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SKIPPY
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EPISODES: 91 (plus 1 movie).
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Colour, Film.
PRODUCTION: 1966 - 1969 Fauna Production.
RUNNING ORDER:
See notes below.
NETWORK: Nine.

CAST:
Head Ranger Matt Hammond.......ED DEVERAUX
Clancy Merrick.......LIZA GODDARD  (eps 7 - 78)

Mark Hammond.......KEN JAMES
Flight Ranger Jerry King.......TONY BONNER
(eps 1 - 78)
Sonny Hammond.......GARRY PANKHURST
Support:
Dr. Anna Steiner.......ELKE NEIDHARDT (eps 3 - 11)
Sir Adrian Gillespie.......JOHN WARWICK (eps 22 - 91)
Dr. Alexander Stark.......FRANK THRING (eps 2, 18 & 22)


CREW:
Executive Producers.......JOHN McCALLUM & BOB AUSTIN
Music.......Eric Jupp
Series created by.......LEE ROBINSON & DENNIS HILL
Wildlife Supervisor.......SCOTTY DENHOLM

AWARDS:
1968 Logie: Special Award for Best Export Production.
1968 Awgie: Michael Wright for ep. 4, 'The Poachers'.
1968 Penguin: Best Live Show.
1969 Charlie Award: Best Promotion and Contribution to the Australian entertainment industry.

 

 

 

RUNNING ORDER: It has been difficult to determine a proper running order for Skippy. The ‘official’ numbering has many anomalies: Clancy appearing in ep. 6 before being introduced in ep. 9; both Clancy and Dr. Steiner being mentioned in ep. 2 before their characters were introduced in eps. 9 and 5 respectively; Dr. Stark mentioned in ep. 1 before being introduced in ep. 4; the pilot episode with a noticeably younger Garry Pankhurst as ep. 36; second series episodes with original opening titles numbered after those with newer titles; and strangest of all, an alternative official list (obtained from the distributor) has the two-part ‘Mayday’ with part 1 as ep. 29 and part 2 as ep. 32, while otherwise conforming to the ‘standard’ list. The airdate order provides no reliable alternative, as the series was screened in a completely different sequence everywhere it was shown.

With no other basis to go on, this guide shows the episodes in the order that makes most sense regarding character introduction and development, with changes in opening and particularly closing credits providing other clues (e.g. early episodes did not feature episode titles, later episodes included a graphic of the NSW Parks and Wildlife Service, etc). Within this framework, when no other ‘clues’ are available to determine the correct sequence, the ‘official’ order has been reverted to. For comparative purposes, the ‘official’ list is provided alongside the revised list.

 

 

DVD RELEASE: The complete series of Skippy has been released on DVD in Australia (Umbrella Entertainment DAVID0202, DAVID0215, DAVID0539, DAVID0640, DAVID0731 and DAVID1146). The movie The Intruders has been released on DVD in Britain (Medium Rare Entertainment FHED1959).


EPISODE TITLES
REVISED ORDER

Series 1
1. Man From Space Pilot episode
2. Long Way Home
3. Cage Of Koalas
4. The Poachers
5. Dead Or Alive
6. The Golden Reef
7. No Time For Clancy
First Liza Goddard
8. Can You Keep A Secret?
9. Sports Car Rally
10. The Swagman
11. Time And Tide
12. The Lyre Bird
13. The Marine Biologist
14. The Honeymooners
15. Many Happy Returns
16. My Best Friend
17. When The Bough Breaks
18. Trapped
19. The Waratah Festival
20. Summer Storm
21. The Rustlers
22. Double Trouble
23. They're Singing Me Back
24. Be Our Guest
25. Tara - part one
26. Tara - part two
27. Surf King
28. The Runaway
29. The Empty Chair
30. Mayday - part one
31. Mayday - part two
32. Date In Dalmar
33. No Trespassers
34. The Last Chance
35. The Bushrangers
36. Ten Little Visitors
37. Aunt Evelyn
38. The Long Night
39. View Matt
Series 2
40. The Perfect Hosts
41. Honest Jack
42. Flying Saucers
43. Marco Polo
44. The Raft
45. Follow My Leader
46. Tex N. Ranger
47. Chicken
48. Belinda
49. The Mine
50. Rockslide
51. Hide And Seek
52. Esmeralda
53. Puppets
54. Vice Versa
55. Oats
56. The Black Spider
57. Tread Softly
58. The Shark Taggers
59. Surprise! Surprise!
60. Wombat
61. Axeman
62. Up And Beyond
63. Round-Up
64. The Hikers
65. For My Next Trick
66. A Bird In The Hand
67. Marathon
68. The Best Man
69. Plain Jane
70. Hi Fi
71. Maggie
72. Mixed Company
73. Treasure Hunt
74. Cobber
75. Tiger
~ The Intruders 90 min. movie
76. The Sport Of Kings
77. Luna Park
78. Bon Voyage
Final Liza Goddard, Final Tony Bonner
Series 3
79. A Work Of Art
80. A Manner Of Speaking
81. The Prince Of Siam
82. High Fashion
83.El Toro
84. Mr. Duffy
85. The Medicine Man
86. The Veteran
87. The Rainmakers
88. Up The Waratahs
89. Merry-Go-Round
90. Pigeon Pair
91. Fred


EPISODE TITLES
OFFICIAL ORDER
Series 1
1. The Poachers
2. Sports Car Rally
3. The Golden Reef
4. Long Way Home
5. Cage Of Koalas
6. The Lyre Bird
7. Dead Or Alive
8. The Marine Biologist
9. No Time For Clancy
First Liza Goddard
10. Time And Tide
11. Can You Keep A Secret?
12. The Swagman
13. The Honeymooners
14. Many Happy Returns
15. My Best Friend
16. When The Bough Breaks
17. The Waratah Festival
18. Summer Storm
19. The Rustlers
20. Double Trouble
21. Trapped
22. They're Singing Me Back
23. Tara - part one
24. Tara - part two
25. Surf King
26. The Runaway
27. The Last Chance
28. No Trespassers
29. Mayday - part one
30. Mayday - part two
31. Date In Dalmar
32. The Empty Chair
33. Ten Little Visitors
34. Aunt Evelyn
35. The Bushrangers
36. Man From Space   
Pilot episode
37. Be Our Guest
38. The Long Night
39. View Matt
Series 2
40. The Raft
41. The Perfect Hosts
42. Honest Jack
43. Follow My Leader
44. Tex N. Ranger
45. Chicken
46. Belinda
47. The Mine
48. Rockslide
49. Hide And Seek
50. Flying Saucers
51. Esmeralda
52. Puppets
53. Vice Versa
54. Oats
55. The Black Spider
56. Tread Softly
57. The Shark Taggers
58. Surprise! Surprise!
59. Marco Polo
60. Wombat
61. Axeman
62. Up And Beyond
63. Round-Up
64. The Hikers
65. For My Next Trick
66. A Bird In The Hand
67. Marathon
68. The Best Man
69. Plain Jane
70. Hi Fi
71. Maggie
72. Mixed Company
73. Treasure Hunt
74. The Sport Of Kings
75. Bon Voyage
Final Liza Goddard, Final Tony Bonner
76. Cobber
77. Tiger
78. Luna Park

~ The Intruders
90 min. movie
Series 3
79. A Work Of Art
80. A Manner Of Speaking
81. The Prince Of Siam
82. High Fashion
83. El Toro
84. Mr. Duffy
85. The Medicine Man
86. The Veteran
87. The Rainmakers
88. Up The Waratahs
89. Merry-Go-Round
90. Pigeon Pair
91. Fred


SERIES 1

1. Man From Space

Squadron leader.......David Williams

Script.......J. Benn Darrow
From an original story by.......Lee Robinson & Dennis Hill
Director.......Lee Robinson
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Dennis Hill

Synopsis: Skippy and Sonny come across an injured airman hanging by the cord of his parachute from a tree. Realising that the weight of his body is ripping the parachute and that it is only a matter of time before he falls to his death, Sonny sends Skippy for help.

