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OUR MAN IN CANBERRA

EPISODES: 4, including pilot.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Mono, Video / film integration.
PRODUCTION: 1971 - 1972 ABC Production, Sydney.
RUNNING ORDER: Official.
NETWORK: ABC.

CAST:
Humphrey Sullivan M.H.R........JEFF ASHBY
Kate Sullivan.......KATY WILD
The Minister.......WALTER SULLIVAN
Mrs. Wheeler.......DOLORE WHITEMAN
Turner.......BENITA COLLINGS
Max (barman).......LEX MITCHELL
Anderson (pub 'philosopher').......GRAHAM ROUSE

CREW:
Producer.......BILL MUNRO
Executive Producer.......ALAN MORRIS
Scripts.......JOHN O'GRADY
Devised by.......JOHN O’GRADY

OUR MAN IN THE COMPANY

EPISODES: 15.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Mono, Video / film integration.
PRODUCTION:  ABC Production, Sydney. 1973 (series 1), 1974 (series 2).
RUNNING ORDER: Airdate.
NETWORK: ABC.

CAST:
Humphrey Sullivan B.A........JEFF ASHBY
Kate Sullivan.......KATY WILD
The Director.......WALTER SULLIVAN
Mrs. Ena Wheeler.......DOLORE WHITEMAN
Turner.......BENITA COLLINGS
Pub 'philosopher' 1.......LEX MITCHELL
Pub 'philosopher' 2.......GRAHAM ROUSE
Support:
Clayton.......TONY INGERSENT

CREW:
Scripts.......JOHN O'GRADY


EPISODE TITLES

OUR MAN IN CANBERRA
~. Our Man In Canberra  Pilot episode
1. Ministerial Vacancy
2. Censorship
3. Old Age Pensions

OUR MAN IN THE COMPANY
Series 1
1. Vacancy On The Board
2. Never Let It Be Said
3. A Row Of Dots
4. Principle And Interest
5. Scarlet Woman
6. Let Women Go Free
7. Rural Crisis

Series 2
8. Carnival Night In Lumpy's Flat
9. Never Dance With A Man In Shiny Shoes
10. Sweet Fanny Adams
11. Two In One
12. Favour For A Friend
13. Red Alert
14. Follow The Leader
15. Poor Little Thing



Katy Wild.

 

OUR MAN IN CANBERRA

~  Our Man In Canberra

Kate Sullivan.......Robyn Nevin
Fred Larkin.......Fred 'Cul' Cullen
Lift mechanic.......John Meillon
Himself.......Bill Peach
Reporter.......Mike Dorsey
Speaker.......Edward Howell
Parliamentary member.......Tony Ingersent
Bus driver 1.......Reg Evans
Bus driver 2.......Les Foxcroft
Pub customer 1.......Barry Donnelly
Pub customer 2.......Gordon Piper

Director.......Bill Munro

Synopsis: Humphrey Sullivan, newly elected Member for Danforth, is preparing to take his place in Federal Parliament and is still finalising his maiden speech when Fred Larkin enlists his aid in a local industrial issue. Fred is a bus driver whose insistence on wearing sandals against regulations provokes a bus driver's strike, which soon has Humphrey and the Minister in a panic by the possibility that it could escalate into a nationwide dispute.

Notes: Pilot episode, part of an anthology series The Comedy Game, from which the series Our Man In Canberra was a spin-off. Bill Peach, host of the ABC current affairs programme This Day Tonight, appears as himself. Robyn Nevin was replaced by Katy Wild as Mrs. Sullivan in the series.

Airdate:
Sydney 16/11/71
Canberra 16/11/71
Brisbane 23/11/71
Melbourne
9/12/71

1. Ministerial Vacancy

Synopsis: When a Cabinet member resigns, Humphrey finds himself as a possible successor, but The Minister has other ideas.

Notes: Remade as ‘Vacancy On The Board’, episode 1 of Our Man In The Company.

Airdate: Never screened.

