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

14 September 1987 (Australia)  »

Also Known As:

Ruth Park's Poor Man's Orange  »

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

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Extension of HARP IN THE SOUTH
9 April 2002 | by See 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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