Notes: Pilot episode. Features a different ‘Ranger Headquarters’ (as that used for the series was not yet built), and Garry Pankhurst as Sonny is noticeably younger. The end credit scene is of Ranger HQ rather than the helicopter on the helipad. The original opening titles were replaced by the second series stock opening, and the episode was usually screened in random order by most television stations.

Airdate: 
Wagga Wagga NSW 1/3/68
Ballarat VIC 21/3/68
Sydney 9/12/68

2. Long Way Home

Dr. Alexander Stark.......Frank Thring
Snapes.......Don Crosby
McMurtrie.......Red Moore

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping

Synopsis: Dr. Alexander Stark is determined to have Skippy in his private zoo. When Matt Hammond refuses to sell her at any price, Stark has two of his henchmen kidnap her. However, Skippy manages to escape and finds her way home.

Notes: Introduces Frank Thring as Dr. Stark, and although it was widely reported that his would be a regular support role, he appeared in only two other episodes. Filming of this episode was delayed considerably by heavy rain, which made roads impassable and conditions very muddy.
The use of a vintage Rolls Royce was withdrawn when the owner saw the condition of the roads, and a substitute vehicle had to be hastily procured. Scenes of Skippy being caught in a cattle grid and almost being run over by a truck prompted the RSPCA to investigate allegations of cruelty, which proved groundless. Most television stations screened this episode as the premiere of the series.

Airdate:
Melbourne 5/2/68
Adelaide 12/2/68
Orange NSW 27/2/68

3. Cage Of Koalas


Dr. Anna Steiner.......Elke Neidhardt

Script.......Denys Burrows
Director.......Eric Price
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping

Synopsis: A research scientist who is to study wildlife at Waratah National Park turns out to be a pretty young woman. Her methods anger Matt Hammond as she intends to keep specimen koalas in cages. During a koala trapping foray in a lonely part of the bush she accidentally shoots herself with a tranquiliser gun and is in serious danger, and with Skippy's help Matt Hammond has to rescue her.

Notes:  First appearance by Elke Neidhardt in a support role as Dr. Anna Steiner.

Airdate:

Sydney 12/2/68
Melbourne 19/2/68
Albury NSW 28/2/68
Shepparton VIC 28/2/68
Wollongong NSW 15/8/69

4. The Poachers

Baker.......John Armstrong
Repping.......Eric Reiman
Bruhl.......William Cox

Script.......Michael Wright
From an original story by.......Lee Robinson
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping

Synopsis: Sonny, Mark and Jerry investigate an expensive game fishing cruiser with three men aboard, after Skippy and Sonny came across men trapping animals in the bush at night. Swimming out to the cruiser, Jerry overhears a conversation which indicates the men are stealing koalas for Dr. Stark's private zoo.

Notes: Scriptwriter Michael Wright won an Awgie award (Australian Writers Guild) for this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne 3/6/68
Sydney 3/6/68
Newcastle NSW 5/6/68
Adelaide 10/6/68
Orange NSW 25/6/68
Coffs Harbour NSW 26/6/68
Lismore NSW 22/8/68
Traralgon VIC 11/9/68

 

 


Garry Pankhurst & Skippy.

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5. Dead Or Alive

Dr. Anna Steiner.......Elke Neidhardt
Cummings.......Alan Light
Poacher.......Des Rolfe

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......James Workman
Director.......Eric Price
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: A mysterious disease threatens to wipe out all animals in Waratah National Park, and evidence points to Skippy as the carrier. Sonny is heartbroken at the possibility of losing Skippy, and disappears into the bush with the kangaroo. There he comes across a poacher, and Dr. Steiner discovers that the poacher's dogs are the actual carriers of the disease.

Airdate:

Melbourne
22/4/68
Adelaide 29/4/68
Traralgon VIC 31/7/68

6. The Golden Reef

Sandra.......Christine Bartlett
Frog.......Reg Evans
Sailor.......Bob Haddow
Alex.......Robin Cuming

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Ron Taylor
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping

Synopsis: When a seal is killed by a spear-gun, suspicion falls on two marine geologists, who are skin-diving for alluvial gold deposits on a reef at Seal Rock in the mouth of the Flinders River. Thieves carrying deadly spear-guns then move in.

Airdate:

Melbourne 29/7/68
Sydney 29/7/68
Traralgon VIC 6/11/68

7. No Time For Clancy

Dr. Anna Steiner.......Elke Neidhardt
Truck driver.......Jack Allan

Script.......Denys Burrows & Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Matt Hammond is faced with a human problem when one of his rangers moves to a new nature reserve up north, taking his wife and sons but leaving his daughter Clancy, who has exams pending, to board with the Hammonds. Clancy is in trouble from the moment she comes to stay, and she gets the idea she is not wanted and runs away.

Notes: First appearance by Liza Goddard as Clancy Merrick.

Airdate:

Melbourne
26/2/68
Canberra 2/6/68

8. Can You Keep A Secret?

Dr. Anna Steiner.......Elke Neidhardt
Skeen.......Slim deGrey
Detective Sergeant.......Walter Sullivan
Detective.......Chuck Kehoe

Script.......Peter Finnane
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: An escaped convict holds Clancy hostage and sends Sonny out for food and a change of clothing. Skippy tags along, brings help and jumps on the convict, allowing Sonny to escape and Matt Hammond to overpower the criminal.

Airdate:

Melbourne
13/5/68
Adelaide 20/5/68
Orange NSW 4/6/68
Port Pirie SA 18/9/68

9. Sports Car Rally

Morley.......Bruce Barry
Jeff Andrews.......Tommy Dysart

Script.......Creswick Jenkinson
From an original story by.......Lee Robinson
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping

Synopsis: A sports car rally threatens the protected fauna of Waratah National Park, but when Matt Hammond leads a rescue team to save the life of a driver pinned under his car in a bad accident, the grateful rally organisers decide on another venue.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
29/4/68
Adelaide 6/5/68
Traralgon VIC 7/8/68

10. The Swagman

Trundle.......Gerry Duggan
Dr. Anna Steiner.......Elke Neidhardt

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis:  An old tramp, Trundle, looking for odd jobs, fascinates Sonny with tales of adventure. However, Matt Hammond believes the stories are figments of Trundle's imagination and considers it a bad association for Sonny. Trouble begins when the old swagman gives Sonny an expensive antique watch as a parting gift. Trundle turns out to be Miles Vincent Archer, wealthy chairman of a vast corporation.

Notes: Gerry Duggan reprises his role of Trundle in ep. 29, ‘The Empty Chair’.

Airdate:

Melbourne 10/6/68
Sydney 10/6/68
Adelaide 17/6/68
Traralgon VIC 18/9/68

11. Time And Tide

Dr. Anna Steiner.......Elke Neidhardt

Script.......Michael Wright
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis:  While photographing some black swans, Clancy is frightened by a spider and in a panic drops her camera in the water. Trying to recover it, she gets her foot stuck in a crevice, and there is a frantic race against time to free her before the incoming tide rises over her head.

Notes: Final appearance by Elke Neidhardt as Dr. Steiner. Her character is referred to in several more episodes, and is finally mentioned as having gone to Tasmania in ep. 32, ‘Date In Dalmar’.

Airdate:

Melbourne
11/3/68
Toowoomba QLD 27/6/68

12. The Lyre Bird

Lisa.......Gita Rivera
Sir John Banks.......Charles MacCallum

Script.......Joan Levy
Director.......Eric Price
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Second Unit Director.......Eric Fullilove
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Sonny makes a new friend with Lisa, a young ballerina, who has been studying the dance of the lyre bird. Together they find an injured botanist who has been missing in Waratah National Park for a few days. With Skippy's help they bring about his rescue.

Airdate:
Melbourne 1/7/68
Sydney 1/7/68
Adelaide 8/7/68
Orange NSW 23/7/68
Traralgon VIC 9/10/68

 


Elke Neidhardt.

