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Number 96 

Drama examining the lives of residents of a Sydney apartment block. Initial storylines focused on adultery, drug use, frigidity, rape, gossip, homosexuality, marriage problems, racism. The ... See full summary »

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David Sale
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Series cast summary:
Pat McDonald Pat McDonald ...  Dorrie Evans 321 episodes, 1972-1977
Jeff Kevin Jeff Kevin ...  Arnold Feather / ... 297 episodes, 1972-1977
Joe Hasham Joe Hasham ...  Don Finlayson 297 episodes, 1972-1977
Elaine Lee Elaine Lee ...  Vera Collins / ... 283 episodes, 1972-1976
Ron Shand Ron Shand ...  Herbert Evans 237 episodes, 1972-1977
Wendy Blacklock Wendy Blacklock ...  Edie MacDonald 227 episodes, 1974-1977
Mike Dorsey Mike Dorsey ...  Reg MacDonald / ... 220 episodes, 1972-1977
Chard Hayward ...  Dudley Butterfield / ... 209 episodes, 1972-1977
Bunney Brooke Bunney Brooke ...  Flo Patterson 195 episodes, 1972-1977
Sheila Kennelly Sheila Kennelly ...  Norma Whittaker 193 episodes, 1972-1977
Johnny Lockwood Johnny Lockwood ...  Aldo Godolfus 178 episodes, 1972-1975
James Elliott James Elliott ...  Alf Sutcliffe 174 episodes, 1972-1975
Bettina Welch Bettina Welch ...  Maggie Cameron 164 episodes, 1972-1976
Dina Mann Dina Mann ...  Debbie Chester 137 episodes, 1975-1977
Gordon McDougall Gordon McDougall ...  Les Whittaker / ... 133 episodes, 1972-1977
Suzanne Church Suzanne Church ...  Jane Chester 130 episodes, 1975-1977
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Drama examining the lives of residents of a Sydney apartment block. Initial storylines focused on adultery, drug use, frigidity, rape, gossip, homosexuality, marriage problems, racism. The building's ground floor delicatessen run by Hungarian Jew Aldo Godolfus and the nearby laundrette provided central meeting places for characters. Original residents included busty blonde virgin Bev Houghton who fell in love with her neighbour, homosexual lawyer Don Finlayson. Don's flatmate lover was Bruce Taylor, a photographer who was secretly being kept financially by his employer, the bitchy and sardonic Maggie Cameron. Friendly Vera Collins read tarot cards for a living; her husband had deserted her and she would be perpetually unlucky in love. In flat 8 lived immigrants from Lancashire, whining Alf Sutcliffe and his salt of the earth wife Lucy, who worked in the laundrette. Interfering, malaproping gossip Dorrie Evans was the building's self-appointed "conserge"; her husband was the more ... Written by Anonymous

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After the bomb blast episode the original still photograph was temporarily reinstated for the end credits sequence with frequent touch-ups so the picture reflected first the devastation of the bomb blast, and then the ensuing repairs to the building. First the deli was shown to be burnt out, later the smashed windows were shown to be boarded-up and then replaced as these events occurred in the series. As the photograph had been in black and white an artist quickly added a red roof, yellow awnings, blue sky and green leaves on the trees as the series was now shot in colour. See more »

Goofs

The character of Arnold Feather lost his leg in the bomb blast. Actor Jeff Kevin had to play his scenes from then on with a fake "false leg" or in long trousers. About a year later, the writers, forgetting about the leg, had the character in shorts. When Jeff protested, they just said "oh, no-one will notice". The character's leg remained "regrown" from then on. See more »

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From Good Beginnings to Farce
9 January 2008 | by sartyflartbastSee all my reviews

This series broke new ground. It had regular boob shots and saucy story lines. A bit like those cheeky seaside postcards that the Brits were famous for. The characters were stereotypical and overdrawn, from the whinging pom Alf through to the cod 'foreign accent' of Aldo the shopkeeper and not forgetting the prissy Arnold Feather or linguistically challenged Dorrie Evans.

Never to be taken seriously, this series was a harmless way to spend a bit of time in front of the box. The problems began when the writers began to take it seriously and ever more strained and complicated story lines were introduced and the series ending dying a long, slow and painful death.

If ever there is an opportunity to watch any episodes, avoid any that took up the story after the bombing of the delicatessen. It would have a blessed relief for all concerned if the bomb had removed the entire building with all its characters and not just the one or two that were written out of the series.


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Australia

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English

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13 March 1972 (Australia) See more »

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