 


 

 


Pilot episode:  Jeff Ashby and John Meillon.

 


Jeff Ashby.

2. Censorship

Opposition Leader.......James Condon
TV interviewer.......Mike Dorsey
Mrs. Fisher.......Jacqueline Kott
Harry (photographer).......Stuart Finch
Reporter.......Tony Allyn
Sgt. Bradley.......Brian Anderson
Mrs. Anderson.......Sue Hollywood
Mrs. Reinhardt.......Rilla Scott
Pub 'philosopher'.......Doug Kingsman

Director.......Bill Munro

Synopsis: Humphrey strikes trouble when he expresses his liberal views on censorship. The Minister allows him to peruse some pornographic material refused classification by the Government Censor, in an attempt to persuade Humphrey to support censorship. Matters get out of hand when a pressure group, Mothers for Australian Decency, discover the material in his house. Humphrey’s political future is in jeopardy until he out-manoeuvres the Minister.

Notes: Remade as ‘A Row Of Dots’, episode 3 of Our Man In The Company.

Airdate: Never screened.

 


Ep. 2: Mike Dorsey.


Jeff Ashby.

3. Old Age Pensions

Ruby.......Rosie Sturgess
Haxted.......Eddie Hepple

Synopsis: Mrs. Wheeler is shocked to discover her sister Ruby is living with her boyfriend. They can't afford to get married as married pensioners get less than single ones. Mrs. Wheeler suggests a pension lottery to raise money to increase pensions, and Humphrey gets into hot water for following up the idea.

Notes: Remade as ‘Scarlet Woman’, ep. 5 of Our Man In The Company. Rosie Sturgess was not available for the remake, in which Ruby was played by Marion Johns.

Airdate: Never screened.

 


Ep. 3: Eddie Hepple, Rosie Sturgess and Dolore Whiteman.

 

OUR MAN IN THE COMPANY

SERIES 1

1. Vacancy On The Board

Clayton.......Tony Ingersent
Peters.......Jack Allan
Newsreader (himself).......James Dibble
TV technician.......Reg Gorman
Journalist 1.......David Whitford
Journalist 2.......Rob Steele

Director.......Bill Munro
Producer.......Bill Munro
Executive Producer.......Alan Morris

Synopsis: When the director of foreign sales resigns from the Board, Humphrey finds himself as a possible successor, but the Director has other ideas.

Notes: A remake of ‘Ministerial Vacancy’, one of the three completed Our Man In Canberra episodes. ABC Sydney newsreader James Dibble (who had been reading the news since television began in 1956) appears as himself in a TV news segment.

Airdate:
Sydney 7/7/73
Melbourne 1/8/73

 

 

 

 


Katy Wild and Jeff Ashby.

2. Never Let It Be Said

Harry Small.......Harry Lawrence

Producer.......Bill Munro
Executive Producer.......Alan Morris

Synopsis: Humphrey finds himself involved in the endless dispute between the Company's Department of Entitlements and an old digger, Harry Small, when Small asks for a higher pension.

Airdate:
Sydney 14/7/73
Brisbane 18/7/73
Melbourne 8/8/73

3. A Row Of Dots

Mrs. Fisher.......Jacqueline Kott

Producer.......Bill Munro
Executive Producer.......Alan Morris

Synopsis: Humphrey strikes trouble when he expresses his liberal views on censorship.

Notes: A remake of ‘Censorship’, one of the three completed Our Man In Canberra episodes.

Airdate:
Sydney 21/7/73
Brisbane 25/7/73
Melbourne 15/8/73

 


Ep. 2: Lex Mitchell, Graham Rouse and Harry Lawrence.


Katy Wild.

4. Principle And Interest

Peter Goonasekeria.......John Derum
Hart.......Ron Roberts
Clayton.......Tony Ingersent

Director.......Bill Munro
Producer.......Bill Munro
Executive Producer.......Alan Morris

Synopsis: Mrs. Wheeler receives some surprises when a young man from Sarajaybo comes to stay with the Sullivans. In Australia temporarily, he tries to bribe Humphrey and make his visit permanent.

