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SNAKE GULLY WITH DAD 'N' DAVE
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EPISODES: 14, including pilot.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Colour, Video.
PRODUCTION: 1971-72 ATN-7 Sydney Production.
RUNNING ORDER: Airdate.
NETWORK: Seven.

CAST:
Dad Rudd.......GORDON CHATER
Dave Rudd.......GARRY McDONALD
Mabel Smith.......DIANE CRAIG
Sarah (Mum) Rudd.......MARION EDWARD
Bill Smith.......ROBERT McDARRA

Support:
Uncle Clarence.......HARRY LAWRENCE
Mayor Ben Puckhard.......REDMOND PHILIPS


CREW:
Producer.......RALPH PETERSON
Director.......HUGH TAYLOR
Associate Producer.......KEN SHADIE

AWARD:
1972 Awgie: Ralph Peterson - Best Situation Comedy for episode 3, 'Husbandry Is Not Just A Golden Ring'.


EPISODE TITLES
~. Snake Gully With Dad ‘N’ Dave  Pilot
1. That Old Flame Of Mine
2. Lend Me Your Body For Seven Days
3. Husbandry Is Not Just A Golden Ring
4. The Egg And Dave
5. Lest We.. Er.. Forget
6. Hold That Tiger
7. 'Tis All In The Mind
8. The Hotel Dave
9. Don Juan Is Not Dead
10. No Ball
11. It Takes Two To...
12. Balfang Balfang Went The Galfang
13. Bill Smith - Superstar


~  Snake Gully With Dad 'N' Dave

Mabel Smith.......Michelle Fawdon
Bill Smith.......Robert McDarra
Ted Ramsey.......Buster Fiddess
Uncle Clarence.......John Armstrong

Script.......Ralph Peterson

Synopsis:  Life at Snake Gully has been updated with the arrival of television and a ladies hairdresser. Mum has acquired some modern appliances and Dad battles with the generation gap. And Mabel's father, Bill Smith, frequently has a shotgun in his hands when he finds Dave and Mabel together in romantic circumstances.

Notes:  Pilot episode. Michelle Fawdon was replaced by Diane Craig as Mabel in the series.

Airdate:
Sydney 25/2/72
Traralgon VIC 8/4/72
Maryborough QLD 8/8/72

 


Pilot ep: Robert McDarra, Marion Edward and Gordon Chater

1. That Old Flame Of Mine

Harry Phealy.......Max Phipps
Leslie Duckett.......Barry Donnelly
Father Colquhoun.......Les Foxcroft
Bert Tomkin.......Goff Vockler
Neville Condon.......Billy Kay
Uncle Clarence.......Harry Lawrence

Script.......Ralph Peterson

Synopsis:  There is trouble in the Snake Gully Fire Brigade - who is the real captain?  Dad and Bill Smith vie for this position of authority, and it looks as if the town will burn down before the problem is resolved.

Notes: Listed in some programme guides as 'The Fire Brigade'.

Airdate:

Melbourne
14/11/72
Sydney 16/8/72
Newcastle NSW 30/8/72
Shepparton VIC 29/8/72
Brisbane 22/11/74

 


Ep. 1: Les Foxcroft and Max Phipps

2. Lend Me Your Body For Seven Days

Synopsis: Dad is growing a marrow bigger than that of neighbour Bill Smith for the Agricultural show, and Dave is outraged to discover that Mabel has been chatted up by Charlie Pratt during a dance. By default Dad and Dave triumph. Charlie Pratt was fired as a human cannonball at the show, with disastrous results, as Dave's muscular rival breaks Bill Smith's marrow.

Airdate:

Melbourne
16/11/72
Brisbane 25/11/74

3. Husbandry Is Not Just A Golden Ring

Ted Ramsey.......Noel Ferrier

Script.......Ralph Peterson

Synopsis: When Bill Smith's prize bull Mervin wanders into Dad's heifer paddock, Dad impounds the animal. Smith decides to seek legal advice, but there is only one solicitor in town, and Dave and Mabel's romance flourishes against a background of squabbles between their families. When Dave goes down to the barn to meet Mabel, Bill Smith thinks it is someone after Mervin and takes a shot at him.

