List of 1958 Australian television series debuts (incomplete)

This is an incomplete list of Australian-produced television series which debuted during 1958. The reason the list is incomplete is because quite a few 1950s series are not listed on IMDb. Even on schedules that were dominated by U.S series, there were still room for some Australian-made content.

Nevertheless, it's worth noting that it's likely that less Australian series debuted in 1958 compared to 1957, partly because the many series of 1956/1957 continued through 1958 and even sometimes into 1959. Also, the broadcasters were becoming more reliant on US imports.

Again, I'd like to note that this is an incomplete list, which will be expanded later on.


Note: Melbourne commercial stations were GTV-9 and HSV-7, while Sydney commercial stations were TCN-9 and ATN-7. Many Australian shows in those days were shown in a single city only.

The archival status of these series does vary, and in most cases the archival status is unknown.

List of 1956 Australian television series debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/XpmmIZ0E5iU/

List of 1957 Australian television series debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/o3t6Y3NmXt0/

List of 1959 Australian television series debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/lYErEjr5cqw/

List of 1950s Australian television one-offs:
http://www.imdb.com/list/mBUPJyrNomU/

1960 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075787888/

1961 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075413276/

1962 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075962928/

1963 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls075925193/

1964 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls077734471/

1965 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls077200256/

1966 debuts:
http://www.imdb.com/list/ls073681336/
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1.
Accent on Youth (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Records would be played which were danced to by an audience of teenagers. Guest vocalists would also perform, more so later on in the run of the series. Originally a 30-minute series, it later expanded to an hour. (30 mins.)
“ TCN-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
2.
Aloha Hawaii (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A live variety show, with a Hawaiian theme. (30 mins.)
“ ABC ” - Thor-Delta
 
3.
Ardath Hit Parade (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A music show which featured the most popular songs of the week. (60 mins.)
“ ATN-7 (at least one episode may survive) ” - Thor-Delta
 
4.
The Astor Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
The cast danced to and mimed hit recordings of the day by other artists, along with older recordings. (60 mins.)
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
5.
At Your Request (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Charles Skase, a baritone. The series provided requested songs, though the exact format remains unknown. (30 mins.)
“ HSV-7 (this was a music series) ” - Thor-Delta
 
6.
Autumn Affair (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A soap opera about a middle-aged woman in a love-triangle with two men. (15 mins.)
Director: David Cahill
“ ATN-7 and GTV-9 (a near-complete run survives of this series. I've seen four episodes of it, which I found enjoyable) ” - Thor-Delta
 
7.
Bandstand (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
(55 mins.)
“ TCN-9 (later, in the 1960s, it became a Nine Network series) ” - Thor-Delta
 
8.
Beauty Case (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A programme aimed at the housewives. A recurring fortnightly segment, presented by Phyllis Shillito, consisted of a technical course on fashion design. (45 mins.)
“ TCN-9 (Note: it aired in a 45-minute time-slot. Running time minus commercials is unknown). ” - Thor-Delta
 
9.
Binnie Time (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A musical quiz show, with some episodes featuring celebrity guests. (15 mins.)
Stars: Binny Lum
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
10.
Cafe Continental (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Variety series featuring international performers. (30 mins.)
Stars: Hal Wayne
“ ABC (shown in Sydney and Melbourne) (some episodes of this series still exist, two of which are from 1958) ” - Thor-Delta
 
11.
Comment (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Interviews with prominent personalities. (30 mins.)
“ ATN-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
12.
Cool Cats Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ HSV-7 (a "studio dance" aimed at teenagers) ” - Thor-Delta
 
13.
Counterpoints (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Aired at the housewives, this series included comment on fashion, as well as gossip about what women were wearing, buying and doing in Sydney, Australia. (30 mins.)
“ TCN-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
14.
Country Style (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A music/variety program, featuring singers, a dance caller, etc. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (Sydney and Melbourne) (at least one or two episodes are known to be held by the National Archives of Australia). ” - Thor-Delta
 
15.
Dancing Club (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A programme of different types of dancing. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (Sydney only?) ” - Thor-Delta
 
16.
Discovering the Bible (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An eight part series about the meaning of the Bible. Aired live in Melbourne, it was kinescoped for Sydney broadcast. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (Melbourne and Sydney) ” - Thor-Delta
 
17.
Eunice Gardiner Presents (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
In this short-lived series, Eunice Gardiner played the piano, and also interviewed personalities in music. (30 mins.)
“ TCN-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
18.
Face the Nation (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A weekly panel discussion series, often discussing topical matters. (30 mins.)
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
19.
Face the People (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A panel interview show. (30 mins.)
“ ABC ” - Thor-Delta
 
20.
Fiesta (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A Sydney-produced variety series, with emphasis on Latin-American music. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (Sydney and Melbourne) ” - Thor-Delta
 
21.
Franquin (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Picked up for a short season of two episodes, this series presented hypnotist Franquin. (60 mins.)
Stars: Franquin
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
22.
The Gallery Comes to You (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Eric Westbrook shows viewers items from the National Art Gallery. The running times varied of this Sunday afternoon series.
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
23.
The Graeme Bell Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A music orientated show hosted by Graeme Bell. (30 mins.)
“ ABC ” - Thor-Delta
 
