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! Look out for an interview with her soon.
An equally big thank you goes out to Jocelyn Moorhouse for agreeing to an interview! I'm still trying to wrap my head around getting to interview her and am very grateful for the opportunity!
On a final note 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) very right!
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Last update: July 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. =)
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!
After talking to the ABC, I recently removed all the pics and videos that infringe their rights. As it looks now, those pics and clips will not make a return. The price attached to the licence agreement that ABC suggests, is rather steep for an individual and quite simply out of my reach.
I still feel sad about this; the trouble that (mainly) Olivia went through to get all the images scanned for the site and the contributions to the collection from fellow fans of the show meant that the site was quickly becoming a great source for Bartons images. I won't be able to include most of those images on BOTW anymore, as ABC holds the rights to most, but I did get legal advice to see what I can include. More on that in a future update.
(Slight) redesign to compensate
The hasty action to remove the infringing images left gaping holes in some of the pages where the (now empty) image containers were. Over the past few weeks I've redesiged those pages so that this no longer happens. In addition, I've decorated those same pages with colourful bubbles filled with bits of trivia. I know; it's not quite the same, but it does make the site look more attractive and fun than it did for the past month. If you still see some empty spaces, don't worry. I'm not quite done yet and I've skipped a few pages in that process because those pages will completely be redesigned in a (near) future update anyway.
Really cool gift
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).
Wow, I'm still trying to wrap my head around her saying "yes"… I'm so grateful that she did!
Jocelyn Moorhouse not only created our beloved Bartons, she also wrote and directed the short film, wrote five episodes of the series and the book.
So what better way to kick off the site than an interview with her?
You can jump straight to it by following this link. This and other interviews (there are more in the pipeline; stay tuned!) can be found under the Interviews section in the menu.
Royce Craven is one of the composers and producers of the shows music. He was kind enough to let me interview him about his music, his time on the show and what he's been up to since then.
Did you know he built a plane? Or designs really cool software for music production using synthesizers? Well, I didn't, but what I do know he's (co-)responsible for that excellent music, which has been stuck in my head for 75% of my life now!
You can find the interview linked on the CREW page (in the SERIES section) or directly under the INTERVIEWS section in the menu.
Or you can click right here.
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