Australian TV TV

Last Frontier, The (Channel 10 1986, Linda Evans, Jack Thompson)

Last Frontier

Two part mini series The Last Frontier lured Linda Evans, then at the height of her popularity thanks to Dynasty, over to take the starring role as an American woman who moves to the Australian outback with her family in a bid to start a new life.

It’s your classic mini-series though, lots of wide open vistas, a good mingling of international stars and home grown legends lik Jack Thompson and Tony Bonner. No surprise to see the always dependable McElroy and McElroy (Hal and Di) as one of the production companies involved but definitely a surprise to see Hanna Barbera’s involvement, they were definitely more used to the animated antics of Scooby Doo and Hong Kong Phooey than getting down and dirty in the Australian bush.

production details
Australia | Channel 10 – Taft Hardie – McElroy and McElroy – Hanna Barbera

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 2 | ORIGINAL AIRDATES: 27 – 28 November 1986

WRITERS: Michael Laurence, John Misto | STORY: Michael Laurence | CAMERA: Ian Baker | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ross Major | COSTUMES: Miv Brewer | MUSIC: Brian May | PRODUCER: Tim Saunders | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Hal McElroy | DIRECTOR: Simon Wincer

cast
LINDA EVANS as Kate Hannon
JACK THOMPSON as Nick Stenning
JASON ROBARDS as Ed Stenning
LES FOXCROFT as Ralph
PETER FORD as Phil
JUDY MORRIS
TONY BONNER
BARRY DONNELLY as Simmo
NICOLE MERCURIO as Judy
LOIS FORAKER as Mary
BILL SANDY as Gillie
MICHAEL GOW as Bert