1987 in Australian television

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The following quote came from Seven National News reporter Alan Murrell on the 27 December 1987 edition regarding the move:

"Tonight will mark the end of the callsigns ADS-7 and SAS-10. Tomorrow, they be rebranded as ADS-10 and SAS-7. It’s the first time such a change has been made. The switch follows a media shake-up earlier this year, which left ADS in the hands of the owners of the Ten Network. Already, the cosmetic changes are being made at Strangways Terrace in Gilberton. But viewers will notice little difference. They’ll still turn the knob to Ten for Channel Ten programs, and to Seven for Seven programs.

"The only difference will be that the local personalities will be seen on different channels. So if you want to watch Steve Witterman and Caroline Ainslie reading the news tomorrow night, you simply turn the dial three positions, from Seven-to ADS-10. And it’s as easy as that."


Program Network Debut date
Hey Dad...! Seven Network 11 February
Rafferty's Rules Seven Network 12 February
Video Hits Network Ten 15 February
The Afternoon Show ABC TV 16 February
Camera Script ABC TV 6 April
The Dingo Principle ABC TV 6 April
Rage ABC TV 17 April
Night Shift Network Ten April
MTV Nine Network April
Pals ABC TV 13 July
Ridgey Didge Network Ten 7 September
Burke's Backyard Nine Network 12 September
Kaboodle ABC TV 26 October

New International Programming[edit]

Program Network Debut date
Canada Legends of the World SBS TV 2 January
United Kingdom EastEnders ABC TV 5 January
United Kingdom In Sickness and in Health ABC TV 5 January
United Kingdom Howards' Way ABC TV 16 January
United Kingdom Jesus: The Evidence SBS TV 26 January
Italy The Great Oak SBS TV 27 January
United Kingdom Brookside SBS TV 27 January
United Kingdom Paradise Postponed ABC TV 1 February
United Kingdom Aubrey ABC TV 2 February
Canada The Kids of Degrassi Street ABC TV 2 February
United Kingdom Crime, Inc. ABC TV 4 February
United Kingdom Who Dares Wins ABC TV 5 February
United Kingdom Dempsey and Makepeace Seven Network 5 February
United States ALF Seven Network 8 February
United States Valerie Seven Network 8 February
United Kingdom Oddie in Paradise ABC TV 11 February
United States My Sister Sam Nine Network 12 February
United States Head of the Class Nine Network 12 February
United States Hulk Hogan's Rock 'n' Wrestling Network Ten 14 February
Canada Today's Special ABC TV 16 February
United Kingdom Henry's Cat ABC TV 16 February
France/Japan The Mysterious Cities of Gold ABC TV 16 February
United Kingdom Return of the Antelope ABC TV 16 February
United Kingdom Let's Go Maths ABC TV 16 February
United States Easy Street Nine Network 23 February
United States Yogi's Treasure Hunt Seven Network 28 February
United Kingdom Fragile Earth ABC TV 28 February
France The Second Sex SBS TV 2 March
United Kingdom Barriers ABC TV 9 March
United States George Burns Comedy Week Seven Network 10 March
United States L.A. Law Network Ten 12 March
United States Fluppy Dogs Seven Network 15 March
United Kingdom Alias the Jester ABC TV 23 March
Canada/Germany The Little Vampire Network Ten 31 March
United States The Redd Foxx Show Seven Network 1 April
United Kingdom Thomas the Tank Engine & Friends ABC TV 6 April
Canada/Scotland The Campbells ABC TV 13 April
Canada You Can't Do That on Television ABC TV 13 April
United States Vidal in Venice SBS TV 13 April
Germany Blam! SBS TV 16 April
United States Jim Henson Presents The World of Puppetry ABC TV 16 April
United Kingdom The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Seven Network 21 April
United States Defenders of the Earth Seven Network 26 April
United Kingdom The Monocled Mutineer ABC TV 29 April
United Kingdom Filthy, Rich and Catflap ABC TV 30 April
United States The Real Ghostbusters Network Ten 2 May
United States Pound Puppies (1986) Seven Network 2 May
United Kingdom Jimbo and the Jet-Set ABC TV 11 May
United Kingdom There Comes a Time Seven Network 14 May
United States Matlock Nine Network 27 May
Canada Cities SBS TV 3 June
New Zealand The Krypton Factor ABC TV 18 June
United States Designing Women Nine Network 22 June
United States Silverhawks Seven Network 4 July
United States Kissyfur Seven Network 5 July
United Kingdom Executive Stress ABC TV 6 July
France Once Upon a Time... Space SBS TV 6 July
Norway Teacher Haze ABC TV 6 July
United Kingdom Lovejoy ABC TV 7 July
United States The Golden Girls Seven Network 31 July
United Kingdom Cockleshell Bay Network Ten 1 August
United Kingdom The Adventures of Portland Bill ABC TV 10 August
United States The Great Space Coaster Network Ten 11 August
United States Popples Nine Network 15 August
United Kingdom The Family Ness ABC TV 17 August
France Robo Story ABC TV 17 August
United States Out on a Limb Nine Network 17 August
United Kingdom All in Good Faith ABC TV 24 August
United Kingdom Three Up, Two Down ABC TV 31 August
Japan/Canada The Wonderful Wizard of Oz ABC TV 17 September
Australia/United States The Berenstain Bears ABC TV 21 September
France Colette SBS TV 26 September
United States The Flintstone Kids Seven Network 26 September
United Kingdom Chocky's Challenge ABC TV 5 October
United States Ghostbusters ABC TV 5 October
United Kingdom Connie Nine Network 7 October
France The Land and the Mill SBS TV 8 October
United States DuckTales Seven Network 11 October
United Kingdom Mr. Palfrey of Westminster ABC TV 21 October
United Kingdom Bulman Nine Network 27 October
Canada Lorne Greene's New Wilderness ABC TV 7 November
United Kingdom Slinger's Day ABC TV 16 November
United States The Bold and the Beautiful Network Ten 23 November
United Kingdom Bread ABC TV 23 November
United States Santa Barbara Network Ten 23 November
United States Spies Seven Network 24 November
United States MacGyver Seven Network 24 November
United Kingdom High and Dry Seven Network 25 November
United Kingdom Codename Nine Network 26 November
United States Life with Lucy Nine Network 27 November
United States Misfits of Science Seven Network 27 November
United States Perfect Strangers Seven Network 2 December
Japan Belle and Sebastian ABC TV 8 December
United Kingdom The Singing Detective ABC TV 13 December
United Kingdom Puddle Lane ABC TV 14 December
United Kingdom Baby and Co. ABC TV 14 December
United Kingdom Dodger, Bonzo and the Rest ABC TV 14 December
United Kingdom Gems ABC TV 14 December
United Kingdom Mapp and Lucia Seven Network 14 December
United Kingdom Tucker's Luck ABC TV 14 December
United States The Pee-wee Herman Show ABC TV 18 December
Canada/France Babar and Father Christmas ABC TV 25 December
United States The Cavanaughs ABC TV 28 December
United States The Ellen Burstyn Show Seven Network 28 December

