Betty's Bunch was a television drama/adventure series from New Zealand, produced in 1989. Aimed at a young audience, the story revolved around four foster kids living with Betty. Though things are not always easy financially for the family, they keep the spirit up. Things quickly become more difficult when they attract the attention of the two thieves Arthur and The Charmer. Soon afterwards, Betty is kidnapped and her foster children are forced to search for her, as well as avoid being separated by social services.[1]

Betty's Bunch
Created by
Directed byChris Bailey
ComposerDave McArtney
Country of originNew Zealand
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
ProducerWayne Tourell
CinematographyMatt Bowkett
  • Dermot McNeillage
  • Christine Munro
Running time30 minutes
Production companies
Original release
NetworkChannel 2
Release18 February (1990-02-18) –
13 May 1990 (1990-05-13)

The series was repeated on New Zealand afternoon television in 1993 and screened in the UK on Channel Four.

The music and theme tune was performed by Dave McArtney of Hello Sailor.

Cast and characters







No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"No Dough"Chris BaileyUnknown18 February 1990 (1990-02-18)
2"Stalled"Chris BaileyUnknown25 February 1990 (1990-02-25)
3"Stake Out"Chris BaileyUnknown4 March 1990 (1990-03-04)
4"Uncle Chas"Chris BaileyUnknown11 March 1990 (1990-03-11)
5"Billy Does a Runner"Chris BaileyUnknown18 March 1990 (1990-03-18)
6"Gotcha"Chris BaileyUnknown25 March 1990 (1990-03-25)
7"Ghosts"Chris BaileyUnknown1 April 1990 (1990-04-01)
8"Happy Families"Chris BaileyChris Hampson8 April 1990 (1990-04-08)
9"The Incredible Journey"Chris BaileyUnknown14 April 1990 (1990-04-14)
10"The Weirdest Show on Earth"Chris BaileyChris Hampson22 April 1990 (1990-04-22)
11"To the Island"Chris BaileyDean Parker29 April 1990 (1990-04-29)
12"Down to the Centre of the Earth"Chris BaileyDean Parker6 May 1990 (1990-05-06)
13"The Lolly"Chris BaileyUnknown13 May 1990 (1990-05-13)


  1. ^ "Betty's Bunch | Films". Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  2. ^ "Wicked part for a veteran villain". Archived from the original on 26 May 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2015.
  3. ^ "Outrageous Fortune - Frank Whitten". Archived from the original on 22 January 2015. Retrieved 15 March 2015.