1981 in Australian television
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This article is a summary of 1981 in Australian television.
- 15 February - Channel Nine Celebrates 25 Years Of Television, hosted by Bert Newton
- 2 March - Network Ten introduces its new breakfast TV show, Good Morning Australia, marking the return of breakfast television to Australian television screens.
- 30 March - British sitcom To the Manor Born debuts on ABC.
- 10 April - The TV Week Logie Awards air on Network Ten for the first time.
- 23 May - Nine Network premieres a brand new sports programme called Wide World of Sports.
- 27 July - Wheel of Fortune premieres on the Seven Network.
- 29 July - The Wedding of Charles, Prince of Wales, and Lady Diana Spencer is broadcast across ABC and almost every commercial channel in Australia.
- 16 September - The Nine Network celebrates 25 years of television in Australia.
- 12 November - Final episode of the Australia soap opera The Restless Years airs on Network Ten.
- 15 November - The Nine Network premieres its Sunday morning political current affairs program Sunday, hosted by Jim Waley.
- 23 November - A Country Practice debuts on Seven Network.
- December - After a two year-battle, Rupert Murdoch's News Limited finally gains control of the Melbourne headquarters of Network Ten after appealing the decision by the Australian Broadcasting Tribunal which blocked the takeover.
|And Here Comes Bucknuckle||ABC||26 January|
|Daily at Dawn||Seven Network||3 February|
|Good Morning Australia||Network Ten||2 March|
|Fatty and George||ABC||3 March|
|Wide World of Sports||Nine Network||23 May|
|I Can Jump Puddles||ABC||7 June|
|Holiday Island||Network Ten||17 June|
|Bellamy||Network Ten||26 June|
|Wheel of Fortune||Seven Network||21 July|
|The New Price Is Right||Seven Network||7 September|
|The Nargun and the Stars||ABC||15 September|
|Sunday||Nine Network||15 November|
|A Country Practice||Seven Network||23 November|
New International Programming
- 4 February - Knots Landing (Seven Network)
- 10 February - Buck Rogers in the 25th Century (Nine Network)
- 4 March - Worzel Gummidge (ABC)
- 4 March - Leatherstocking Tales (ABC)
- 30 March - To the Manor Born (ABC)
- 30 April - The Enigma Files (ABC)
- 12 May - Drak Pack (Seven Network)
- 15 May - Romie-0 and Julie-8 (Seven Network)
- 22 May - The Devil and Daniel Mouse (Seven Network)
- 30 May - Magnum, P.I. (Network Ten)
- 5 June - Matt and Jenny (ABC)
- 20 June - Yes Minister (ABC)
- 8 August - Richie Rich (Nine Network)
- 26 August - The Swish of the Curtain (ABC)
- 7 September - Wayne and Shuster (ABC)
- 7 October - God's Wonderful Railway (ABC)
- 22 October - / Tenko (ABC)
- 27 October - Huckleberry Finn and His Friends (Seven Network)
- 18 November - It's a Living (Nine Network)
- 18 November - Ladies' Man (Nine Network)
- 23 December - A Cosmic Christmas (ABC)
- 31 December - Hi-De-Hi! (ABC)
- Mr. Squiggle and Friends (1959–1999)
- Four Corners (1961–present)
- Hey Hey It's Saturday (1971–1999, 2009–2010)
- Young Talent Time (1971–1988)
- Countdown (1974–1987)
- The Don Lane Show (1975–1983)
- 60 Minutes (1979–present)
- Prisoner (1979–1986)
- Sale of the Century (1980–2001)
- Kingswood Country (1980–1984)
- Wheel of Fortune (1981–2008)
- A Town Like Alice, mini-series produced by Network Seven.
Ending this year
|28 April||Daily at Dawn||Seven Network||3 February|
|5 May||Fatty and George||ABC||3 March 1981|
|27 July||Skyways||Seven Network||9 July 1979|
|12 November||The Restless Years||Network Ten||December 1977|
|18 December||Bellamy||Network Ten||26 June 1981|
Returning this year
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- "TV Guide 15 February 1981". TELEVISIONAU.