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This guide will give you, for each episode, an overview of the director, writer and a synopsis. In addition to that, you'll find the episode's place in the shooting schedule and, if available, production details and/or trivia. In a few cases, personal photo's from the episode's set are included.

Trivia

The trivia is based on my own research and on anecdotes by cast and crew.

Backstage & personal photos
Backstage photos and personal photos linked to in the trivia boxes are mostly from
Olivia Harkin's personal collection and are used with permission.

Other information
All other information was compiled using the publicity kit and newspaper TV listings of the time from all three countries. In the case of the UK and The Netherlands, only the broadcast dates of the first run are noted. For more detailed broadcast information, airdates for repeats or airdates for other countries, including a rather comprehensive listing of
all eight runs of the series in Germany, please visit the Broadcast History page.



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.

Scenes filmed
Between 14 June and 27 June 1987

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!

Scenes filmed
Between 3 May and 16 May 1987

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.

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.

Scenes filmed
Between 5 April and 11 April 1987

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?

Scenes filmed
Between 17 May and 30 May 1987

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.

05 Three Little Pigs

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Greg Millin

Airdate Australia

Monday,
7 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
8 May 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Friday,
1 February 1991

Miss India did it, Mr Jensen is sure of it. His rubbish bin has been vandalised, and who else could have done it? Her love for red paint is the only evidence he needs. And everyone knows she's up to no good. Yes, he's sure she's the culprit.

Meanwhile, Skinner Davies lost his paper round because of complaints. Elly suspects this has something to do with Mr Jensen's rubbish bin and decides to investigate.

Scenes filmed
Between 3 May and 16 May 1987

Trivia
- This episode reveals Skinner does not have it easy at home. His father's actions after Skinner loses his paper round are considered child abuse.

- The episode's title refers to the number of times "pig" was painted on Mr Jensen's bin.

- Mr Jensen's dog, Max, was found at a local pound by the production. He was not what they had in mind when they set out looking for a suitable dog, but they fell in love with him at first sight.

- Skinner is aware it was Elly that convinced Mr Jensen to get him his paper route back. This is why, in the final scene, Skinner hands Elly the paper instead of throwing it at her as he usually does.

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Robert Essex on set with dog Max

[Photographer unknown]


06 The Great Billycart Aid Race

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Shane Brennan

Airdate Australia

Tuesday,
8 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
15 May 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Monday,
4 February 1991

Elly Barton decides to help Bob Geldof feed the world. And what better way is there do that other than with a charity billycart race?

Everyone joins in, even Mr Jensen. But when someone is about to make more money from the race than Elly's charity does, something needs to be done about it.

Meanwhile, Douglas feels left out by his family as no one wants to help him build a billycart.

Scenes filmed
Between 31 May and 13 June 1987

Trivia
- The cast group shot on the back cover of the
book was made during the shooting of this episode, even though this story line is not part of the book.

- The newspaper Elly cuts the article about Bob Geldof from, is the Thursday 21 May 1987 edition of
The Age, a real life Melburnian newspaper. The paper was altered by the crew for this episode; you can find out more about that here.

- On that same date,
C/o The Bartons was news in a real life newspaper. So maybe 21 May 1987 is, as Doc Brown in Back to the Future II puts it, "a temporal junction point for the entire space-time continuum. Other than that, it could just be an amazing coincidence". I'm going with the latter.

- Olivia's stunt double for the race was
Trent Lee, who is sadly not credited. You can see a photo of Trent, dressed as Elly and next to Olivia, below.

- See the fancy new bike Skinner's riding in the last scene? I guess his paper round from
Three Little Pigs paid off!

Olivia Harkin and Trent Lee (Elly

Olivia Harkin (left) and her stunt double Trent Lee, backstage during the shoot of The Great Billycart Aid Race
[Courtesy of Olivia Harkin, from her personal collection]


07 Position Vacant

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Noel Robinson

Airdate Australia

Wednesday,
9 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
22 May 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Tuesday,
5 February 1991

Elly Barton has decided Miss India should get a job. How else is she going to pay for the trip to India she's been talking about for months? And Elly knows just the job for her: clerk at the local firestation.

Mum Clare also needs a job; she's done being a stay-at-home mum. And that vacancy for a clerk at the firestation seems like a perfect fit. Clare loves the fire brigade!

