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The Dirtwater Dynasty (1988)
Wonderful, sprawling saga about the life of Richard Eastwick (Hugo Weaving), from the late 1800s to the post-war 1940s. Eastwick is born into poverty in the London slums and emigrates to Australia as an illiterate and naive young man, based on nothing more than falling in love with some paintings of Australia he chances upon in a museum. The one thing that propels him through all of the hardships he faces is his incredible drive to succeed and make something of himself, and pass on an enduring legacy on to the family he desperately wants to have.
All of the cast are very good in this, but in particular I'd single out Weaving's engrossing portrayal of Eastwick. I also really enjoyed Bruce Spence as "Lonely Logan", Steve Jacobs as the ever-loyal "Josh McCall", and their chemistry with Weaving.
I agree with another commenter who mentioned being "gutted" by the ending. I would have loved to have seen it end differently! I understood why the writers ended it that way, but I still found it frustrating.
In short, this is an excellent mini-series and well worth watching!