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Ruth Park’s Poor Man’s Orange (Channel 10 1987 with Anne Phelan and Anna Hruby)

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Australia /Channel 10 – Anthony Buckley – Quantum / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast September 1987

Writer/Director: George Whaley / Novel: Ruth Park / Camera: Paul Murphy / Design: Bernard Hides / Costume: David Rowe / Music: Peter Best / Producer: Anthony Buckley / Executive Producer: Robert Mercieca / Director: George Whaley

Period drama serial. Sequel to Ruth Park’s Harp in the South picking up the story of the Darcy’s in the 1950’s when times are still hard, taking in subjects like suicide (Pat Diamond) and death in childbirth (Roie).

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ANNE PHELAN as Mamma Darcy
ANNA HRUBY as Roie Rothe
KAARIN FAIRFAX as Dolour Darcy
MARTYN SANDERSON as Hughie Darcy
SHANE CONNOR as Charlie Rothe
EMILY NICOL as Matty Rothe
LOIS RAMSEY as Mrs Campion
CECIL PARKEE as Lick Jimmy
RON SHAND as Bumper Reilly
SYD CONABERE as Pat Diamond
KERRY WALKER as Miss Moon
CHARLES ‘BUD’ TINGWELL as Father Cooley
CAROLE SKINNER as Delia Stock
BRANDON BURKE as Tommy Mandel
SUSAN LEITH as Francie

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