Scenes filmed
Between 17 May and 30 May 1987

Trivia
- "
My mum's friend Angela" and the fact she runs a travel agency were first mentioned in Mr Snollers' Black Bag, but this is the first (and only) time we see her.

- This episode's plot originates in Miss India telling Elly she wants to visit India one day (also in
Mr. Snoller's Black Bag).

- According to the Internet Movie Car Database (
IMCDb.org) the fire truck in this episode, is a 1980 International ACCO (1810C). Just so you know. Thanks Keith!

- The red Ford Falcon that Robert drives is kind of a
Frankenstein version according to that site.

- Check out that page if you want to know more about the cars used in C/o The Bartons or those in any other film or TV series on this planet, for that matter.

08 Musical Rooms

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Greg Millin

Airdate Australia

Thursday,
10 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
5 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Wednesday,
6 February 1991

Paul and Anthony fight for the umpteenth time, and Robert and Clare have had enough. It's decided that Anthony should get his own bedroom, and as there aren't enough rooms in the house, Paul has to move in with Douglas and Elly has to move to the smaller bedroom.

During the move, Elly discovers that Paul secretly smokes and gets rid of his cigarettes. But Paul retaliates and takes Elly's diary hostage.

Scenes filmed
Between 28 June and 11 July 1987

Trivia
- This is the only episode where no other characters other than the Bartons themselves appear. Not even Mr Jensen or Anita turn up.

- The blue dress Elly hides under her bed because she doesn't want to wear it, is the same dress as she's later forcing herself to wear in
Suspected.

- This episode was partially adapted into the book's story line. The subplot of Paul smoking was omitted, leaving only the moving around. In the book, the reason why Paul's thrown out is linked to him walking off the footie field (and causing Mirandavale to win the cup); Anthony is angry at Paul because of this in the book.

- In some online sources, this episode appears to be missing from the original broadcast run in Germany, and appears to be broadcast for the first time three years after the rest of the series. The same goes for
Beautiful Beetroot. I checked with Marika von Radvanyi, who directed the German dubs and is also a big fan of the show, but she assures me both episodes were included in the first run and the schedules found on those sites are incomplete.

09 Beautiful Beetroot

Director

Mandy Smith

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Monday,
14 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
12 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Thursday,
7 February 1991

Anita finally gets Elly to join the Girl Guides by telling her how fun the Guide's annual camp is. But camp turns out quite differently than Elly imagined it. No tents and campfires, but barracks, bunkbeds and beetroot for dinner every other night.

And on top of that, patrol leader Vivienne has it in for Elly and Anita (and some poor frogs). But as Vivienne is about to find out, you don't mess with Elly Barton.

Scenes filmed
Between 14 June and 27 June 1987

Production notes
- No frogs were harmed in the filming of this episode. There was an actual frog handler, Nick Hilligos, involved in the shooting of those scenes. The frogs were replaced by plastic molds before being squeezed.

Trivia
- This is one of the episodes most people seem to remember. In my experience, the frog squeezing scenes come up whenever the show is mentioned.

- The girls in the Banksiawood Girl Guides are in reality those of the
2nd Glen Waverley Guide Company from the Glen Waverley Girl Guides.

- "Guide Law No. 9",
on which grounds Vivienne takes the girl's personal possessions, is really the ninth Guide Law in Australia (or at least it was in 1987; the Guide Laws were rewritten in 2012). Of course Vivienne interprets it the wrong way. Guide Laws differ per country by the way (you learn a lot building a site like this).

- Vivienne's blonde side kick, Shelley, who explains "
Guide Law No. 9" to Elly, is played by Andree van Schaik. In real life, she's Olivia's best friend at school and also played in the Kaboodle episode Olivia was in.

- This episode was not adapted into the book's story line, but the events are recalled by Elly and Anita, as Vivienne's parents are amongst the prospective buyers of the Bartons' house (and Vivienne insults Elly's goldfish while touring her room with her mum).

- Addiitonal photos available for this episode in
Photos & Clippings

10 Bartons on the Beach

Director

Peter R. Dodds

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Tuesday,
15 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
19 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Friday,
8 February 1991

Mrs Barton must have been checking the weather forecast for weeks, because the very first ray of sunlight of the year means the family is bound for the beach. Not that it's exactly beach weather, but that will not stop her.

