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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
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 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
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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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The Red Baron was the local cocktail bar. See more »

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The character of Arnold Feather lost his leg in the bomb blast. Actor Jeff Kevin had to play his scenes from then on with a fake "false leg" or in long trousers. About a year later, the writers, forgetting about the leg, had the character in shorts. When Jeff protested, they just said "oh, no-one will notice". The character's leg remained "regrown" from then on. See more »

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Version of Number 96 (1980) See more »

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Paperboy, theme from 'Number 96'
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Will seem dated but a good escape-forerunner of Soap
29 May 2006 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

In the 70's there were some good Australian TV soaps made that reflected a changing society especially when it came to relationships. Or perhaps it was just that people were able to show for real what had been happening previously but never shown on conservative 1960's TV.

No 96 will stand the test of time because gave viewers first full frontal (I think) seen by Abigail.

It will seem a bit cheap and nasty but you must remember that they would make at least 1-2 one hour episodes per week over a 40 week season.

I think the late 1970's series-SOAP with Billy Crystal is similar in that it mentions society changes like gays and infidelity-in a campish , funny way.


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