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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 Griffen ...
 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
(3 episodes, 1985)
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)
...
 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)
Reginald 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)
Hedley Cullen ...
 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)
Alan Fletcher ...
 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 ...
 Jack (3 episodes, 1985)
Ron Granger ...
 Senior public servant (3 episodes, 1985)
...
 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 ...
 Farmer (3 episodes, 1985)
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 ...
 Beris (3 episodes, 1985)
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 ...
 Janet (3 episodes, 1985)
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)
Lynn 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 ...
 Mrs. E (3 episodes, 1985)
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)
...
 George Pond (3 episodes, 1985)
Chris Tugwell ...
 Stockman in Broome (3 episodes, 1985)
Stephen Tulloch ...
 Newsboy in Sydney (3 episodes, 1985)
Colin Vancao ...
 Judge (3 episodes, 1985)
R. Venier ...
 Dance band member (3 episodes, 1985)
Ross Vernon ...
 German pilot (3 episodes, 1985)
George Vidalis ...
 Priest (3 episodes, 1985)
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 ...
 Mackay (3 episodes, 1985)
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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