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Hey Dad..!

The Best of Hey Dad..! DVD cover
Format Sitcom
Created by Gary Reilly
& John Flanagan
Starring Hey Dad..! Cast
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 291
Production
Running time 22-23 minutes (per episode)
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Original run 11 February 198717 August 1994 [1]
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

Hey Dad..! is an Australian sitcom produced by Gary Reilly Productions, originally airing from 1987 to 1994 on the Seven Network. Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Gary Reilly is an Australian television producer and writer, most famous for his work on a variety of comedy series such as The Naked Vicar Show, Kingswood Country, Hey Dad. ... John Flanagan is a writer from Australia. ... Hey Dad. ... The following is a list of episodes for the television show Hey Dad. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... is the 42nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... is the 229th day of the year (230th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... A sitcom or situation comedy is a genre of comedy performance originally devised for radio but today typically found on television. ... Gary Reilly is an Australian television producer and writer, most famous for his work on a variety of comedy series such as The Naked Vicar Show, Kingswood Country, Hey Dad. ... Year 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday (link displays 1987 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ...

Contents

Synopsis

Hey Dad..! is set in the Sydney suburb of Chatswood, where Martin Kelly is left to singlehandedly raise his three children Simon, Debbie and Jenny, after the death of his wife, Margaret. This article is about the metropolitan area in Australia. ... Categories: Incomplete Sydney suburbs | Suburbs of Sydney ...


Martin runs his own architectural business from home, and employs Betty Wilson -- a ditsy but good-natured cousin of the Kellys from the country town of Walgett -- as his secretary. This article is about the built environment. ... Walgett is a town of approximately 2700 persons in north-central New South Wales, Australia. ...


Many episodes deal with the daily stresses Martin faces as the family patriarch, such as settling squabbles amongst his children, being forced to endure Betty's elaborate excuses for tardiness, and his frustration with her delayed productivity at work. Another source of agitation for Martin is the ever-present uninvited visits from Simon's best friend Nudge, a neighbour who constantly helps himself to whatever food he can find in the Kellys' kitchen.


In early episodes, the show touches briefly upon how the characters are struggling to deal with the absence of Margaret from their lives. Martin also breaks the fourth wall several times to deliver sarcastic one-liners to camera, but this trait is quickly dropped by the middle of the first season. The fourth wall is the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a proscenium theater, through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...


Character replacements

As the series progresses, the original characters move out of the house one by one. New characters are then introduced, in order to keep the balance of the show's cast intact. The roles of two of the family's children - Simon and Jenny - were also recast during the show's run after the original actor left the series.


In season 5, Debbie moves to Dunk Island to work as a waitress, and is replaced with new character Samantha (Sam), a niece of Martin's from Hong Kong, who promptly moves in with the Kellys. After Nudge's character vanishes without explanation between seasons 5 and 6, a schoolboy named Arthur McArthur becomes the new neighbour to regularly visit the Kellys. At the end of season 6, Simon moves out, leaving his friend Ben to move into Simon's room. At the end of season 12, Martin leaves for a $300,000-per-year contract to design and build a deep water port and mini-city in Saudi Arabia, leaving his house and business in the care of friend Greg Russell. Sam moves to Adelaide soon after, opening the door for Greg's daughter Tracy to move in. Dunk Island, photographed from Bicton Hill, towards the North of Mission Beach Dunk Island lies 4 km off the Australian east coast in the Pacific Ocean, opposite the town of Mission Beach, Queensland. ... A deep water port is any port that can accommodate a fully laden Panamax ship. ...


Final episode

By the time the final episode takes place, Betty and Jenny are the only two characters to remain from the pilot episode, although Jenny is portrayed by a different actress by this stage. Julie McGregor is the only original cast member to remain throughout the entire series. Julie McGregor is an Australian television actor, born in 1948, notable for her role as Betty, the dimwitted secretary in the Australian television comedy series, Hey Dad. ...


