TV EYE

CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION

The first twenty-one years of Australian television drama series.


Copyright 2014 Don Storey.  All rights reserved.


CHRONOLOGICAL
OVERVIEW

 

 

INTERVIEWS

 

F.A.Q.

 

LINKS


Welcome to
CLASSIC AUSTRALIAN TELEVISION.

This site features information and episode details for most drama series (including children's series and sit-coms) from the first twenty-one years of Australian television. Serials (including mini-series and soap operas), anthologies, plays, pilots and telemovies will not be covered here.

'Series' are defined as programmes of more than three episodes which have self-contained narratives.

'Serials' are defined as programmes having a continuous narrative spanning three or more episodes. 'Serials' includes 'mini-series' and 'soap operas' - 'mini-series' have a predetermined set length, and 'soaps' have an indefinite length.

So what does all that mean? Classic drama such as Homicide, Hunter, Boney and Rush are covered here, along with sit-coms such as My Name's McGooley and The Last Of The Australians, plus children's series including Adventures Of The Seaspray, Barrier Reef and the like. What isn't featured are serials such as Power Without Glory and Seven Little Australians, or soaps such as Bellbird and The Box.

The column on the right has links to all the shows. Each series usually covers two pages (feature article and episode details), but some larger entries (eg Homicide) will have more. Should you be baffled by some of the terms used in the episode details, each of those pages has a link to an explanation page on the left. For a complete listing of all series and serials produced in Australia up to 1977, check the Chronology page.

1977 has been chosen as a convenient cut-off point, as from that time on there was a pronounced shift in emphasis from series to serials. Throughout the 1980's, most drama production was in two extreme forms: high quality mini-series and low-quality soaps, the latter by far the most dominant. From the mid-1990's the trend has balanced out and series (albeit with a higher 'soap' content) once again occupy a major role in programming schedules. Also, many programmes from the 1980's and 1990's are still screened or available on DVD, and information about them is more accessible. Individuals can easily find out what they want to know about most shows, thus obviating the need for them all to be featured here.

 

UPDATES

Research is ongoing and updates are made on a regular basis as new information comes to light, particularly in relation to individual episode details. However, there have been no major additions since March 2008 when the last remaining feature articles were added, as every series intended to be covered is now included.

 

SITE NAVIGATION

It should be fairly easy to find your way around this site. The major sections are detailed as follows, and each page has links in the left margin (the coloured bit) to every other major section.

HOME
This page, which provides links to all the shows that have been treated in detail. If you are a regular visitor, this is the page you should bookmark, as URL's for the other pages may change. The URL for this page is:
www.classicaustraliantv.com

CHRONOLOGICAL OVERVIEW
A brief table of all Australian drama series and serials (including children's series and sit-coms) produced until 1977.

INTERVIEWS
This section features the interviews with cast and crew members that originally appeared in TV Eye magazine during the 1990's.

F.A.Q.
Frequently asked questions.

LINKS
Links to other Australian TV related sites.

 

DIVISION 4 ON DVD

Division 4 is being released on DVD in a series of 26-episode volumes. They are only available direct from the Crawfords website, and have not been distributed to retail stores. Check the Crawfords website for further details: http://www.crawfordsdvd.com.au/

 

HOMICIDE ON DVD

Homicide is being released on DVD in a series of 26-episode volumes. They are only available direct from the Crawfords website, and have not been distributed to retail stores. Check the Crawfords website for further details: http://www.crawfordsdvd.com.au/

 

CASH & COMPANY ON DVD

The complete series of Cash & Company was released on DVD in April 2014. It is available in stores and through on-line retailers.

 

SPYFORCE ON DVD

The complete series of Spyforce has been released on DVD. It is available in stores and through on-line retailers.

 

SKIPPY ON DVD

The complete series of Skippy has been released on DVD in various packages. It is available in stores and through on-line retailers.

