Tomorrow's Child (film)

Tomorrow's Child is an Australian television film, or rather a live one-off television play, which aired in 1957 on ABC. Directed by Raymond Menmuir, it is notable as an early example of Australian television comedy and was Australia's first live hour long drama.[3][4][5]

Tomorrow's Child
Newspaper ad for 1957 tv play tomorrowschild.png
Ad from 9 April 1957
Based onplay by John Coates
Screenplay byAlan Seymour
Directed byRaymond Menmuir
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
Running time60 mins
Production company(s)ABC
Original networkABC
Original release9 April 1957 (Sydney) (live)[1]
26 April 1957 (Melbourne) (taped)[2]

Australian TV drama was relatively rare at the time.[6]


Promoted as A satirical comedy of the future,[7] it was set in a fictional police state.


  • James Condon
  • Janette Craig
  • Queenie Ashton
  • Mayne Lynton
  • Tom Farley
  • Bernard Barber
  • Lola Brooks


It was based on a 1947 play by John Coates, and written by Alan Seymour.[8]

Cast included James Condon, Janette Craig, Queenie Ashton, and Mayne Lynton.[9] Craig and Ashton later were regulars on Autumn Affair (1958-1959), the first Australian-produced television soap opera.


It aired on Sydney station ABN-2 on 9 April 1957. A kinescope was made of the broadcast and shown in Melbourne on ABV-2 on 26 April 1957, it is not known if the kinescope recording still exists.

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  1. ^ "Advertisement". Sydney Morning Herald. 9 April 1957. p. 7.
  2. ^ "Police State Satire on TV". The Age. 25 April 1957. p. 15.
  3. ^ "SEEN ON CHANNEL 2-". ABC Weekly. 6 April 1957. p. 19.
  4. ^ "Looking A head on Channel 2 (ABN)". ABC Weekly. 4 May 1957.
  5. ^ "Television news". Sydney Morning Herald. 3 April 1957. p. 6.
  6. ^ Vagg, Stephen (18 February 2019). "60 Australian TV Plays of the 1950s & '60s". Filmink.
  7. ^ Sydney morning Herald 9 April 1957
  8. ^ "U.K. NOT KEEN ON VICTORY PARADE". The Telegraph. Queensland, Australia. 20 March 1946. p. 2. Retrieved 11 June 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 25 April 1957.

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