13. The Marine Biologist

Herself.......Kathy Troutt

Script.......John Warwick
From an original story by.......Lee Robinson
Director.......Dennis Hill
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Mark accompanies a marine biologist, Kathy Troutt, who is collecting specimens from an underwater reef. Sonny and Skippy stay in the boat and, while fishing, Sonny slips and falls against the starter button, and the boat takes off at full throttle.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. The part of the marine biologist was specially written for Kathy Troutt, who plays herself in the episode. (Kathy Troutt set a world record for the deepest scuba dive by a female when she was 17. In addition to her diving prowess, Kathy also happened to be a pretty girl who could act, which made her an obvious choice for a number of parts in various film and television series where diving or swimming scenes were required
.)

Airdate:

Melbourne
6/5/68
Adelaide 13/5/68
Wollongong NSW 7/6/68
Traralgon VIC 14/8/68
Toowoomba QLD 22/8/68

14. The Honeymooners

April.......June Thody
Roland.......Noel Brophy

Script.......Denys Burrows & Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: When the greedy wife of a rich husband tries to trap Skippy, wanting her skin for a fur coat, Sonny finds himself locked in the cabin of a speeding cruiser, with no-one but Skippy aboard to help him.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
5/8/68
Adelaide 12/8/68
Traralgon VIC 13/11/68

15. Many Happy Returns

Jim Ferguson.......Ken Goodlet
Dr. Morton.......Deryck Barnes

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......John McCallum
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Sonny's birthday wish comes true - a ride in the helicopter, but not the way he expects. While flying over Sydney, Flight Ranger Jerry King collapses, leaving Sonny alone with the controls.

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 1/3/68
Melbourne 4/3/68
Adelaide 11/3/68
Shepparton VIC 20/3/68
Albury NSW 20/3/68
Griffith NSW 20/10/69

16. My Best Friend

Sonia Pearson.......Pamela Raymond
Emu.......’Hector’

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Sonny is proud of his school competition painting of Skippy, but Mark and Clancy create a dilemma when they try to help him win by substituting their own painting.

Airdate:

Melbourne
12/8/68
Adelaide 19/8/68
Traralgon VIC 20/11/68
 


Ep. 13: Kathy Troutt.

17. When The Bough Breaks

Dulcie Condon.......Jeanie Drynan
Alan Condon.......Mike Dorsey

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Skippy rescues a baby from certain death in the Flinders River. While the parents, rangers and police search for the missing child, Sonny tries to protect Skippy, thinking they will assume Skippy stole the baby.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Melbourne 8/7/68
Sydney 8/7/68
Adelaide 15/7/68
Mildura VIC 17/4/69

18. Trapped

Dr. Alexander Stark.......Frank Thring
Professor Adrian Lewis.......Colin Croft
Quentin.......Tony Thurbon
McMurtrie.......Red Moore

Script.......Peter Kay & Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Dr. Stark is up to his old tricks again and tries to steal valuable wild animals for his private zoo. This time he has one of his henchmen impersonate eminent zoologist Professor Lewis, who carries a nerve gas gun disguised as a camera. Lewis is captured after Clancy, who has been paralysed by the nerve gas, gets Skippy to take tape recorded evidence to Ranger Headquarters.

Airdate:
Melbourne 1/4/68
Adelaide 8/4/68

19. The Waratah Festival

’Tacky’ Evans.......Eddie Hepple
Detective Coutts.......William Hodge
Butler.......Stanley Rogers
Harbour Bridge toll collector.......Fred Sims
Emu.......’Hector’

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Carol Odell
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Chased by police in Waratah National Park, ‘Tacky’ Evans, a diamond thief, drops a stolen bracelet and Skippy picks it up and puts it in her pouch. ‘Tacky’ has to join the Waratah National Park float in the Sydney Waratah Festival procession, in which Skippy is taking part, in order to retrieve it.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. Listed in some programme guides as 'The Waratah Procession'. Segments were filmed during the annual Sydney Waratah Festival float parade, in which a ‘Waratah National Park’ float took part, complete with the cast members plus Skippy and Hector the emu on board. While the real-life audience were watching a Skippy float in the procession, action was staged and filmed for use in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
14/10/68
Adelaide 21/10/68
Albury NSW 30/10/68
Shepparton VIC 30/10/68
Traralgon VIC 22/1/69


Tony Bonner & Ed Deveraux.

20. Summer Storm

Jim Paine.......Reg Gorman

Script.......Ed Deveraux
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis:  Ranger Headquarters is cut off by a violent storm as Matt Hammond lies poisoned by a snakebite. The phone line is down, the radio is not working, the serum is lost in the creek, the helicopter is out of fuel, the bridge is out and the ford is flooded. Skippy crosses an impassable gorge to fetch help, and the life-saving serum is parachuted to Ranger Headquarters just in time.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
15/4/68
Adelaide 22/4/68
Canberra 21/7/68
Traralgon VIC 24/7/68
Port Pirie SA 21/8/68

21. The Rustlers

Ernie.......Willie Fennell
Joe.......Jack Allan
Ted.......Mark McManus

Script.......Margaret Trist & Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Sonny, helped by Skippy, takes a job with a team of sheep shearers, not knowing they are rustlers, to earn money to buy a birthday present for his father. His absence from home puts Matt Hammond on the track of the three strange characters who have developed a variation of sheep rustling - they only take the wool!

Airdate:

Melbourne
18/3/68
Adelaide 25/3/68
Tamworth NSW 23/6/68
Albury NSW 22/10/69
Lismore NSW 19/12/69
Toowoomba QLD 27/1/70

22. Double Trouble

Loder.......Ed Deveraux
Senator George Winthrop.......Tony Bazell
Dr. Alexander Stark.......Frank Thring
Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick
Mrs. Winthrop.......Thelma Scott
McMurtrie.......Red Moore

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Ed Deveraux
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Matt Hammond's boss and a government Senator decide to sack him after it appears that Matt has run their car off the road and threatened them. It transpires that Dr. Stark has hired an actor to impersonate Matt Hammond in order to discredit him, but the whole scheme backfires and Dr. Stark has to honour the promise of a $10,000 donation to Waratah National Park.

Notes: First appearance by John Warwick in a support role as Sir Adrian Gillespie, chairman of the Waratah National Park Board of Trustees. In addition to his regular role, Ed Deveraux played the part of Loder, an evil look-alike who was impersonating Matt Hammond. There is no Director credit on this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
8/4/68
Adelaide 15/4/68
Lismore NSW 27/6/68
Canberra 14/7/68

23. They're Singing Me Back

Moona.......Candy Devine
'Old One'.......Harry Carpenter
Aboriginal tribe.......Members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory.

Script.......Kay Keavney
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis:  Aboriginal warriors come to Waratah National Park to reclaim a runaway tribal girl. Matt Hammond defies their spears and convinces the elder that the girl's great talent for singing can help bring white and black people closer together.

Notes: Members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory were visiting Sydney, and appeared in this and two other episodes of Skippy. Candy Devine sings two songs in this episode, ‘Walk You High’ and ‘I Must Go’, both written by Charles Marawood.

Airdate:
Melbourne 22/7/68
Sydney 22/7/68
Newcastle NSW 24/7/68
Adelaide 29/7/68
Traralgon VIC 30/10/68

24. Be Our Guest

Marion Merrick.......Jessica Noad
Aboriginal tribe.......Members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, NT.

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Thrown from her horse deep in the bush, Clancy is hopelessly lost, and her mother is due for a visit to see how Clancy is faring. A band of Aboriginals find her, and because of communication problems, Clancy is not sure where they are going. With no choice but to go with them, Clancy imagines that she will probably end up in Queensland, but the Aboriginals bring her back home just in time.

Notes: Members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory were visiting Sydney, and appeared in this and two other episodes of Skippy. Jessica Noad reprised her role of Marion Merrick in ep. 78, ‘Bon Voyage’.

Airdate:

Melbourne
25/3/68
Adelaide 1/4/68
Maryborough QLD 28/8/68

 


Ed Deveraux, Tony Bonner & Ken James.

