A BIG thank you goes out to both Olivia Wenholz (née Harkin), who played Elly on the show; and Rosemary Smith, who played Anita. Together, they contributed tons of information, anecdotes and insights and the majority of the photos you can find on this site.
I could not have done this without you two and I'm happy and privileged to be able to call you my friends!
Finally, an equally BIG thank you goes out to Jocelyn Moorhouse for agreeing to an interview! I'm very grateful for that opportunity!
Enjoy yourself and let me know what's missing, wrong or (hopefully) right!
Last update: January 2022
The short film's page on Bartons on the web hadn't been updated since the site launched in 2020. The reason is simple: there's only so much I can tell you about a film that I haven't seen.
But that changes today, because I've finally had an opportunity to watch the film! Yes!
With many many many thanks to Nick at ACMI for making this exception possible and to Jocelyn for allowing ACMI to share the film with me!
Have a look at the new and expanded Film section here.
I've expanded the Trivia page with two frame comparisons of a scene from the film with the same scene from the series' episode. This is based on the (now) publicly available stills from ACMI. Some other pages have also been revised as I've learned a lot of new information.
Speaking of the Trivia page, that now really is its own page. Previously, the trivia was actually part of the Production Details page (even though it appeared as a seperate entry in the menu and in other spots). There's also some new trivia (not just film related).
The Photos page has also been split, and in three pages no less. The split was done for performance reasons, and also gave me some breathing room to add all the stills you'll find on the site in one place.
Noticed the new photo banner? I got feedback from a few people that they were initially unsure if they landed on a page about the "right Bartons" after clicking on a Google search result. I hope posting a few stills right on the front page will reassure people.
And last but not least, since I occasionally get asked about what I have in my collection, I've put up a page with a list of what's in my Bartons collection. Obviously I can't show you everything (due to copyright reasons), but there's still interesting things to be seen. Take a look here.
The My Collection page also contains my wish list.
Thanks to The Henderson Kids II cast member Damian MacAlpine I now have confirmation that "our" Michael O'Reilly was on that show. Not only that, Damian provided me with a set of screen captures with Michael on them. Thanks Damian!
Of course Michael's profile on the Cast page has been updated with this new and fresh information.
Happy New Year! Here's hoping that this year is better than the last two were (although, strictly from a Bartons on the Web point of view, they weren't too bad, but you get what I mean, right?).
We start the year with a nice content update! If you scoot over to the menu and look under The Series, you'll find the new Filming Locations page. What it contains should be self explanatory: I took the info about filming locations from the Production Details page, expanded it quite a bit and stuck in on its own page. New are the maps, and the Streetview Viewer is bigger than it was on the old location. New locations that were previously only mentioned in text now have their own map and/or Streetview.
Oh, and I've found Anita's house (and it was right under our noses too…!).
The Cast page has been expanded too. Alan Lovett portrayed Mr Tommy Snoller on Bartons and now has his own entry.
The Broadcast history page has been updated with short clips of the various programmes that Bartons was a part of (around the world). Some clips actually feature some Bartons footage, but most do not.
Finally, fellow Bartons fan Boubekeur from Algeria managed to identify which book Elly uses to initiate the Eggs in The Barton League of Bird Lovers. That information now has a spot on the Trivia page. In the future, I might do a page about props, so this could come in very handy. Thanks Boubekeur!
Changes due to feedback
As mentioned above, some entries on the Production Details page are a bit long and too in-depth for some people's liking (I understand, really!). On those longer entries, most of the text is now hidden behind a "read more" link. Clicking that link expands that entry, moving everything below downwards. You can also collapse the entry again by clicking the "Read less" link that appears when you expand an entry. Oh, and the links aren't always called that, as you'll notice. :)
Also new, and you can't miss it, is the Enter here button on the front page. It points to a landing page containing an overview that's identical to the menu, but is more easily recognisable to new users. I'm struggling a bit to make people notice the menu button as you've probably guessed by now; I hope this helps new visitors to find their way around the site.
What's in store for 2022?
First of all, I'm hoping to be able to offer more interviews. I'm not sure if that will work out yet, but fingers crossed!
The site has a few pages that are growing too big. The Production Details and Trivia pages are in reality just one page (even though they appear as seperate entries in the menu). I'm planning to give the trivia it's own page this year. That requires some work, as the trivia page is linked to a lot on the other pages of BotW. Every Trivia-box contains a link to it for example. The Photos page is another example: last month's update made that page a bit slow and I'm thinking of splitting it in two.
A nice content update is coming in January. I was hoping to have it out in time for Christmas, but it's not quite done yet.
For now, I'm just here to wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year!
Bartons on the Web is still in a festive mood, because it's one year old this month!
As promised on 31 October, you can now find over 30 new photos on the Photos Page. All the new photos were kindly provided by Rosemary Smith (Anita McPherson) from her own collection.
In addition, you'll find that the Production Details Page (and the Trivia section on that page) have been updated and expanded yet again.
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