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Poor Man's Orange 

It is the early '50s and the Darcy family continues their struggle to build a better life despite the forces lined up against them in this sequel to the popular made-for-TV film Harp in the... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Anne Phelan ...  Mumma Darcy 2 episodes
Martyn Sanderson Martyn Sanderson ...  Hughie Darcy 2 episodes
Kaarin Fairfax ...  Dolour Darcy 2 episodes
Anna Hruby ...  Roie Rothe 2 episodes
Shane Connor ...  Charlie Rothe 2 episodes
Syd Conabere Syd Conabere ...  Pat Diamond 2 episodes
Lois Ramsey ...  Mrs. Campion 2 episodes
Ron Shand Ron Shand ...  Bumper Reilly 2 episodes
Emily Nicol Emily Nicol ...  Matty Rothe 2 episodes
Cecil Parkee Cecil Parkee ...  Lick Jimmy 2 episodes
Carole Skinner Carole Skinner ...  Delie Stock 2 episodes
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell ...  Father Cooley 2 episodes
Kerry Walker ...  Miss Moon 2 episodes
Brandon Burke ...  Tommy Mendel 2 episodes
Susan Leith Susan Leith ...  Francie 2 episodes
Pat Thomson ...  Mrs. Drummy 2 episodes
Connor Fitzpatrick Connor Fitzpatrick ...  Harry Drummy 2 episodes
Robert Baxter Robert Baxter ...  Mr. Drummy 2 episodes
Felicity Soper Felicity Soper ...  Gracie Drummy 2 episodes
Roger Ward ...  Mr. Kilroy 2 episodes
Denise Otto Denise Otto ...  Mrs. Kilroy 2 episodes
Rose Clemente Rose Clemente ...  Seppa 2 episodes
Garth Meade Garth Meade ...  The Kidger 2 episodes
Simon Gratton Simon Gratton ...  Birdie Wren 2 episodes
Kirrily Nolan Kirrily Nolan ...  Sister Theophilus 2 episodes
Franca Rubiu Franca Rubiu ...  Mrs. Sicilino 2 episodes
Peter Carmody Peter Carmody ...  Wally 2 episodes
Ella-Mei Wong Ella-Mei Wong ...  Lick Jimmy's Wife 2 episodes
Clive Marshall Clive Marshall ...  Ted 2 episodes
Tony Liu ...  Lick's Son 2 episodes
Saviour Sammut Saviour Sammut ...  Dimitri 2 episodes
Terry Woo Terry Woo ...  Sam Gooey 2 episodes
Peter Corbett Peter Corbett ...  Will the Foreman 2 episodes
Colin Croft Colin Croft ...  Drunk 2 episodes
John Godden ...  Nipper 2 episodes
Queenie Ashton ...  Mrs. Casement 2 episodes
Kris Bidenko Kris Bidenko ...  Shirley 2 episodes
Ann Morgan Ann Morgan ...  Street Woman 2 episodes
David Wenham ...  Party Youth 2 episodes
Ken Snodgrass Ken Snodgrass ...  Ernie 2 episodes
Lester Morris Lester Morris ...  Hot Dog Man 2 episodes
Kristoffer Greaves Kristoffer Greaves ...  Christmas Day Policeman 2 episodes
Richard Mills Richard Mills ...  Policeman 2 episodes
Robert Davis Robert Davis ...  Role's Doctor 2 episodes
Susie Edmonds ...  Nursing Sister 2 episodes
Melissa Bickerton ...  Dental Nurse 2 episodes
Stephen Boyle Stephen Boyle ...  Student Dr Jackson 2 episodes
Scott Ferguson Scott Ferguson ...  Student Dr Steele 2 episodes
Louise Blackwell Louise Blackwell ...  Judy 2 episodes
Jean Calver Jean Calver ...  Mrs. Emmett 2 episodes
Archer Cox Archer Cox ...  Newborn Mikey 2 episodes
Christopher Cummins Christopher Cummins ...  Topper 2 episodes
Francis Flannagan Francis Flannagan ...  Mr. Casement 2 episodes
Annie Forday Annie Forday ...  Lick's granddaughter-in-law 2 episodes
Ross Hall Ross Hall ...  Student Dr. Thompson 2 episodes
Brendan Han Brendan Han ...  Roger Bubba 2 episodes
Wahid Iddi Wahid Iddi ...  Lex 2 episodes
Michael Kent Michael Kent ...  Joe 2 episodes
Guy Le Claire Guy Le Claire ...  Dolour's doctor 2 episodes
Kath Leahy Kath Leahy ...  Street Neighbour #1 2 episodes
Lynette Lee Lynette Lee ...  Lick's granddaughter 2 episodes
Paul Lee Paul Lee ...  Lick's grandson #1 2 episodes
Terri Lowe Terri Lowe ...  Sharlee 2 episodes
Kirsty Meares Kirsty Meares ...  Suse Kilroy 2 episodes
Joan Millar Joan Millar ...  Street Neighbour #2 2 episodes
Peter Miller Peter Miller ...  Student Dr. McAlpine 2 episodes
Martin Mowlam Martin Mowlam ...  Dentist 2 episodes
Alain Nguyen Dinh Alain Nguyen Dinh ...  Chinese Man 2 episodes
James Parkes James Parkes ...  Mikey aged 4-6 months 2 episodes
May Pusey May Pusey ...  Sister Rose 2 episodes
Andrew Quan Andrew Quan ...  Lick's grandson #2 2 episodes
Stan Roach Stan Roach ...  Angus McIntosh 2 episodes
George Rubiu George Rubiu ...  Mr. Sicilino 2 episodes
Kevin Scully Kevin Scully ...  Reporter 2 episodes
N.K. Soo N.K. Soo ...  Sam's friend 2 episodes
Valerie Thompson Valerie Thompson ...  Eye Hospital Sister 2 episodes
Christina Youhanna Christina Youhanna ...  Florentina 2 episodes