25. Tara - part one

Tara.......Abi Miller

Script.......Joan Levy & Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Sonny and Skippy discover the hidden entrance to a remote valley, thought to be inaccessible and uninhabited. There Sonny makes friends with an old Aboriginal living alone, whose tribe has long since migrated to other parts of the country. One day Sonny finds Tara weak and in a semi-coma - he believes he has been visited by a ‘death spirit’ and is going to die.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
20/5/68
Adelaide 27/5/68
Traralgon VIC 28/8/68

26. Tara - part two

Robert Judd.......Tom Farley
Tara.......Ali Miller
Aboriginal tribe.......Members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, NT.

Script.......Joan Levy & Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Tara believes he is possessed by a 'death spirit', which can be exorcised only by a sacred corroboree performed by his tribesmen. Among Tara's chattels, Matt finds a medal referring to Tara's heroism in saving a white boy, Robert Judd. Matt knows that Judd is now a wealthy businessman, and thinks there is a way Tara can be saved. If Judd will meet the cost of flying some of Tara's tribe to Waratah National Park, they can 'sing' the 'death spirit' away. Matt goes to Sydney to see Judd, who agrees to do what he can to help.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. Members of the Aboriginal Theatre from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory were visiting Sydney, and appeared in this and two other episodes of Skippy.

Airdate:

Melbourne
27/5/68
Adelaide 3/6/68
Wollongong NSW 28/6/68
Port Pirie SA 2/10/68

27. Surf King

Helen.......Tina Cornioley
Dr. Martin.......Nigel Lovell

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: While Matt Hammond and Clancy are kept busy trouble shooting at Ranger Headquarters, Jerry King, abetted by Mark, makes a gallant attempt to win a surf carnival contest despite injuries he received while rescuing a swimmer in trouble.

Airdate:

Melbourne
28/10/68
Adelaide 4/11/68
Traralgon VIC 5/2/69

28. The Runaway

Tom.......Gavin Hamilton

Script.......Will Pryor & Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Jerry King risks his life to save a yobbo hanging from a cliff, who would rather fall to his death than accept help.

Airdate:

Melbourne
24/6/68
Newcastle NSW 26/6/68
Adelaide 1/7/68
Orange NSW 16/7/68
Wollongong NSW 26/7/68
Traralgon VIC 2/10/68
Port Pirie SA 30/10/68

29. The Empty Chair

Trundle.......Gerry Duggan
Miss Dempster.......Fernande Glyn
Doorman.......Ben Gabriel
George Coombes.......Gordon Glenwright
Lindsay.......Phil Jay

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Sonny and Skippy persuade their friend Trundle, alias Miles Vincent Archer, to return temporarily to his position as chairman of a vast corporation and reverse the board's decision to despoil Waratah National Park by drilling for oil.

Notes: Features the return of Trundle, who first appeared in ep. 10, ‘The Swagman’.

Airdate:

Melbourne 15/7/68
Sydney 15/7/68
Newcastle NSW 17/7/68
Adelaide 22/7/68
Traralgon VIC 23/10/68
 


Garry Pankhurst & Skippy.

30. Mayday - part one

Barbara Mason.......Barbara Joss

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Tony Booth
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Jerry King breaks discipline when a helicopter flight is the only way he can contact his girlfriend. Leaving Mark to cover for him, he takes off, but the helicopter crashes into the trees miles from Ranger Headquarters.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
2/9/68
Adelaide 9/9/68
Traralgon VIC 11/12/68

31. Mayday - part two

Sam Rankin.......Bill Hunter
Barbara Mason.......Barbara Joss
Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick
Art Hawks.......Ray Lamont

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Tony Booth
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: When aviation investigators refuse to believe Jerry King's story about departing from his patrol route because he saw smoke, Sonny and Skippy find evidence of a fire that clears Jerry and gets his suspended licence back.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. Some programme guides list this episode as ‘Where’s The Smoke?’ or 'Where There's Smoke'.

Airdate:

Melbourne
9/9/68
Adelaide 16/9/68
Mt Gambier SA 5/11/68
Traralgon VIC 18/12/68

32. Date In Dalmar

Keeler.......Max Cullen
Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Matt Hammond, Sonny and Skippy are returning to meet Sir Adrian Gillespie. They stop to help a man seemingly lying injured on the road, and are then bundled into their car at gunpoint. The gunman, Keeler, threatens to shoot them unless they drive him to the town of Dalmar, 80 miles away.

Airdate:

Melbourne
16/9/68
Adelaide 23/9/68
Traralgon VIC 25/12/68

33. No Trespassers

’Pop’ Miller.......Chips Rafferty
Rocky Miller.......Gary Gray
Frank.......Jimmy Carruthers

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Skippy stumbles on a secret boxing training camp illegally set up in Waratah National Park. A young champion, Rocky Miller, takes a forbidden joy ride in the helicopter with Jerry King, and a forced landing has surprise results.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. Jimmy Carruthers, who plays a minor role as a sparring partner, was a former world bantamweight boxing champion.

Airdate:

Melbourne 19/8/68
Sydney 19/8/68
Brisbane 26/8/68
Traralgon VIC 27/11/68

34. The Last Chance

Hogwell.......Lex Mitchell
Byron Cresswell.......Alexander Archdale
Max Lovejoy.......Alan Scott
Andy.......David Copping
Blackie's trainer.......Scotty Denholm

Script.......J. Benn Darrow
From an original story by.......Creswick Jenkinson
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Assistant Director.......David Copping

Synopsis: A film is being made in Waratah National Park starring an aging old-time film idol, Byron Cresswell, who has a last chance to make a comeback, and whose career will be ruined if the film flops. When the producers decide to include Skippy in the film, Byron finds he can't compete with her. However, Skippy decides she does not want a film career, and saves face for the actor.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. Many of the crew appear on camera as the film crew in the story, including animal trainer Scotty Denholm and Assistant Director David Copping who have larger roles. This episode
is somewhat of a self-parody - in the film Skippy stars in, she has to perform a number of far-fetched extraordinary deeds, which are very similar to those featured in the series.

Airdate:
Melbourne 26/8/68
Canberra 1/12/68
Traralgon VIC 4/12/68

 


Ken James, Tony Bonner & Skippy.

35. The Bushrangers

Bill Brady.......Fred Sims
Fred.......Reg Evans
George Wilson.......John Gray
Mike.......Jim Bowles
Jack.......Al Kenny
'The Bushrangers'.......'The Executives': Brian Patterson, Rhys Clark, Gary King, Geno Cunico

Script.......Suzanne Baker
From an original story by.......Carol Odell
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Alone at Ranger Headquarters, Jerry is overpowered by burglars who take everything movable. Later, Sonny and Skippy come across a group wearing Ned Kelly armour entering a cave. Sonny suspects they are the burglars, but they turn out to be a pop group, ‘The Bushrangers’, who have set up their instruments in the Park after being driven from their town by neighbours complaining about the noise. The group eventually help catch the burglars after a sloppy mud fight.

Notes: Four members of the pop group 'The Executives' appear as 'The Bushrangers' band, with actor Fred Sims playing the fifth member of the group. The group perform two songs in the episode, one of which is a specially written variation of the Skippy theme tune (see lyrics at the end of the main Skippy article).

Airdate:

Melbourne 17/6/68
Sydney 17/6/68
Adelaide 24/6/68
Wollongong NSW 19/7/68
Traralgon VIC 25/9/68

36. Ten Little Visitors

Jill Vernon.......Janet Kingsbury
Miss Duval.......Kate McKittrick
Miss Ho.......Betty Lim Saw Yim

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Sonny and Skippy act as guides for ten visiting children from various countries, showing them around Waratah National Park. A pack of wild dingoes threatens the expedition, and Sonny and Skippy help the children overcome their fear of the dogs, which they identify with the ferocious wolves from their home countries.

Airdate:

Melbourne
7/10/68
Adelaide 14/10/68
Canberra 12/1/69
Traralgon VIC 15/1/69

Ep. 35: Ed Deveraux & 'The Executives'.
37. Aunt Evelyn

Evelyn Sullivan.......Darlene Johnson

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Aunt Evelyn, a woman with a mind of her own, visits Waratah National Park, determined to persuade Matt to put Sonny in a boarding school in Sydney. When Sonny and Skippy save Aunt Evelyn from drowning, Sonny is saved from a fate that he considers worse than death.

