Sat. Jul 13th, 2024

Pictured above: Esme Watson (Joyce Jacobs) suffers a stroke in A Country Practice

Another selection of classic Australian television and radio productions have been liberated from the archives for your viewing and listening pleasure.

Via Vision Entertainment has released the fourteenth and final season of A Country Practice on DVD. The first thirteen seasons had been produced for the Seven Network in New South Wales but following its axing the series was revived by the Ten Network with production moving to the state of Victoria.

In these concluding episodes the townsfolk begin rebuilding Wandin Valley after it was razed to the ground by a deadly bushfire. Dr Harry Morrison (Andrew Blackman) is shocked to discover that his wife Kate (Michelle Pettigrove) intends to divorce him.

Matron Maggie Sloane (Joan Sydney) is flat out overseeing the construction of the new Community Health Centre, and Esme Watson (Joyce Jacobs) suffers a stroke.

Ranger Ian McIntyre (Paul Gleeson) uncovers a dogfighting racket in the national park, and Constable Danny Sabatini (Vince Colosimo) is accused of bashing a drunken lout. Toxic waste is being dumped in the national park, there is a suspected outbreak of foot-and-mouth disease, and a married man suffers a heart attack after checking into a motel with his homosexual lover.

Familiar faces appearing in these episodes include Alyce Platt from Sons & Daughters and Jane Hall from All Together Now. Guest artists include Terry Gill from The Flying Doctors; Andrew Bibby, Geoff Paine and Darius Perkins from Neighbours; and Kris McQuade from Wentworth. Monica Maughan, Alethea McGrath and Sean Scully also crop up in the action.

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