In the series finale, the entire family is confined to the house with a fugitive bank robber holding the characters hostage. The robber places a bomb in the family's VCR, as leverage with the police. In an uncharacteristically darkly humorous ending, the bomb presumably detonates, at which point the cast break the fourth wall to thank the studio audience. A series finale is the very last installment of a television series, usually a sitcom or drama. ... Black comedy, also known as black humor, is a subgenre of comedy and satire where topics and events normally treated seriously – death, mass murder, sickness, madness, terror, drug abuse, et cetera – are treated in a humorous or satirical manner. ... Specifically in a proscenium theater, the term fourth wall applies to the imaginary invisible wall at the front of the stage in a theater through which the audience sees the action in the world of the play. ...


Cast

The cast of Hey Dad..! from 1992.

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Main characters

  • Martin Kelly – Robert Hughes (1987-1994; episodes 1-265)
  • Betty Wilson – Julie McGregor (1987-1994; episodes 1-291)
  • Simon Kelly – Paul Smith (1987; episodes 1-39), Christopher Mayer (1988-1991; episodes 40-187)
  • Debbie Kelly – Simone Buchanan (1987-1990, 1994; episodes 1-165, 268)
  • Jennifer Kelly – Sarah Monahan (1987-1993; episodes 1-227), Angela Keep (1993-1994; episodes 231-291)
  • Gerald 'Nudge' Noritis – Christopher Truswell (1987-1991, 1994; episodes 1-174, 291)
  • Samantha Kelly – Rachael Beck (1991-1994; episodes 166-267)
  • Arthur McArthur – Matthew Krok (1991-1994; episodes 169, 178-291)
  • Ben Hubner - Paul Jesus Robertson (1991-1994; episodes 177-291)
  • Greg Russell – Mark Owen-Taylor (1993-1994; episodes 263-291)
  • Tracy Russell – Belinda Emmett (1994; episodes 266-291)

(born 1948), Australian actor whose roles include Abba - The Movie and the TV sitcom Hey Dad. ... Julie McGregor is an Australian television actor, born in 1948, notable for her role as Betty, the dimwitted secretary in the Australian television comedy series, Hey Dad. ... Paul Smith (born 1968 in Sydney) is an Australian actor, most known for his role as the original Simon in the TV sitcom Hey Dad. ... Christopher Mayer (* 1961 in Trinidad, West India, now Trinidad & Tobago) is an Australian actor well known for his work on the sitcom Hey Dad. ... Simone Buchanan (born March 11, 1968, in Marrickville, New South Wales, Australia) is an Australian film and television actress. ... Sarah Monahan (born April 12, 1977 in Sydney) is an Australian actress. ... Angela Keep is an Australian Actress. ... Christopher Truswell (born January 31, 1966) is an Australian actor who appeared as a regular in the Australian TV sitcom Hey Dad. ... Rachael Beck (born 9 February 1971 in Sydney, Australia) is an Australian stage and television actress. ... Matthew Krok (born 8 March 1982 in Sydney, New South Wales) is a former Australian child actor best known for playing the role of schoolboy Arthur McArthur on the Australian sitcom Hey Dad. ... Belinda Belle Jane Emmett (April 12, 1974 – November 11, 2006) was an Australian actress and singer. ...