Airdate:

Melbourne
21/10/68
Adelaide 28/10/68
Traralgon VIC 29/1/69

38. The Long Night

Avery.......Don Philps
Sgt. Ames.......Walter Sullivan
Al Coote.......George Assang

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Mark tangles with industrial spies, who cover their tracks by accusing him of a hit-and-run accident in which a man is badly injured.

Airdate:

Melbourne
30/9/68
Adelaide 7/10/68

39. View Matt

Dr. George Morton.......Max Osbiston
Ernie Stubbs.......Ron Shand
Prudence Frith.......Beryl Cheers

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Dennis Hill
Series Producer.......Lee Robinson

Synopsis: Overhearing the doctor tell Matt that he ought to marry again, Sonny tries his hand at matchmaking when he answers lonely hearts advertisements in Matt's name - and has to face the consequences.

Airdate:

Melbourne
23/9/68
Adelaide 30/9/68

SERIES 2

40. The Perfect Hosts

Lucas.......Robert Bruning
Greg.......Tony Ingersent

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: A case of mistaken identity leads Sonny and Clancy to tie a Very Important Person up in knots - literally.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode. The absence of Jerry King is explained by his having been appointed Chief Flight Ranger for the whole National Park service, which will require him to be away from his ‘home base’ for varying periods of time.

Airdate:

Melbourne
4/11/68
Adelaide 11/11/68
Traralgon VIC 12/3/69

41. Honest Jack

'Honest’ Jack Jamieson.......John Laws
Alf.......Alister Smart
Darcy.......Bryan Niland
Jake.......Patrick Carville
Fogarty.......Reg Collins
Rita Fogarty.......Ethel Lang
Hogarth.......Charles Lyttle

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Sonny finds a man chopping down trees in Waratah National Park, and when Sonny tells him it is illegal, the determined young man insists that he owns the land. Matt Hammond has received word of a bulldozer clearing land in the Park, and Mark radios in from the patrol boat that someone is building a fence down by the river. It transpires that 'Honest Jack', a slick operator, has been 'selling' blocks of land in Waratah National Park. For his final scam he tries to sell off Ranger Headquarters as an 'ideal home'.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode. John Laws performs the song ‘The Wild Colonial Boy’.

Airdate:

Melbourne
11/11/68
Adelaide 25/11/68

42. Flying Saucers

Ross.......Donald MacDonald

Script.......Rae & Warren Glasser
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: When Sonny and Skippy see a 'flying saucer' over Waratah National Park, no-one believes them, even when they produce photographic evidence.

Airdate:

Melbourne
3/3/69
Traralgon VIC 25/6/69

43. Marco Polo

Bob Raine.......Graham Dixon
Fred Hobbs.......Des Rolfe

Script.......Moya Wood
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Matt Hammond has to brush up his psychology when Mark starts planning a trip overseas against his father's wishes.

Airdate:

Melbourne
21/4/69
Traralgon VIC 2/7/69
Sydney 22/9/69
Mildura VIC 18/12/69

44. The Raft

Commander Hilton.......Terry McDermott
Mick.......Jamie Hamilton

Script.......Ross Napier
From an idea by.......Moya Wood
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: With Skippy as ‘first mate’, Sonny proudly launches his home-made raft for its first trip on the river. On their journey they rescue a runaway boy.

Notes: First episode with new opening titles. Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
25/11/68
Adelaide 2/12/68
Orange NSW 14/1/69
Brisbane 17/3/69
Traralgon VIC 30/4/69
 


Ep. 37: Garry Pankhurst, Darlene Johnson, Ed Deveraux, Ken James & Skippy.

45. Follow My Leader

Gately.......Howard Vernon
Norman L'acudnac Dupree.......David Downer

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: A spoiled young violin prodigy, an old family friend of Clancy's, insists on acquiring a baby koala, but Skippy saves him from losing his life in the attempt.

Notes: The script for this episode was used in a textbook for students, ‘In Focus’.
38

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 13/12/68
Wagga Wagga NSW 17/1/69
Brisbane 24/3/69
Melbourne
27/4/70

46. Tex N. Ranger

Tex N. Ranger.......Tom Oliver

Script.......Joy Cavill
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: A school for stunt men moves into Waratah National Park, and Skippy, not needing any stunt lessons, saves their injured teacher.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 17/1/69
Melbourne 3/2/69
Traralgon VIC 12/2/69

47. Chicken

Ben Schuyler.......John Unicomb
John Manson.......Graham Rouse
Lucy Schuyler.......Judith Fisher

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill
Assistant Director.......David Copping
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Sonny discovers two possums dead in their tree trunk home, and Matt is disturbed by the number of dead animals that have been found in the bush over the last three days. When Skippy is poisoned and almost dies, Matt calls in Veterinarian Officer John Manson. A poultry farmer with a grudge against Matt is responsible - Matt tricks him into revealing his guilt and the location of the poison.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode. The characters of Ben and Lucy Schuyler appear again in ep. 57, ‘Tread Softly’.

Airdate:

Adelaide 24/3/69
Melbourne 31/3/69
Traralgon VIC 16/4/69
Tamworth NSW 11/5/69
Toowoomba QLD 15/5/69

48. Belinda

Beasley.......Colin Croft
Paul Thurston.......Ross Higgins
Rix.......John Paisley

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Skippy sees a large truck from which a valuable thoroughbred mare escapes from the man who stole her. The horse finds temporary refuge with Sonny in Waratah National Park.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Shepparton VIC 15/1/69
Adelaide 3/2/69
Sydney 4/8/69
Melbourne 13/4/70

49. The Mine

Toby Boughton.......Chuck Faulkner
Ranger Tim Grant.......Harold Hopkins
Dr. Morton.......Deryck Barnes

Script.......Ed Deveraux
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Matt Hammond is expecting a visit by a man to assist with blowing up an abandoned mine in the Park. The man turns out to be an old Army buddy, Toby Boughton. Later, following an accidental detonation caused by a wombat, Matt and Toby are trapped in the mine, which is slowly filling with water.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Canberra 25/5/69
Melbourne 7/7/69

50. Rockslide

Cooper.......Sandy Harbutt
Dr. Morton.......Deryck Barnes
Military Police Sergeant.......Alister Smart
Military Police Corporal.......Bob Woodham

Script.......Ted Roberts
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: A young National Service deserter risks recapture to look after Sonny, who has been injured in a rockslide.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Sydney 6/1/69
Traralgon VIC 19/2/69
Adelaide 24/2/69
Melbourne 20/4/70
 


Ep. 45: David Downer & Skippy.

51. Hide And Seek

Rich.......Stanley Walsh

Script.......Rae & Warren Glasser
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Clancy notices someone lurking near the helicopter hangar, and Mark and Jerry go to investigate. Jerry is astounded to find someone he has known since childhood. His friend, involved in an armed robbery and with a bloodied bandage around his head, convinces Jerry he is innocent and asks for refuge in Waratah National Park.

Airdate:

Griffith NSW 14/1/69
Albury NSW 15/1/69
Melbourne 27/1/69
Adelaide 17/2/69
Sydney 7/4/69
Traralgon VIC 23/4/69

52. Esmeralda

Esmeralda Tragenza.......Neva Carr-Glyn
Ramon Tragenza.......Ben Gaule

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Returning to Ranger Headquarters after a days work as a fruit picker, Sonny meets up with an old gypsy woman who dazzles him by reading his palm, telling him about his family and even what he will have for dinner. Finally she predicts danger for Matt Hammond, which proves more embarrassing than harmful.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Adelaide 17/3/69
Melbourne 24/3/69
Canberra 27/4/69

53. Puppets

Carl.......Kenneth Laird
Steven.......Robert Reid

Script.......Rae & Warren Glasser
From an original story by.......Carol Odell
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: An itinerant puppeteer is jealous of his talented young ward, but Matt Hammond persuades him to share the limelight in a charity performance held in the park.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 6/12/68
Melbourne 17/2/69
Traralgon VIC 26/2/69
Canberra 6/4/69

54. Vice Versa

Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick
Professor Leonard Clifton.......Tom Farley
Emu.......’Hector’

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: When a scientist comes to take Skippy away from Waratah National Park for prolonged studies of marsupial intelligence, Sonny blocks the plan by making the bush kangaroo seem the dumbest of all the animals.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Canberra 11/5/69
Brisbane 26/5/69
Traralgon VIC 18/6/69
Melbourne 20/10/69

 


Ed Deveraux.

