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Series cast summary:
John Walton ...
 Charles Kingsford Smith 3 episodes, 1985
Andrew Clarke ...
 Charlie Ulm 3 episodes, 1985
Joss McWilliam ...
 Keith Anderson 3 episodes, 1985
Jane Menelaus ...
 Thelma McKenna 3 episodes, 1985
Geoff Parry ...
 Bob Hitchcock 3 episodes, 1985
Celine O'Leary ...
 Mary Powell-Kingsford Smith 3 episodes, 1985
Helen Jones ...
 Bon Hilliard 3 episodes, 1985
Brian Adams ...
 Maj. Schengel 3 episodes, 1985
Chris Agar ...
 Canadian driver 3 episodes, 1985
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 Missionary at Drysdale 3 episodes, 1985
Nick Antipas ...
 Pilot at Geraldton 3 episodes, 1985
David Arnett ...
 Jim Warner 3 episodes, 1985
Len Ashby ...
 Duffer Thompson 3 episodes, 1985
Bruce Atkins
Harold Baigent ...
 Swampy Dawkins 3 episodes, 1985
Mike Bakaloff ...
 Local at pub 3 episodes, 1985
Cheryl Ballantine ...
 Spitting woman 3 episodes, 1985
Noel Batten ...
 Mechanic at Chuncurry 3 episodes, 1985
Douglas Bennett ...
 Diplomat 3 episodes, 1985
John Benton ...
 Anderson's KC 3 episodes, 1985
Randall Berger ...
 Airfield vendor 3 episodes, 1985
Caroline Birve ...
 Betty Mitchell 3 episodes, 1985
John Boothey ...
 Farmer in outback 3 episodes, 1985
David Bradshaw ...
 George Bond 3 episodes, 1985
Jill Brislan ...
 Nervous farmer's wife 3 episodes, 1985
Terry Brittingham ...
 Drinker at Port Hedland 3 episodes, 1985
Ken Bromilow ...
 Stockman at Carnarvon 3 episodes, 1985
Phyllis Burford ...
 Kate Kingsford Smith 3 episodes, 1985
Tim Byrne ...
 Local at pub 3 episodes, 1985
Shane Cake ...
 Boy at Boolaroo 3 episodes, 1985
Reg Cameron ...
 Fijian High Commissioner 3 episodes, 1985
Caril Carmichael ...
 ANA Director 3 episodes, 1985
Bruce Carter ...
 Assistant to KC 3 episodes, 1985
Geoff Collins ...
 Aide at Buckingham Palace 3 episodes, 1985
Ramsey Collins ...
 Passenger on ship 3 episodes, 1985
Malcolm Cork ...
 Capt. Lowell-Smith 3 episodes, 1985
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 Des McGlinty 3 episodes, 1985
Stephen Curtis ...
 Stockman at Canarvon 3 episodes, 1985
Graham Dale ...
 Policeman in Brisbane 3 episodes, 1985
Jim Daly ...
 Nervous farmer 3 episodes, 1985
Sheryn Dee ...
 Waitress in Broome 3 episodes, 1985
Michael Deverson ...
 Boy at Boolaroo 3 episodes, 1985
Celia Dimsey ...
 Bridesmaid 3 episodes, 1985
Julian Dimsey ...
 Bellboy in Perth 3 episodes, 1985
George Dixon ...
 Missionary at Drysdale 3 episodes, 1985
Doug Dolphin ...
 Local at pub 3 episodes, 1985
Graham Duckett ...
 Country parson 3 episodes, 1985
Roy Edmonds ...
 Hitchcock's KC 3 episodes, 1985
Howard Eynon ...
 Clive Chateau 3 episodes, 1985
Greg Fleet ...
 Lt. Scott Harris 3 episodes, 1985
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 John Stannage 3 episodes, 1985
Bill Fox ...
 Peter Fraser 3 episodes, 1985
David Frezza ...
 Announcer in San Francisco 3 episodes, 1985
Malcolm Fuller-Darby ...
 Reporter 3 episodes, 1985
Justin Gaffney ...
 Maj. Miller 3 episodes, 1985
Ian Gilbert ...
 Airline agent 3 episodes, 1985
Andrew Gilmour ...
 King George V 3 episodes, 1985
Charles Gilroy ...
 Mayor of Parkes 3 episodes, 1985
Ben Glover ...
 ANA Director 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Goerecke ...
Ron Granger ...
 Senior public servant 3 episodes, 1985
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 Capt. Alan Hancock 3 episodes, 1985
Nicholas Gyngel ...
 John Ulm 3 episodes, 1985
Chris Hallam ...
 Humphrey 3 episodes, 1985
Norman Hancock ...
 Airfield representative 3 episodes, 1985
Brian Hannan ...
 Andrew Chaffey 3 episodes, 1985
Chuck Hanson ...
 Policeman in Broome 3 episodes, 1985
Jack Harris ...
 Pete Mitchell 3 episodes, 1985
Clive Hearne ...
 Ship's captain 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Heath ...
 KC in Royal Coffee Inquiry 3 episodes, 1985
John Hockley ...
K. Holking ...
 Dance band member 3 episodes, 1985
Nick Holland ...
 Bert Day 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Howard ...
 Canberra pilot 3 episodes, 1985
Denzil Howson ...
 Mr. Hilliard 3 episodes, 1985
Simon Hughes ...
 Hotel receptionist 3 episodes, 1985
Stuart Hunt ...
 Stockman at Carnarvon 3 episodes, 1985
Richard Hutson ...
 William Kingsford Smith 3 episodes, 1985
Ric Hutton ...
 Chairman 3 episodes, 1985
Susan Jameson ...
 Mrs. Marshall 3 episodes, 1985
Bill Johnston ...
 Mayor of Wyndham 3 episodes, 1985
Edward Jones ...
 Club waiter 3 episodes, 1985
Barbara Jungwirth ...
 Lady in restaurant 3 episodes, 1985
Paul Karo ...
 English director 3 episodes, 1985
Peter Kent ...
 ANA director 3 episodes, 1985
Bruce Kilpatrick ...
 Senior public servant 3 episodes, 1985
Lorraine Kindler ...
 Brearley's secretary 3 episodes, 1985
Denice Kuchmar ...
 Van Loon's maid 3 episodes, 1985
Sid Lawrence ...
