Les Norton follows the exploits of a country boy who has escaped a troubled past to find himself in Sydney, working as a bouncer/fixer at the city's most notorious illegal casino in 1985. A...
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Les Norton follows the exploits of a country boy who has escaped a troubled past to find himself in Sydney, working as a bouncer/fixer at the city's most notorious illegal casino in 1985. A classic fish out of water, he soon finds himself seduced by the city's illicit charms and dragged deeper into the web of underground criminality.
Both the co producer and co star David Wenham aren't fans of the books, having stated: series co-producer, John Edwards, who admits he "wasn't a fan back in the day" of Barrett's "extremely popular" books, which have required a "huge amount" of reinvention: "They weren't art, and in fact lots of the characters written as very backward-looking males have become female characters, and they've been empowered. The charm of the voice has been maintained and the sketchier elements deleted." But Wenham found reading the Les Norton books troubling. "It was a bit of a chore, because although there's great humour and they're wonderful source material, there's a whole heap of stuff that, to put it bluntly, is offensive these days. So the creators have done a pretty fine job taking the jewels out of the piece and letting the rest slide by." See more »
Return of Ocker
It's good to see content that will attract a larger audience to the ABC. A few people are complaining its not a direct copy of books. By updating the text, the content appeals to a broader audience the other half of the population women. If they stuck with the dated text, it would have resembled the corniness of an Alvin Purple movie.
There are parts in series that push this ocker comedy to over the top corniness, but overall the series was enjoyable. Perfecting casting of Les Norton.
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