Here, you can find out everything there is to know about the television series, the book and the film. Backgrounds, interviews with cast and crew, trivia and more; it's all here!
Click on or touch the big yellow MENU button below the site's logo and have a look around. All content is free, no registration is required*.
A BIG thank you goes out to Olivia, who played Elly on the show; she told me a lot of things I didn't yet know, and also provided the majority of the information on this site! I'm so happy she agreed to an interview!
Another BIG thank you is for Rosemary Smith, who played Anita, and also contributed a lot of information and pictures you can find here. Don't miss my interview with her!
And finally, an equally big thank you goes out to Jocelyn Moorhouse for agreeing to an interview! I'm very grateful for that opportunity!
Oh, and before I let you dive in: if you'd like to get in touch with me, you can do so here. This site's mission and future plans combined with a site FAQ can be found right over here.
Enjoy yourself and let me know what's missing, wrong or (hopefully) right!
Last update: October 2021
*OK, if you REALLY want to, you can be "initiated" by taking a spin on the Hills hoist, answering questions about The Bartons, before I allow you in. Please use your own Hills hoist and send in pics as proof. =)
I must have bothered just about every single Rosemary Smith in Australia until I found the right one, but with help from Olivia, find her I did: the one and only Rosemary Smith who portrayed Anita McPherson!
I'm so happy that she agreed to an interview! And not only was Rosemary kind enough to say yes to that, but she also contributed to the page with all she remembers from her time on Bartons and a heap of pictures and documents. So keep an eye out for more updates!
You can read her interview right here.
You're absolutely right, imaginary asker of questions! On 31 October 2021 Bartons on the Web turns one year old! I haven't forgotten; in fact I've been busy with that upcoming anniversary for a few weeks now.
Expect something that celebrates the anniversary in style soon…
Information on the studio where Bartons was taped and the filming location of Half-time have been added to the Production Details Page.
Some extra bits of trivia on the studio are on the Trivia page.
Also, some production notes on Bartons on the Beach have been added to that episode's entry in the Episode Guide.
The cast profile for Michael O'Reilly has been updated with new information and new screen captures. The screen captures for the other cast members also return (but the ABC owned head shots do not unfortunately). You can find the cast profiles here.
But that's not all!
Slimmed down to include only pics that do not infringe ABC's rights, the Photos Page makes a return after nearly six months of absence too. Sorry it took this long!
The name has been changed to reflect the removal of the newspaper clippings. They might return in the future; I'm currently looking into the legal side of that.
I also fixed some issues with text here and there still referring to older pages. The welcome text has also been changed (it still mentioned Olivia's interview was coming up, but that has been online for a while now. Sorry Liv!).
Should you see any errors or older referrences, please let me know!
A couple of weeks ago I was contacted by the father of one of the girls that played an extra in Beautiful Beetroot. He told me the Girl Guides in the episode were the 2nd Glen Waverley Guide Company; that's a bit more precise than just "Glen Waverley Guide Troup" as stated on the episode's end credits, so I've included it in the trivia.
Just a small bit of text on what was quite the undertaking on the technical side of things: I've updated the Episode Guide pages. It's now one page again and the taping dates of each episode have been added. Also, a few pics have returned, now as part of the episode guide.
The Production details page has been expanded with the Taping Blocks Schedule (well, the version that was handed out to the cast on 25 March 1987; it was amended after that, but I don't have access to that amended version).
And finally, the filming location of Bartons on the Beach has been added to that episode's trivia and the general trivia on the Production details page.
Olivia Harkin, I assume, is a familiar name to most of you. She is of course the big star of the television series and portrayed Elly Barton. She has a different surname nowadays, and that's just one of the many things you can read about in the interview she gave me! Yes, that's right! Go check it out here.
Some people say you shouldn't meet your heroes. All I can say is, they must have had the wrong hero!
Earlier this month, I got an unexpected package from Australia. It was sent by one of the cast members and inside was one of the coolest gifts anyone has ever given me: two original Bartons scripts! One of them is a draft, with a few differences from the eventually aired version, which is very interesting! The other one is for one of my favourite episodes! So cool!
I'm currently looking into a way to include them on the site without stepping on ABC's toes again (and without getting the cast member in question into trouble).
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