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The Sullivans
Image:Sullivans.jpg
The Sullivans main title caption.
Genre soap opera
Created by Crawford Productions
Starring Paul Cronin
Lorraine Bayly
Andrew McFarlane
Steven Tandy
Susan Hannaford
Richard Morgan
Norman Yemm
Megan Williams
Vivean Gray
Reg Gorman
Vikki Hammond
Country of origin Flag of Australia Australia
No. of episodes 1114
Production
Running time 30 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Original run 19761983
External links
IMDb profile

The Sullivans was an Australian made drama television series produced by Crawford Productions which ran from 1976 until 1983. The series told the story of an average middle-class Melbourne family and the effect World War II had on their lives. It was a consistent ratings success in Australia, and also became popular in the Netherlands, United Kingdom, Ireland and New Zealand. Image File history File links Sullivans. ... For Philippine soap opera, see Teleserye. ... Crawford Productions is an Australian television production company founded by Hector Crawford. ... Paul Cronin Paul Cronin (born July 8, 1938) is an Australian actor who shot to fame playing motorcycle policeman Gary Hogan in the Crawford Productions drama Matlock Police (1971-1975). ... Lorraine Bayly is an Australian actress, best known to television audiences for her portrayal of Grace Sullivan, the dignified, warm-hearted mother figure in the drama series The Sullivans, dealing with life for an ordinary Australian family during the Second World War. ... Andrew McFarlane is an Australian actor with several stage and screen credits. ... Steven Tandy (born October 23, 1952) is an Australian stage, television and film actor, best known for playing Tom Sullivan, the second eldest son in the classic Australian television series The Sullivans. ... Richard Morgan (b. ... Norman Yemm (born circa 1933) is an Australian actor. ... Megan Williams (11 September 1956-17 April 2000) was an Australian actress and singer, best known for her role as Alice Sullivan in the television drama The Sullivans. ... Vivean Gray (born on 20 July 1924)is a British-born actress, who found her niche playing gossipy characters in Australian television series. ... Reg Gorman (born 1937) is an Australian actor and comedian who shot to fame playing the role of Jack the barman in popular Crawfords soap, The Sullivans. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... The Nine Network, or Channel Nine, is an Australian television network based in Willoughby, a suburb on the North Shore of Sydney. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... Crawford Productions is an Australian television production company founded by Hector Crawford. ... Year 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday (link will display full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1983 (MCMLXXXIII) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays the 1983 Gregorian calendar). ... Melbourne (pronounced ) is the second most populous city in Australia, with a metropolitan area population of approximately 3. ... Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000...

Contents

Main Story, Setting, and Characters

The story began in 1939, with the declaration of war against Germany. From the outset the series focused on the Sullivan family of Gordon Street, Camberwell, Victoria, along with their neighbourhood friends, relatives, and other close associates. Year 1939 (MCMXXXIX) was a common year starting on Sunday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Burke Road, Camberwell (looking north from Camberwell Junction) Camberwell is a suburb of Melbourne, Australia, in the local municipality of the City of Boroondara. ...


Grace and Dave Sullivan (Lorraine Bayly and Paul Cronin) were the parents of the intellectual John (Andrew McFarlane) who was opposed to the war, while his more knockabout younger brother Tom (Steven Tandy) was keen to sign up and defend his country. Next son was Terry (Richard Morgan), a young rascal still in school. The youngest, the only girl, was the shy and conscientious Kitty (Susan Hannaford). Other key characters were Dave's brother, Uncle Harry (Michael Caton) and his syruppy wife Rose (Maggie Dence). Lorraine Bayly is an Australian actress, best known to television audiences for her portrayal of Grace Sullivan, the dignified, warm-hearted mother figure in the drama series The Sullivans, dealing with life for an ordinary Australian family during the Second World War. ... Paul Cronin Paul Cronin (born July 8, 1938) is an Australian actor who shot to fame playing motorcycle policeman Gary Hogan in the Crawford Productions drama Matlock Police (1971-1975). ... Andrew McFarlane is an Australian actor with several stage and screen credits. ... Steven Tandy (born October 23, 1952) is an Australian stage, television and film actor, best known for playing Tom Sullivan, the second eldest son in the classic Australian television series The Sullivans. ... Richard Morgan (b. ... Michael Caton (born 1943 in Queensland, Australia) is an actor best known for playing Darryl Kerrigan from 1997s low budget hit The Castle. ... Image:Dorothy Burke Maggie Dence-1990-1993. ...


