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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 ... See full summary »

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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 236 episodes, 1972-1977
Wendy Blacklock Wendy Blacklock ...  Edie MacDonald 226 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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English

Release Date:

13 March 1972 (Australia) See more »

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Runtime:

(1218 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Judy McBurney was originally cast as Marilyn McDonald and shot around 30 scenes/six episodes-worth. She then fell ill, and Frances Hargreaves was brought in to reshoot and continue playing the character. McBurney did belatedly appear in the series, as Jodi, in 1977. See more »

Goofs

Following the shooting of the feature film version, the television production crew utilized the same colour footage shot at the building's actual exterior location in Woolahra for their end credits on TV. On location the delicatessen phone numbers shown in its window are 82-2031 and 82-2671; however on the interior-based studio set the numbers failed to correspond, showing instead as 382-2021 and 382-2671. 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 abethell-2See 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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