 Old miner 3 episodes, 1985
Susan Le Mar ...
 Girl in plane 3 episodes, 1985
Alan Lee ...
 Dinner party guest 3 episodes, 1985
Valerie Lewis ...
 Dinner party guest 3 episodes, 1985
Ross Luck ...
 Stockman at Mackay's 3 episodes, 1985
Scott Lucy ...
 Pilot at Geraldton 3 episodes, 1985
Kym Lynch ...
 Mechanic at Cloncurry 3 episodes, 1985
Sarah Machin ...
Pat MacMillan ...
 Mechanic at Malvern Hills 3 episodes, 1985
Barry Main ...
 Smith and Ulm's KC 3 episodes, 1985
Bill Manderson ...
 Reporter 3 episodes, 1985
Judith Massey ...
 Mrs. Hilliard 3 episodes, 1985
James McCare ...
 Shipping official 3 episodes, 1985
Maureen McInerny ...
 Hospital sister 3 episodes, 1985
Steven McIntosh ...
 News Photographer 3 episodes, 1985
Andrew McKaige ...
 MA Lichfield 3 episodes, 1985
Margo McLennan ...
 Society hostess 3 episodes, 1985
Rona McLeod ...
 Marge Mackay 3 episodes, 1985
Bill McLorinan ...
 Dinner party guest 3 episodes, 1985
Judith McLorinan ...
 Dinner party guest 3 episodes, 1985
John McMahon ...
 Australian announcer 3 episodes, 1985
Alex Menglet ...
 Antony Fokker 3 episodes, 1985
Simon Mills ...
 Newsboy in London 3 episodes, 1985
Mark Mitchell ...
 Hotel receptionist in San Francisco 3 episodes, 1985
Tiriel Mora ...
 Wireless operator 3 episodes, 1985
John Murphy ...
 Hendrick Van Loon 3 episodes, 1985
Mario Nardo ...
 Beris' young man 3 episodes, 1985
Colin Nicole ...
 Wireless operator 3 episodes, 1985
Andrew Norwood ...
 Local at Marble Bar 3 episodes, 1985
E. Oxley ...
 Dance band member 3 episodes, 1985
Julie Patrick ...
 Waitress 3 episodes, 1985
Nicki Paull ...
 Marge McGrath 3 episodes, 1985
Daryl Pellizzer ...
 Charles Vivian 3 episodes, 1985
Anna Pinkus ...
 Luscious girl 3 episodes, 1985
Nicholas Power ...
 Newsboy in Sydney 3 episodes, 1985
Valma Pratt ...
Danielle Reidy ...
 Young girl in Perth 3 episodes, 1985
Raymond Rich ...
 Process server 3 episodes, 1985
Glenn Robbins ...
 Hudson Fysh 3 episodes, 1985
Tim Robertson ...
 Jack Lang 3 episodes, 1985
David Robson ...
 TH McWilliams 3 episodes, 1985
R. Rosenberg ...
 Dance band member 3 episodes, 1985
Gregory Ross ...
 Diplomat 3 episodes, 1985
Michael Rowan ...
 Dinner party guest 3 episodes, 1985
Michelle Rowan ...
 Dinner party guest 3 episodes, 1985
Smiley Rowe ...
 Newsboy in Sydney 3 episodes, 1985
Lynne Ruthven ...
 Mrs. Hitchcock 3 episodes, 1985
Lindsay Saddington ...
 Reporter 3 episodes, 1985
R. Sandilands ...
 Dance band member 3 episodes, 1985
Colleen Saunder ...
 Woman passenger 3 episodes, 1985
Gillian Saunder ...
 Child passenger 3 episodes, 1985
Tim Scally ...
 Drinker at Port Hedland 3 episodes, 1985
Ian Scott ...
 Beau Shell 3 episodes, 1985
Rodney Sharp ...
 Drinker at Port Hedland 3 episodes, 1985
Frank Sheenan ...
 Reporter 3 episodes, 1985
M. Sheldon ...
 Dance band member 3 episodes, 1985
Penelope Shelton ...
Adrian Shirley ...
 Stockman in Broome 3 episodes, 1985
Gavin Spiteri ...
 John Ulm 3 episodes, 1985
Fred Steele ...
 Dan the Truckie 3 episodes, 1985
Christopher Stevenson ...
 Ship's officer 3 episodes, 1985
Hardy Stow ...
 Harry Lyon 3 episodes, 1985
Ron Strickland ...
 Official at Richmond 3 episodes, 1985
Ben Stuart ...
 Stockman at Mackay's 3 episodes, 1985
James Taylor ...
 President of Royal Coffee inquiry 3 episodes, 1985
Noeline Taylor ...
 Iris Ulm 3 episodes, 1985
Andrew Thompson ...
 Tommy Pethybridge 3 episodes, 1985
Mark Thompson ...
 Truck driver 3 episodes, 1985
Nevil Thurgood ...
 Chairman of South Cloud inquiry 3 episodes, 1985
Petar Tolich ...
 Van Loon's servant 3 episodes, 1985
David Torr ...
 Truck driver 3 episodes, 1985
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 George Pond 3 episodes, 1985
Chris Tugwell ...
 Stockman in Broome 3 episodes, 1985
Stephen Tulloch ...
 Newsboy in Sydney 3 episodes, 1985
Colin Vancao ...
R. Venier ...
 Dance band member 3 episodes, 1985
Ross Vernon ...
 German pilot 3 episodes, 1985
George Vidalis ...
Ian Walker ...
 Dinner party host 3 episodes, 1985
Robert Wallace ...
 Reporter in Adelaide 3 episodes, 1985
Wade Walters ...
 Newsboy in San Francisco 3 episodes, 1985
Bonnie Wasiutak ...
 Charles Kingsford Smith Jr. 3 episodes, 1985
Duncan Wass ...
Chris Waters ...
 Smith & Ulm's KC 3 episodes, 1985
Nick Waters ...
 Norm Brearley 3 episodes, 1985
Mark Watson ...
 Stockman in Broome 3 episodes, 1985
Kelvin Weymouth ...
 Paper boy in Perth 3 episodes, 1985
Gareth Wilding-Forbes ...
 British civil servant 3 episodes, 1985
Bryon Williams ...
 Sidney Meyer 3 episodes, 1985
Colin Williams ...
 Mr. Mitchell 3 episodes, 1985
Roderick Williams ...
 Bill Taylor 3 episodes, 1985
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An adventurer...a crusader...a fighter...a lover...Against impossible odds, he went out to explore the last uncharted area. The Sky. See more »


