Australian TV A Fortunate Life (Channel 9 1986, Anthony Richards) Published 3 years ago on August 15, 2016 In the 1980’s television in Australia was all about the big budget mini series, inspired by major successes like A Town Like Alice and Sara Dane, the period drama was king and Bert Facey’s best selling memoir A Fortunate Life (which although based on his early years from the beginnings of the 20th century onwards was only published in 1981 after his grand children contacted a publisher) was prime candidate for an adaptation. Narrated by the legendary Bill Kerr the 4 part serial begins in 1897 when Albert Facey is 8 years old and dealing with the death of his father before being quite literally farmed out to a farming couple who actually show him some real love. As the years progress Fancy becomes a boxer and eventually finds himself in the army about to be shipped off to Gallipoli. Lavishly filmed, with a $6.3 million budget (huge for 1985!) A Fortunate Life is a marvellous recreation of one man’s life. production details Australia / Channel 9 Nine Network-PBL Prod / 4×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1986 First Episode: 9 March Writer: Ken Kelso / Biography: Albert Facey / Camera: Peter Levy / Design: David Copping / Costume: Bruce Finlayson / Music: Mario Millo / Producer: Bill Hughes / Executive Producer: Ian Bradley / Directors: Henri Safran, Marcus Cole cast ANTHONY RICHARDS as Young Bert Facey BENEDICT SWEENEY as Teenage Bert ANTHONY RICHARDS as 9 year old Bert SCOTT BARTLE as Bert aged 6 PETER CUMMINS as Bill Simpson RAELENE HUGHES as Alice Jr McCall CAROLE SKINNER as Shalagh Phillips MARTIN VAUGHAN as Frank Phillips DOROTHY ALLISON as Grandma BILL HUNTER as Charlie Bibby KRISTY CHILD as Mrs Bibby PAT BISHOP as Alice McCall DALE RANDALL as Roy Facey JOHN LEY as Eric Facey LESLIE WRIGHT as Jack Lander JOY HRUBY as Ma at Cave Rock RAY MEAGHER as Bab Bob JOHN STONE as Harry BILL KERR as The Narrator Benedict SweeneyBill HunterBill KerrHenri Safranmini-seriesPeriod drama Advertisement advertisement and this just in TV15 hours ago Cutting It (BBC-1 2002-2005, Amanda Holden, Sarah Parish) Comedy drama series. Allie runs a successful hairdressing salon but her problems begin when a rival salon opens across the... TV15 hours ago Culloden (BBC-1 1964, George McBean, Olivier Espitalier-Noel) Highly innovative documentary drama telling the story of the last battle to be fought on British soil in 1746 at... TV15 hours ago C.S. Lewis: Beyond Narnia (BBC-2 2006, Anton Rodgers, Diane Venora) Biographical drama. The story of author CS Lewis’s life from childhood to old age as his views on religion alter... TV15 hours ago Crow Road, The (BBC-2 1996, Joe McFadden, Peter Capaldi) Drama serial. Prentice McHoan returns to his Scottish home and gets caught up in the dark secrets that everyone around... TV15 hours ago New Tricks (BBC 2003-2015 with James Bolam, Amanda Redman, Dennis Waterman) Crime drama series New Tricks took the Cold Case took it’s natural extreme by bringing out of retirement a group... search EPISODES Episodes23 hours ago Pitching In Premieres Fri 24 May on Acorn TV In the series opener of Pitching In, recent widower, Frank Hardcastle (Larry Lamb, EastEnders), is struggling to find the energy... Episodes23 hours ago She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Netflix A seriously sexy comedy and rousing celebration of female empowerment, She’s Gotta Have It Season 2 offers a timely and... Episodes23 hours ago Vida Season 2 Premieres Fri 24 May on Starz Episode 7: The bar prepares to host a fundraiser for Eddy’s hospital expenses while Emma and Lyn learn the truth... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Bird Box | 2018 | Sandra Bullock, Trevante Rhodes Five years after an ominous unseen presence drives most of society to suicide, a survivor and her two children make... Movies2 months ago LelleBelle | 2010 | Anna Raadsveld, Benja Bruijning 19-year old Belle practices playing the violin diligently, but is unable to impart her music with a sensitive undertone. Her... Movies2 months ago Roma | Netflix 2018 | Yalitza Aparicio, Marina de Tavira In 1970s Mexico City, two domestic workers help a mother of four while her husband is away for an extended... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.