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01 The Siege of Barton's Bathroom

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Monday,
29 February 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
3 April 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Monday,
28 January 1991

Elly Barton's backyard has something no one else in the neighbourhood has: a tree. Elly loves that tree; it's her favourite place to seek peace and quiet from her three brothers, her parents and life in general. And it gives her a great view of her neighbourhood and the backyard of her neighbour, the mysterious Mr Jensen. And Mr Jensen doesn't like that at all.

But Mr Jensen has a plan. He convinced Elly's dad Robert that the tree is a risk and needs to be cut down. Elly's brothers are excited: a real chainsaw in action in their own backyard!

But Elly won't have any of it, and she has a plan too. She lays siege to her family's only bathroom and won't come out until her tree is safe.

Production notes
- Although the first episode to be broadcast, this was not the first one to be filmed (
Half-time was)

- In reality, the Barton's house is located at 5 Copnal Court, Glen Waverley. Mr. Jensen's house is really next door, at No. 6.

- There was no tree in the backyard of the house at 5 Copnal Court. All the scenes involving the tree were filmed by and in a tree at a different location. When both the house and the tree needed to be in a single shot, like in the opening shot of this episode, the tree was added in post production.

- Interior scenes were not filmed in the house; they were filmed in a studio. Kudos to the studio designer (Frank Earley) for making it seem they weren't.

Trivia
- The title of this episode is often misprinted as "The Siege of
the Barton's Bathroom", you might even find that typo on this very site, but according to the title card of the episode and the official publicity kit for the series, there's no "the" in front of "Barton's".

- This episode is basically a remake of Jocelyn Moorhouse' 1986 short film of the same name. Now, of course, starring the new cast for the series.

02 The Barton League of Bird Lovers

Director

Peter R. Dodds

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Tuesday,
1 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
10 April 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Tuesday,
29 January 1991

Elly's tree is one of the few places in Banksiawood where birds live. Unfortunately, Barley-sugar, the neighbours' cat, kills a bird right under Elly's eyes. That's it! Birds need protecting, and Elly steps up. The Barton League of Bird Lovers is born and Elly is president. And Anita is vice president. And Paul can be… eh… treasurer.

But not everyone agrees with the course of the new League and soon a rival club is started.

This means war!


Trivia
- This episode introduces Anita and Yvonne McPherson, Skinner and Susan Davies and Vince Capaletti. Anita's mom is also briefly seen.

- Barley Sugar, the cat, is owned by the Stoomph family, who lives in the next block of houses behind Elly's. What's that? You've never heard of them? Well, they're something that
could have been.

- The first hint of Vince and Susan's secret love for each other is given during the photo shoot at the bird feeder. This is the set up for the next episode's subplot.

- There are backstage photos available for this episode in
Photos & Clippings

03 Half-time

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

P.J. Hogan

Airdate Australia

Wednesday,
2 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
17 April 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Wednesday,
30 January 1991

Elly's brother Paul plays football. Well, "plays" is the wrong word to be honest, as Paul has been reserve for the entire season. Paul doesn't mind, in fact he likes it better this way. But his father would like to see him play at least today's game, as it's the finals! When team captain Vince is downed, Paul has to muster up all his courage and go on the field.

Elly and Anita meanwhile, are a two-girl cheering squad for Paul's team. Elly is primarily there to cheer on her favourite brother of course, but Anita has her own agenda. She's planning on winning over Vince's heart and eventually marry him. But unfortunately for Anita, Vince has other plans.


Trivia
- This is one of only two episodes that doesn't focus on Elly, although she still has a sizable subplot in this episode. The other episode is "
Suspected" (episode 11).

- In
the book, Anita falls in love with Paul after she sees him leave the field in tears. Although that particular scene is not in the episode, Anita is in love with Paul for the rest of the series.

- That missing scene should play just after Elly tries to talk sense into Anita by (teasingly) predicting that Vince and Susan will get married and "
they'll have children, and not call any of them 'Anita'!".

- That scene might be my favourite from the entire series; the chemistry and timing between Olivia and Rose is brilliant.

04 Mr Snoller's Black Bag

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Noel Robinson

Airdate Australia

Thursday,
3 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
24 April 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Thursday,
31 January 1991

The Snollers are a mysterious family that live in the oldest house in Banksiawood. Elly is convinced the Snollers want to blow up Banksiawood with homemade bombs! So she decides to investigate. Anita has to come too, even if she really doesn't want to.


Elly tails Mr Snoller on one of his suspicious trips to… where exactly? And what's in that black bag of his? And what is Miss India, the mysterious lady living in the house with him, up to?


Production notes
- The scene where Elly chases Mr Snoller around Banksiawood, was shot in the city center of Glen Waverley (Monash, Melbourne). The Monash City Counsil building can be clearly seen.

- The library where Elly follows Mr Snoller into, is the Glen Waverley branche of the Monash City Library.

Trivia
- This episode marks the first appearance of the Snollers.

- All the Snollers related story lines are missing from the book, making them the only "main" characters unique to the television series.

- The people of Banksiawood call Miss Snoller "
Miss India" because she's supposedly from there. In reality, she's from England, but here parents did use to live in India.

- Miss Snoller tells Elly of her desire to one day visit India, which sets up the plot for the future episode
Position Vacant.

- Maureen Edwards had to put on an English accent for her role as Miss India. She's actually from New Zealand. Alan Lovett, who plays Mr Snoller, also puts on an English accent. He's Australian.

- There are backstage photos available for this episode in
Photos & Clippings



 

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