Recurring characters

  • Stan Hickey – Bill Young (episodes 17, 33, 48, 55, 73, 91, 92, 93, 130, 143, 164, 188, 189, 200)
  • Lyn Parker – Mary Lou Stewart (episodes 233, 239, 241, 244, 246, 248, 251, 253, 255, 264)
  • Grandma Lois Kelly – Moya O'Sullivan (episodes 3, 21, 40, 71, 86, 134, 167)
  • Jeanette Taylor – Joanne Samuel (episodes 67, 87, 93, 100, 114, 121, 134)
  • Det. Sgt. Anne Burke – Tina Bursill (episodes 10, 11, 15, 22, 28, 34)
  • Shelley – Beth Champion (episodes 214, 221, 224, 229)
  • Elaine – Beth Buchanan (episodes 88, 98, 116)
  • Katie – Kate Morris (episodes 102, 110, 120)
  • Karen – Rebecca Cross (episodes 176, 186, 187)
  • Belinda – Naomi Watts (episodes 148, 153)
  • Mr. Blunt – Doug Scroope (episodes 149, 220)
  • Tessa McArthur – Tayce Krok (episodes 184, 276)
  • Jolanda LeClerk – Nikki Coghill (episodes 193, 203)
  • Bruno – Rod Zuanic (episodes 197, 213)
  • Glenda the Bag Lady – Julie Haseler (episodes 262, 282)

Joanne Samuel (born 1957 in Camperdown, New South Wales, Australia) is an actress who remains best known for her role as the ill-fated screen wife of Mel Gibson in the 1979 film Mad Max. ... Tina Bursill (born 1951 in Sydney, Australia) is an actress usually seen on television playing sophisticated and coolly self-reliant women such as Louise Carter in Skyways and Sonia Stevens in Prisoner. ... Naomi Ellen Watts (born September 28, 1968) is a British actress known for her roles in Mulholland Drive, the film remakes of The Ring and King Kong, as well as her Academy Award-nominated role in the film 21 Grams. ... Nikki Coghill (born January 4, 1964 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian actress. ...

Production

The Hey Dad..! pilot was recorded in 1984, but it sat around for several months, as network television executives were initially reluctant to take on the show. Twelve episodes were then recorded in 1986. [2] The series was very close to being cancelled before it was even aired[3], but, ultimately, the Seven Network decided to give it a chance and bought the series, airing the first episode on 11 February 1987. [4] The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ...


One episode was taped per week. Rehearsals generally started on a Tuesday, and were held each day until Saturday, when taping would take place before a studio audience at ATN Channel 7 Studios in Epping, New South Wales. The same episode was recorded twice on the same night in front of two different audiences. The taping with the better overall performance and more enthusiastic audience response was usually selected as the one to be aired, although sometimes, the best takes from both tapings would be combined in post-production. [5] This article is about the Australian television station. ... High Street in Epping Epping is a market town and civil parish in the Epping Forest district of the county of Essex in the United Kingdom. ... NSW redirects here. ...


Production took a temporary break in mid-1991, as another Gary Reilly sitcom featuring Betty Wilson, Hampton Court, was produced. Hey Dad..! production resumed afterwards, and Seven decided not to renew Hampton Court for a second season. [6] Gary Reilly is an Australian television producer and writer, most famous for his work on a variety of comedy series such as The Naked Vicar Show, Kingswood Country, Hey Dad. ... Hampton Court was an Australian situation comedy series produced by Gary Reilly Productions in 1991. ...

The exterior of the Kelly house

Hey Dad..! often used the same studio as another Seven Network series Home and Away. The night before Hey Dad..! was to be recorded in front of an audience, the crew would work overnight to take down the Home and Away set, replacing it with the Hey Dad..! set. After the Hey Dad..! tapings concluded on Saturday night, the Hey Dad..! set would be dismantled and replaced with the Home and Away set once again. This was a regular occurrence for the entire run of the series. [7] Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links No higher resolution available. ... Home and Away (also commonly known as H&A) is a Logie-winning soap opera that is produced in Sydney by the Seven Network since July 1987. ...


The exterior shots of the Kelly house were filmed using a miniature model constructed by British artist and designer Mike Worrall. Recording of the exteriors took place in-studio over the course of a two-day period, undergoing a range of lighting situations to re-create various weather conditions and times of day. Producers often found themselves taking phone calls from people wanting to know the address of the house, with the hope of purchasing it and moving in. [8] A scale model of the Tower of London. ... Mike Worrall (b. ...