Airdate:
Sydney 28/7/73
Melbourne 22/8/73

 


Ep. 4: Jeff Ashby and John Derum.

5. Scarlet Woman

Ruby.......Marion Johns
Haxted.......Eddie Hepple

Producer.......Bill Munro
Executive Producer.......Alan Morris

Synopsis: Mrs. Wheeler is dismayed to find that her sister Ruby is leading an immoral life, and declares her a fallen woman. The permissive society, however, is not as much to blame for her sister's domestic arrangements as the Pension Department of the Company. Mrs. Wheeler sets out, through Humphrey Sullivan, to make some changes to the Company's pension scheme for retired employees. Ruby doesn't understand what all the fuss is about, and the Director is more concerned with his own future in the Company than the problems of retired employees.

Notes: A remake of ‘Old Age Pensions’, one of the three completed Our Man In Canberra episodes. Rosie Sturgess was not available for the remake, the part of Ruby being played by Marion Johns.

Airdate:
Sydney 4/8/73
Brisbane 8/8/73
Melbourne 29/8/73

 


Katy Wild and Dolore Whiteman.

6. Let Women Go Free

Miss Healey.......Robyn Nevin
Mrs. Radcliffe.......Hilda Scurr
Ivy Marsh.......Margo Lloyd
Clayton.......Tony Ingersent
TV interviewer.......Geoff Stone
Newsreader (himself).......James Dibble

Director.......Nicolas Parsons
Producer.......Bill Munro

Synopsis: When the Director declares that a woman's place is in the kitchen, Miss Healey alleges that section 34 of the Company's constitution discriminates against women. Mrs. Wheeler holds Humphrey and the Company responsible for women having to pay at public lavatories, and she starts a civil campaign.

Notes: ABC Sydney newsreader James Dibble appears as himself in a TV news segment.

Airdate:
Sydney 11/8/73
Brisbane 15/8/73
Melbourne 5/9/73

 


Ep. 6: Walter Sullivan and Robyn Nevin.

7. Rural Crisis

Farmer.......Slim deGrey
Tom.......Fred Betts
Scientist.......John Morris
Sir John.......Moray Powell

Producer.......Bill Munro
Executive Producer.......Alan Morris

Synopsis: Humphrey sets out to increase the profits of the Company's rural subsidiaries, which are affected by the rural crisis, by providing consumers with wholesome, old-fashioned eggs. The Director is not convinced that there is any need for concern - there is merely 'a slight non-viability in some areas due to circumstances beyond our control'. It is a chance remark from his housekeeper that starts Humphrey on a scientific investigation designed to save the poultry industry from bankruptcy.

Airdate:
Sydney 18/8/73
Brisbane 22/8/73
Melbourne 12/9/73

 


Graham Rouse and Lex Mitchell.

SERIES 2

8. Carnival Night In Lumpy's Flat

Marcia.......Kerry Maguire
Bruce.......Max Osbiston

Producer.......Alister Smart
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: While Kate is planning a second honeymoon in Surfers Paradise, Humphrey finds himself guest of honour at the Carnival Night in Lumpy's Flat, and the pawn in the Director's master plan involving a costly land development deal. Included in this master plan is one of the Company's notorious ex-secretaries, Marcia, and her jealous husband Bruce, who is prone to grabbing his shotgun at the slightest provocation. Humphrey unwittingly clinches the deal in the Director's favour while fighting off the advances of Marcia.

Airdate:
Sydney 9/7/74
Melbourne 12/7/74
Adelaide 23/7/74


 


Walter Sullivan.

9. Never Dance With A Man In Shiny Shoes

Arnold Harbinger.......Alfred Sandor
Abigail.......Sandra Lee Patterson

Producer.......Alister Smart
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: American tycoon Arnold Harbinger arrives in Australia with his secretary Abigail. He wants to sublease from the Company oil drilling rights in Central Australia, and the deal is handed to Humphrey to arrange. To his shock, Humphrey discovers that his wife Kate is head of an environmental group opposing any kind of drilling in the area, and Kate and Humphrey clash head on. Kate fights the proposal on a conservation issue, while Humphrey chairs a one-man committee set up to justify the deal.

