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For the Term of His Natural Life 

In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
Anthony Perkins ...  Rev James North 2 episodes, 1983
Patrick Macnee ...  Major Vickers 2 episodes, 1983
Samantha Eggar ...  Mrs. Vickers 2 episodes, 1983
Diane Cilento ...  Lady Elinor Devine 2 episodes, 1983
Rod Mullinar Rod Mullinar ...  Lt. Maurice Frere 2 episodes, 1983
Robert Coleby ...  John Rex 2 episodes, 1983
Susan Lyons Susan Lyons ...  Sarah 2 episodes, 1983
Penelope Stewart Penelope Stewart ...  Sylvia Vickers 2 episodes, 1983
Colin Friels ...  Richard Devine / ... 2 episodes, 1983
Warwick Cooper Warwick Cooper ...  Loftus 2 episodes, 1983
Jeremy Coote Jeremy Coote ...  Frank Edgely 2 episodes, 1983
Selwyn Crockett Selwyn Crockett ...  Willis 2 episodes, 1983
Hedley Cullen ...  Toddy 2 episodes, 1983
John Dick John Dick ...  Francis Wade 2 episodes, 1983
Patrick Frost Patrick Frost ...  Collins 2 episodes, 1983
Peter Goerecke Peter Goerecke ...  Reasin 2 episodes, 1983
Damon Herriman ...  Blinker 2 episodes, 1983
Drummond Jewitt Drummond Jewitt ...  Sailor Johnson 2 episodes, 1983
David Jobling David Jobling ...  Convict 2 episodes, 1983
Jonathon Leigh Jonathon Leigh ...  Randolph 2 episodes, 1983
Barry Lovett Barry Lovett ...  Captain Blunt 2 episodes, 1983
Stephen Marney ...  Prison Guard 2 episodes, 1983
Anna Maria Monticelli ...  Alicia 2 episodes, 1983
Glynn Nicholas Glynn Nicholas ...  Kirkland 2 episodes, 1983
Jon Nicholls Jon Nicholls ...  Hardy 2 episodes, 1983
Henry Salter Henry Salter ...  Troke, prison warder 2 episodes, 1983
Wendy Strehlow ...  Jenny 2 episodes, 1983


In 1830's England, a young man from a good but troubled family is unjustly convicted of stealing a watch. He's transported to Van Dieman's Land (Tasmania) where he suffers under the enmity of Lt. Frere while falling in love with Sylvia, the Warden's daughter. Meanwhile, back in England, an imposter lays claim to the young man's inheritance. Written by dinky-4 of Minneapolis

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Release Date:

1983 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

Me timima ti zoi tou See more »


Box Office


$5,600,000 (estimated)
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(6 Episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The ketch "Annie Watt" played dual roles in the mini-series, one as the ship "Malabar" and one as the vessel "Osprey". The 21 metre 42 tonne ketch "Annie Watt" was rebuilt for the production and was originally built in 1870. See more »


Kirkland: [to Rufus Dawes] I'd rather you do it. They'll flog me anyway and it will be worse.
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Settle down and enjoy the (lengthy) journey!
29 April 2004 | by swift-4See all my reviews

Overall a great adaption to TV of the classic novel. Colin Friels does an admirable job of playing the protagonist, Rufas Dawes, and the chemistry between him and Rod Mullinar (Lt. Frere) is excellent. Whilst the plot remains by and large true to the novel, the writers of this made-for-TV version for some reason felt it necessary to give the movie a 'happily ever after' ending, hence the last hour or so of this lengthy movie is drastically different to the story originally told by Marcus Clarke. None-the-less, worth the watch if you enjoyed the book, or simply for the historical aspect (the Australian convict era). So be prepared to settle down and enjoy the (lengthy) journey!

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