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9 October 1985 (Australia)  »

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AUD 4,500,000 (estimated)
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First in-depth factual Aussie mini-series on a genuine hero
12 February 2006 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

The story of 'Chilla', aka 'Smithy', aka Sir Charles Kingsford-Smith, one of Australia's true heroes and arguably the world's greatest airman, explored in a warts and all 6-part mini-series. Possibly the first of its type; an honest and lengthy biography, portrayed by a fine cast who often closely resembled their true-life counterparts.

This cast is complimented by an intelligent script and faultless production values. If you didn't know the story is mostly factual, you'd be hard-pressed to believe Smithy's amazing life story. He lived life to the full and those around him often paid the price in not being able to maintain the pace.

Viewers used to modern day spectaculars with CGI-generated 'crowd scenes' will probably be disappointed with the crowd scenes herein. Produced on a relatively limited budget, you'll find few 'special effects', apart from the 'Southern Cross' aerial scenes. A radio controlled model was used for many of these though it certainly wasn't obvious to me.

The series deserved a special edition DVD but what you get from Umbrella is a washed-out transfer with pixilation, original TV title inserts and even, would you believe, 'countdown' inserts. It seems to have been taken directly off the TV release tapes without any editing at all.

I only hope that such a quality production is given a restored and remastered release, eventually. Despite the foregoing, I heartily recommend 'A Thousand Skies' as Australia's finest TV mini-series.


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