 

CONTACT

If you want to send me an e-mail, point your mouse over here which will show my e-mail addy. Please note that I cannot guarantee a response. The problem is time - I don't have any! Also, please check the FAQ page before asking me a question - it may already be answered.

 

 

 


 

This site is researched, written, designed and maintained by Don Storey.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS:

Grateful acknowledgement is made to the following individuals and organisations for information and assistance (in no particular order):
David Lee, Chris Keating, John McCallum, National Film And Sound Archive, Crawfords Australia, Don Samulenok, Tony Ward, Gary Day, Leonard Teale, Norman Yemm, Ian Jones, Roger Mirams, Wally Ritter, Anton Baker, Jim Brown, David Lyle, Ian Crawford, Gary Gray, Denzil Howson, John Drew, Frank Van Straten, the Grundy Organisation, the Nine Network, the Seven Network, the Ten Network and the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

 

 

THE ADVENTURES OF
LONG JOHN SILVER

Feature article       Episode details

ADVENTURES OF THE SEASPRAY

Feature article       Episode details

A NICE DAY AT THE OFFICE

Feature article       Episode details

BARLEY CHARLIE

Feature article       Episode details

BARRIER REEF

Feature article       Episode details

BLUEY

Feature article       Episode details

BOBBY DAZZLER

Feature article       Episode details

BONEY

Feature article       Episode details

CASE FOR THE DEFENCE

Feature article       Episode details

CASH & COMPANY

Feature article       Episode details

CATWALK

Feature article       Episode details

CHOPPER SQUAD

Feature article       Episode details

CONSIDER YOUR VERDICT

Feature article       Episode details

CONTRABANDITS

Feature article       Episode details

DELTA

Feature article       Episode details

DIVISION 4

Feature article       Episode details

DYNASTY

Feature article       Episode details

EMERGENCY

Feature article       Episode details

GLENVIEW HIGH

Feature article       Episode details

THE GODFATHERS

Feature article       Episode details

GOOD MORNING, MR. DOUBLEDAY

Feature article       Episode details

THE GROUP

Feature article       Episode details

HEY YOU!

Feature article       Episode details

HOMICIDE

Feature article       Episode details

HUNTER

Feature article       Episode details

I'VE MARRIED A BACHELOR

Feature article       Episode details

JOAN AND LESLIE

Feature article       Episode details

KING'S MEN

Feature article       Episode details

THE LAST OF THE AUSTRALIANS

Feature article       Episode details

THE LINK MEN

Feature article       Episode details

THE LONG ARM

Feature article       Episode details

THE MAGIC BOOMERANG

Feature article       Episode details

MATLOCK POLICE

Feature article       Episode details

MRS. FINNEGAN

Feature article       Episode details

MY NAME'S McGOOLEY -
WHAT'S YOURS?

Feature article       Episode details

NICE 'N JUICY

Feature article       Episode details

OUR MAN IN CANBERRA
OUR MAN IN THE COMPANY

Feature article       Episode details

THE OUTSIDERS

Feature article       Episode details

THE PEOPLE NEXT DOOR

Feature article       Episode details

PHOENIX FIVE

Feature article       Episode details

RIPTIDE

Feature article       Episode details

RITA AND WALLY

Feature article       Episode details

THE ROVERS

Feature article       Episode details

RUSH

Feature article       Episode details

RYAN

Feature article       Episode details

SHANNONS MOB

Feature article       Episode details

SILENT NUMBER

Feature article       Episode details

SKIPPY

Feature article       Episode details

SNAKE GULLY
WITH DAD 'N' DAVE

Feature article       Episode details

THE SPOILER

Feature article       Episode details

SOLO ONE

Feature article       Episode details

SPYFORCE

Feature article       Episode details

TANDARRA

Feature article       Episode details

WHIPLASH

Feature article       Episode details

WOOBINDA (ANIMAL DOCTOR)

Feature article       Episode details

YOUNG RAMSAY

Feature article       Episode details

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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