IMDb > "A Country Practice" (1981)

"A Country Practice" (1981) More at IMDbPro »TV series 1981-1993


Overview

User Rating:
6.9/10   215 votes »
Your Rating:
Saving vote...
Deleting vote...
/10   (delete | history)
Sorry, there was a problem
MOVIEmeter: ?
Down 2% in popularity this week. See why on IMDbPro.
Writers:
Contact:
View company contact information for A Country Practice on IMDbPro.
Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | 7 | 8 | 9 | 10 | 11 | 12 | 13
Release Date:
November 1981 (Australia) See more »
Genre:
Awards:
20 wins & 5 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(7 articles)
Vale Ted Roberts
 (From IF.com.au. 24 February 2015, 7:43 PM, PST)

Actors defend imported actors’ regime
 (From IF.com.au. 25 September 2014, 9:57 PM, PDT)

Love Child evokes the spirit of the Sixties
 (From IF.com.au. 28 November 2013, 12:41 PM, PST)

User Reviews:
Favourite soap of all time ... such likable characters See more (5 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 1215)
Shane Porteous ... Dr. Terence Elliott / ... (986 episodes, 1981-1993)
Brian Wenzel ... Sergeant Frank Gilroy / ... (935 episodes, 1981-1993)
Lorrae Desmond ... Shirley Dean Gilroy / ... (816 episodes, 1981-1992)
Joyce Jacobs ... Esme Watson / ... (805 episodes, 1981-1993)
Gordon Piper ... Bob Hatfield (740 episodes, 1981-1992)
Syd Heylen ... Vernon 'Cookie' Locke (723 episodes, 1982-1992)
Joan Sydney ... Matron Margaret 'Maggie' Sloan / ... (455 episodes, 1983-1993)
(more)

Series Directed by
Bob Meillon (133 episodes, 1982-1992)
Leigh Spence (102 episodes, 1981-1989)
Peter Maxwell (95 episodes, 1983-1990)
Bruce Best (48 episodes, 1982-1985)
Chris Adshead (28 episodes, 1984-1989)
Russell Webb (26 episodes, 1983-1985)
Peter Andrikidis (22 episodes, 1986-1989)
Viktors Ritelis (22 episodes, 1987-1989)
Graham Rouse (20 episodes, 1984-1985)
Mike Smith (18 episodes, 1986-1989)
Chris Martin-Jones (17 episodes, 1989-1993)
Greg Shears (16 episodes, 1985-1986)
Geoffrey Nottage (14 episodes, 1982-1989)
Bill Hughes (14 episodes, 1982-1988)
Gary Conway (14 episodes, 1982-1985)
Alister Smart (14 episodes, 1982)
Brendan Maher (14 episodes, 1983)
Peter Dodds (12 episodes, 1990-1992)
Mandy Smith (10 episodes, 1981-1984)
Mike Murphy (10 episodes, 1981-1982)
David C. Wilson (10 episodes, 1982)
Vince Martin (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
Riccardo Pellizzeri (10 episodes, 1986-1987)
Richard Sarell (10 episodes, 1987-1992)
Peter Smith (6 episodes, 1982-1983)
Mark Piper (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Graham Thorburn (6 episodes, 1989)
Chris Thomson (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Brian Lennane (4 episodes, 1982)
Kevin James Dobson (4 episodes, 1983)
Mark Callen (4 episodes, 1985)
Geoff Bennett (4 episodes, 1992-1993)
Igor Auzins (2 episodes, 1981)
David Boutland (2 episodes, 1981)
Juliana Focht (2 episodes, 1982)
Catherine Millar (2 episodes, 1983)
Marie Trevor (2 episodes, 1983)
Nick Tate (2 episodes, 1985)
Colin Tregenza (2 episodes, 1985)
Steve Mann (2 episodes, 1986)
Aileen O'Sullivan (2 episodes, 1989)
Tony Virgo (2 episodes, 1989)
Denny Lawrence (2 episodes, 1990)

