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A Town Like Alice (Channel 7 1981 with Helen Morse and Bryan Brown)

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Australia / Channel 7 – Crawfords – Marriner – Victorian Film Corporation / 3×120 minute episodes / Broadcast July 1981

Writers: Rosemary Anne Sisson, Tom Hegarty / Novel: Nevil Shute / Camera: Russell Boyd / Design: Larry Eastwood / Costume: Ron Williams / Music: Bruce Smeaton / Producer: Henry Crawford / Director: David Stevens

Period drama serial. During World War II English Jean Paget, living in Singapore, is (along with a whole party of women and children) taken captive by the Japanese, forced to trek across Malaya she meets and falls in love with POW Aussie Joe Harman, after losing contact she mistakenly believes him to have been killed by the Japs but later after the war he tracks her down and the pair start a new life in the Australian outback.

Henry Crawford had a great deal of trouble raising the cash to make the serial. The BBC expressed an interest in co-funding but didn’t commit although they later bought the British rights.

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HELEN MORSE as Jean Paget
BRYAN BROWN as Joe Harmon
GORDON JACKSON as Noel Strachan
DOROTHY ALISON as Mrs Frith
YUKI SHIMODA as Sgt Mifune
ANNA VOLSKA as Sally Wilson-Hayes
DONALD MacDONALD as Derek Wilson-Hayes
JENNIFER WEST as Mrs Horsfall
PAT EVISON as Mrs Collard
MANDY BOOCOCK as Marlene Collard
RICHARD NARITA as Captain Sugamo
ARKIE WHITELEY as Annie

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