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 Alan Marshall / ... (9 episodes, 1981)
Tony Barry ...
 Alan's Father (6 episodes, 1981)
Julie Hamilton ...
 Alan's Mother (5 episodes, 1981)
Adam Garnett ...
 Alan (Aged 11) (4 episodes, 1981)
David Clencie ...
 Joe (4 episodes, 1981)
Ann Henderson-Stires ...
 Mary (3 episodes, 1981)
Darren MacDonald ...
 Steve (3 episodes, 1981)
Sally Bourne ...
 Maggie (3 episodes, 1981)
Jason Donovan ...
 Freddy (3 episodes, 1981)
Terry Gill ...
 Arthur (3 episodes, 1981)
Cindy Unkauf ...
 Alice (3 episodes, 1981)
Lesley Baker ...
 Matron (2 episodes, 1981)
Bruce Kerr ...
 Dr. Robertson (2 episodes, 1981)
Debra Lawrance ...
 Nurse Conrad (2 episodes, 1981)
Harold Baigent ...
 Daddy (2 episodes, 1981)
Don Barker ...
 Mr. Tucker (2 episodes, 1981)
Joanne Barker ...
 Sadie (2 episodes, 1981)
Syd Conabere ...
 Radcliffe (2 episodes, 1981)
Ian Cuming ...
 Mr. Ransome (2 episodes, 1981)
Marcus Duffy ...
 Bob (2 episodes, 1981)
Roy Edmunds ...
 Det. Sgt. Farrant / ... (2 episodes, 1981)
Kristy Grant ...
 Leila (2 episodes, 1981)
Betty Hargrave ...
 Mrs. Carruthers (2 episodes, 1981)
Edward Hepple ...
 Tom (2 episodes, 1981)
David Hursthouse ...
 Mr. Clynes (2 episodes, 1981)
Brendon Lunney ...
 Finlay (2 episodes, 1981)
Jeremy McArthur ...
 Skeeter (2 episodes, 1981)
Dennis Miller ...
 Gunner (2 episodes, 1981)
Helen Noonan ...
 Mrs. Trueman (2 episodes, 1981)
Marilyn O'Donnell ...
 Biddy (2 episodes, 1981)
Johnny Quinn ...
 Ron (2 episodes, 1981)
Rob Steele ...
 Angus (2 episodes, 1981)
Elizabeth Stevenson ...
 Night sister (2 episodes, 1981)
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 Mabel (2 episodes, 1981)
Julie Williams
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Frank Wilson ...
 Mr. Fulsham (2 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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