55. Oats

Oats.......Don Reid

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: An aggressive National Parks Inspector is determined to make everyone at Ranger Headquarters jump, but through his own uncontrollable fear in a crisis, he learns to respect others.

Notes: Ed Deveraux and Garry Pankhurst do not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Traralgon
VIC 9/4/69

56. The Black Spider

Helen Masters.......Diana Davidson

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: When Clancy starts missing music lessons, Sonny convinces himself that she is being blackmailed and sets out to trap the culprit.

Airdate:
Sydney 20/1/69
Melbourne 24/2/69
Traralgon VIC 2/4/69
Brisbane 5/5/69
Adelaide 2/6/69

57. Tread Softly

Ben Schuyler.......John Unicomb
Lucy Schuyler.......Judith Fisher
Carver.......Roger Ward
Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Embittered chicken farmer Ben Schuyler has a perfect alibi when there is a rash of illegal trapping in Waratah National Park, but, with Matt Hammond on his trail, Schuyler is finally caught in his own trap.

Notes: Features the return of Ben and Lucy Schuyler, who first appeared in episode 47, 'Chicken'.

Airdate:

Melbourne
28/4/69
Lismore NSW 15/5/69
Adelaide 9/6/69
Traralgon VIC 9/7/69

58. The Shark Taggers

Paula Howard.......Valerie Taylor

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Valerie Taylor
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill
Underwater Director.......Ron Taylor

Synopsis: When Sonny and Skippy help a young scientist in her marine research work, only the last minute arrival of Jerry and Mark in the helicopter can save them from a school of sharks.

Airdate:

Sydney 28/4/69
Wollongong NSW 16/5/69
Melbourne 30/6/69
Traralgon VIC 20/8/69
Toowoomba QLD 2/9/69
Maryborough QLD 29/10/69

59. Surprise! Surprise!

Sally.......Sue Lloyd
Shopper.......Anne Lucas
Betsy.......Sue Costin
Customer.......Marion Johns

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Moya Wood
Director.......Max Varnel
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Mark's carefully planned surprise birthday party for Clancy almost comes undone when Clancy and Matt are left without transport in the heart of Waratah National Park.

Airdate:
Ballarat VIC 17/4/69
Melbourne 5/5/69
Traralgon VIC 4/6/69

60. Wombat

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Lee Robinson
Associate Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Sonny's school record is in jeopardy when he misses an exam to save the life of a baby wombat.

Notes: Tony Bonner does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Traralgon VIC 11/6/69
Sydney 18/8/69
Maryborough QLD 27/8/69

Melbourne
9/2/70
 


Liza Goddard.

61. Axeman

Jim Nelson.......Reg Gorman
Bell.......Ronald Morse
Ocker.......Peter Whittle

Script.......Ted Roberts
From an original story by.......Scotty Denholm
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Skippy and Jerry King counter the efforts of a crooked gambler to help a champion axeman regain his confidence and his tree-felling title.

Airdate:

Melbourne
26/5/69
Traralgon VIC 28/5/69
Canberra 3/8/69

62. Up And Beyond

Iris Temple.......Jeanie Drynan
Roger Temple.......Gerry Gallagher

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster

Synopsis: Sonny and Skippy are accidentally set aloft in a damaged high altitude balloon, and have to jump for their lives when it drifts over the ocean.

Airdate:
Sydney 23/6/69
Melbourne
4/8/69
Brisbane 13/10/69
Canberra 19/10/69
Traralgon VIC 29/10/69

63. Round-Up

Cole Manning.......Peter McPhie
Pete Manning.......Peter Armstrong

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster

Synopsis: Matt Hammond enlists the aid of two champion rodeo riders to capture a herd of wild horses that are damaging vegetation in the Park.

Airdate:

Shepparton VIC 16/4/69
Wollongong NSW 2/5/69
Coffs Harbour NSW 14/5/69
Melbourne 9/6/69
Traralgon VIC 6/8/69

64. The Hikers

Helen Macauley.......Pat Lovell
Judith Wright.......Clarissa Kaye

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Two young women hikers, Helen and Judith, head for dangerous bushland in Waratah National Park. Skippy follows them and brings help when Judith is bitten by a snake.

Notes: Ed Deveraux, Liza Goddard and Ken James do not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
19/5/69
Traralgon VIC 21/5/69

 


Garry Pankhurst & Skippy.

65. For My Next Trick

Alfred Mortimer.......Barry Crocker
Elsworth.......Ray Hartley
Emu.......’Hector’

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Rene Deveraux
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster

Synopsis: An itinerant magician makes Skippy 'disappear' before Sonny's eyes, and, while Sonny goes back to Ranger Headquarters for help, the magician tries to kidnap Skippy - but Skippy is too clever for him.

Notes: Tony Bonner, Liza Goddard and Ken James do not appear in this episode. The role of Alfred Mortimer was specially written for Barry Crocker.

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 11/4/69
Newcastle 14/5/69
Melbourne 23/6/69
Traralgon VIC 23/7/69
Canberra 31/8/69
Tamworth NSW 31/8/69
 


Ep. 65: Barry Crocker, Garry Pankhurst & Ray Hartley.

66. A Bird In The Hand

Sister Ruth.......Kirrily Nolan
Tim.......Ken Shorter
Bob.......Henri Szeps

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Maureen Walsh
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: A visiting ornithologist turns out to be a lovely young nun, and Jerry King has an unexpected ally in foiling a pair of bird poachers.

Airdate:

Melbourne
2/6/69
Sydney 31/3/69
Orange NSW 13/5/69
Traralgon VIC 13/8/69

67. Marathon

Joe Hogan.......Willie Fennell
Carmody.......Harry Lawrence
Runner.......Dennis Grosvenor

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: Competing in a marathon race in Waratah National Park, Mark is accused of altering a route indicator to send the other athletes off course.

Notes: Willie Fennell reprises his role of Joe Hogan in ep. 85, ‘The Medicine Man’.

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 4/4/69
Orange NSW 29/4/69
Traralgon VIC 16/7/69
Toowoomba QLD 12/8/69
Melbourne 15/9/69

68. The Best Man

Marcus.......Gregory De Polnay
Yobbo in boat 1.......Leon Gregory
Yobbo in boat 2.......Bob Delander

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Max Varnel
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: When Jerry is asked to be best man at a wedding, situations conspire to make it difficult for him to get to the church on time.

Airdate:

Melbourne
12/5/69
Traralgon VIC 30/7/69
Brisbane 25/8/69
Toowoomba QLD 26/8/69
Canberra 7/9/69

69. Plain Jane

Georgie.......Candy Raymond
Jane.......Gillian Jones
Mitch.......Gary Day
Rod.......Bob Watson
Alan.......Roger Jones

Script.......Ross Napier
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: A plain country girl is transformed by Clancy and her friend into a hot spunk, much to the amazement of Jerry and Mark.

Airdate:

Newcastle NSW 28/5/69
Melbourne 28/7/69
Lismore NSW 15/8/69
Traralgon VIC 10/9/69
Mildura VIC 26/3/70

70. Hi Fi

Stan Wiley.......Mark Albiston

Script.......Ross Napier
From an original story by.......Ron McLean
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: When Mark builds a hi-fi set, he doesn't realise it will be utilised to save Matt Hammond's life.

