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EPISODES: 26.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Colour, Video.
PRODUCTION: 1974 - 1975 Crawford Production.
RUNNING ORDER: Official.
NETWORK: Nine.

CAST:
Ted Cook.......ALWYN KURTS
Dot.......ROSIE STURGESS
Gary.......RICHARD HIBBARD (series 1: eps 1 - 13)
Gary.......STEPHEN THOMAS (series 2: eps 15 - 26)
Support:
Blue Dawson.......TERRY NORRIS
Barney.......MAURIE FIELDS
Fred.......JOHN EWART
Mr. King.......KEITH EDEN

CREW:
Producer.......TERRY STAPLETON
Executive Producer.......IAN CRAWFORD


EPISODE TITLES
Series 1
1. Hordes Of A Different Colour
2. Double Disillusion
3. The Hand That Cradles The Rock
4. Sunday Roast
5. Trust Gary
6. The Hydrochondriac
7. Unholy Mess
8. Everything's Relative
9. Found Wanton
10. Lavender Blues
11. Interrupted Malady
12. The Grass Is Greener...
13. The Big Noise
Final Richard Hibbard
Series 2
14. Eternal Quadrangle
15. The Complete Works
First Stephen Thomas
16. Guess Who's Coming To Get Done Like A Dinner?
17. Ashes To Ashes
18. Ted And The Beans Talk
19. Man Of La Mantra
20. Present Indefinite
21. Stars Trek
22. Have A Good Trip
23. The Cook House Tapes
24. The Kill-Joys Of Sex
25. The Stone Final Utter Bloody End
26. Finish!

SERIES 1

1. Hordes Of A Different Colour

Barney.......Maurie Fields

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Director.......Ian Crawford
Creative Consultant.......Hal Kanter

Synopsis: Ted decrees that the family is going to spend the evening together - however, his plans change when Barney pays an unexpected call.

Notes: Pilot episode. Commercial integrations are music only, with no graphic.

Airdate:
Sydney 6/4/75
Tamworth NSW 15/6/75
Melbourne 12/8/75

2. Double Disillusion

Horrie.......Jack Brown
Sid.......Kenneth Brady
Jan.......Noeline Brown

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Director.......John Domett

Synopsis: Ted becomes concerned about Gary's preoccupation with his girlfriends, so Gary brings home an older woman from university with the intention of shocking his father.

Airdate:
Sydney 13/4/75
Brisbane 11/5/75
Tamworth NSW 19/6/75
Melbourne 5/8/75
Maryborough QLD 12/9/75

 

 


Alwyn Kurts.

3. The Hand That Cradles The Rock

Priscilla.......Clare Balmford
Gregory.......John Smythe

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Terry Stapleton

Synopsis: Ted comes home in the middle of the day and finds Dot absent. She has taken a job in a supermarket, and Ted is not impressed when he has to fetch his own breakfast on Saturday morning.

Airdate:
Brisbane 18/5/75
Melbourne
8/7/75
Maryborough QLD 19/9/75

4. Sunday Roast

Arnold Harris.......Ben Gabriel

Script.......Terry Stapleton

Synopsis: When Ted doesn't get his Sunday roast due to Dot's job commitments, he plans a devious strategy to make her give up work.

Airdate:
Adelaide 6/4/75
Brisbane 25/5/75
Melbourne
15/7/75
Maryborough QLD 26/9/75
Canberra 29/12/76

5. Trust Gary

Priscilla.......Clare Balmford

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Marie Trevor & Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Gary wants to spend a cosy evening at home with his girlfriend. His problem is how to get Ted and Dot out of the house.

Airdate:
Adelaide 13/4/75
Sydney 4/5/75
Brisbane 1/6/75
Melbourne 22/7/75
Maryborough QLD 3/10/75

 


Ep. 3: Clare Balmford and Richard Hibbard

6. The Hydrochondriac

Joanna.......Noni Hazelhurst
Blue.......Terry Norris
Sid.......Frank Gow

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: When Ted runs a slight temperature, he is convinced that he is dying. Gary resorts to some shock tactics to snap Ted out of it.

Airdate:
Adelaide 20/4/75
Sydney 11/5/75
Melbourne 29/7/75

 


Ep. 6: Noni Hazelhurst.

7. Unholy Mess

Tess.......Elli Maclure
Mr. Favelori.......Max Bruch

Script.......Terry Stapleton
From a story by.......Eileen Alcock
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted is impressed with Gary's latest girlfriend - until he finds out that she is an Italian Catholic and her father barracks for Essendon.

Airdate:
Adelaide 27/4/75
Sydney 18/5/75
Brisbane 15/6/75
Melbourne 17/6/75
Maryborough QLD 17/10/75
Canberra 19/1/77

 


Ep. 7: Elli Maclure and Alwyn Kurts.

