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 Alan Marshall / ... (9 episodes, 1981)
Terry Gill ...
 Arthur (7 episodes, 1981)
Tony Barry ...
 Alan's Father (6 episodes, 1981)
Joanne Barker ...
 Sadie (6 episodes, 1981)
Ian Cuming ...
 Mr. Ransome (6 episodes, 1981)
Edward Hepple ...
 Tom (6 episodes, 1981)
David Hursthouse ...
 Mr. Clynes (6 episodes, 1981)
Dennis Miller ...
 Gunner (6 episodes, 1981)
Helen Noonan ...
 Mrs. Trueman (6 episodes, 1981)
Marilyn O'Donnell ...
 Biddy (6 episodes, 1981)
Johnny Quinn ...
 Ron (6 episodes, 1981)
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 Mabel (6 episodes, 1981)
Julie Hamilton ...
 Alan's Mother (5 episodes, 1981)
Brian Hannan ...
 Alec (5 episodes, 1981)
Olivia Brown ...
 Prostitute Maisie (5 episodes, 1981)
Clare Binney ...
 Prostitute Ruby (5 episodes, 1981)
Earl Francis ...
 George (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Mamie (5 episodes, 1981)
Christine Amor ...
 Rose (5 episodes, 1981)
Syd Conabere ...
 Radcliffe (5 episodes, 1981)
Chris Connelly ...
 Young man (5 episodes, 1981)
Robin Cuming ...
 Mr. Correll (5 episodes, 1981)
Peter Curtin ...
 Flagger / ... (5 episodes, 1981)
Roy Edmunds ...
 Det. Sgt. Farrant / ... (5 episodes, 1981)
Marion Edward ...
 Mrs. Bronson (5 episodes, 1981)
Reg Evans ...
 Bluey (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Rene (5 episodes, 1981)
Maurie Fields ...
 Spruiker (5 episodes, 1981)
Stuart Finch ...
 Mr. Carlson (5 episodes, 1981)
Bernadette Gibson ...
 Mrs. Davies (5 episodes, 1981)
Andrew Gilmour ...
 Mr. Simpson (5 episodes, 1981)
Vic Gordon ...
 Drunk (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Miss. Claws (5 episodes, 1981)
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 Leila (5 episodes, 1981)
Billie Hammerberg ...
 Mrs. Hale (5 episodes, 1981)
Leila Hayes ...
 Miss. Bryce (5 episodes, 1981)
Peter Hosking ...
 Blue (5 episodes, 1981)
Sydney Jackson ...
 Sarver (5 episodes, 1981)
Telford Jackson ...
 Mr. Miller (5 episodes, 1981)
Melita Jurisic ...
 Violet (5 episodes, 1981)
Jackie Kelleher ...
 Mrs. Smalpeck (5 episodes, 1981)
Elizabeth Kemp ...
 Receptionist (5 episodes, 1981)
Matthew King ...
 Urger (5 episodes, 1981)
Brad Lindsay ...
 Fred (5 episodes, 1981)
Fay Mokotow ...
 Mrs. Fraser (5 episodes, 1981)
Julie Nihill ...
 Young woman (5 episodes, 1981)
Marie O'Loughlin ...
 Sally (5 episodes, 1981)
Jack Perry ...
 Tom Mitchell (5 episodes, 1981)
Anne Phelan ...
 Lay preacher (5 episodes, 1981)
Ron Pinnell ...
 Shep (5 episodes, 1981)
Warwick Randall ...
 Tiny (5 episodes, 1981)
Alan Rowe ...
 Mr. Mollison (5 episodes, 1981)
Celia Rowley ...
 Mrs. Mollison (5 episodes, 1981)
Ian Smith ...
 Mr. Slade (5 episodes, 1981)
Ian Sprake ...
 Mr. Ford (5 episodes, 1981)
Bill Stacey ...
 Ginger (5 episodes, 1981)
Howard Stanley ...
 Squirt (5 episodes, 1981)
Rosie Sturgess ...
 Big woman (5 episodes, 1981)
Peter Thompson ...
 Businessman (5 episodes, 1981)
Valerie Thompson ...
 Abortionist (5 episodes, 1981)
Pepe Trevor ...
 Pretty girl (5 episodes, 1981)
Mary Ward ...
 Mrs. Birdsworth (5 episodes, 1981)
Bryon Williams ...
 Mr. Brown (5 episodes, 1981)
Myrtle Woods ...
 Old woman (5 episodes, 1981)
Mark Zandle ...
 Mr. Burmeister (5 episodes, 1981)
Adam Garnett ...
 Alan (Aged 11) (4 episodes, 1981)
Ann Henderson-Stires ...
 Mary (4 episodes, 1981)
