1992 in Australian television

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List of years in Australian television


  • 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.
  • 20 January – Former ABC reporter Stan Grant presents a new nightly current affairs program called Real Life on Seven Network.
  • 27 January – Australian evening current affairs program The 7.30 Report returns to ABC for the new year.
  • 3 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.
  • 3 February – Australian pioneering lifestyle program Healthy, Wealthy and Wise makes its debut and begins a seven-year run on Network Ten.
  • 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 Blakeney 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 and future recording artist Natalie Imbruglia is returning for an ongoing role. Producer Don Battye is confident of re-signing Melissa Bell (the current Lucy Robinson) 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 (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.
  • 12 February – American sitcom Home Improvement based on the stand-up comedy of Tim Allen debuts on Seven Network.
  • 13 February – Simon Westaway, Paul Sonkkila, Ben Steel, David Bradshaw and Sean Scully star in a brand new Australian police drama series Phoenix on ABC.
  • 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.
  • 15 February – Australian five minute cooking program Consuming Passions hosted by British chef Ian Parmenter premieres on the ABC.
  • 14 March – Australian documentary series Foreign Correspondent debuts on the ABC.
  • 30 April – Series final of the Australian police drama series Phoenix airs on ABC.
  • 4 May – Australian children's TV series Skippy the Bush Kangaroo returns to Australian television screens with a short-lived reboot called The Adventures of Skippy. This series focused on Sonny Hammond who is now an adult having followed in his father's footsteps by becoming a ranger at a wildlife park and having his own family and Skippy as a pet kangaroo.
  • 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 on 29 June and on Saturdays at 6:00 pm on 19 September.
  • 14 May – A new Australian travel and lifestyle television program Getaway begins its first screening on Nine Network becoming one of the longest running series on Australian television.
  • 18 May - Australian soap opera Neighbours debuts A new set of opening titles and a new theme song performed by Greg Hind.
  • 8 June – Australian teen game show Vidiot presented by Eden Gaha debuts on ABC.
  • 13 July - Teenager Todd Landers (Kristian Schimid) is killed by an oncoming van in his final episode of Neighbours.
  • 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 the Nine Network pull 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. The series will be shown one last time the next year at 6:00 pm.
  • 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.
  • 22 December – Seven Network airs the 1992 Midori Australian Dancesport Championships at 9:30 pm.


Program Channel Debut date
Real Life Seven Network 20 January
The Morning Show Network Ten 20 January
The Fremantle Conspiracy Seven Network 26 January
Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Network Ten 3 February
The World at Noon ABC TV 3 February
Supermarket Sweep Nine Network 10 February
Phoenix ABC TV 13 February
Consuming Passions ABC TV 15 February
Saturday at Rick's Nine Network 22 February
Order in the House ABC TV 29 February
Sylvania Waters ABC TV 7 March
Foreign Correspondent ABC TV 14 March
Sex Nine Network 19 March
Friday Night Football Nine Network 20 March
Sunday Football Nine Network 22 March
Ferry Boat Fred ABC TV 30 March
Good Vibrations Seven Network 22 April
All in a Day's Work ABC TV 2 May
The Adventures of Skippy Nine Network 4 May
Lift Off ABC TV 8 May
Getaway Nine Network 14 May
A Dog's Life ABC TV 29 May
Vidiot ABC TV 8 June
Nightline Nine Network 24 June
Tracks of Glory Seven Network 5 July
Totally Wild Network Ten 12 July
The Late Show ABC TV 18 July
Bananas in Pyjamas (1992) ABC TV 20 July
Bony Seven Network 15 August
Mind Twist Network Ten 22 August
Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos Nine Network 4 September
My Two Wives Nine Network 8 September
Meet the Press Network Ten 25 October
Bingles Network Ten 5 December
The Big Breakfast Network Ten 21 December
Peter Combe's Christmas Under the Stars ABC TV 25 December

International programming[edit]

