1986 in Australian television

List of years in Australian television




New International ProgrammingEdit

Changes to network affiliationEdit

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
Neighbours Network Ten Seven Network 20 January
Maestro's Company ABC TV SBS 20 January

Television showsEdit





Ending this yearEdit

Date Show Channel Debut
24 January The National ABC TV 4 March 1985
7 July Return to Eden Network Ten 10 February 1986
11 July Saturdee Channel Seven 9 May 1986
29 September (Melbourne)/1 October (Sydney) Whose Baby? Channel Seven 28 September 1986 (Melbourne)/30 September 1986 (Sydney)
16 October The Challenge Nine Network 14 October 1986
23 October Sword of Honour Channel Seven 20 October 1986
11 December Prisoner Network Ten 27 February 1979

Returning this yearEdit

TV moviesEdit

See alsoEdit