8. Everything's Relative

Sandy.......Jacki Weaver
Mark.......Arthur Sherman

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: A visit from Dot's brother Mark throws the Cook household into turmoil. Ted dislikes Mark, and Dot resorts to a devious strategy to change Ted’s attitude.

Airdate:
Adelaide 4/5/75
Sydney 25/5/75
Brisbane 22/6/75
Melbourne 19/8/75
Maryborough QLD 24/10/75

 


Ep. 8: Arthur Sherman, Alwyn Kurts and Jacki Weaver.

9. Found Wanton

Sandy.......Vanessa Leigh
Fred.......John Ewart
Blue.......Terry Norris

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Concerned that Gary's studies will be affected by his interest in girls, Ted issues a 'no sheilas' decree.

Airdate:
Adelaide 11/5/75
Sydney 1/6/75
Melbourne
24/6/75
Brisbane 29/6/75
Maryborough QLD 31/10/75
Canberra 2/2/77

10. Lavender Blues

Blue.......Terry Norris
Fred.......John Ewart
Damien.......David Foster
Vince.......Ron Challinor

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted bans Gary from involvement with any girlfriends because of the negative effect on Gary’s studies. In order to get the ban lifted, Gary retaliates by convincing Ted that the ‘no girls’ decree is turning him into a 'poof'.

Airdate:
Adelaide 18/5/75
Sydney 8/6/75
Melbourne 1/7/75
Brisbane 6/7/75
Maryborough QLD 7/11/75
Canberra 9/2/77

 


Ep. 9: Vanessa Leigh.

11. Interrupted Malady

Barney.......Maurie Fields

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted looks forward to his old mate Barney returning from Perth, but when he arrives Ted is shocked by Barney's total personality change from a hopeless drunk to a teetotaller.

Airdate:
Adelaide 1/6/75
Sydney 15/6/75
Brisbane 13/7/75
Melbourne
9/9/75
Maryborough QLD 14/11/75
Canberra 16/2/77

12. The Grass Is Greener...

Mr. King.......Keith Eden
Jaroslav.......Max Fairchild

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted undertakes to mow Mr. King's lawns while he is away on holiday. Chaos reigns when the lawnmower breaks down and Mr. King returns a few days early to find the task yet to be done.

Airdate:
Adelaide 8/6/75
Sydney 22/6/75
Brisbane 20/7/75
Melbourne 26/8/75
Maryborough QLD 21/11/75
Canberra 23/2/77

 


Richard Hibbard.

13. The Big Noise

Ambrose.......Gil Tucker
Dusty.......Harry Lawrence

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted complains to the media when he is kept awake by the noise from a new discotheque in the neighbourhood. He regrets his action when he discovers that his boss is the owner of the new nightspot.

Notes: Final episode with Richard Hibbard as Gary.

Airdate:
Adelaide 15/6/75
Sydney 29/6/75
Brisbane 27/7/75
Melbourne 2/9/75
Maryborough QLD 28/11/75

 


Alwyn Kurts.

SERIES 2

14. Eternal Quadrangle

Barman.......Roy Lyons
Vonny.......Diana Davidson
Barney.......Maurie Fields
Blue.......Terry Norris

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted is worried when Barney fails to make his usual appearance at the pub. Barney later turns up with a female companion, Vonny, and announces that their new relationship is very serious. Ted and Blue suspect that Vonny is only interested in Barney because she thinks he has money.

Airdate:
Brisbane 3/8/75
Sydney 23/8/75
Melbourne
16/9/75
Maryborough QLD 2/4/76

15. The Complete Works

Flanagan.......Jon Finlayson

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted is not impressed when Dot decides to help an amateur theatre group with their costumes.

Notes: First episode with Stephen Thomas in the role of Gary.

Airdate:
Brisbane 10/8/75
Sydney 16/8/75
Melbourne 23/9/75
Canberra 16/3/77

 

 


Ep. 14: Maurie Fields.

16. Guess Who's Coming To Get Done Like A Dinner?

Himself.......Bob Hawke
Barman.......Roy Lyons

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Gary meets Bob Hawke at a university lecture and brings him home to meet Ted and Dot.

Notes: Bob Hawke appears as himself, and joined Actor’s Equity for the part. A prophetic line is uttered when Gary states that Hawke could become the future Prime Minister of Australia.

Airdate:
Adelaide 6/7/75
Brisbane 24/8/75
Melbourne 30/9/75
Canberra 23/3/77

 


Ep. 16: Alwyn Kurts and Bob Hawke.