The family's close associates were Maggie Hayward (Vikki Hammond), the owner of the local pub The Great Southern, and Jack (Reg Gorman) the barman. Norm Baker (Norman Yemm) was a close family friend, as was the gossipy but sympathetic neighbour Ida Jessup (Vivean Gray) who initially appeared to be meddling and puritantical but actually held great strength and understanding. Mrs Jessup took in lodgers, the first of which were Bert and Lil Duggan (played by Peter Hehir and Noni Hazlehurst). Reg Gorman (born 1937) is an Australian actor and comedian who shot to fame playing the role of Jack the barman in popular Crawfords soap, The Sullivans. ... Norman Yemm (born circa 1933) is an Australian actor. ... Vivean Gray (born on 20 July 1924)is a British-born actress, who found her niche playing gossipy characters in Australian television series. ... Peter Hehir (born 1949 in Sydney, New South Wales) is an Australian film and television actor. ... Noni Hazelhurst is an Australian actress. ...


WWII Theme and Episode Locations

The majority of show's storylines relate to the war, focussing either on its impact on the Sullivan family in Australia, or through locally-filmed scenes of fighting in northern Africa, Greece, Crete, the Netherlands, England, New Guinea and Malaya. All male members of the Sullivan family enlisted in the armed forces at some point in the series; one son (John) was lost at sea but was later found fighting alongside Jewish partisans in the Middle East. Combatants Allied powers: China France Great Britain Soviet Union United States and others Axis powers: Germany Italy Japan and others Commanders Chiang Kai-shek Charles de Gaulle Winston Churchill Joseph Stalin Franklin Roosevelt Adolf Hitler Benito Mussolini Hideki Tōjō Casualties Military dead: 17,000,000 Civilian dead: 33,000... A world map showing the continent of Africa Africa is the worlds second-largest and second most-populous continent, after Asia. ... For the famous World War II battle, see: Battle of Crete For other uses, see Crete (disambiguation). ... Motto (French) God and my right Anthem No official anthem - the United Kingdom anthem God Save the Queen is commonly used England() – on the European continent() – in the United Kingdom() Capital (and largest city) London (de facto) Official languages English (de facto)1 Government Constitutional monarchy  -  Monarch Queen Elizabeth II... Map of Peninsular Malaysia Peninsular Malaysia (Malay: Semenanjung Malaysia) is the part of Malaysia which lies on the Malay Peninsula, and shares a land border with Thailand in the north. ... The word Jew ( Hebrew: יהודי) is used in a wide number of ways, but generally refers to a follower of the Jewish faith, a child of a Jewish mother, or someone of Jewish descent with a connection to Jewish culture or ethnicity and often a combination...


Critical and Popular Reception

The Sullivans attracted critical acclaim and was also one of Australia's most popular drama series, screening in half-hour episodes at 7.00 pm. Its popularity waned somewhat after 1979 following the departure of Lorraine Bayly. Bayly decided to leave the series, but unwilling to let such a popular actor who played a key central character leave the series, the producers of the series allowed her to take six months leave from the show. In the storyline her character Grace was sent to London, and a succession of pre-taped segments were interspersed through the period she was absent to maintain her presence in the series. These London-set segments featured actors specially imported from New Zealand, so that Australian viewers would not recognise familiar Australian actors in the scenes. After the break Bayly was still adamant she wanted to leave the series and so Grace was killed by a V1 bomb during a London air raid. Also: 1979 by Smashing Pumpkins. ... The term V1 can refer to: The V-1 flying bomb, the first modern cruise missile, developed by the German Luftwaffe during the Second World War Decision speed, where an aircraft pilot must opt to abort the take-off or continue the run for lift-off at V2 speed. ...


Despite her departure ratings remained high enough for the series to remain in production. In 1982 the war ended in the storyline and there were plans for the series to continue with examinations of elements of post-War Australian history such as the Snowy River hydro-electric scheme, however the decision of Paul Cronin to leave the series prompted the show's cancellation before any of this could come to fruition. The Snowy River below McKillops Bridge The Snowy River is a major river in south-eastern Australia. ... The Snowy Mountains Scheme is a massive water diversion and storage scheme, taking water from the eastern slopes of the Australian Alps (part of the Great Dividing Range) in eastern Victoria and southern New South Wales through pipes, tunnels and aqueducts into a series of dams, for use in hydro...


