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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Elaine Lee Elaine Lee ...  Vera Collins / ... 50 episodes, 1972-1976
Pat McDonald Pat McDonald ...  Dorrie Evans 44 episodes, 1972-1977
Joe Hasham Joe Hasham ...  Don Finlayson 43 episodes, 1972-1977
Ron Shand Ron Shand ...  Herbert Evans / ... 39 episodes, 1972-1976
James Elliott James Elliott ...  Alf Sutcliffe 38 episodes, 1972-1975
Elisabeth Kirkby Elisabeth Kirkby ...  Lucy Sutcliffe / ... 37 episodes, 1972-1975
Wendy Blacklock Wendy Blacklock ...  Edie McDonald / ... 31 episodes, 1974-1977
Johnny Lockwood Johnny Lockwood ...  Aldo Godolfus 30 episodes, 1972-1975
Mike Dorsey Mike Dorsey ...  Reg McDonald / ... 30 episodes, 1974-1977
Sheila Kennelly Sheila Kennelly ...  Norma Whittaker 29 episodes, 1973-1976
Chard Hayward ...  Dudley Butterfield / ... 28 episodes, 1972-1977
Bunney Brooke Bunney Brooke ...  Flo Patterson 27 episodes, 1973-1977
Jeff Kevin Jeff Kevin ...  Arnold Feather / ... 27 episodes, 1973-1977
Bettina Welch Bettina Welch ...  Maggie Cameron 26 episodes, 1972-1975
Pamela Gibbons Pamela Gibbons ...  Grace 'Prim' Primrose 22 episodes, 1975
Vivienne Garrett Vivienne Garrett ...  Rose Godolfus / ... 21 episodes, 1972-1975
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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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Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

13 March 1972 (Australia) See more »

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(1218 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The building's fictional address was 96 Lindsay Street in the Paddington district of Sydney. In reality the exterior used was 81-83 Moncur Street in Woollahra, in Sydney's Eastern Suburbs. 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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Referenced in Number 96... And they said it wouldn't last (1976) See more »

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Paperboy, theme from 'Number 96'
Writtenby Steve Grey
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Will seem dated but a good escape-forerunner of Soap
29 May 2006 | by Andy EthellSee all my reviews

In the 70's there were some good Australian TV soaps made that reflected a changing society especially when it came to relationships. Or perhaps it was just that people were able to show for real what had been happening previously but never shown on conservative 1960's TV.

No 96 will stand the test of time because gave viewers first full frontal (I think) seen by Abigail.

It will seem a bit cheap and nasty but you must remember that they would make at least 1-2 one hour episodes per week over a 40 week season.

I think the late 1970's series-SOAP with Billy Crystal is similar in that it mentions society changes like gays and infidelity-in a campish , funny way.


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