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The Genie from Down Under 

When Penelope discovers an old trunk in the attic of her home, her curiosity leads her to check its contents. She finds a beautiful, but dusty, opal pendant and is delighted with her find - not realising how much it will affect her life.






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Series cast summary:
Alexandra Milman Alexandra Milman ...  Penelope Townes 13 episodes, 1996
Glenn Meldrum Glenn Meldrum ...  Baz 13 episodes, 1996
Rhys Muldoon ...  Bruce 13 episodes, 1996
Anna Galvin ...  Lady Diana Townes 13 episodes, 1996
Monica Maughan Monica Maughan ...  Miss Mossop 13 episodes, 1996
Mark Mitchell Mark Mitchell ...  Otto von Meister 12 episodes, 1996
Fletcher Humphrys ...  Conrad von Meister 12 episodes, 1996
Ian McFadyen Ian McFadyen ...  Lord 'Bubbles' Uppington-Smythe 10 episodes, 1996
Kylie Belling Kylie Belling ...  Trish Emu 8 episodes, 1996
Emily Milburn ...  Marcia Huntley 7 episodes, 1996
Jacinta Stapleton ...  Sophie / ... 6 episodes, 1996


When Penelope Townes discovers a long-forgotten old trunk in the attic of her decaying mansion home, her curiosity leads her to check its contents. In it, she finds a beautiful, but dusty, opal pendant and is delighted with her find - little realising how much this small gem will affect her future life (and that of her mother as well). Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Release Date:

3 June 1996 (Australia) See more »

Also Known As:

不思議なオパール See more »

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Australia See more »

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Oz strikes again
19 January 2004 | by mr_impossibleSee all my reviews

Australia has produced some absolutely cracking kids TV series that anyone of a certain age will remember extremely fondly: Girl from Tomorrow, Round the Twist, Pugwall and many more. These series were quirky (sometimes downright loopy), well made and are a great testament to the fact that good kids TV is smart and sharp, hires good actors, makes careful use of often tight budgets and doesn't talk down to its audience. The Genie from Down Under fits well into this mould being an amiably bonkers premise brought vigorously to life through thoroughly well made production.

When Penelope Townes (a perfectly appalling Alexandra Milman) comes across a magic opal in a trunk in her rambling old house she releases two genies: Bruce and his son Baz. It's an immediate culture clash since Penelope and her mother Lady Diana (the gorgeous Anna Galvin, who also played Marion in 'The New Adventures of Robin Hood' for a bit) are breathtakingly posh Brits while the well meaning but hopeless genies are Aussie beauts who just happen to have special powers. Penelope's extreme selfishness combined with the genies' talent for mischief and incompetence in equal measure leads to giggles aplenty. The fact that Bruce is absolutely head over heels in love with Penelope's mother also complicates matters for all concerned. It's 'I Dream of Jeannie' for the 90's with a twist and I thoroughly recommend it.

Keep putting out stuff like this ABC - you beauty.

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