Fatty and George

Fatty and George is an Australian children's sci-fi television series from 1981 produced by the Tasmanian Film Corporation for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The series consisted of 10 episodes of 25-minute duration.

Fatty and George
GenreChildren's
Drama
Created byRon Saunders
Eddie Moses
Written byJohn Honey
John Patterson
Louise Sanders
Directed byJohn Honey
Theme music composerPeter McKinley
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10
Production
ProducerJohn Honey
Production locationTasmania
CinematographyGert Kirchner
Running time25 minutes
Release
Original networkABC
Original release3 March (1981-03-03) –
5 May 1981 (1981-05-05)

The series follows the adventures of a brother and sister as they try to discover the whereabouts of their scientist father, whilst being pursued by an evil woman and her henchman.

SynopsisEdit

Fatty and his sister George are two ordinary kids whose scientist father is experimenting with time travel. One day things go very wrong and he becomes trapped in a limbo-like dimension. Worse still, the rod-like crystal at the heart of his experiment is sought after by the wealthy and evil Nancy, who ruthlessly pursues the siblings in order to possess it. The crystal has the power to freeze time around the bearer, thus the consequences of it falling into the wrong hands could be potentially devastating. With the help of their friend Izzy, aunty Kath and grandad Bert, Fatty and George search for a way to bring their father back, while trying to stay one step ahead of Nancy and her henchman Phil. Complicating matters further are the children's battles with a gang of BMX biker kids, Slasher, Jonsey and Maggot.

Production and distributionEdit

Fatty & George was produced in 1979 and 1980 by the Tasmanian Film Corporation, which had been created by the Tasmanian state government to generate film and television ventures within the state.

Filming took place at various Hobart locations, and on set at the Tasmanian Film Corporation's studios in Moonah.

Fatty & George was screened both nationally on the ABC in 1981, and internationally. Fatty and George was one of Tasmania's most successful exports.

It received several repeat screenings on the ABC in subsequent years. Their rights to screen the series have long since expired, and it is unlikely to see broadcast again.

In 2004 Screen Tasmania presented the first three episodes of Fatty and George in their "Tasmanian Travelling Picture Show".

Home mediaEdit

Now for the first time this iconic Tasmania production is available on DVD. All ten episodes have been digitally remastered by the Tasmanian Archive & Heritage Office (TAHO).

The popular children's series was selected for release due to requests from the public who were wondering how they could get a copy" says Digital Services’ Officer at TAHO Ron Moss, "There is even a Facebook site for Fatty & George, which doesn’t surprise me; everything old is in vogue again."

John Honey, the director, producer and co-writer of the original series is delighted at its new digital release, "its terrific" he says, "The number of people I speak to who remember Fatty & George is enormous".

CastEdit

Character Actor
Fatty Scott Kinloch
George Lisa Douglas
Izzy Mathew Excell
Nancy Pamela Archer
Phil Barry Pierce
Maggot Michael Aitken
Slasher Michael Chapman
Jones Shaun Cocker [Mark Kop - in the Pilot - which doubled featured with the kids movie 'Dot & the Kangaroo' around Australian cinemas]
Bert Fred Frampton
Kath Noreen Le Mottee

Episode listEdit

Episode # Episode Title Original Air Date
1 The Crystal 03.03.1981
2 Kidnapped 10.03.1981
3 The Hideout 17.03.1981
4 The Champion 24.03.1981
5 The Gravestone 31.03.1981
6 Stolen Property 07.04.1981
7 The Bomb 14.04.1981
8 Common Criminals 21.04.1981
9 Discovery 28.04.1981
10 The Destroyers 05.05.1981

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