Notes: Ralph Peterson won an Awgie award for Best Situation Comedy 1972 for this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
17/11/72
Sydney 2/10/72
Shepparton VIC 18/9/72
Swan Hill VIC 18/9/72
Brisbane 26/11/74

 


Diane Craig

4. The Egg And Dave

Freda.......Penny Ramsey
Aubrey.......John Cobley
Mauling.......Al Thomas

Synopsis: Dave and Mabel have a drink with Aub, who has just come home from Agricultural College, and his girlfriend Freda. They are very impressed with his announcement that science is coming to the man on the land, and Aub tells them about Major Mauling, who runs a chicken store and is looking for chicken breeders. Dave ends up with seven chickens in his wardrobe.

Airdate:

Melbourne
21/11/72
Shepparton VIC 31/10/72
Brisbane 27/11/74

5. Lest We.. Er.. Forget

Mayor Ben Puckhard.......Redmond Philips
O’Gristle.......Fred ‘Cul’ Cullen
Ern.......John Armstrong
Councillor.......Barry Lovett

Script.......Ralph Peterson

Synopsis: Dad addresses a council meeting with a plan to raise a 10-foot high bronze statue in memory of the pioneers of Snake Gully, but he settles for a plaque on a park bench. Meanwhile, Dave and Mabel are on the park bench planning their elopement - however, they find that their plans go astray.

Airdate:

Melbourne
23/11/72
Brisbane 28/11/74

 


Ep. 5: Fred 'Cul' Cullen

6. Hold That Tiger

Mayor Ben Puckhard.......Redmond Philips
Doug Cready.......Ron Blanchard
Sgt. Codspur.......Red Moore
Frank.......Ray Biehler
Lloyd.......Max Rowley

Script.......Ken Shadie

Synopsis: Panic erupts in Snake Gully when it is rumoured there is a tiger loose in the area. Dave has not returned from a rendezvous with Mabel and it is presumed that the tiger has eaten him.

Airdate:

Melbourne
24/11/72
Brisbane 29/11/74

 


Ep. 6: Red Moore and Robert McDarra

7. 'Tis All In The Mind

Droben.......Ken Goodlet

Synopsis:  An encyclopaedia salesman sells Mabel a book. Dave arrives at Mabel's in his new biker outfit, but she is not impressed and suggests he become more intellectual. The reaction Dave receives at home is quite different, so much so that Mum suggests that Dad get 'with it' too.

Airdate:

Sydney 23/8/72
Shepparton VIC 19/9/72
Melbourne 28/11/72
Brisbane 2/12/74

 

8. The Hotel Dave

Winifred Fawcett-Ellinson.......Sue Lloyd
Colonel Fawcett-Ellinson.......John Cousins
Lottie Fawcett-Ellinson.......Jennifer Hagan

Script.......Ken Shadie

Synopsis:  When Mum and Dad plan a trip to Canberra, Dave tries to earn some money by opening the house as a country retreat for city folk.

Airdate:
Melbourne 30/11/72
Brisbane 3/12/74

 


Ep. 8: Garry McDonald and Sue Lloyd

9. Don Juan Is Not Dead

Uncle Clarence.......Harry Lawrence

Synopsis: There is a problem with too many cooks in the household when Uncle Clarence rips up herbs from Mum's garden to prepare a recommended rejuvenating brew.

Airdate:

Melbourne
1/12/72
Sydney 9/12/72
Shepparton VIC 26/9/72
Brisbane 4/12/74

10. No Ball

Synopsis: The Snake Gully Eleven agrees to play the Minge Creek Cricket Club and Dad is elected captain.

Airdate:

Melbourne
5/12/72
Sydney 13/11/72
Brisbane 5/12/74

11. It Takes Two To...

Synopsis: Dave and Mabel have entered the Snake Gully Ballroom Championships and are practising when Dad decides to buy Dave a new dinner suit. However, the bank manager will not give him a loan.

Airdate:

Melbourne
7/12/72
Shepparton VIC 14/11/72
Brisbane 6/12/74

 


Gordon Chater

12. Balfang Balfang Went The Galfang

Synopsis:  Dave misses trouble by deciding to spend the day in bed rather than going duck shooting with Dad and Aub.

Airdate:

Melbourne
8/12/72
Sydney 4/12/72
Brisbane 9/12/74

13. Bill Smith - Superstar

Synopsis:  Snake Gully is holding a concert, and Dave and Mabel are rehearsing Romeo and Juliet in the barn for the concert. Bill Smith finds them and decides to go into the concert too.

Airdate:

Melbourne
12/12/72
Sydney 30/8/72
Brisbane 10/12/74

 


Diane Craig and Garry McDonald