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Part 2: Eps 51 - 100
Part 3: Eps 101 - 150

Part 4: Eps 151 - 200
Part 5: Eps 201 - 228
 

 

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EPISODES: 13.
LENGTH: 30 mins.
FORMAT: Colour, Film.
PRODUCTION: 1975 - 1976 Crawford Production.
RUNNING ORDER: Official.
NETWORK: Seven.

CAST:
Sen. Const. Gary Hogan.......PAUL CRONIN
Support:
Joe Porter.......KEITH EDEN
Aunty Nan.......AILEEN BRITTEN

CREW:
Producer.......Henry Crawford
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford
Series concept.......HENRY CRAWFORD
Production Manager.......DAVID LEE
Script Editor.......SARAH DARLING

AWARDS:
1976 Logie: Greg Stroud - Outstanding Performance By A Juvenile for ep. 1 'The Runaway'.
1976 Penguin: Best Programme For Children.
1976 Penguin: Mike Brady - Best Original Music.


EPISODE TITLES
1. The Runaway
2. Goodbye George
3. Watch Out For The Robinsons
4. Strike Me Die Benson
5.Little Joe
6. The Billabong
7. My Bonnie
8. Serious Trouble
9. The Man From Happy Valley
10. River Pirates
11.Summer Magic
12. The Bike
13. The Last Swagman


1. The Runaway

Fay Gibbs.......Kay McFeeter
Ross Hudson.......Peter Cummins
Kenny Hudson.......Greg Stroud
Joe Porter.......Keith Eden
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......Tom Hegarty & Vince Moran
Director.......David Stevens

Synopsis:  Gary Hogan helps a runaway boy solve his problems and, as a result, rescues his father from a cave-in at a deserted mine.

Notes: Pilot episode. Introduced by Paul Cronin. Greg Stroud won a Logie Award for Outstanding Performance By A Juvenile (1976) for this episode.

Airdate:

Melbourne
18/6/76
Sydney 8/11/76
Canberra 4/1/77
Shepparton VIC 19/11/77


 


Paul Cronin

2. Goodbye George

Alfonso.......Alwyn Kurts
Wendy.......Kerry Johnson
Charlie Hunt.......Terry Trimble
John.......Andrew Cooke
Tom.......Ronald Korosy
Joe Porter.......Keith Eden

Script.......Vince Moran
Director.......David Stevens

Synopsis: Gary Hogan has to deal with an old time ventriloquist and a stolen horse, and avert a potential train disaster.

Airdate:

Melbourne
25/6/76
Sydney 9/11/76
Canberra 11/1/77
Ballarat 24/8/77

 


Ep. 2: Paul Cronin & Alwyn Kurts

3. Watch Out For The Robinsons

Edgar Robinson.......Brian James
Annie Robinson.......Queenie Ashton
Joe Porter.......Keith Eden
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......Phil Freedman
Director.......David Stevens

Synopsis: Gary Hogan places his life in danger when the Robinsons sit for a motorcycle licence test.

Airdate:

Melbourne
2/7/76
Sydney 10/11/76
Newcastle NSW 13/1/77

 


Ep. 3: Brian James & Queenie Ashton

4. Strike Me Die Benson

Bill Benson.......Gerry Duggan
Harry Riley.......John Cousins
Vera Riley.......Lyn Flanagan
‘Sergeant’.......'Jimpus'
Joe Porter.......Keith Eden
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......Gwenda Marsh
Director.......Rod Hardy

Synopsis: Gary Hogan has to rescue old Bill Benson after he tries to blow himself up in an old mine.

Airdate:
Melbourne 9/7/76
Sydney 12/11/76
Newcastle NSW 20/1/77

 


Ep. 4: Keith Eden, Gerry Duggan & Paul Cronin

5. Little Joe

Sylvia Simpson.......Elspeth Ballantyne
Mrs. Birch.......Pat Evison
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton
Joe Simpson.......Richard Bakos

Script.......Sonia Borg
Director.......David Stevens


Synopsis:  Gary Hogan and Aunty Nan try everything they can to get some information from a strange little boy they find in Emerald.  It is a fascination with an eccentric lady and her beloved animals that finally breaks his silence.

Airdate:
Melbourne 16/7/76
Sydney 15/11/76
Tamworth NSW 4/1/77
Newcastle NSW 27/1/77
Geraldton WA 7/6/78

 

6. The Billabong

Dave Bradley.......Normie Rowe
Jack Norton.......Gordon McDougall
Frank Burns.......Roy Saunders
Teddy Finch.......Nicholas Berkalmans
Bert Finch.......Michael Barclay
‘Cocky’ Watson.......Neil Watson
Joe Porter.......Keith Eden

Script.......Denise Morgan
Director.......David Stevens

Synopsis:  Gary Hogan becomes involved in a dispute over fishing in a billabong when Dave Bradley tries to set up a wildlife sanctuary on his property.

