noon Sunday Matinee - The Wild Blue Yander (1952) (B&W)
1.35 Here’s Lucy (Rpt)
2.00 Jazz Seen
2.50 I Am Joe’s Heart (Rpt)
3.20 Mariolino
3.25 The Wind in the Willows
3.50 Sports Special - Cricket (Continued)
NZ v Australia - first test, day three; live from the Basin Reserve, Wellington
6.00 News
6.05 The Wonderful World of Disney - Whale’s Tooth
6.50 I Like That One: 2
7.00 Benson (Final)
7.25 Sunday Movie - The Seduction of Miss Leona (1980)
9.00 One Day at a Time
9.25 Radio with Pictures
10.10 The Sunday Horrors - The Fly (1958) (Rpt)
11.40 Closedown