17. Ashes To Ashes

Walker.......Terence Donovan
Salesman.......Johnny Farnham
Mrs. Ferguson.......Lesley Baker

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted feigns illness in order to take a ‘sickie’ so he can watch the cricket on TV. However, many interruptions spoil his plans, including a visit from the green grocer, a vacuum cleaner salesman and a garrulous neighbour.

Airdate:
Adelaide 13/7/75
Brisbane 31/8/75
Melbourne
7/10/75

18. Ted And The Beans Talk

Barney.......Maurie Fields

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Faced with beans for dinner, Ted takes over the household management to teach Dot a lesson. He soon finds he has bitten off more than he can chew, and enlists the aid of Barney to help him sort out the mess he is creating.

Airdate:
Adelaide 20/7/75
Sydney 30/8/75
Melbourne 14/10/75
Orange NSW 27/2/76

 


Ep. 17: Rosie Sturgess and Johnny Farnham.

19. Man Of La Mantra

Ingrid.......Elli Maclure
Durrell.......Robert Bruning

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Gary decides to go and live in a hippie commune with his girlfriend. Ted plans to see the girl's father in order to put a stop to it, only to find that he is in favour of the idea. After several days, Gary finds the lifestyle doesn’t live up to his expectations.

Airdate:
Adelaide 17/8/75
Brisbane 14/9/75
Melbourne 21/10/75
Orange NSW 5/3/76

 


Ep. 19: Elli Maclure and Stephen Thomas.

20. Present Indefinite

Priscilla.......Barbara Llewellyn
Mr. King.......Keith Eden
Barman.......Frank Rich
Barney.......Maurie Fields

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: There is chaos and confusion in the Cook household when it appears that everyone has forgotten Dot's birthday. Steps are taken to rectify the situation, which only results in more chaos.

Airdate:
Adelaide 24/8/75
Brisbane 21/9/75
Melbourne
28/10/75

 


Ep. 20: Barbara Llewellyn.

21. Stars Trek

Receptionist.......Olivia Hamnett
MacKenzie.......Tony Bazell
Blue.......Terry Norris

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted applies for a job as a senior storeman with the firm of McKenzie & Sons, which puts Blue's nose severely out of joint. Ted ends up rejecting the job when he finds that the owner of the firm barracks for Essendon.

Airdate:
Brisbane 28/9/75
Melbourne 28/10/75
Orange NSW 19/3/76

22. Have A Good Trip

Barney.......Maurie Fields

Script.......Terry Stapleton & Jim Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted takes charge of obtaining new lino for the kitchen floor when he is concerned that Dot plans to spend too much money for the job. Chaos reigns and Dot’s wrath is incurred when he makes the mistake of calling Barney in to assist.

Airdate:
Adelaide 14/9/75
Brisbane 19/10/75
Melbourne 14/3/76
Orange NSW 26/3/76

 


Alwyn Kurts.

23. The Cook House Tapes

Gillie.......Jacki Weaver
Blue.......Terry Norris
Fred.......John Ewart

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Gary takes a stand on principle and defends his father when his university colleagues plan to ridicule Ted's forthcoming concert at the RSL.

Airdate:
Brisbane 7/9/75
Adelaide 5/10/75
Melbourne
21/3/76

24. The Kill-Joys Of Sex

Harold.......Gary Gray
Barman.......Peter Williamson
Blue.......Terry Norris

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted and Dot become concerned when Gary is required to spend a weekend away with his university debating team.

Airdate:
Adelaide 12/10/75
Sydney 19/1/76
Melbourne 28/3/76
Orange NSW 9/4/76

 


Rosie Stugess.

25. The Stone Final Utter Bloody End

Maria Agostini.......Lyndall Rowe
MacKenzie.......Tony Bazell
Arthur Cox.......Roy Day
Marcello Ginelli.......Frank Rich
Blue.......Terry Norris

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted is faced with the prospect of a showdown with an apparently fierce Italian man who disapproves of Gary seeing his daughter. Blue organises some of Ted’s mates to come to his defence.

Airdate:
Adelaide 26/10/75
Sydney 20/1/76
Melbourne 4/4/76

26. Finish!

Barney.......Maurie Fields
Blue.......Terry Norris
Mr. King.......Keith Eden
Barman.......Peter Williamson

Script.......Terry Stapleton
Directors.......Ian Crawford & Marie Trevor

Synopsis: Ted's ego grows out of proportion when he appears on television in a talent quest, and starts to forsake his friends for more ‘elite’ company. However, his mates are there for him when he comes crashing back to earth with a thud.

Airdate:
Brisbane 12/10/75
Adelaide 19/10/75
Sydney 21/1/76
Melbourne 11/4/76

 


Alwyn Kurts.