Shirley Barrett (unknown episodes, 1992-1993)
Helen Gaynor (unknown episodes)
Julian McSwiney (unknown episodes)
Julie Money (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Judith Colquhoun (69 episodes, 1982-1993)
David Boutland (39 episodes, 1981-1989)
Hugh Stuckey (34 episodes, 1981-1988)
Sheila Sibley (34 episodes, 1982-1989)
Leon Saunders (33 episodes, 1981-1989)
David Allen (30 episodes, 1982-1989)
Forrest Redlich (24 episodes, 1983-1987)
Margaret Mitchell (22 episodes, 1982-1988)
Anne Brooksbank (21 episodes, 1981-1990)
David Phillips (21 episodes, 1987-1993)
Graeme Koetsveld (20 episodes, 1986-1992)
José Luis Bayonas (19 episodes, 1981-1984)
Agi Schreck (19 episodes, 1982-1985)
Bill Searle (19 episodes, 1984-1993)
Dave Worthington (19 episodes, 1985-1988)
Tony Morphett (18 episodes, 1982-1988)
Ray Harding (18 episodes, 1985-1992)
Carol Williams (18 episodes, 1985-1991)
Peter A. Kinloch (16 episodes, 1982-1985)
Patricia Johnson (13 episodes, 1982-1986)
Shane Brennan (13 episodes, 1986-1988)
Tim Pye (13 episodes, 1986-1988)
Marcus Cooney (12 episodes, 1982-1983)
Stephen Measday (12 episodes, 1986-1989)
Steve J. Spears (11 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ted Roberts (10 episodes, 1983-1985)
Sally Webb (10 episodes, 1988-1989)
Patrea Smallacombe (9 episodes, 1986-1987)
Tom Galbraith (8 episodes, 1988-1989)
Margaret Kelly (7 episodes, 1982)
Thomas Mitchell (7 episodes, 1987-1989)
Michael Aitkens (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
Michael Brindley (6 episodes, 1983-1987)
Terry Larsen (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Caroline Stanton (6 episodes, 1987-1989)
Jenny Sharp (5 episodes, 1986-1988)
David Marsh (5 episodes, 1988-1989)
James Davern (4 episodes, 1981)
Roger Dunn (4 episodes, 1982-1986)
Gwenda Marsh (4 episodes, 1982-1983)
Anthony Wheeler (4 episodes, 1983-1984)
Howard Griffiths (4 episodes, 1985-1993)
Betty Quin (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Micky Beckett (4 episodes, 1989)
Ro Hume (3 episodes, 1982-1983)
Helen Boyd (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Suzanna Hawley (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Serge Lazareff (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Geoff Newton (3 episodes, 1988-1989)
Ian David (3 episodes, 1989)
Linden Wilkinson (3 episodes, 1989)
Christine Schofield (2 episodes, 1982-1984)
Chris Thomson (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Galia Hardy (2 episodes, 1982)
Denise Morgan (2 episodes, 1982)
John Graham (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Cliff Green (2 episodes, 1984)
Foveaux Kirby (2 episodes, 1984)
Helen Steel (2 episodes, 1985)
Craig Wilkins (2 episodes, 1987-1992)
Robyn Sinclair (2 episodes, 1989)

John Misto (unknown episodes, 1991)
Michael Harvey (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
James Davern .... producer (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Original Music by
Mike Perjanik (676 episodes, 1981-1991)
Chris Neal (2 episodes, 1989)
Allan Zavod (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Film Editing by
Robert Nicol (1 episode, 1981)

Graeme Andrews (unknown episodes)
John Cameron (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Steve Muir (1,058 episodes, 1981-1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
Steve Muir (1,058 episodes, 1981-1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Megan Dwyer .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
David John Watts .... production manager (unknown episodes)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Alley .... technical director (1 episode, 1981)
Ian Sneddon .... o.b. technical director (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Art Department
Gordon Brown .... set dressing (1 episode, 1981)
Mark Dyson .... set design (1 episode, 1981)
Michael Hill .... carpenter (1 episode, 1981)
Ian Miller .... staging (1 episode, 1981)
Robert Moxham .... set dressing (1 episode, 1981)

Steve Muir .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Philip Purcell .... audio director (4 episodes, 1981)

Matthew Dorn .... sound (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Peter West .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Norton .... lighting: designers (2 episodes, 1981)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Therese Rendle .... wardrobe (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Editorial Department
Lynn Bayonas .... script editor (1 episode, 1981)
Leonie Carr .... vision mixer (1 episode, 1981)
 
Series Music Department
Mike Perjanik .... composer: theme music (1,058 episodes, 1981-1993)
 
Series Other crew
Ron Healas .... floor manager (1 episode, 1981)
Denis Phelan .... unit co-ordinator (1 episode, 1981)
Lynley Reilly .... production assistant (1 episode, 1981)
Lesley Thomson .... directors' assistant (1 episode, 1981)

Nicola Moors .... assistant to director (unknown episodes)
George Zukiwskyj .... staging crew (unknown episodes)
 

Production CompaniesDistributors

Additional Details

Also Known As:
Runtime:
Australia:60 min
Country:
Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Certification:
Australia:G (some epiosodes) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Australia:PG (some episodes)

Did You Know?

