Australia / 9 Network / 7×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1986
Choreographer: Di Heaton / Costumes: Ron Williams / Production Design: Peter Tyers / Executive Producer: David Hill / Producer: Michael Hurll / Director: Brian C Morelli
Always popular in Australia comedy duo Ronnie Barker and Ronnie Corbett aka The Two Ronnies, embarked on a very popular tour of Australia in the mid 80’s which led to an offer from Channel 9 to make an Aussie centric version of their popular BBC sketch series (complete with same theme tune).
Each episode opens with a nice take on their two old blokes drinking in the pub and wishing they were in sunny Australia cut to a shot of them on Manly beach. The quality was pretty high and to be honest there was no discernable difference between this and the duo’s BBC output apart from maybe a little higher quotient of ever so slightly risque material and some possibly intentional early product placement, sony walkman etc. Some of the sketches were definitely remakes of BBC material too and many of their popular characters returned including the likes of Jehosephat and Jones the ever so slightly bizarre country and western singers, the two tramps and the two gentlemen at a party.
Interestingly this series has never been seen in the UK.
Musical guests included Julie Anthony, Jackie Love, Joan McInnes, Jon English, The Ronniettes, Martin Plaza, Louise Johnson & Stephen Lalor, Geraldine Turner,
Guests included Carol Adams, Margie McCrae, Lori Balmer, Naomi Eyers, Danielle Gaha, Josephine Meagher, Rhonda Carling-Rogers, Lynne Murphy, Kevin Howard, Eve McEvilly, Susan Collie, Susan Gibson, Ray Kerr-Lansom, Anne Semler and John Stone.
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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