It is the early '50s and the Darcy family continues their struggle to build a better life despite the forces lined up against them in this sequel to the popular made-for-TV film Harp in the South. Father Hughie (Martyn_Sanderson); his wife, Mumma (Anne Plelan); and their younger daughter, Dolour (Kaarin_Fairfax), are broken people after Roie (Anna Hruby)the oldest daughter dies giving birth to a baby boy. Charlie(Shane Feeney-Connor), Roie's husband takes to the drink to forget his loss remembering only Roie and forgetting about his children. Dolour no longer a child fights for the strength to keep this family together in this hard bitten Irish-emigrate community of Surry Hills, but as bad times, illness, and romantic discord make their presence known, the Darcy's find that what they need most to survive is one another. Written by Anonymous

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Anne Phelan said that in her opinion Mumma Darcy is the best (and her personal favourite) character out of all the roles she has played in her long and varied acting career. See more »


Follows The Harp in the South (1987) See more »

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Extension of HARP IN THE SOUTH
9 April 2002 | by ksaelagnulraonSee all my reviews

I was actually fortunate enough to see both miniseries back-to-back - I'd hired them from the local library at the same time. They were shot simultaneously (same actors, same sets, etc...) and released in the same year (1987) - which is one way to keep costs down, and the main barrier to making miniseries seems to be the cost factor. POOR MAN'S ORANGE, adapted from Ruth Park's sequel to THE HARP IN THE SOUTH, is an extension of the trials and tribulations of the Darcy family, to whom we were introduced in the first miniseries. Like THE HARP IN THE SOUTH, it's nothing overly special, but the characters are loveable, in their own unique ways, and this certainly won't disappoint the masses. 7/10.

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14 September 1987 (Australia) See more »

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Ruth Park's Poor Man's Orange See more »

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