Trivia:
Many of the storylines were suggested by newspaper articles or from the Australian Medical Association.See more »
Movie Connections:

FAQ

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
12 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
Favourite soap of all time ... such likable characters, 29 October 2005
Author: Christine Higgins (christine.higgins@btinternet.com) from Southampton, England

Slightly behind Australia but A Country Practice was on our screens just after lunch - and I watched it from the start. The characters were all so easy to like and be interested in - even the animals. Who can forget Molly & Brendon putting the crystal chandelier her mother gave them up in Doris the pig's pen - and her mothers look when she finally visited and saw it! In the UK we didn't know what a Yabbie was, until Molly decided to farm Yabbies (sort of fresh water King Prawns. Colourful clothes were another of her creations - never dull and boring but Brendon, a male nurse, was equally caring and good with all the patients. Following her second pregnancy their baby son died following a premature birth. Following this trauma Mollie was found to have an incurable cancer. The biggest tearjerker came when Molly died - and it was filmed beautifully as she was in the garden watching Brendon playing with Chloe then they panned the shot from Molly's eyes as her vision started to cloud and Brendon looked over, realised what was happened and started running shouting 'No Moll - don't go yet'...

So many characters - Matron Maggie Sloane the no-nonsense martinet with a heart of gold and a skill with cards that could fleece the shirt of your back. Her weakness along with the gee-gees - oh and her hatred of the Matron at Burrigan hospital!

Terrence Elliot the senior GP - who had a chaotic love life. Divorced when we first met him we watched as he fell in love with Alex, married her and seemed set for happiness only to lose it when their baby died and Alex left to tend those in need at an Aborigine Station.

Simon & Vicky - finally married after driving us crazy for a long time and then Vicky the Vet managed to give birth to twins while out tending to animals at a farm - two babies and no help but Bob I think it was!

Frank & Shirley Gilroy - Frank the policeman had been an 'admirer' of Shirl since schooldays. Shirley (Vicky's mom) sat under a pyramid and meditated but not about Frank! Finally Frank got round Shirl when he burned his hands and she took him in to look after him! Their home then became a refuge for so many children who came and stayed for a while - not forgetting 'Fatso' the wombat who took up residence when Simon & Vicki left for America.

I could write so much about this show - 12 years since it was cancelled and the people and places are still fresh so if the show is rerun and you ever get the chance to visit Wandin Valley take it, watch the show and see why it was so well loved.

I have some home recorded tapes - and the final week they re-ran highlights and weddings, so I still have those but WHY OH WHY hasn't this been released on DVD yet.

Was the above review useful to you?
See more (5 total) »

Message Boards

Discuss this movie with other users on IMDb message board for "A Country Practice" (1981)
Recent Posts (updated daily)User
New interview with Gavin Harrison, who played Hugo amalgamd
What happened to Shiley Gilroy SPOILERS!!! amanda317
Which episode was it? stud1al
What's with the price of the DVDs? chaosagent-1
Simon's Birthday Cake raisedonrock-999-909088
Childhood memories/ Favourite moments stuartcork7
See more »

Recommendations

If you enjoyed this title, our database also recommends:
- - - - -
"Prime Time" Heroes' Mountain Second Chance "Palace of Dreams" "Carson's Law"
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
IMDb User Rating:
Show more recommendations

Related Links

Episode guide Full cast and crew Company credits
News articles IMDb TV section IMDb Drama section
IMDb Australia section

You may report errors and omissions on this page to the IMDb database managers. They will be examined and if approved will be included in a future update. Clicking the 'Edit page' button will take you through a step-by-step process.

You may add a new episode for this TV series by clicking the 'add episode' button