Program Channel Debut date
United States Dragnet Today Network Ten 1 January
United Kingdom The Secret Cabaret SBS TV 2 January
Netherlands Dr. Krankenstein SBS TV 2 January
Australia/France/United States Clowning Around Seven Network 5 January
United States Studs Network Ten 6 January
United States Discovering Psychology SBS TV 6 January
United States Hammer, Slammer and Slade Seven Network 12 January
Republic of Ireland The Treaty ABC TV 15 January
United States Mad Scientist Seven Network 18 January
New Zealand Night of the Red Hunter ABC TV 20 January
United States Cop Rock Network Ten 23 January
United States Little Golden Book Land Seven Network 24 January
United States WIOU Network Ten 24 January
United States/Japan A Galactic Odyssey Nine Network 26 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 Inside Edition Network Ten 4 February
United Kingdom Oceans of Wealth SBS TV 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
Netherlands Pim SBS TV 22 February
Canada The Magic Library ABC TV 25 February
Canada Zardip's Search for Healthy Wellness ABC TV 26 February
Canada Take a Look 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 Portrait of a Marriage ABC TV 8 March
United Kingdom Gophers! Network Ten 8 March
Australia/New Zealand/United Kingdom The Other Side of Paradise Network Ten 8 March
Italy Secret of the Sahara ABC TV 19 March
United Kingdom Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit ABC TV 5 April
United States Gabriel's Fire Seven Network 8 April
United Kingdom Girls on Top ABC TV 13 April
United States Life Goes On Nine Network 19 April
Canada Katts and Dog Nine Network 21 April
United Kingdom/Australia Heroes II: The Return Network Ten 27 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 Kingdom Brother Felix and the Virgin Saint ABC TV 17 May
United Kingdom The Cloning of Joanna May Seven Network 18 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
United Kingdom This is David Harper SBS TV 26 May
United States Teach 109 SBS TV 28 May
France Passengers SBS TV 28 May
Canada Return to the Magic Library ABC TV 2 June
United Kingdom Sticky Moments ABC TV 5 June
United States Uncle Buck Network Ten 7 June
United Kingdom Beadle's About Network Ten 9 June
United Kingdom Forget Me Not Farm ABC TV 11 June
Canada Tropical Heat Network Ten 12 June
United States Best of the Worst Seven Network 13 June
United States Herman's Head Seven Network 25 June
United Kingdom Murder Squad ABC TV 25 June
United States Coming of Age Network Ten 29 June
Canada The Red Green Show SBS TV 30 June
New Zealand/Canada The Boy from Andromeda Seven Network 4 July
United States/South Korea Widget ABC TV 6 July
United States Harry and the Hendersons ABC TV 6 July
Australia/United Kingdom The Leaving of Liverpool ABC TV 8 July
United Kingdom Titmuss Regained ABC TV 12 July
United States One of the Boys (1989) Seven Network 13 July
United Kingdom Watt on Earth ABC TV 19 July
Canada Nature Watch Digest ABC TV 20 July
Canada Tales from the Blue Crystal ABC TV 30 July
United Kingdom The Ginger Tree ABC TV 2 August
United Kingdom Wipe Out ABC TV 6 August
United States The Torkelsons Seven Network 10 August
Spain Central Brigade SBS TV 12 August
United States Nightmare Cafe Seven Network 12 August
United Kingdom New Guinea: An Island Apart ABC TV 16 August
United States Step by Step Seven Network 16 August
Canada The Acme School of Stuff ABC TV 21 August
United Kingdom Shadow of the Noose ABC TV 24 August
United States Pacific Station Seven Network 25 August
United Kingdom Classic Cars SBS TV 25 August
United States Coach Network Ten 28 August
United Kingdom Parnell and the Englishwoman ABC TV 30 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 Harris and Company Network Ten 8 September
United Kingdom Worlds Beyond ABC TV 13 September
United States And the Sea Will Tell Nine Network 13 September
United Kingdom Windfalls ABC TV 14 September
United Kingdom Close to Home (1989) Seven Network 17 September
United Kingdom/United States Columbus and the Age of Discovery SBS TV 20 September
United States Walter & Emily Seven Network 23 September
Germany Pyjamas for Three SBS TV 1 October
United Kingdom Gruey ABC TV 2 October
United Kingdom/Australia Frankie's House ABC TV 7 October
United States Raven Nine Network 13 October
Republic of Ireland Making a Stand SBS TV 18 October
Germany Kir Royal – Aus dem Leben eines Klatschreporters SBS TV 30 October
United States Amerika Nine Network 2 November
United States Cruel Doubt Seven Network 15 November
United States Morton & Hayes Nine Network 18 November
United Kingdom Mother Love ABC TV 23 November
United Kingdom The Power and the Glory Nine Network 29 November
United Kingdom The Sharp End ABC TV 1 December
United States The Commish Nine Network 3 December
United States Nurses Seven Network 6 December
United States Northern Exposure Network Ten 10 December
United Kingdom Covington Cross Network Ten 12 December
United Kingdom May to December ABC TV 12 December
United Kingdom Granpa ABC TV 13 December
United States The Trials of Rosie O'Neill Nine Network 21 December
United Kingdom The BFG ABC TV 25 December
Canada The Woman Who Raised a Bear as Her Son SBS TV 25 December
United Kingdom Father Christmas ABC TV 25 December
Japan Samurai Pizza Cats Seven Network 1992
United States The Legend of Prince Valiant Seven Network 1992
United States Garfield and Friends Network Ten 1992

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
Australia/France/United States Clowning Around ABC TV Seven Network 20 December

Television shows[edit]


Seven Network

Nine Network

Network Ten

Ending this year[edit]

Date Show Channel Debut
7 February The Bugs Bunny Show Channel Nine 1990
3 April Chances Channel Nine 1991
23 April Good Vibrations Seven Network 22 April 1992
1 May Ferry Boat Fred ABC 30 March 1992
4 May Heroes II: The Return Channel Ten 27 April 1992
1 June DAAS Kapital ABC 1991
28 June Sylvania Waters ABC 7 March 1992
6 July Tracks of Glory Channel Seven 5 July 1992
20 August Embassy ABC 1990
4 September Australia's Naughtiest Home Videos Nine Network 4 September 1992
17 October Double Dare Channel Ten 1989
6 November Big Square Eye ABC 1991
4 November Acropolis Now Channel Seven 1989
26 November Fast forward Channel Seven 1989
4 December The Miraculous Mellops Channel Ten 1991
5 December Kelly Channel Ten 1991
13 December Finders Keepers ABC 1991
18 December Good Morning Australia Network Ten 1981
19 December Bony Seven Network 15 August 1992

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