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EPISODES: 8, including pilot.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Mono, Film and video integration.
PRODUCTION: 1971 - 1972 ABC Production, Sydney.
RUNNING ORDER:
Airdate.
NETWORK: ABC.

CAST:
Ted Harvey.......NEIL FITZPATRICK
Sean Crisp.......ROD McLENNAN
Vicki Short.......FAY KELTON
Claude Fogarty.......GORDON McDOUGALL
Mrs. Quiggley.......MAGGIE DENCE


CREW:
Scripts.......MARCUS COONEY & JOHN BRENDAN
Producer.......MAURICE MURPHY
Director.......RIC BIRCH


EPISODE TITLES
~. A Nice Day At The Office  Pilot episode
1. Through The Eye Of A Needle
2. An Ant Can't
3. Take A Letter
4. In Memoriam
5. In A Good Cause
6. The Name Of The Game
7. Civil Servant


~  A Nice Day At The Office

Crisp.......John Bell
Ted Harvey.......Neil Fitzpatrick
Miss Short.......Fay Kelton
Fogarty.......Kevin Leslie

Synopsis: Harvey and crisp work in the filing department of a government office. Harvey is career-minded, whereas Crisp has no respect for authority. When Harvey learns of a departmental reorganisation, which means promotion for him and the transfer of Crisp, he is delighted to be rid of Crisp. However, nothing goes exactly as planned.

Notes: An episode of an anthology show The Comedy Game, which acted as a pilot for the series. John Bell played the role of Crisp, replaced by Rod McLennan for the series.

Airdate:
Sydney & NSW regional 2/11/71
Canberra 2/11/71
Brisbane & QLD regional 9/11/71
Melbourne & VIC regional 25/11/71

 


Pilot ep: John Bell & Neil Fitzpatrick

1. Through The Eye Of A Needle

.......Brian James
.......Fred Betts
.......Sandra Power
.......Moya O'Sullivan

Synopsis:  A mistake over a lottery ticket leads Harvey, egged on by Crisp, to act in a most uncharacteristic way.

Airdate:
Melbourne & VIC regional 15/2/72
Sydney & NSW regional 15/2/72
Canberra 15/2/72

2. An Ant Can't

Mr. Coote.......Bob Hornery

Synopsis:  A ‘ficus elastica’, more commonly known as a rubber plant, is the latest addition to the office. Its arrival is a mistake, thanks to a characteristic clerical error on the part of Crisp, but for a while it looks like it might be a profitable mistake for Crisp and Harvey.

Airdate:
Melbourne & VIC regional 22/2/72
Sydney
& NSW regional 22/2/72
Canberra
22/2/72
Brisbane & QLD regional 2/3/72

 


Fay Kelton

3. Take A Letter

Julie Minnott.......Barbara Stephens

Synopsis:  The Files Department is seriously disrupted by the arrival of Julie, a voluptuous but not too efficient typist from the Duplicating Department. Harvey is worried because she is not in possession of the correct transfer form, but Crisp sees his chance to impress the girl he has admired from afar.

Airdate:
Brisbane & QLD regional 24/2/72
Melbourne & VIC regional 29/2/72
Sydney & NSW regional 29/2/72
Canberra 29/2/72
Adelaide & SA regional 10/3/72

4. In Memoriam

.......Ron Fraser

Synopsis: Harvey finds that filling in for the boss is not all beer and skittles. Once again Crisp gets the better of Harvey, who is unable to attend the funeral of a favourite aunt because of Crisp's machinations.

Airdate:
Melbourne & VIC regional 7/3/72
Sydney
& NSW regional 7/3/72
Canberra
7/3/72
Brisbane & QLD regional 6/4/72

5. In A Good Cause

Christine.......Judi Farr

Synopsis: When Crisp takes another man's wife out, for once everything is above board: the wife is Harvey's and Harvey knows all about it.

Airdate:
Brisbane & QLD regional 9/3/72
Melbourne & VIC regional 21/3/72
Sydney
& NSW regional 21/3/72
Canberra
21/3/72

 


Ep 3: Barbara Stephens, Neil Fitzpatrick & Rod McLennan

 


Neil Fitzpatrick & Gordon McDougall

6. The Name Of The Game

Brian.......John Wood
Graeme ‘Snow’ Carter.......Max Phipps
Maxine.......Doris Goddard
Rugby players.......Botany United Football Club

Synopsis:  Harvey has been passed over for promotion once again, and at last, the penny drops. Perhaps there is some reason for his non-advancement, and he seeks advice from the boss. Fogarty counsels a friendlier attitude to his co-workers, which results in Harvey and Crisp being roped in to play an inter-departmental rugby match. The match is a triumph for Crisp, but Harvey's efforts end, as usual, in disaster.

Airdate:
Melbourne & VIC regional 28/3/72
Sydney
& NSW regional 28/3/72
Canberra
28/3/72
Brisbane & QLD regional 30/3/72

7. Civil Servant

.......June Salter

Synopsis:  A woman claiming to be a member of a Senate Committee arrives at the Files Department.

Airdate: Melbourne & VIC regional 11/4/72
Sydney
& NSW regional 11/4/72
Canberra
11/4/72

 


Ep 6: Max Phipps & John Wood