24.
Alabama Jubilee (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A minstrel variety show, with some of the performers appearing in blackface. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (shown in Sydney and Melbourne) (a few episodes still exist of this series, not clear if any of them are from 1958) ” - Thor-Delta
 
25.
Home and Beauty (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A show aimed at the late-1950s/early 1960s housewives, with segments including cooking, gardening, fashion, etc. (30 mins.)
“ TCN-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
26.
Homeward Bound (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Sea shanties were sung by the cast. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (Melbourne, possibly also shown in Sydney) ” - Thor-Delta
 
27.
The House and Garden Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This short-lived daytime series had an unusual format. Henderson and Cooney played a newlywed couple who were furnishing an old house. (60 mins.)
“ TCN-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
28.
Keeping Company (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Norma Ferris provided hints for the hostess. (15 mins.)
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
29.
The Ken Noyle Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A live television variety series, with music, comedy etc. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (both Sydney and Melbourne) ” - Thor-Delta
 
30.
Look and Laugh (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A weekly variety series, with emphasis on comedy. (60 mins.)
“ ATN-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
31.
Malcolm Muggeridge Meets Australians (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An interview program. (30 mins.)
“ ATN-7 and GTV-9. ” - Thor-Delta
 
32.
Meet Me at Bebarfalds (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
From retail store Bebarfalds, featuring shoppers being asked topical questions, with quiz segments and a celebrity guest. (60 mins.)
“ TCN-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
33.
Melody with Milton (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Daytime series starring pianist Milton Saunders. (30 mins.)
“ ATN-7 (a music series. Milton Saunders was a pianist) ” - Thor-Delta
 
34.
Music Box (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ ATN-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
35.
Movie Guide (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This series featured reviews of films. (15 mins.)
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
36.
Music for You (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Daytime series with the popular pianist Isador Goodman. (30 mins.)
“ TCN-9 (another music series. Isador Goodman was a pianist) ” - Thor-Delta
 
37.
My Fair Lady (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ HSV-7 (I believe this was a game show) ” - Thor-Delta
 
38.
Nature Notebook (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Educational series for schools which aired live on Wednesdays, but it was also kinescoped and shown during the evening on Thursdays. (30 mins.)
“ ABC ” - Thor-Delta
 
39.
News Magazine (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(13 mins.)
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
40.
Personal Album (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A weekly interview series broadcast in a daytime time-slot. (15 mins.)
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
41.
Personal Column (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Jean Battersby would discuss the viewers personal problems. (15 mins.)
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
42.
Peters Club (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A children's series, likely sponsored by Ice Cream company Peters. (30 mins.)
“ GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
43.
The Price Is Right (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Contestants bid on items in an attempt to win them. (30 mins.)
“ GTV-9 (Melbourne version of the game show. There was also a Sydney version which debuted 1957, and which doesn't have a page on IMDb) ” - Thor-Delta
 
44.
Rendezvous with Lindley Evans (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This was a series broadcast in a 15-minute time-slot, featuring pianist Lindley Evans, who would perform on the piano. (15 mins.)
“ ATN-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
45.
Room for Two (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A live variety show, with music, etc.. (60 mins.)
“ ATN-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
46.
Science Today (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
An educational series for schools which aired live. (30 mins.)
“ ABC ” - Thor-Delta
 
47.
The Shirley Abicair Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This was a variety series, with emphasis on music. (60 mins.)
“ ATN-7 and GTV-9 ” - Thor-Delta
 
48.
Sydney Grows Up (1958 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A three-part programme about Sydney's changing architecture. The first episode was a live outside telecast showing the skyline, the second episode was a filmed programme, and third episode was a live studio talk. (30 mins.)
“ ABC ” - Thor-Delta
 
49.
The Teenage Hour (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A music show aimed at teenagers (60 mins.)
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
50.
Tell the Truth (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(30 mins.)
“ HSV-7 (not to be confused to Sydney version) ” - Thor-Delta
 
51.
That's My Desire (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A guessing game consisting of a panel who, through a series of questions, have to determine the "desire" of the contestant. (30 mins.)
Stars: Danny Webb
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
52.
This Is TV (1958 Mini-Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Intended to be viewed in schools, this was a two-episode educational series about television: "In and Around the Studio" and "Lines of Dots".
“ ABC. ” - Thor-Delta
 
53.
The Toppanos (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
This series aired on 8:30AM on weekdays, and presented a mix of music and comedy, along with a dog sock puppet named Jazza. (15 mins.)
“ ATN-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
54.
Vic Sabrino Sings (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Music show aired in a 15-minute time-slot. (15 mins.)
“ ABN-2 ” - Thor-Delta
 
55.
Tuesday Home Show (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A weekly daytime series aimed with women, including a segment on cooking, interviews, etc. (60 mins.)
“ HSV-7 ” - Thor-Delta
 
56.
Valerie Cooney Sings (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
(15 mins.)
“ ABC (Sydney only) ” - Thor-Delta
 
57.
What Next (1958 TV Series)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
A panel game in which two teams complete. (30 mins.)
“ ABC (Melbourne only?) ” - Thor-Delta