2005 in Australian television

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Events[edit]

  • FebruaryAustralia's Funniest Home Video Show returns and starts 2005 when AFHVS became Australia's Funniest Home Videos with a funky major revamp, a monster-revamped funky instrumental theme muzac and a relocation from Melbourne back to Sydney. This is the very first episode to be filmed at Nine's Sydney studios since 1999.
  • 7 MarchABC launches a brand new digital channel ABC2.
  • 25 MayGraham Kennedy dies at age 71. The network on which most of his shows aired, the Nine Network, passes up the offer to broadcast his funeral but Seven axes Nine's coverage, picks it up and wins it. Nine does eventually show parts of the funeral live.
  • 26 June – Douglas Wood is interviewed by Sandra Sully about his time as a captive after Network Ten pays a reported $400,000 for an exclusive interview.
  • 15 AugustBig Brother: Greg Mathew, along with twin brother David Mathew, also known as "The Logan Twins" is announced the winner of the fifth series.
  • 25 August – After a one-year hiatus, The Mole returns to Australian television for its fifth and final season, hosted by Tom Williams after its original host Grant Bowler was unavailable due to a prior commitment.
  • 17 October – Rob "Coach" Fulton, a resident from Sydney, becomes the first ever person to win $1 million on Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?. Just four weeks later, another resident from Sydney, Martin Flood, won the top prize, amid allegations of cheating.
  • 26 November – The very last ever episode of The Price Is Right goes to air on the Nine Network after a 5 year run then a 2 year run. The show was axed due to the strong competitions of rival Seven Network game show Deal or No Deal.

New channels[edit]

Debuts[edit]

ABC[edit]

Date Program
9 February Spicks and Specks
12 June Outback House

SBS[edit]

Date Program
31 January RocKwiz
17 December Lonely Planet Six Degrees

Channel Seven[edit]

Date Program
February Medical Emergency
6 June Last Man Standing
15 November headLand
14 November Larry Emdur & Laura Csortan's Wheel of Fortune
 ? Eclipse Music TV

Channel Nine[edit]

Date Program
4 March Streetsmartz
13 October 20 to 1

Channel Ten[edit]

Date Program
9 February Aussie Queer Eye for the Straight Guy
5 October Australian Princess

Pay TV[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
Australia's Next Top Model FOX8 11 January
Camp Orange[2] Nickelodeon 18 February

New International Programming[edit]

ABC[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United KingdomNighty Night[3] ABC TV 23 March
United KingdomDoctor Who ABC TV 21 May

SBS[edit]

Date Debut Country
7 February Shameless United Kingdom United Kingdom
23 April So Frenchy, So Chic  
2 June Bronski and Bernstein  Germany
24 June Sophie's World  Norway /  Sweden

Channel Seven[edit]

Date Debut Country
31 January Desperate Housewives  United States
Unknown Grey's Anatomy  United States
Unknown Lost  United States

Subscription television[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States American Casino[4] Discovery Channel 3 January
United States Brandy & Mr. Whiskers[4] Disney Channel 3 January
United Kingdom Don't Drop the Coffin[4] The LifeStyle Channel 3 January
United States Unfabulous [2] Nickelodeon 31 January
United Kingdom Making Spaces [5] The LifeStyle Channel 1 February
United Kingdom Property Ladder [5] The LifeStyle Channel 2 February
United States Blue's Room [6] Nickelodeon/Nick Jr March
United Kingdom Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares [7] The LifeStyle Channel 9 March
United States Love Is in the Heir [8] E! 21 March
Gastineau Girls, The United States The Gastineau Girls [9] E! April 2005
Suite Life of Zack & Cody, The United States The Suite Life of Zack & Cody[10] Disney Channel 15 April 2005
United Kingdom Green Wing[11] UKTV June
United States Meet the Barkers[12] MTV 16 June 2005
United States Meet Diego! [13] Nick Jr July/August
United States Zoey 101 [13] Nickelodeon July/August
Hogan Knows Best United States Hogan Knows Best [14] VH1 12 August 2005
United States Rescue Me[15] Fox8 26 September
Breaking Bonaduce United States Breaking Bonaduce [16] VH1 October 2005

Free-to-air premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian free-to-air television that had previously premiered on Australian subscription television. Programs may still air on the original subscription television network.

International[edit]

Program Free-to-air network Subscription network Date
United States MythBusters SBS TV Discovery Channel 3 January

Subscription premieres[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on Australian subscription television that had previously premiered on Australian free-to-air television. Programs may still air on the original free-to-air television network.

International[edit]

Program Subscription network Free-to-air network Date
What I Like About You United States What I Like About You [2] Nickelodeon [citation needed] 31 January

Specials[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
2005 Kids' Choice Awards United States 2005 Kids' Choice Awards[17] Nickelodeon 23 April

Television shows[edit]

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1990s[edit]

2000s[edit]

2001
2002
2003
2004

Ending / Resting this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
January 2005 Wheel of Fortune
(Wheel Of Fortune will not be reinstated on Channel Seven until December 2005 with a major-revamped set and the theme musak and font remained)
Seven Network 1981
28 October The Mole Seven Network 27 February 2000
26 November The Price Is Right Nine Network 1992–1998 (I), 2003 (II)
4 December 7 Days ABC 4 August 2001
16 December GMA with Bert Newton Network Ten 1991

TV movies[edit]

Miniseries[edit]

International[edit]

Miniseries Network Airdate(s)
United Kingdom North and South [18] ABC TV 8, 15, 22, 29 May

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alarcon, Camille (2 December 2005). News. "Disney makes new friends". B & T Weekly 54 (2546): 23. ISSN 1325-9210. Retrieved 2 May 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "What's New On Nick? – Term 1". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2005. Archived from the original on 4 February 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  3. ^ Nighty Night – ABC TV Guide
  4. ^ a b c Bellman, Annmaree (30 December 2004). "PAY TV – Monday January 3". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 24. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Fidgeon, Robert (26 January 2005). "Best of Pay TV". The Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). p. H11. 
  6. ^ "Highlights (Kids & Family)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 7 March 2005. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  7. ^ "Best of Pay TV". The Herald Sun (Melbourne, Australia: News Limited). 2 March 2005. p. H11. 
  8. ^ Bellman, Annmaree (17 March 2005). "PAY TV – MONDAY". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 24. 
  9. ^ Veitch, Harriet (19 April 2005). "Entertainment". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 19. Retrieved 14 January 2010. 
  10. ^ Hooks, Barbara (14 April 2005). "PAY TV – FRIDAY". The Age (Melbourne, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 18. Retrieved 11 January 2010. 
  11. ^ "Highlights (Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 18 June 2005. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  12. ^ Molitorisz, Sacha (13 June 2005). "Pay TV – Thursday". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 12. ISSN 0312-6315. 
  13. ^ a b "Highlights (Kids & Family)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 31 July 2005. Retrieved 19 January 2010. 
  14. ^ Oliver, Robin (8 August 2005). "Pay TV". Sydney Morning Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 18. ISSN 0312-6315. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  15. ^ "September Highlights (Entertainment)". Foxtel. Archived from the original on 25 November 2005. Retrieved 18 January 2010. 
  16. ^ Ellis, Scott (23 October 2005). "Pay TV". Sun Herald (Sydney, Australia: Fairfax Media). p. 17. Retrieved 16 December 2009. 
  17. ^ "What's New On Nick? – APRIL HOLLIDAYS ON NICK!". Nickelodeon (Australia). 2005. Archived from the original on 17 June 2005. Retrieved 18 December 2009. 
  18. ^ North And South – ABC TV Guide