Airdate:
Sydney 16/7/74
Melbourne 19/7/74
Adelaide 30/7/74

 


Katy Wild and Jeff Ashby.

10. Sweet Fanny Adams

Snow.......Steve Dodds
Jonathan Lord.......John Pearce
Winston.......Jack Charles

Producer.......Alister Smart
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: The Company golf course seems doomed when two Aboriginals set up camp on the 18th green claiming land and mining rights. Humphrey is elected company spokesman on the issue, which is creating much public and media interest. In his attempts to solve the problem, and to keep the golf course and the company's reputation intact, Humphrey and his housekeeper Mrs. Wheeler battle on air with talk-back radio host Jonathan Lord.

Notes: Prominent Sydney radio personality John Pearce appears as radio host Jonathan Lord.

Airdate:
Sydney 23/7/74
Melbourne 26/7/74
Brisbane 4/8/74
Adelaide 6/8/74

 


Jeff Ashby.

11. Two In One

Tony Francelli.......John Serge
Interviewer.......Geoff Stone

Director.......Alister Smart
Producer.......Alister Smart
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: When out of work designer Tony Francelli, a volatile Italian, invents a revolutionary two-in-one car that can be transformed from a family sedan to a one-man runabout, Humphrey - under pressure from Mrs. Wheeler - submits the idea to the Director who, as usual, shows him the door. Following a television interview with the inventor, a rival company takes an interest in the design. Humphrey is assigned to win back the now happily employed designer.

Airdate:
Sydney 30/7/74
Melbourne 2/8/74
Brisbane 11/8/74
Adelaide 13/8/74

 


Benita Collings.

12. Favour For A Friend

.......John Trenaman

Producer.......Nicholas Parsons
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: An important contract for the Company seems doomed when Mrs. Wheeler wins the 'Dazzle Brite' soap powder jingle contest, and unwittingly involves Humphrey in a lavish advertising campaign linking him to a rival company.

Airdate:
Sydney 6/8/74
Melbourne 9/8/74
Brisbane 18/8/74
Adelaide 20/8/74

 


Walter Sullivan.

13. Red Alert

Ernie Clipple.......Grahame Bond

Producer.......Ted Robinson
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: There is a feeling of uneasiness in the Company and questions are being asked. As usual, the Director has all the answers but he's not telling. Ernie Clipple, a security agent for the Company, is assigned to trail Humphrey who is suspected of spying for the Russians.

Airdate:
Sydney 13/8/74
Melbourne 16/8/74
Brisbane 25/8/74
Adelaide 27/8/74

14. Follow The Leader

Producer.......Ted Robinson
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: Inflation hits the country, the Company and the Sullivan household, and Humphrey decides to take a stand against it. Rising prices begin to drastically affect the Company and the workers, and Humphrey takes a reduction in salary and finds himself the centre of an industrial dispute, out of pocket and out of a job.

Airdate:
Sydney 20/8/74
Melbourne 23/8/74
Brisbane 1/9/74
Adelaide 3/9/74

 


Lex Mitchell and Graham Rouse.

15. Poor Little Thing

Clayton.......Tony Ingersent

Producer.......Alister Smart
Executive Producer.......Maurice Murphy

Synopsis: With the death of the Chairman, the Director sees himself taking over while Humphrey has his eye on a vacant position on the Board. Things begin to go wrong when Clayton begins campaigning for the position of Chairman, and the Director puts possibly his finest master plan into action. Humphrey not only gets elected to the Board but is voted Chairman, but how long he holds the position is up to the Director, who, as usual, is pulling the strings.

Airdate:
Sydney 27/8/74
Melbourne 30/8/74
Brisbane 8/9/74
Adelaide 10/9/74

 


Walter Sullivan.