Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy... See full summary »
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 8 wins. See more awards »
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 Jean Paget (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Joe Harman (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Noel Strachan (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Mrs. Frith (3 episodes, 1981)
Yuki Shimoda ...
 Sergeant Mifune (3 episodes, 1981)
Anna Volska ...
 Sally Wilson-Hayes (3 episodes, 1981)
Donald MacDonald ...
 Derek Wilson-Hayes (3 episodes, 1981)
Jennifer West ...
 Mrs. Horsefall (3 episodes, 1981)
Pat Evison ...
 Mrs. Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Mandy Boocock ...
 Marlene Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Rebecca Marshall ...
 Rita Collard (3 episodes, 1981)
Debbie Baile ...
 Audrey Forbes (3 episodes, 1981)
Cecily Polson ...
 Eileen Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Melissa Crawford ...
 Robyn Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
John Allen ...
 Bill Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Sean Hinton ...
 Freddie Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Jane Holland (3 episodes, 1981)
Crispian Ashby ...
 Jonnie Horsefall (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Donald Paget (3 episodes, 1981)
Patrick Dickson ...
 Tommy Smythe (3 episodes, 1981)
Kenneth Brown ...
 Ben Leggatt (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Captain Sugamo (3 episodes, 1981)
Hatsuo Uda ...
 Captain Koniata (3 episodes, 1981)
Lim Beng Choon ...
 Major Nemu (3 episodes, 1981)
Akio Fukuwa ...
 Japanese Lieutenant (3 episodes, 1981)
Zain Ariff ...
 Mat Amin (3 episodes, 1981)
Zainal Aziz ...
 Suleiman (3 episodes, 1981)
Antony Croser ...
 James McFadden (3 episodes, 1981)
John Lee ...
 Lester 'Les' Robinson (3 episodes, 1981)
Joan Lord ...
 Miss Carter (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Dr. Kennedy (3 episodes, 1981)
Maggie Dence ...
 Mrs. O'Connor (3 episodes, 1981)
Lorna Lesley ...
 Rose Sawyer (3 episodes, 1981)
Maurie Fields ...
 Al Burns (3 episodes, 1981)
Arkie Whiteley ...
 Annie (3 episodes, 1981)
Tim McKenzie ...
 Pete Fletcher (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Tim Whelan (3 episodes, 1981)
Lois Ramsey ...
 Mrs. Driver (3 episodes, 1981)
Isabel Kirk ...
 Mrs. Duveen (3 episodes, 1981)
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 Bourneville (3 episodes, 1981)
Syd Heylen ...
 Art Foster (3 episodes, 1981)
Peter Kowitz ...
 TAA Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Ross Thompson ...
 Beetchcraft Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Robert Noble ...
 Dragon Pilot (3 episodes, 1981)
Ed Turley ...
 Police Sergeant (3 episodes, 1981)
Peter Paulson ...
 Flying Doctor (3 episodes, 1981)
Derek Wyness ...
 Don Curtis (3 episodes, 1981)
Gertude Treloar ...
 Palmolive (3 episodes, 1981)
Gary Priest ...
 Bush Brother (3 episodes, 1981)
Lofty Cannard ...
 Crocodile Shooter (3 episodes, 1981)
Anne Haddy ...
 Aggie Topp (3 episodes, 1981)
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Set against the brutal chaos of World War II, a love story begins that will take two lovers through a living nightmare of captivity, across three continents and two decades. From the steamy jungles of Malaya to the dusty and desolate outback of Australia Based on Nevil Shute' international bestselling novel A TOWN LIKE ALICE follows the lives of Jean Paget and Joe Harman. Meeting in Malaya--sh an attractive young English captive and he a cheerful Australian POW tortured for a simple act of kindness. Separated first by their captors then by the distance of passing years, the two are finally reunited in the rugged outback of Australia-to face a challenge every bit as demanding as their wartime trials. Written by Walter Coffey <wcoffey@hooked.net>

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4 October 1981 (USA)  »

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Der lange Weg nach Alice Springs  »

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This was the first non-British production to air in the U.S. on Masterpiece Classic (1971). See more »

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Although set in 1948, Jean Paget boards a Routemaster London bus. Routemasters weren't introduced until the mid-1950s. See more »

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Version of A Town Like Alice (1956) See more »

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A good effort
10 April 2005 | by (New Jersey, United States) – See all my reviews

I raced to the library to check out this miniseries after having just finished listening to the marvelous "talking books" unabridged version of the book. The first half of this TV version is really very good, but it stumbles quite a bit in the second half. The relationship with the trustee is overplayed and conflicts are inserted between Jean and Joe that don't exist in Shute's story, unwisely in my opinion, as they greatly diminish the power of their love story. I was disappointed to find that the wonderful Bryan Brown's Joe seemed a lot cockier and much less appealing than the man in the book, but Helen Morse's Jean was really quite good. I think they would have had to make this a 10-hour miniseries to develop the outback story properly. But all that said, I did watch whole thing in more or less one go and did appreciate its merits, all the while wishing that someone would do a less soapy remake.


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