Examines the day-to-day running of Melbourne television station UCV-12, the professional and personal lives of its staff, both in front of, and behind, the camera.




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Series cast summary:
Barrie Barkla ...
 Max Knight (135 episodes, 1974-1977)
Fred Betts ...
 Sir Henry Usher (134 episodes, 1974-1976)
Briony Behets ...
 Judy Donovan (131 episodes, 1974)
Ken James ...
 Tony Wild (125 episodes, 1974-1977)
Peter Regan ...
 Gary Burke (125 episodes, 1974-1976)
George Mallaby ...
 Paul Donovan (124 episodes, 1974)
Judy Nunn ...
 Vicki Stafford / ... (124 episodes, 1974-1977)
Belinda Giblin ...
 Kay Webster (123 episodes, 1974)
Monica Maughan ...
 Jean Ford / ... (123 episodes, 1974)
Paul Karo ...
 Lee Whiteman (122 episodes, 1974)
Lois Ramsey ...
 Mrs. Hopkins / ... (121 episodes, 1974-1977)
Ken Snodgrass ...
 Jack O'Brien (121 episodes, 1974-1977)
Graeme Blundell ...
 Don Cook / ... (117 episodes, 1974)
Kay McFeeter ...
 Cathy Holliday / ... (116 episodes, 1974)
Vanessa Leigh ...
 Fanny Adams (102 episodes, 1974)
Lynda Keane ...
 Barbie Gray / ... (57 episodes, 1974)


Examines the day-to-day running of Melbourne television station UCV-12, the professional and personal lives of its staff, both in front of, and behind, the camera. Written by Anonymous

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11 February 1974 (Australia)  »

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When the series was released on DVD from late 2014, seven episodes were excluded from the first two volumes, six from Volume 1 and one from Volume 2, because their original tapes were either missing or damaged. Volume 3 has no missing episodes in its run of 50 episodes. See more »


Title Card: [first title card] The characters and events depicted in this serial are fictitious!
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Should have been put in a box and buried in quicklime.
9 January 2008 | by See all my reviews

This appalling show was a response to the Sydney based "No 96", which was a series that in its early days broke some of the old taboos by introducing plot lines with homosexuals, racial discrimination etc but also lots of bare breasts from buxom young 'starlets', none of whom could act. However, that series descended into farce with evermore strained plots and unlikely characters. Hmm! I digress. The Box was typical 70s Australia, bad scripts, bad sets and bad acting. The constant props of pausing to light a cigarette, or pour drink or interruptions by the telephone (always prominently placed so you knew it was going to ring!)only exaggerated its amateurish production values.

Most episodes could guarantee a flash of the boobs from Judy Nunn or some other bit of fluff and thereby guarantee an audience of dirty old men and pubescent boys with onanistic tendencies.

It is interesting to read the bios of those involved and see how many disappeared without trace after this show. Watch it if you must but please remember that it should be regarded for its social history aspects only. If you want something with a dynamic plot and great list of characters, read the phone book.

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