Notes: Tony Bonner and Garry Pankhurst do not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
14/7/69
Traralgon VIC 27/8/69
Toowoomba QLD 9/9/69
Canberra 21/9/69

71. Maggie

Maggie Roderick.......Nancy Knudsen
Peter Carey.......Lex Mitchell
Det. Barton.......Don Philps
Det. Jefferson.......Walter Sullivan
John Marnos.......Allan Tobin

Script.......Moya Wood
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Associate Producer.......Jill Dempster
Script Editor.......Ross Napier

Synopsis: A zany girlfriend of Jerry King finds herself embroiled with smugglers and turns to Jerry for help.

Notes: Ed Deveraux, Liza Goddard, Ken James and Garry Pankhurst do not appear in this episode. Tony Bonner is the only regular cast member featured.

Airdate:

Wollongong NSW 30/5/69
Melbourne 21/7/69
Tamworth NSW 10/8/69
Traralgon VIC 3/9/69

72. Mixed Company

Alex.......Gregory Ross
Brian.......Jonathan Sweet
Dr. Martin Ames.......Edward Howell
Jon.......Frank Hyjber
Terry.......Jim Marsden

Script.......Albie Thoms
From an original story by.......Richard Raper
Director.......Albie Thoms
Producers.......Joy Cavill & Lee Robinson

Synopsis: An elderly ornithologist's determination to prevent a group of young water skiers from using the river results in an accidental fire, endangering the natural fauna of Waratah National Park.

Notes: Liza Goddard does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Sydney 26/5/69
 


Ep. 66: Kirrily Nolan & Tony Bonner.

73. Treasure Hunt

Ben.......Eddie Hepple
Charlie.......Slim deGrey
Constable Andy.......Stan Penrose

Script.......Joy Cavill
From an original story by.......James Workman
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill

Synopsis: When Matt Hammond arranges a charity treasure hunt in the Park, two bank robbers display great interest in the buried treasure.

Airdate:

Sydney 9/6/69
Lismore NSW 22/8/69
Melbourne 8/9/69
Traralgon VIC 24/9/69
Brisbane 27/10/69
 


Ep. 73: Eddie Hepple & Slim deGrey.

74. Cobber

Toby Bell.......Tom Farley
Joe Farrell.......Stewart Ginn

Script.......Ted Roberts
From an original story by.......Scotty Denholm
Director.......Albie Thoms
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Two old, hard-headed bushmen are involved in an embittered and hostile feud over the ownership of a champion sheepdog. One of the men, Toby Bell, accuses Sonny and Skippy of attempting to kidnap the dog while they practice in the Park. Matt Hammond stages an impromptu sheep-dog trial to end the rift.

Notes: Tony Bonner, Ken James and Liza Goddard do not appear in this episode.

Airdate: 

Sydney 30/6/69
Melbourne 11/8/69
Traralgon VIC 8/10/69
Toowoomba QLD 28/10/69

75. Tiger

Crompton.......Peter Reynolds
Dr. Tolkein.......Alex Cann

Script.......Martyn Sanderson
From an original story by.......Stephen Rhodes
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Two con-men attempt to cover up their trapping of native animals in Waratah National Park by starting rumours about the sighting of an extinct Tasmanian Tiger.

Notes: Tony Bonner and Liza Goddard do not appear in this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
1/9/69
Lismore NSW 5/9/69
Traralgon VIC 1/10/69

 


Ep. 74: Garry Pankhurst & Tom Farley.

~ The Intruders

Margaret Curtis.......Jeanie Drynan
Meredith.......Kevin Miles
Peter Yordan.......Ron Graham
Mal Graigoe.......Jeff Ashby
Lennox.......Robert Bruning
Curtis.......Jack Hume
Sigigi.......George Assang
Bernie.......John Unicomb
Boat driver.......Reg Gorman
Evans.......Gerry Duggan
Diver.......Mike Dawkins

Script.......Lee Robinson
Original story & screen adaptation.......Ross Napier
Director.......Lee Robinson
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill
Executive Producers.......John McCallum & Bob Austin
Underwater Photography.......Ron Taylor

Synopsis: Clancy, Sonny and Skippy are held prisoner by a group of divers from the Victorian coastal town of Mallacoota. The divers are in the employ of two criminals intent on recovering a cargo of gold from a sunken wreck.

Notes: 90-minute movie for cinema release. Credited as 'A Woomera Production', it does not feature the Skippy title or theme song (although the British DVD release has had a 'Skippy The Bush Kangaroo' graphic superimposed at the start). A new theme song, ‘Under The Water, Under The Sea’, was specially written for the film by Rene Deveraux (wife of Ed Deveraux). Many scenes were filmed on location at Mallacoota Inlet in Victoria, and some scenes were also filmed at Eden, NSW. The movie features a two-man mini-submarine, which was later used extensively in the Barrier Reef series. Produced during filming of the second series of Skippy, some episodes do not feature all the cast members because they were away on location for this film. The working title was Mallacoota, and the film is often referred to as Skippy And The Intruders.

76. The Sport Of Kings

Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick
Strapper.......Les Foxcroft
Jockey (Himself).......Gary Moore
Clocker (Himself).......’Clarence The Clocker’
Bookmaker.......Jim Bowles

Script.......Ted Roberts
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill

Synopsis: When Mark is injured at Randwick Racecourse, just before the start of the Corinthian Handicap for Amateur Jockeys, Clancy disguises herself and takes his place on Sir Adrian Gillespie's horse.

Airdate:

Sydney 16/6/69
Coffs Harbour NSW 13/8/69
Melbourne 25/8/69
Tamworth NSW 7/9/69
Lismore NSW 12/9/69
Maryborough QLD 17/12/69

77. Luna Park

'Nimble' Norris.......John Meillon
Businessman.......Howard Vernon
Sgt. Crowley.......Patrick McCarville
Mother.......Kay Taylor
Insp. Cooper.......John Barnes

Script.......Joy Cavill
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill

Synopsis: A pickpocket displays an unusual interest in Sonny and Skippy while evading police at a fun fair in Sydney.

Notes: Tony Bonner and Liza Goddard do not appear in this episode. John Meillon as ‘Nimble’ Norris reprises his role in ep. 88, ‘Up The Waratahs’.

Airdate:
Orange NSW 5/8/69
Melbourne 18/8/69
Traralgon VIC 22/10/69
Maryborough QLD 24/12/69
Port Augusta SA 20/4/70

78. Bon Voyage

Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick
Nielson.......Tony Bazell
Tom Merrick.......Ken Goodlet
Marion Merrick.......Jessica Noad

Script.......Lee Robinson
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producers.......Lee Robinson & Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Clancy passes her final music exams and wins a scholarship to study in London. Her chances of accepting the scholarship are slim until Sir Adrian Gillespie arrives at Waratah National Park with an English visitor.

Notes: Final appearances by Liza Goddard and Tony Bonner. Jessica Noad reprises her role of Marion Merrick, first seen in ep. 24 ‘Be Our Guest’.

Airdate:

Lismore NSW 30/4/70
Melbourne
4/5/70
Traralgon VIC 20/5/70
Toowoomba QLD 22/5/70

 


The Intruders: Ed Deveraux, Ron Graham and Skippy.


SERIES 3

79. A Work Of Art

J. Carrington Nash.......Tony Ward
Senator Henry Woodleigh-Smith.......Howard Vernon
Mrs. Woodleigh-Smith.......Margaret Christensen

Script.......Brian Wright
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Skippy befriends a famous, but eccentric, wildlife painter in Waratah National Park, who makes an unexpected sale when a politician and his wife visit the Park.

Notes: New opening titles, which obviously do not include a credit for Tony Bonner. Some prints were later modified by reverting to the second series opening titles, presumably to allow the third series to be screened in random order with earlier episodes. (The DVD release features episodes with the earlier opening titles.)

