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


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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From its launch on 13 March 1972 (described as "The night Australian television lost its virginity") until late 1974, the show was wholly recorded on monochrome videotape. Only 19 editions - including the first ten episodes - are known survive from this entire run, though everything subsequently taped in colour exits. See more »


Occasionally the credits would appear in the wrong sequence, placing characters in the wrong flat. See more »


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Will seem dated but a good escape-forerunner of Soap
29 May 2006 | by See 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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