Have a question of your own to ask? Drop me a line and I'll put it up!
Since you've reached this page, I assume you've read pretty much everything else on here and are wondering what's to come; right? =)
I still have a lot of plans for this site that I haven't been able to execute yet. I'll highlight a couple of them below. If you came here for the FAQ, you'll find that below the plans.
Thanks for reading; if you've got any questions, or think I'm missing something, please don't hesitate to contact me.
Future plans for the site
For the foreseeable future, expect more interviews. There's three people who's interviews will be up shortly (I hope in November). I really don't want to rush people, so I'm not planning on giving them deadlines or anything; you'll just have to wait.
In addition to the people who already agreed to an interview, I've also tracked down a number of others and I'm awaiting an answer from them. There's of course no guarantee that they'll say yes.
Tracking down more people
I still have a list of people I'd love to interview or at least have a chat with, but either a) haven't found yet or b) haven't been able to get contact information for.
Did you work on the show in any capacity and love to tell me about it? Please do contact me! If you don't want to do an interview, but still want to have a chat, that's fine too!
Previously, offfering full episodes for streaming was mentioned here as one of my future plans for this site. I did reach out to the ABC for a licence, but they've explained that the contracts with everyone involved restrict them in the ways they can release the programme to the public. Everyone involved would have to be renumerated for online streaming to be included in those contracts. Not to mention the costs involved with that, they told me the licence itself would be rather expensive. This made me decide not to persue this any longer.
FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions)
You can read a bit about me right here.
Were you on the show?
No, I'm just a fan.
Is this an official ABC website?
No, this is an unofficial fan site. It is in no way affiliated with or endorsed by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
How come you know so much about the show?
Credit for most of the facts you read here, go to Olivia, who played Elly Barton on the show; she's helped a great deal by telling me everything she could remember. She also kept a scrap book with pretty much every newspaper and magazine article that was published on The Bartons back when it was in production and aired. She scanned every single one of those articles for me, in addition to the heaps of pics she gave me. She's been absolutely lovely and I can't thank her enough for it.
I also owe a lot to Jocelyn Moorhouse, not just because she created the show, but she also gave me some pretty valuable insights in the interview I did with her. She recommended I'd also read her memoirs (Unconditional Love, Text Publishing Company, ISBN 9781925773484). A lot of what happens in The Bartons, is based on her own (and her husband PJ Hogan's) childhood, and reading the first chapters of Unconditional Love you'll recognise a lot of that. It's a lovely book and I really recommend reading it.
In addition to that, I did my own research.
Do you know anyone who worked on the show personally?
I didn't when I started working on this site, but I've become friends with some since. Due to the distance I've never met any of them in person though.
Will there be full episodes to watch?
No. I did reach out to the ABC for a licence, but they've explained that the contracts with everyone involved restrict them in the ways they can release the programme to the public. Everyone involved would have to be renumerated for online streaming to be included in those contracts. Not to mention the costs involved with that, they told me the licence itself would be rather expensive. This made me decide not to persue this any further.
Where can I watch full episodes instead?
At the moment, you can't. All we can hope for, is some sort of 80's revival happening which makes ABC either repeat the show (they still have that right) or maybe, just maybe, release it on DVD or Blu-ray like they did with other shows of the era. I wouldn't hold your breath waiting for it though.
Why aren't there more pics on the site?
Thanks to Olivia, I have access to a large amount of photos related to The Bartons, both official (from the media kit by ABC and promotional photoshoots) and non official Polaroids taken "back stage". I'd love to publish those pics on Bartonsontheweb.nl, but in February 2021, ABC informed me that using their images related to The Bartons on the site requires a licence from them.
Since I don't have that licence (yet), the site only has Olivia's Polaroids on them, as well as a few images published under the Creative Commons licence. As of writing this (February 2021) I'm in talks with ABC to licence (part of) the official images. Depending on the terms and height of the fees involved, those images will appear on bartonsontheweb.nl.