Changes to network affiliation[edit]

This is a list of programs which made their premiere on an Australian television network that had previously premiered on another Australian television network. The networks involved in the switch of allegiances are predominantly both free-to-air networks or both subscription television networks. Programs that have their free-to-air/subscription television premiere, after previously premiering on the opposite platform (free-to air to subscription/subscription to free-to air) are not included. In some cases, programs may still air on the original television network. This occurs predominantly with programs shared between subscription television networks.


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
Mother and Son Network Ten ABC TV February
Butterfly Island Seven Network ABC TV 20 April


Program New network(s) Previous network(s) Date
United States The New Scooby-Doo Movies Seven Network Nine Network 7 February
United States Scooby-Doo, Where Are You? Seven Network Nine Network 18 April
United States Finder of Lost Loves Seven Network Network Ten 23 September
United States Scooby and Scrappy-Doo Seven Network Nine Network 26 September

Television shows[edit]





Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
January World of Sport Seven Melbourne 1959
10 April 1987 Camera Script ABC 6 April 1987
8 June 1987 The Dingo Principle ABC 6 April 1987
19 July Countdown ABC 1974
August The New Adventures of Blinky Bill ABC 1984
19 August Sons and Daughters Channel Seven 1982
September It's a Knockout Network Ten 1985
29 December The Fast Lane ABC 1985

Returning this year[edit]

TV movies[edit]

See also[edit]