TV shows for housewives in late-1950s Melbourne, Australia

by Thor-Delta | created - 18 Sep 2014 | updated - 01 Oct 2016 | Public

This is a list of daytime/afternoon TV series aimed at the housewives, which aired in Melbourne Australia during the late-1950s. Note that this list is incomplete.

The list excludes overseas-produced series.

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GTV-9

4. The Jean Bowring Show (1957–1960)

15 min

Cooking tips for the housewife.

Star: Jean Bowring

HSV-7

5. Open House (1957–1958)

60 min | Music, Talk-Show

This series featured interviews, music, and guest artists.

Stars: Hal Todd, Peter Lunn, Jane Edwards, Jim Wood

GTV-9

6. Thursday at One (1957–1960)

60 min | Talk-Show

A program for the housewives, made up of varying segments such as Question Time, Family Doctor, Keep in Trim, Making and Mending, Forty and Over Talent Quest, Fun with Food, etc.

Stars: Judy Ann Ford, Evie Hayes, Binny Lum, Barry McQueen

GTV-9

7. At Your Request (1958–1959)

30 min | Music

Charles Skase, a baritone. The series provided requested songs, though the exact format remains unknown.

Star: Charles Skase

HSV-7

8. Binnie Time (1958–1959)

15 min | Game-Show

A musical quiz show, with some episodes featuring celebrity guests.

Stars: Binny Lum, Winifred Atwell, Frank Hardy, Corinne Kerby

GTV-9

9. Keeping Company (1958–1959)

15 min

Norma Ferris provided hints for the hostess.

Star: Norma Ferris

GTV-9

10. Movie Guide (1958–1959)

15 min

This series featured reviews of films.

Star: Jean Battersby

HSV-7

HSV-7 (no relation to the film of the same name)

13. Personal Album (1958–1959)

15 min | Talk-Show

A weekly interview series broadcast in a daytime time-slot.

Stars: Jack Little, Noel Ferrier, Evie Hayes, Bob Horsfall

GTV-9

14. Personal Column (1958–1959)

15 min | Talk-Show

Jean Battersby would discuss the viewers personal problems.

Stars: Brenda Marshall, Jean Battersby

HSV-7

15. Tuesday Home Show (1958–1959)

60 min | Talk-Show

A weekly daytime series aimed with women, including a segment on cooking, interviews, etc.

Stars: Maree Tomasetti, Elinor Gordon

HSV-7

16. About Your Garden (1959–1960)

15 min

A weekly TV series about gardening.

Star: Martha Gardener

HSV-7

17. Geoff and Judy (1959– )

A variety series which aired during daytime.

Stars: Geoff Corke, Judy Jack

GTV-9

18. Let's Make Clothes (1959– )

30 min

In this short-lived daytime series, Joyce Turner and Dorothy Bradfield demonstrate simple dress making methods.

Stars: Joyce Turner, Dorothy Bradfield

HSV-7

19. Menu for Tomorrow (1959–1960)

15 min

Information is very scarce on this series, but it was likely a cooking show.

Star: Sue Butterworth

HSV-7

20. Patrick O'Hagan Sings (1959– )

15 min | Music

Patrick O'Hagan, an Irish tenor, sang songs in this daytime series aired in a 15-minute time-slot.

Star: Patrick O'Hagan

GTV-9 (produced by Sydney station ATN-7)

21. Snakes and Ladders (1959– )

30 min | Game-Show

A "jackpot quiz" based on the board game of the same name.

Star: Pat Hodgins

HSV-7

22. Strictly for Mothers (1959– )

30 min

A short-lived weekly programme for mothers and expectant mothers.

Star: Jean Battersby

HSV-7

23. Take It Easy (1959–1960)

60 min

Daytime variety with guests and contests.

Stars: Bob Horsfall, Joy Fountain, Jack Little

GTV-9

24. What's On (1959– )

13 min

Jean Battersby provides a weekly round-up of stage and film entertainment in the Melbourne area.

Star: Jean Battersby

HSV-7

25. Woman's World (1956–1963)

30 min | Talk-Show

A program of various segments of interest to women of the late-1950s/early-1960s (including fashion, cooking, book reviews, etc.)

ABC

26. Wonderful World (1959–1960)

60 min | Talk-Show

A daytime series aimed at the housewives.

Stars: Jean Battersby, Madeline Burke, Anne Lane, Guido Lorraine

HSV-7



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