Australian TV TV

Chopper Squad (Channel 10 1977-1978, Dennis Grosvenor, Robert Coleby)

Action adventure series Chopper Squad detailed the cases of the crew of the Helicopter Rescue Service. The show was preceded by a 90 minute pilot edition produced by Roger Mirams (Rebecca Gilling also appeared in the pilot). So pleased with this pilot were 10 that they decided to commission a series even before the pilot aired.

Season one saw the team based at Dee Why Surf Club and in season two they were based at North Palm Beach.

The helicopter used in the show was a Bell Jet Ranger 2 although the pilot featured an Airfast helicopter.

production details
Australia / Channel 10 – Grundy / 1×90 minute episode 26×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1977 – 1978

Producers: Howard Leeds (eps 1-5), Don Battye (the rest)

cast
DENNIS GROSVENOR as Jebbie Best
ROBERT COLEBY as Barry Drummond
TONY HUGHES as Tim Gray
ERIC OLDFIELD as Phil Trayle
JACKIE DRYNAN as Dr Georgia Batie (season 1)
GRAHAM ROUSE as Roly (season 1)
KERI EICHHORN as Ann (season 1)
NOEL TREVARTHEN as Dr Edward Allen (season 1)
SUZANNE CHURCH as Sue (season 1)
WILLIE FENNELL as Rodney Coombs (season 1)
TOM RICHARDS as Derek (season 2)
JOHN CLAYTON as Sam (season 2)