After the series ended, the model was stored by the producers, as no museums were able to take it at the time. However, the model eventually disintegrated while in storage, and is no longer in existence.[9]


Episodes

Main article: List of Hey Dad..! episodes

The following is a list of episodes for the television show Hey Dad. ...

International versions

The series was sold to over 20 countries worldwide. Having been translated and dubbed into several different languages, the show was highly popular in France, Spain, and throughout Asia in the 1990s. However, a significant portion of its international fanbase comes from Germany, with critical praise often being given to German voice over artist Arne Elsholtz for his work as translator, while also voicing Martin in the German version of episodes 1 to 149. For other uses, see Asia (disambiguation). ... For the band, see 1990s (band). ...


Parodies

A spoof by Peter Broelman titled Hey Dud! appeared in issue 291 of MAD Magazine's Australian edition, featuring characters such as Barfin' Killjoy, Petty, Simple, Dunny, Junky and Bludge. Coincidentally, 291 would also become the eventual number of episodes aired in the series. Mad is an American humor magazine founded by editor Harvey Kurtzman and publisher William Gaines in 1952. ...


In September 2006, satirical comedy 'current affairs' show Real Stories aired a fictional story about an up-and-coming director attempting to make a feature film of Hey Dad..! The film was to be titled "Hey Dad..! The Movie" and was to star Stephen Curry (who made a cameo appearance in the Real Stories episode) as Hey Dad..! character Nudge. Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Real Stories is an Australian comedy television show which first premiered at 9pm on 22nd August, 2006 on Network Ten. ... Stephen Curry (born in Melbourne, Victoria) is an Australian comedian and actor who has appeared in many television drama and comedy series, and in feature films. ...


Airings

The Seven Network is an Australian television network, owned by the Seven Media Group. ... Network Ten, or Channel Ten, is one of Australias three major commercial television networks. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ARD (Arbeitsgemeinschaft der öffentlich-rechtlichen Rundfunkanstalten der Bundesrepublik Deutschland – the Consortium of public-law broadcasting institutions of the Federal Republic of Germany), is a joint organization of Germanys regional public broadcasting agencies. ... Kabel 1 (now called kabel eins GmbH) is a commercial television channel in Germany. ...

Book/CD/DVD releases

  • The Betty Wilson Secretarial Companion (Paperback) - Written by Gary Reilly & John Flanagan; Published by Penguin Books Australia Ltd. (August 2, 1990)
  • Martin vs Betty - The Best of Hey Dad - A CD compilation of audio clips from the show, released by Rich River Records (1991).
  • The Best of Hey Dad...! Volume 1 - A collection of 13 episodes released through Shock DVD (March 18, 2007).

Gary Reilly is an Australian television producer and writer, most famous for his work on a variety of comedy series such as The Naked Vicar Show, Kingswood Country, Hey Dad. ... John Flanagan is a writer from Australia. ... It has been suggested that Penguin Modern Poets, Penguin Great Ideas be merged into this article or section. ... is the 214th day of the year (215th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1991 (MCMXCI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the 1991 Gregorian calendar). ... Shock Records is Australias largest independent record label. ... is the 77th day of the year (78th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) is the current year, a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar and the AD/CE era in the 21st century. ...

See also

This is a list of Australian television series and television programs. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.lm.net.au/~fsteiny/heydad_home.html
  2. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086729/trivia
  3. ^ http://au.blogs.yahoo.com/wherearetheynow/189/julie-mcgregor
  4. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086729/trivia
  5. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086729/trivia
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086729/trivia
  7. ^ http://televisedrevolution.com/wordpress/?p=136
  8. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086729/trivia
  9. ^ http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0086729/trivia
  10. ^ http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hey_Dad%21#Hey_Dad.21_in_Deutschland

External links

  • Hey Dad..! at the Internet Movie Database
  • Hey Dad at the National Film and Sound Archive
  • Televised Revolution - Audio interview with Hey Dad..! creator Gary Reilly

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