International success

The series subsequently enjoyed some success outside Australia after being purchased by networks in Britain and Europe as a daytime filler on the ITV Network. A midweek Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday 12.30pm slot was the most used slot when the programme was aired among most ITV contractors. When ATV became Central Television on 1 January 1982 the series was dropped in favour of contemporary Australian serials Sons and Daughters and The Young Doctors. Shortly after Central dropped the show, Yorkshire Television followed suit opting for local news programming instead. Independent Television (generally known as ITV, but also as ITV Network) is a public service network of British commercial television broadcasters, set up under the Independent Television Authority (ITA) to provide competition to the BBC. ITV is the oldest commercial television network in the UK. Since 1990 and the Broadcasting... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... Central TV logo, 1985_1998 Central Independent Television, or to give it its familiar name, Central Television or Central, is a British Independent Television company that took over from ATV on 1 January 1982. ... is the 1st day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1982 (MCMLXXXII) was a common year starting on Friday (link displays the 1982 Gregorian calendar). ... Sons and Daughters was an Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. ... The Young Doctors was an Australian, early evening soap opera. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ...


The series was also screened on Sky Channel in the mid to late 80's before it became Sky One in 1989. It was shown at 11.30am every weekday morning. In the mid 90's, it enjoyed yet another repeat on UK Gold. Again, it was broadcast at 11.30am from 1994 to 1999. Sky Channel can refer to any of the following. ... The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ...


In the early 1980s, the series was syndicated in North America. Stations included WLVI Boston and CKRD Red Deer.


Among the many short term cast members who worked on the series during its run, were several newcomers who later established successful careers, including Mel Gibson, Kerry Armstrong, Kylie Minogue and Dannii Minogue, Sam Neill, Gary Sweet and Sigrid Thornton. Mel Columcille Gerard Gibson AO (born January 3, 1956) is an American born Australian actor, director, and producer. ... Kerry Armstrong (born 3 January 1958 in Sydney) is an Australian actress. ... Kylie Ann Minogue (born 28 May 1968) is a Grammy Award winning Australian dance-pop singer-songwriter and occasional actress. ... Danielle Jane Minogue (born October 20, 1971) is an Australian singer-songwriter, television personality and occasional actress, model and fashion designer. ... Sam Neill (born Nigel John Dermot Neill), DCNZM, OBE (born 14 September 1947) is a New Zealand-Australian film and television actor, and owner of the Two Paddocks winery in Central Otago. ... Sweet playing in movie Alexandras Project Gary Sweet (born May 22, 1957 in Melbourne, Australia) is an Australian film and television actor. ... Sigrid Thornton (born 12 February 1959) in Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, is an Australian actress who is noted for her roles in the films The Man from Snowy River (1982) and Return to Snowy River (1988) (original Australian title is The Man From Snowy River II). ...


