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EPISODES: 13.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Mono, Video
(with some minor film sequences).
PRODUCTION: 1969 HSV-7 Melbourne.
RUNNING ORDER: Official.
NETWORK: Seven.

CAST:
Leslie Randall.......LESLIE RANDALL
Joan Randall.......JOAN REYNOLDS
Merv Kelly.......STAN PENROSE
Gina Cotter.......LEILA BLAKE

CREW:
Scripts
.......LESLIE RANDALL
.......GERALD KELSEY
.......DICK SHARPLES
.......ROSALIE STEVENSON
.......BILL CRAIG
.......TONY SCOTT

Producers & Directors
.......LESLIE RANDALL
.......GRAEME ARTHUR
 

1. Joan And Leslie

Alf Cotter.......Nevil Thurgood
Mrs. Archibald.......Myrtle Woods
Removalist 1.......Peter Mentiplay
Removalist 2.......Jack Budden

Synopsis:  When Joan and Leslie move into their new apartment, their landlord insists on seeing their marriage certificate.  When they cannot produce it, Joan gets the idea of getting married again.

Notes: Originally taped with Emilica Vera in the role of Gina Cotter. When it became apparent that she was not suitable for the part, she was replaced by Leila Blake. The scenes concerned were filmed again, however editing problems delayed completion of the episode and it was not ready for the intended premiere date. Consequently, the second episode was screened as the premiere, and this episode was not screened as part of the series original run.
 
2. Blue Eyes

Alf ‘Blue Eyes’.......Peter Aanensen
Cyril McMurdie.......Ken Weaver
Gloria.......Carryl Browne

Synopsis:  As well as the difficulties Leslie and his wife Joan encounter in settling into their new home, Leslie becomes involved in the problems of one of his correspondents, and the father of a young urchin threatens to ‘knock his block off’.

Airdate:
Melbourne 3/10/69

3. The Children

.......Marion Edward
.......Brian Carroll
.......Penny Billing

Synopsis:  Leslie's editor, Mr. Jowett, is seeking approval for a series of articles on child psychiatry from the Council Of Child Emancipation. Jowett invites the president of the Council to visit the Randall's home, and arranges for Joan and Leslie to 'borrow' his grandchildren - who are experts at blackmail and shoplifting. 

Airdate:
Melbourne 17/10/69
Sydney 11/12/71
Port Pirie SA 26/12/74

4. Animal Lover

Synopsis:  Joan's Uncle Charlie dies and leaves his favourite niece his favourite pet, Rover, a German Shepherd dog who attacked Leslie some years before.  Fortunately for Leslie, however, Rover has changed.

Airdate:
Melbourne 31/10/69
Brisbane 15/12/71
Port Pirie SA 19/12/74

5. Jealousy

Cafe proprietor.......Kurt Beimel
Paul duPont.......George Olasz
Charles Craddock.......Derek Booth
Bert Douglas.......Barry Rhode
TV repairman.......Eric Heyes
Waitress.......Wendy Cross

Synopsis:  Annoyed when her husband seems to place more importance on golf than taking her to the Art Gallery, Joan embarks on a campaign to make him jealous.

Notes: For a publicity exercise, TV Week reporter Wendy Cross appears as an extra playing a waitress.

Airdate:
Melbourne 10/10/69
Sydney 11/12/71

6. Slugsy

.......Peter Reynolds
.......Bryon Williams
.......John Anderson

Synopsis: Leslie innocently chooses the name of Slugsy Paternoster for the ringleader in his crime serial, and is horrified when he is confronted by the real Slugsy Paternoster, who just happens to be supported by a nasty bunch of criminals.

Airdate:
Melbourne 24/10/69
Port Pirie SA 2/1/75

7. Sick L
eslie

Dr. Smith.......Maurie Fields
Dr. Emberson.......Michael Howley

Synopsis:  Leslie catches a cold and is convinced he is about to die, so in order to make him agree to take a holiday, Joan calls in a bogus doctor, who is actually the local butcher, a friend of Gina's.

Notes: Some programme guides list this episode as 'The Malingerer'.

Airdate:
Melbourne
7/11/69
Brisbane 29/12/71

Port Pirie SA 9/1/75

8. The Hay-Burner

.......Colin McEwan
.......Frank Hamilton

Synopsis:  Joan starts a campaign to spare the life of Phar Lap, the local milkman's horse, who is sentenced to the cat food factory. She ends up buying a racehorse with $500 she thinks Leslie has won in a lottery.

Airdate:

Melbourne
26/12/69
Canberra 9/11/70
Brisbane 5/1/72
Sydney 22/1/72
Port Pirie SA 16/1/75

9. The Boxer

'The Kid'.......David Spurling
.......Frank Holbrook
.......Ron Little
.......Barry Rhode

Synopsis:  Leslie is writing a special series of articles exposing graft and corruption in the boxing ring, and comes across a young boxer known as 'The Kid' and his manager Sharky.  Sharky has his own methods to stop Leslie from writing the article, but he doesn't anticipate intervention by Joan.

Airdate:

Melbourne
2/1/70
Canberra 16/11/70
Brisbane 12/1/72
Sydney 22/1/72
Port Pirie SA 23/1/75

10. The Poltergeist

.......Frank Holbrook
.......David Spurling

Synopsis:  Noises in the flat during the night cause Joan to suspect that a burglar has been around, but tapping noises and an over-turned coffee pot make her think a ghost is responsible.

Airdate:

Melbourne
21/11/69
Brisbane 19/1/72
Port Pirie SA 30/1/75

11. Christmas

Constable.......Gavan Arden
Fireman.......Burt Cooper

Synopsis:  Leslie decides that the Randall's will spend their first Australian Christmas in their own home instead of going to a hotel. Helped by Merv and Gina, the celebrations rapidly turn into disaster.

Airdate:
Melbourne 19/12/69
Brisbane 26/1/72
Port Pirie SA 6/2/75

12. Home Psychology

.......Roly Barlee
.......Ray Fellows

Synopsis:  Leslie is assigned to write an article on popular psychology. He tests Merv and Gina, and then decides Joan needs treatment. Neither the patient nor the psychologist, however, responds according to the book.

Airdate:

Melbourne
12/12/69
Brisbane 2/2/72
Port Pirie SA 13/2/75

13. The New Car

Policeman.......Maurie Fields

Synopsis:  Leslie buys a car at a bargain price, a ‘Greyhound’ sports model, which he believes won the Nullarbor Grand Prix. But then he is told by Merv that it matches the description of a stolen car.

Airdate:
Melbourne 5/12/69
Canberra 14/12/70


EPISODE TITLES
1. Joan And Leslie
2. Blue Eyes
3. The Children
4. Animal Lover
5. Jealousy
6. Slugsy
7. Sick Leslie
8. The Hay-Burner
9. The Boxer
10. The Poltergeist
11. Christmas
12. Home Psychology
13. The New Car