What about clips? Or stills from episodes?
The legal status of clips and stills is a misty grey area in the case of this website: while allowed by Dutch law as "fair use" ("citaatrecht"), no such provision is made in Australian law. This complicates things, as I'm Dutch (and, officially, so is bartonsontheweb.nl; hence the dot-nl bit at the end), but the holder of the copyright is obviously Australian. On ABC's advise, as they couldn't or preferred not to answer if these images would be fair to include, I've asked a copyright lawyer who's familiar with international copyright laws to look into this (February 2021).
What's your quibble with Emmerdale?
Nothing really! To be honest, I've never seen it… Emmerdale comes up when you Google "the Bartons" or "Bartons television series" instead of C/o The Bartons, so I thought I'd make it clear this site is not about Emmerdale. (note: this question refers to a tongue-in-cheek "anti-Emmerdale rant" on the place holder site before BOTW fully launched)
Matt Day is the reason I watched the show. Are you going to interview him?
I'd love to! No luck so far though. Meanwhile, there's lots of interviews with him online. Here's a fairly recent one by Stagemilk where he talks a bit about The Bartons:
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Anytime I get my hands on something that's worth putting on the site, I'll update it. That might not be very regularly, and in time this site will become static. But that's OK, it's a resource for a show where no new content will be available in the future, and this site will be here to still your hunger for anything you'd want to know about it. Or show your grand kids eventually.
Any updates worth mentioning, so mostly content updates, will be mentioned on the front page.
Who's funding this?
I am. The site is hosted at a professional hosting party (hence the speed) which does cost real money. But I'm happy to foot the bill as I love the show and everyone who worked on it, and it and they really deserve this web presence. And it means I don't have to worry about optimising the site for advertisement revenues or sneak product placements into the content, and you don;t have to put up with ads inserted into the content.
So no external influences or interests other than the fans and the people who worked on the show.
Is that really the exact font used in the show's opening credits on your site?
Yes… sort of. The show's opening credits uses a mix of the fonts Pendry Script and Pendry Script Alternate. The latter is mainly used for the "o" in "Bartons" on the title screen, and for most of the text in the roll over credits (the text just after the opening credits that lists the episode's title, "Written by" and "Directed by"), although not consistently so; on some episodes the roll over credits are all in Pendry Script. I guess it depends on who was on duty at the titling department that day.
Both versions of the font are Monotype published and are quite expensive as far as fonts go (€40, about AU$66 or £36 each for use on a website). A friend with Pendry Script on his computer made a few images for the page titles for me (and the site's main splash image with the Barton's house). He doesn't have Pendry Script Alternate though, which is why the "o's" in the page titles look different when compared to the font used on the show.
I'll buy a license for both fonts in the future so I can use them on my site without having to resort to those pre made images.
Are you pleased with the site?
Yes! I'm so happy with all the help from cast and crew I got! I never imagined that happening when I started, that's for sure. With their help, this site now holds so much more information than I could possibly have dreamed of!
And I got to know a lot of things about my favourite show, which I'd never have known if I hadn't build this site and contacted everybody who ended up helping.
On the technical side of things: I'm learning this as I go and having fun figuring out how to do certain things. This is the first free form website I've built in decades (the last free form one I did was in 1999; with prehistoric tools), so there's a lot of things to discover. Who knows, I might make a career out of this :)
Will you be phasing out the Google search bar if Google leaves the Australian market?
I'm keeping an eye on that. To me, and so far, it sounds like empty threats by Google to put pressure on the Australian government, get its way and show other nations what happens if you flex your muscle against them. If they really push through though, that would mean Australian visitors wouldn't be able to use the search bar. If and when that happens, I'll look into replacing it by something that works for everyone, world wide. It would mean the new search feature will be less accurate for a few weeks while it indexes the site, so let's all hope Google admits defeat and stays put :)
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