UK and Ireland

ITV Region
Programme Schedule Pattern (all end at Episode 1114 unless otherwise stated)
Start Date
Days Screened
End Date
Anglia Television As Thames Showing Thursdays 12.30 in 1981, Showing Tues/Thurs at 12.30 in 1986 but back to Thursdays only in late 86. Slot changes to 12.00 from 23 July 1987. Still showing Mon to Wed at 12.30pm in July 1989 1989/90??
ATV and Central Television As Thames Weekly Thursdays during 1981 then dumped for a series New Kind of Family. Central never resumed The Sullivans last transmission Thursday 15 October 1981 12.30
Border Television As Thames As Thames. Replaced with various programems. As Thames
Channel Television as Westward as TSW until the end of 1985, then as TVS Slot 1988 as TVS
Grampian Television As Thames Thursdays 12.30pm during 1981 and still by Dec 1986  ???
Granada Television As Thames Showing Tues/Thurs at 12.30 from at least 1981 until 1986. Series takes a break on Thursday 31 July 1986, until Tuesday 2 September 1986. Slot changes to 12.00 from 21 July 1987. Monday to Wednesday at 12.30pm during 1988-9. Still screening in August 1989. C1989
HTV West & Wales As Thames Showing Thursdays 12.30 during 1981, Showing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30 in 1986. Slot changes to 12.00 from 21 July 1987. Monday and Tuesday at 12.30pm during 1988-89, then Monday/Tuesday at 1.50pm in 1990/1.??? then Mondays and Tuesdays 15.20 were in use during early 1993 Completed Tuesday 8 June 1993 15.20 with episode 1114
Scottish Television (STV) As Thames Showing Thursdays 12.30 during 1981 until at least Dec 1986, Slot changes to 12.00 from 23 July 1987. then  ??? then 12.30pm various days, then from September 1989 network programme Home and Away fill the 12.30pm slot forcing the programme to move into slots Tuesday 14.30 (vacated by A Country Practice) and Wednesday 14.30 (vacated by Richmond Hill), then moves to Mondays and Tuesdays at 15.30 from November 1989, then ??? Still showing Tuesday and Wednesday at 1520 in August 1993. By December shown at 15.10 on Saturdays. Axed or completed somewhere between mid December 1993and 30 April 1994.
Southern Television & Television South (TVS) As Thames Showing Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30 from 1981 until end of December 1986. Down to Thursdays only from January 1987. During 1986, the Tuesday episode moves to Wednesdays. From April 1987 the series is moved to a thrice weekly slot at 14.00 on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Slot changes to 13.30 from 21 July 1987. 1988
Thames Television Tuesday 18 October 1977 15.50 Initially Tuesdays and Wednesdays across the network at 15.50 from 1977, Various days at 12.30 or 15.50 (mainly Tuesday & Thursday) During 1986 Tuesdays and Thursdays at 12.30, Slot changes to 12.00 from 23 July 1987. Screened 12.00 midday on Mondays and Thursdays in early 1988. Increased to daily Mondays to Fridays from 5 April 1988. Thursday and Fridays dropped from 21 July 1988. First to finish on Wednesday 5 October 1988 12.30. Replaced with A Country Practice half episodes from Monday 10 October.
Tyne Tees Television As Thames As Thames. Replaced with Santa Barbara As Thames
Ulster Television As Thames As Thames. Replaced with Sons and Daughters As Thames.
Westward Television & Television South West (TSW) and Westcountry As Thames Showing weekly Thursdays 12.30 during 1981 until at least Aug 1987, Slot changes to 12.00 from 23 July 1987. Only showing one episode a week on Fridays at 13.30 in July 1989, showing weekly Fridays at 14.20 in 1992 Still screening by Westcountry in 1993 in the same slot (14.15 Fridays) as TSW
Yorkshire Television (YTV) As Thames Showing weekly Thursdays during 1981 and 1982 12.30 last transmission Thursday 2 December 1982 12.30 then dumped. Replaced with Paint Along With Nancy from HTV
RTÉ One Television The show was aired in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ One
  • All ITV regions screening in 1988 take a two week break from the week commencing 19 September to accommodate the Olympics.

This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not adequately cite its references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... Border Television (now legally known as ITV Border Ltd) is the ITV franchisee for the border region between England and Scotland (including the south of Scotland, much of Cumbria and, until December 2006, the town of Berwick-upon-Tweed), and also the Crown Dependency of the Isle of Man, owned... The current Channel TV ident Channel Television (CTV) is a British television station which has served as an Independent Television (ITV), contractor to the Channel Islands since 1962. ... Grampian Television is the ITV franchisee for the North of Scotland, based in Aberdeen. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... ITV Wales & West Ltd (formally and more commonly known as HTV) is the ITV contractor for Wales and the West of England[1]. It is owned by ITV plc. ... Scottish Television (now legally known as STV Central Ltd and referred to on-air as STV) is Scotlands largest ITV franchisee, and has held the ITV franchise for Central Scotland since August 31, 1957. ... Home and Away (commonly abbreviated to H&A) is a soap opera that has been produced in Sydney by the Seven Network since July 1987. ... A Country Practice was one of the longest-running Australian television drama series. ... Richmond Hill is an Australian television soap opera made in 1988 by the Reg Grundy Organisation for the Ten Network. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... is the 291st day of the year (292nd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Also: 1977 (album) by Ash. ... A Country Practice was one of the longest-running Australian television drama series. ... Tyne Tees Television is the ITV television contractor for North East England. ... For other uses of the UTV acronym see UTV (disambiguation) Ulster Television plc (UTV) is a media company based in Northern Ireland. ... Sons and Daughters was an Australian soap opera created by Reg Watson and produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. ... Westward Television was the first ITV franchise holder for the South West of England from 29 April 1961 until 31 December 1981. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... RTÉ One (Irish: RTÉ a hAon) is the Republic of Irelands oldest and most popular television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ... RTÉ One (Irish: RTÉ a hAon) is the Republic of Irelands oldest and most popular television channel, operated by Irish state broadcaster Radio Telefís Éireann. ...

Actors

see List of The Sullivans actors

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See also

Crawford Productions is an Australian television production company founded by Hector Crawford. ... Irish Australian is the third largest ethnic group in Australia, after Australian and English. ...

External links

  • The Sullivans at the Internet Movie Database
  • Crawford Productions
  • Audio discussion on Whatever Happened to The Sullivans cast
  • Classic Aussie Soaps:The Sullivans
  • Sullivans
  • The Sullivans at the National Film and Sound Archive

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