Welcome to CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN
This site will feature
information and episode details for most drama series (including children's series and
sit-coms) from the first twenty-one years of Australian television. Serials (including
mini-series and soap operas), anthologies, plays, pilots and telemovies will not be
'Series' are defined as
programmes of more than three episodes which have self-contained narratives.
'Serials' are defined as
programmes having a continuous narrative spanning three or more episodes.
'Serials' includes 'mini-series' and 'soap operas' - 'mini-series' have a
predetermined set length, and 'soaps' have an indefinite length.
So what does
all that mean?
Classic drama such as Homicide, Hunter, Boney
and Rush will be covered here, along with sit-coms such as My
Name's McGooley and The Last Of The Australians, plus children's
series including Adventures Of The Seaspray, Barrier Reef and the like. What
won't be featured are serials such as Power Without Glory
and Seven Little
Australians, or soaps such as Bellbird and The Box.
The column on
the right has links to all the shows.
Each series usually covers two pages (feature article and episode details), but
some larger entries (eg Homicide) may have more. Should you be baffled by some of
the terms used in the episode details, each of those pages has a link to an explanation
page on the left. For a complete listing of all
series and serials produced in Australia up to 1977, check the Chronology
1977 has been chosen as a convenient
cut-off point, as from that time on there was a pronounced shift in emphasis from
to serials. Throughout the 1980's, most drama production was in two extreme
forms: high quality mini-series and low-quality soaps, the latter by far the most
dominant. From the mid-1990's the trend has balanced out and
(albeit with a higher 'soap' content) once again occupy a major role in programming schedules. Also, many programmes from the
1990's are still screened or available on DVD, and information about them is more accessible. Individuals can
easily find out what they want to know about most shows, thus obviating the need for them
all to be featured here.
is ongoing and updates
are made on a regular basis as new information comes to light,
particularly in relation to individual episode details.
have been no major additions since March
2008 when the last remaining feature articles were added, as every series
intended to be covered is now included.
should be fairly easy to find your way around this site. The
major sections are detailed as follows, and each page has links in the left
margin (the coloured bit) to every other major section.
This page, which provides
links to all the shows that have been treated in detail. If you are a regular visitor,
this is the page you should bookmark, as URL's for the other pages may change.
The URL for this page is:
A brief table of all Australian drama
series and serials (including children's series and sit-coms) produced until 1977.
This section features the
interviews with cast and crew members that originally appeared in TV Eye
magazine during the 1990's.
Frequently asked questions.
Links to other Australian TV related sites.
HOMICIDE ON DVD
The first 52 episodes of Homicide have been released on DVD in two
They are only available direct from the Crawfords website,
and have not been distributed to retail stores. Check the Crawfords website for further details:
SPYFORCE ON DVD
The complete series of Spyforce has been released on
DVD. It is available in stores and through on-line retailers.
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This site is researched, written, designed and maintained by Don Storey.
is made to the following individuals and organisations for information and assistance (in
no particular order):
David Lee, Chris Keating, John McCallum,
National Film And Sound Archive, Crawfords Australia,
Don Samulenok, Tony Ward, Gary Day, Leonard Teale, Norman Yemm, Ian Jones,
Roger Mirams, Wally Ritter, Anton Baker, Jim Brown, David Lyle, Ian Crawford, Gary
Gray, Denzil Howson, John Drew, Frank Van Straten, the Grundy Organisation, the Nine
Network, the Seven Network, the Ten Network and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.