Australia / Channel 7 – RS Productions / 89×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1980 – 1984
Creators/Producers: Tony Sattler, Gary Reilly / Music: Mike Perjanik
“Not the Kingswood!”
Sitcom. Vaguely based on the UK classic Til Death Us Do Part, the sixties show about a working class bigot by the name of Alf Garnett, Kingswood Country sees Ted Bullpit as a working class bigot who loved his Holden Kingswood more than his wife Thelma. Bullpit is a true ocker, the archetypal Aussie in fact.
Ted’s idea of heaven is sitting in front of the box, thinking about his Kingswood and lamenting about the lack of success of his racing greyhounds.
However what Ted mostly gets is his idea of Hell; His feminist daughter Greta is married to Bruno, second generation Italian immigrant (or the “bloody wog” as Ted likes to refer to him), whilst his son Craig is a sex mad medical student, Ted is also put out everytime his wealthier sister-in-law Merle comes to visit.
Although it’s fairly funny Kingswood Country also works well as a glimpse into a time of change for Australia when multiculturalism and reform of all kinds were making widespread changes to how people behaved, of course Ted steadfastly refuses to adapt to any of this. Towards the end of the shows run Ted’s wife had had enough and left him to go on an extended world cruise, never to return, Bruno’s mum Rosa ended up moving in to look after Ted.
By the time the series ended the Holden Kingswood was no longer in production so Ted traded his in for the new family car the Holden Commodore. Based on a character first seen in “The Naked Vicar Show”.
ROSS HIGGINS as Ted Bullpit
JUDI FARR (1979-82) as Thelma Bullpit
LES MARINOS as Bruno
LAUREL McGOWEN as Greta
PETER FISHER as Craig
SHEILA KENNELLY as Rosa (1982-84)
Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)
In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.
Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976
Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)
Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.
Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”
Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production
And The Big Men Fly (ABC 1973, John Hargreaves, Frank Wilson)
Comedy drama And The Big Men Fly saw a young farm lad becoming a big star of Aussie rules football, his special skills involve him playing barefoot. In 1981 there was a sequel called And Here Comes Bucknuckle.
Made in black and white
Writer: Alan Hopgood
Producer: Oscar Whitbread
Director: Keith Wilkes
Network and Production Companies: ABC
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1973
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