Notes: First television acting role for singer Normie Rowe.

Airdate:
Melbourne 23/7/76
Sydney 16/11/76
Tamworth NSW 5/1/77
Newcastle NSW 3/2/77

 


Ep. 6: Paul Cronin (and a cockatoo)

7. My Bonnie

Pickett.......Gus Mercurio
Mrs. Pickett.......Lesley Baker
Bonnie Pickett.......Anne-Marie Johnson
Timmy Savage.......Richard Morgan
Savage.......Denzil Howson
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......Everett De Roche
Director.......David Stevens

Synopsis:  When Bonnie Pickett goes missing, Aunty Nan suspects that her father is a gangster and has 'rubbed her out'.

Airdate:

Melbourne
30/7/76
Sydney 17/11/76
Tamworth NSW 6/1/77
Newcastle NSW 10/2/77
Canberra 15/2/77
Wollongong
NSW 26/6/77

 

8. Serious Trouble

Terry Hood.......James Elliott
Rosie Hood.......Debbie Ryan
Frank Hood.......David Atkins
Sally Hood.......Janne Coghlan
Martin McGill.......Ronald Thomas
Ted Blake.......Francis Ottenson
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......Keith Thompson
Director.......Rod Hardy

Synopsis:  A young girl who discovers her brother is involved in a robbery finds it impossible to keep it a secret when he decides to run off into the ranges on horseback.

Airdate:

Melbourne
6/8/76
Sydney 19/11/76
Tamworth NSW 27/12/76
Newcastle NSW 17/2/77

 


Ep. 8: James Elliott & Debbie Ryan

9. The Man From Happy Valley

Harry Thomas.......George Spartels
Mrs. Jupp.......Vivian Gray
Mrs. Davis.......Marnie Randall
Jeff Davis.......Simon Slater
John.......Andrew Cooke
Tom.......Ronald Korosy
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......John Drew
Based on a story by.......Jeff Raleigh
Director.......Rod Hardy

Synopsis:  Gary Hogan searches for a missing boy, Jeff Davis, who is a diabetic and feared seriously ill.  His friend, Harry Thomas, a mentally retarded thirty-year-old, knows his whereabouts but will not tell Hogan.

Airdate:

Melbourne
13/8/76
Tamworth NSW 28/12/76
Newcastle NSW 24/2/77

 


Ep. 9: George Spartels

10. River Pirates

Bill Morgan.......Terence Donovan
Donny.......Mark Johnson
Mitch.......Adam Smibert

Script.......Keith Hetherington
Director.......Rod Hardy

Synopsis:  Two young boys build a 'pirate' raft that overturns near some roaring rapids, but only one makes it to shore.

Airdate:

Melbourne
20/8/76
Brisbane 9/10/76
Tamworth NSW 29/12/76

 


Ep. 10: Terence Donovan & Paul Cronin

11.Summer Magic

Joe Porter.......Keith Eden
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton
.......Terry Norris
.......Les Levante
.......Patricia Stephenson

Synopsis: Gary Hogan investigates a complaint about poultry being stolen and killed by a red setter. He finds that the dog's owner has used a 'magic trick' to get himself out of trouble with the farmer concerned.

Airdate:

Melbourne
27/8/76
Tamworth NSW 30/12/76
Wollongong
NSW 3/7/77

 


Keith Eden & Paul Cronin

12. The Bike

Louise Duncan.......Lyndall Rowe
Bill Duncan.......Terry Gill
Bobby Duncan.......Stephen Dohl
John.......Anthony McManus
Aunty Nan.......Aileen Britton

Script.......John Drew
Based on a story by.......Sandro Cardin
Director.......Rod Hardy

Synopsis: Two boys, Bobby and John, run away from home when Bobby's parents find they cannot afford to buy the bike they promised him.  While in the bush they become lost, and Bobby is bitten by a snake.

Airdate:

Melbourne
3/9/76
Sydney 11/11/76
Mt Gambier SA 16/11/76
Tamworth NSW 31/12/76

 


Aileen Britton & Paul Cronin

13. The Last Swagman

Bob Williams.......Lionel Long
Ambrose McLaughlin.......Hedley Cullen
Nick Williams.......Johnny Williams

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......Rod Hardy

Synopsis: An itinerant swagman lends a hand at shearing time and in so doing helps to restore a more harmonious relationship between a father and his son.

Airdate:

Melbourne
10/9/76
Sydney 18/11/76
Tamworth NSW 3/1/77