1 user

The Genie from Down Under 

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, ... See full summary »






Add Image Add an image

Do you have any images for this title?

Learn more

More Like This 

The Genie from Down Under 2 (TV Series 1998)
Family | Comedy | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

When Penelope Townes finds an opal, she discovers she is now the master of two genies - Bruce and his son Baz. But when Penelope's mother-Lady Diana starts falling in love with Bruce, ... See full summary »

Stars: Alexandra Milman, Glenn Meldrum, Sandy Winton
Ocean Girl (1994–1997)
Action | Adventure | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  

Neri - the title character - is a young girl with an affinity for water, super-human strength, the ability to swim long distances, and super-human lung capacity. She lives alone on an ... See full summary »

Stars: Marzena Godecki, David Hoflin, Jeffrey Walker
Round the Twist (1989–2001)
Comedy | Family | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  

Tony Twist and his three children - thirteen year old twins Pete and Linda and seven year old Bronson - move to an old lighthouse on the rugged Australian Coast. They soon discover that the... See full summary »

Stars: Mark Mitchell, Esben Storm, Rian McLean
Bump in the Night (1994–1995)
Animation | Comedy | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The misadventures of a small green monster named Mr. Bumpy, a blue monster named Squishington, and a rag doll named Molly Coddle in a bedroom of a 10 year old boy.

Stars: Jim Cummings, Rob Paulsen, Gail Matthius
Mirror, Mirror (1995–1998)
Adventure | Drama | Family
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  

When Jo Tiegan is given an oval-shaped mirror, as a gift, by the elderly owner of an antique shop, she is amazed to see another girl's image in the mirror instead of her own reflection. It ... See full summary »

Stars: Petra Yared, Michala Banas, Nicholas Hooper


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 Emily Milburn ...  Marcia Huntley 7 episodes, 1996
Jacinta Stapleton 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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Plot Keywords:

trunk | pendant | opal | mansion | gem | See All (17) »







Release Date:

3 June 1996 (Australia) See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(13 episodes)


See full technical specs »

Did You Know?


Featured in Round the Twist: The Tears of Innocence (2000) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

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.

16 of 16 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See one user review »

Contribute to This Page

Stream Trending TV Series With Prime Video

Explore popular and recently added TV series available to stream now with Prime Video.

Start your free trial

Recently Viewed