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Series cast summary:
Pat McDonald ...
 Dorrie Evans 39 episodes, 1972-1977
Elaine Lee ...
 Vera Collins / ... 39 episodes, 1972-1975
Ron Shand ...
 Herbert Evans / ... 37 episodes, 1972-1975
Joe Hasham ...
 Don Finlayson 36 episodes, 1972-1977
James Elliott ...
 Alf Sutcliffe 36 episodes, 1972-1975
Elisabeth Kirkby ...
 Lucy Sutcliffe / ... 36 episodes, 1972-1975
Mike Dorsey ...
 Reg McDonald / ... 28 episodes, 1974-1977
Wendy Blacklock ...
 Edie McDonald / ... 28 episodes, 1974-1977
Johnny Lockwood ...
 Aldo Godolfus 27 episodes, 1972-1975
Bunney Brooke ...
 Flo Patterson 26 episodes, 1974-1977
 Dudley Butterfield / ... 25 episodes, 1972-1977
Bettina Welch ...
 Maggie Cameron 25 episodes, 1972-1975
Sheila Kennelly ...
 Norma Whittaker 24 episodes, 1974-1975
Jeff Kevin ...
 Arnold Feather / ... 22 episodes, 1974-1977
Pamela Gibbons ...
 Grace 'Prim' Primrose 22 episodes, 1975
Vivienne Garrett ...
 Rose Godolfus / ... 20 episodes, 1972-1975
Margaret Laurence ...
 Liz Chalmers / ... 20 episodes, 1975
Vince Martin ...
 David Palmer 18 episodes, 1975
Anya Saleky ...
 Jaja Gibson 17 episodes, 1975


Drama examining the lives of residents of a Sydney apartment block. Initial storylines focused on adultery, drug use, frigidity, rape, gossip, homosexuality, marriage problems, racism. The building's ground floor delicatessen run by Hungarian Jew Aldo Godolfus and the nearby laundrette provided central meeting places for characters. Original residents included busty blonde virgin Bev Houghton who fell in love with her neighbour, homosexual lawyer Don Finlayson. Don's flatmate lover was Bruce Taylor, a photographer who was secretly being kept financially by his employer, the bitchy and sardonic Maggie Cameron. Friendly Vera Collins read tarot cards for a living; her husband had deserted her and she would be perpetually unlucky in love. In flat 8 lived immigrants from Lancashire, whining Alf Sutcliffe and his salt of the earth wife Lucy, who worked in the laundrette. Interfering, malaproping gossip Dorrie Evans was the building's self-appointed "conserge"; her husband was the more ... Written by Anonymous

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13 March 1972 (Australia)  »

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The end titles featured a shot of the exterior of the apartment block that represented Number 96 in the show. The camera zooms in for a close-up of the front window of one apartment, pauses, then and pans to each apartment in turn, with the actors credits appearing over the window of the apartment in which their character resides. When characters left the series and an apartment was left vacant at the end of an episode, question marks would appear for that apartment in the credit sequence. When this occurred Channel Ten would be swamped by calls from fans asking to move in to the vacated apartment. See more »


Following the shooting of the feature film version, the television production crew utilized the same colour footage shot at the building's actual exterior location in Woolahra for their end credits on TV. On location the delicatessen phone numbers shown in its window are 82-2031 and 82-2671; however on the interior-based studio set the numbers failed to correspond, showing instead as 382-2021 and 382-2671. See more »


Referenced in Number 96... The Final Years (2006) See more »


Paperboy, theme from 'Number 96'
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From Good Beginnings to Farce
9 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This series broke new ground. It had regular boob shots and saucy story lines. A bit like those cheeky seaside postcards that the Brits were famous for. The characters were stereotypical and overdrawn, from the whinging pom Alf through to the cod 'foreign accent' of Aldo the shopkeeper and not forgetting the prissy Arnold Feather or linguistically challenged Dorrie Evans.

Never to be taken seriously, this series was a harmless way to spend a bit of time in front of the box. The problems began when the writers began to take it seriously and ever more strained and complicated story lines were introduced and the series ending dying a long, slow and painful death.

If ever there is an opportunity to watch any episodes, avoid any that took up the story after the bombing of the delicatessen. It would have a blessed relief for all concerned if the bomb had removed the entire building with all its characters and not just the one or two that were written out of the series.

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