Airdate:

Coffs Harbour NSW 10/9/69
Melbourne 6/10/69
Traralgon VIC 10/12/69
Canberra 24/5/70
Toowoomba QLD 29/5/70

80. A Manner Of Speaking

Theresa Fiorini.......Alexandra Hynes
Papa Fiorini.......Alex Mozart

Script.......Denys Burrows
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Mark finds an irate father and his own difficulty in mastering the Italian language impede his efforts to make friends with a teenage girl.

Airdate:

Melbourne
27/10/69
Toowoomba QLD 5/6/70
Canberra 7/6/70

81. The Prince Of Siam

Fergus.......Reg Collins
Emu.......’Hector’

Script.......Joy Cavill
From an original story by.......Phyllis McLean
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Skippy earns a $200 reward for finding a lost Siamese cat, and Sonny gains a new understanding of the value of food and the need to help hungry children of the world.

Airdate:

Melbourne
10/11/69
Traralgon VIC 24/12/69
Lismore NSW 22/1/70
Brisbane 23/2/70
Maryborough QLD 25/3/70
Toowoomba QLD 12/6/70

82. High Fashion

Fiona Crawford.......Lyndal Moor
Stefan Imard.......Jack Thompson
Jo Barnes.......Janne Wolmsley

Script.......J. McKenzie & W. O'Reilly
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Posing for photographs in Waratah National Park, a leading fashion model is bitten by a spider that could be a deadly funnel-web. Sonny improvises emergency treatment while Skippy goes for help.

Airdate:

Sydney 29/9/69
Swan Hill VIC 17/12/69
Melbourne 23/2/70
Brisbane 9/3/70
Toowoomba QLD 19/6/70

83. El Toro

Swagman.......Redmond Philips
Bloke.......Michael Caton
Gus.......Ron Shand
Fat.......Michael Boddy
Skinny.......Norman Hodges
Girl.......Rona McLeod
Soprano.......Maggie Dence
Artist.......William Bowker
Old lady.......Nicky Graham

Brutus.......'Kildrummie Vincent Linden Meadows'


Script.......Ted Roberts
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: An escaped bull, 'Brutus', goes on the rampage in Waratah National Park during a holiday weekend. Sonny decides to play matador, only to find that a gentle approach would have tamed the beast in the first place.

Airdate:

Melbourne
3/11/69
Traralgon VIC 26/11/69
Tamworth NSW 21/12/69
Brisbane 2/3/70
Maryborough QLD 22/4/70
Toowoomba QLD 26/6/70
Canberra 12/7/70

 

84. Mr. Duffy

Patrick Duffy.......Noel Brophy

Script.......Joy Cavill
From an original story by.......Alex McDonald
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: A strange Irishman, Mr. Duffy, bemuses Matt Hammond and his boys by mending shoes seemingly in the twinkling of an eye, but Matt later identifies him as a forger of Aboriginal paintings. However, a discovery of ancient native art which Duffy finds in the park appears to be genuine.

Airdate:

Newcastle NSW 24/9/69
Orange NSW 21/10/69
Shepparton VIC 22/10/69
Melbourne 24/11/69
Lismore NSW 12/12/69
Traralgon VIC 4/2/70
Maryborough QLD 11/3/70
Brisbane 23/3/70
Canberra 5/7/70
Toowoomba QLD 10/7/70

85. The Medicine Man

Joe Hogan.......Willie Fennell
Mrs. Kearney.......Enid Lorimer

Script.......Ted Roberts
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Fetching a cough mixture for Sonny, a neighbour gets confused and delivers horse medicine instead. But Sonny delays taking the first dose long enough for the could-be drastic error to be discovered.

Notes: Features the return of Joe Hogan, who first appeared in ep. 67, 'Marathon'.

Airdate:

Orange NSW 2/9/69
Wollongong NSW 5/9/969
Melbourne 29/9/69
Tamworth NSW 14/12/69
Maryborough QLD 25/2/70
Brisbane 16/3/70
Canberra 28/6/70
Toowoomba QLD 3/7/70

86. The Veteran

Steven Lansbury.......Kevin Miles
Mary Lansbury.......Jill Forster
Sgt. Bannen.......Gerry Duggan
Pilot.......John Bonney

Script.......Ed Deveraux & Alan Veitch
Director.......Ed Deveraux
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Matt Hammond tries to prevent a psychotic war hero from taking off in a plane with Sonny aboard.

Notes: Only episode of Skippy directed by Ed Deveraux, for which he received much critical acclaim. Also, one of several episodes that Ed Deveraux wrote or co-wrote.

Airdate:

Melbourne
17/11/69
Traralgon VIC 18/2/70
Sydney 23/2/70
Maryborough QLD 8/4/70
Toowoomba QLD 17/7/70

87. The Rainmakers

Pearson.......Noel Ferrier
Mervyn Pennyweather.......Rod Hull
Johnny Bombala.......Athol Compton

Script.......Maureen Walsh
From an original story by.......Stewart Fist
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Waratah National Park is hit by a dry spell. An eccentric old inventor, a pilot with a cloud-seeding plane and a young Aboriginal all try to break the drought, with unexpected results.

Airdate:

Orange NSW 23/12/69
Lismore NSW 19/2/70
Melbourne 2/3/70
Sydney 9/3/70
Traralgon VIC 25/3/70
Brisbane 6/4/70
Canberra 26/7/70
Toowoomba QLD 7/8/70

88. Up The Waratahs

'Nimble' Norris.......John Meillon
Nutty.......Lex Mitchell
Stan.......Reg Evans
First Aid patient.......Peter Gilbert

Script.......Joy Cavill
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: When Mark captains the local rugby team the bets are on, and two confidence men try to eliminate Mark from the competition final.

Notes: Features the return of 'Nimble' Norris, who first appeared in ep. 77, 'Luna Park'.

Airdate:
Newcastle NSW 18/1/70
Orange NSW 27/1/70
Melbourne 16/3/70
Lismore NSW 19/3/70
Brisbane 20/4/70
Traralgon VIC 29/4/70
Sydney 18/5/70

 


Garry Pankhurst & Skippy.

89. Merry-Go-Round

Carrie Mason.......Patsy Trench
Joe Bently.......Peter Adams
Cliff.......Les Foxcroft
Mrs. Mason.......Moya O'Sullivan

Script.......Ted Roberts
From an original story by.......Harry Woollerton
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Skippy and a young girl who wants to be a clown run off together to join an itinerant travelling carnival.

Airdate:

Mt Gambier SA 23/12/69
Lismore NSW 5/3/70
Melbourne 9/3/70
Sydney 13/4/70
Wollongong NSW 25/6/70
Toowoomba QLD 31/7/70

90. Pigeon Pair

Colonel Crothers.......Kenneth Laird
Hattie Dougall.......Wendy Blacklock

Script.......Ted Roberts
From an original story by.......Bill Lambert
Director.......Eric Fullilove
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Sonny and Skippy learn about the sport of pigeon racing when an eccentric spinster and a retired colonel match rival entries in the 600 mile National race.

Airdate:

Orange NSW 17/2/70
Traralgon VIC 18/3/70
Melbourne 23/3/70
Brisbane 13/4/70
Sydney 11/5/70

91. Fred

Sir Adrian Gillespie.......John Warwick
Bob Craig.......Tom Oliver
Charlie Connors.......John Armstrong
Florist.......Neva Carr-Glyn

Script.......Joy Cavill
Director.......Peter Maxwell
Producer.......Joy Cavill

Synopsis: Sir Adrian Gillespie is enraged when a florist offers to sell him flowers which she proudly boasts are freshly picked from Waratah National Park. Sir Adrian, Mark and Matt Hammond, with the help of Skippy, set out to catch the mystery flower thief whom they know only as 'Fred'.

Notes: The script for this episode was used in a textbook for students, ‘In Focus’.
39

Airdate: 

Coffs Harbour NSW 11/2/70
Orange NSW 3/3/70
Sydney 16/3/70
Melbourne
30/3/70
Brisbane 4/5/70
Traralgon VIC 13/5/70

 


Garry Pankhurst & Skippy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

38. Don Reid, Frank Bladwell, In Focus - Scripts From Commercial Television's Second Decade, (Macmillan Australia, 1972) 
39. Ibid.