And the Big Men Fly (1974– )

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The Crows are a football team which haven't had much success. In fact they haven't won a game for a considerable time, let alone a premiership. Their players are not much good and they need... See full summary »

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John Hargreaves
Diane Craig
Frank Wilson
Colin McEwan
Reg Evans
Maurie Fields
Terry Gill
Peter Aanensen
George Mallaby
Rosie Sturgess
Barry McQueen
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The Crows are a football team which haven't had much success. In fact they haven't won a game for a considerable time, let alone a premiership. Their players are not much good and they need to find some new talent. Coach JJ Forbes sends his assistant Wally out into the country to un-earth some new players. Unfortunately Wally doesn't manage to find anyone. On the way back to the city his car breaks down near the farm of Achilles (Acky) Jones. Acky is a typical country farmer who likes the farm work, has no real interest in the outside world but he has the ability to drop kick full wheatbags across the shed with his bare feet. As far as Acky is concerned this "beats carrying them". To Wally Acky is a "Greek God" who can win the Crows a premiership. If only Acky can be convinced to play football ... Written by peter

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Spin-off And Here Comes Bucknuckle (1981) See more »

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Classic Aussie TV comedy... I think
8 May 2006 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

Please bear in mind that it's over 30 years since I've seen this, and I was eleven at the time.

The series centers on a farm worker with unbelievable natural football (Australian rules) skills. A talent scout accidentally spots him kicking a bale of hay about 50 feet. He is quickly snapped up by a VFL team (which became the AFL, which is roughly the equivalent of the NFL in the US), and to be blunt, I don't remember much more than that, except that I thought it was great when I was eleven years old, and so did most of my mates.

This comes from a period of Australian comedy that produced other shows like 'Kingswood Country' (later to become 'Commodore Country') and saw the tail end of the Grahame Bond/Aunty Jack series, like 'Flash Nick from Jindavik' and 'Woolongong the Brave', and before Australian comedy deteriorated into tedious stand-up comedy shows.

I suspect this show will remain lost forever, which is a shame. It just might be as much fun as I remember.


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