Lesley Baker ...
 Matron (4 episodes, 1981)
Bruce Kerr ...
 Dr. Robertson (4 episodes, 1981)
Debra Lawrance ...
 Nurse Conrad (4 episodes, 1981)
Darren MacDonald ...
 Steve (4 episodes, 1981)
Harold Baigent ...
 Daddy (4 episodes, 1981)
Don Barker ...
 Mr. Tucker (4 episodes, 1981)
Sally Bourne ...
 Maggie (4 episodes, 1981)
David Bradshaw ...
 Prince (4 episodes, 1981)
David Clencie ...
 Joe (4 episodes, 1981)
Paul Colombani ...
 George (4 episodes, 1981)
Cul Cullen ...
 Fiddler (4 episodes, 1981)
Les Dayman ...
 Ted Wilson (4 episodes, 1981)
Jason Donovan ...
 Freddy (4 episodes, 1981)
Graham Dow ...
 O'Connor (4 episodes, 1981)
Maureen Edwards ...
 Mrs. Carmichael (4 episodes, 1981)
Cliff Ellen ...
 Drunk (4 episodes, 1981)
Reg Gorman ...
 Arthur (4 episodes, 1981)
Betty Hargrave ...
 Mrs. Carruthers (4 episodes, 1981)
John Larking ...
 Mick (4 episodes, 1981)
Janet Lord
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Brendon Lunney ...
 Finlay (4 episodes, 1981)
Jeremy McArthur ...
 Skeeter (4 episodes, 1981)
Robert McClelland
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Richard McFarlane ...
 Andy (4 episodes, 1981)
Esme Melville ...
 Miss. Forbes (4 episodes, 1981)
John Murphy ...
 Crowther (4 episodes, 1981)
Pam Murphy ...
 Mrs. Conlon (4 episodes, 1981)
David Ravenswood ...
 Dr. Crawford (4 episodes, 1981)
Fiona Spence ...
 Mrs. Wilson (4 episodes, 1981)
Rob Steele ...
 Angus (4 episodes, 1981)
Elizabeth Stevenson ...
 Night sister (4 episodes, 1981)
Cindy Unkauf ...
 Alice (4 episodes, 1981)
Roger Ward ...
 Peter McLeod (4 episodes, 1981)
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We follow the life of Alan Marshall who was struck down by Polio as a child and it shows how he overcame the crippling effects of the disease. It traces his life from childhood into early adulthood. Based upon his trilogy of autobiographical books "I can Jump Puddles", "This is the Grass" and "In Mine Own Heart". Written by Kym McKay <kym.mckay@ace.net.au>

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7 June 1981 (Australia)  »

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Yli esteiden  »

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Slow moving but worth the wait!
12 June 2006 | by (Blue Mountains, Australia) – See all my reviews

Author Alan Marshall's 3 autobiographical books are placed onto the screen with perfection. Covering his life between the ages of 11 and 31, you will be drawn into the story as this indomitable character overcomes every obstacle put in his way.

Alan contracted polio soon after starting school. Surrounded by a loving family and friends in a small country town, it wasn't until he went out looking for work in the 'big smoke' that Alan came up against the prejudices facing anyone with a debilitating disease in the first half of the 20th century. Not that Alan regarded himself as such! Lewis Fitz-Gerald is totally believable as the devil-may-care hero of this well made ABC mini-series. Lewis IS Alan, supported by a large cast showcasing Australia's great range of fine circa-1981 actors. Sigrid Thornton appears as one of the workers in the shoe factory.

For some viewers, the story may take a while to develop but like a good wine, matured over the decades, it's well worth the wait.


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