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Far Country, The (Channel 7 1987, Michael York, Sigrid Thornton)

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Mini series The Far Country took place after the end of world war II when Czech Doctor Carl Zlinter emigrates to Australia’s Victorian High Country where he meets and falls in love with Jennifer Morton.

The story, based on a popular novel by Nevil Shute, was previously filmed by the ABC in 1972 in a 6×60 minute version. This 1980’s version rode in at the tail end of the Australian mini-series boom that had in itself been helped by the huge popularity of the version of Shute’s A Town Like Alice.

production details
Australia / Channel 7 – Crawfords / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 – 8 March 1987

Writer: Peter Yeldham / Novel: Nevil Shute / Camera: Ron Hagen / Design: Otello Stolfo / Music: Garry McDonald, Laurie Stone / Producer: John Barnigham / Executive Producers: Hector Crawford, Ian Crawford, Terry Stapleton / Director: George Miller

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MICHAEL YORK as Carl Zlinter
SIGRID THORNTON as Jennifer Morton
PAUL CRONIN as Tom Armitage
ILONA RODGERS as Jane Armitage
NOEL TREVARTHEN as Dr Steven Edwards
SWAWOMIR WABIK as Stanilaus Shulkin
SYDNEY JACKSON as Jim Forrest
RICHARD MOSS as Sgt Russell
MARK FERGUSON as Harry Peters
GREG CARROLL as Joe Brady
OLGA DICKIE as Ethel Morton
ROSIE STURGESS as Mary Nolan
CHARLES ‘BUD’ TINGWELL as Dr Morton
BRIAN JAMES as The Coroner


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.

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