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 Episodes9 hours ago Your Worst Nightmare: Behind the Barn (S5EP8 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Behind the Barn: When 20-year-old college student Kristy Ray is kidnapped from her home in rural Tippah County, Miss., in... Episodes9 hours ago Ghost Adventures: Gates of Hell House (S15EP12 Travel Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gates of Hell House: The crew investigate intense paranormal activity at “the Freakling Bros., Trilogy of Terror,” an infamous haunted... Episodes9 hours ago Who’s Stalking Me? (Lifetime Sat 23 Feb 2019, Chelsea Ricketts, Michael Welch) Following a near-death experience when an attacker breaks into her home, Amanda can’t shake the feeling that she’s still in... Episodes9 hours ago Ransom: Black Dolphin (S3EP2 CBS Sat 23 Feb 2019) Black Dolphin: The FBI asks Eric to use his negotiating expertise to convince the brainwashed survivor of an internet predator... Episodes9 hours ago Heart of Darkness: Gambling With the Devil (S1EP3 ID Sat 23 Feb 2019) Gambling With the Devil: When the police arrive on the scene, a few blocks from the Isle Casino in Pompano... search EPISODES Episodes9 hours ago Love on the Menu (Hallmark 23 Feb 2019, Autumn Reeser, Kavan Smith) When chef Hank makes a deal with frozen food executive Maggie to save his restaurant, their unexpected attraction complicates matters,... Episodes1 day ago Last Man Standing: Arrest Her Development (S7EP15 FOX Fri 22 Feb 2019) Arrest Her Development: Vanessa “helps” Mandy and Kyle look for their first apartment. Meanwhile, Mike is thrilled when Ryan’s good... Episodes1 day ago Texas Flip N Move: Casey And Catrina’s Crafty House Vs. Hayhurst Brothers’ Modern Mother-In-Law (S11EP8 DIY Fri 22 Feb 2019) Casey And Catrina’s Crafty House Vs. Hayhurst Brothers’ Modern Mother-In-Law: Casey and Catrina get a good deal on a piece... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.