The day does not go as planned. Paul and Anita get lost in the dunes, and Anita's plans to make Paul finally notice her fall in the water (literally). Meanwhile, Elly is chased by a boy who takes things (way) too far to her liking.

Anthony meets a girl who claims she's a mermaid.

And mum Clare? She about has enough of it all.

Scenes filmed
Between 19 April and 25 April June 1987
Additional outdoor scenes on 27, 29 and 30 April 1987
Studio scenes between 7 June en 13 June 1987

Trivia
- The beach scenes in this episode were filmed at
Somer's Beach, Somers, Victoria, just opposite of Philip Island.

- You just realised where this fansite got its name from, didn't you?

- Am I the only one that finds the scene where Lee forces himself on Elly difficult to watch? Admittedly, she handles it very well (and the book's version of this scene gives even more depth to her handling of it), which certainly adds to my appreciation of Elly (and Olivia's acting). But still: yikes.

cast group photo on the beach

Cast group photo, taken during the shoot of Bartons on the Beach for fun (as in: not for promotional use).

LTR: Rosemary Smith, Frankie J. Holden, Ben Toovey, Matt Day, Jennifer Jarman-Walker, Olivia Harkin, Michael O'Reilly.

Note: matching bathers: only 1 out of 6…
[Courtesy of Olivia Harkin, from her own personal collection]

11 Suspected

Director

Peter R. Dodds

Writer

P.J. Hogan

Airdate Australia

Wednesday,
16 March 1988

Airdate UK

Not broadcast
See Trivia

Airdate Netherlands

Monday,
11 February 1991

Paul is soft-mannered, and that has been bugging Anthony for years. But when Anthony's friends spot Paul picking flowers in a park, Anthony's reputation is at stake. So Anthony and his friends make Paul take a test: pass it to prove you're a real man. But Paul fails the test, and Anthony takes it upon himself to help Paul be more manly and get him a girlfriend. Of course Anthony's plan backfires.

Elly has quite the opposite problem: she takes the same test that Paul failed, but she passes. Great? No, because that must mean she's way too masculine! So it's a good thing that Anita knows just how to fix that.

Douglas learns what a homosexual is, and decides he wants to be one.

Scenes filmed
Between 31 May and 13 June 1987

Production notes
- The mall shown in this episode is the Century City Walk in Glen Waverley. The cinema shown is the Village Cinema inside that mall.

Trivia
- This is one of only two episodes that doesn't focus on Elly, but on Paul instead. The other one is
Half-time (episode 3).

-
This episode was never aired in the UK. The reason is the word "poofter" being used. Words like that one can not be used in a television broadcast before 9 PM (21:00h, also known as the "watershed") in the UK.

- It's a bit hard to see in
the clip, but Elly's fingers are in band aids because, as it turns out, embroidery is a dangerous hobby.

12 Bye Bye Bartons

Director

Richard Sarell

Writer

Jocelyn Moorhouse

Airdate Australia

Thursday,
17 March 1988

Airdate UK

Monday,
26 June 1989

Airdate Netherlands

Tuesday,
12 February 1991

Robert gets offered a better job, one that requires the family to move to Mirandavale, on the other side of the city. This means leaving the Bartons' beloved Banksiawood home. The children were not told about the move until the last moment and are strongly opposed to it. But Robert and Clare ignore their pleas.

Elly is devastated by the fact she'll never see Anita again and by the inevitable loss of her beloved tree. To make matters worse, Mr Jensen announces to Elly that he will resume his fight to get the tree taken down after the Bartons have moved away.

Anita is forced to confess her love to Paul, but it falls on deaf ears.

Scenes filmed
Between 28 June and 11 July 1987

Production notes
- We get our first and last glimpse of the Capaletti's house in the shot where Vince and his brothers are working on their car. The house is right across the street from the Barton's house, at 10 Copnal Court, Glen Waverley (the Barton's house is at No. 5).

Trivia
- Someone goofed up: Olivia Harkin is not listed in the end credits of this episode. Well we can't have that now, can we? Let's fix that while we're at it:

Elly Barton
OLIVIA HARKIN

There we go; all fixed!

- Olivia celebrated her twelfth birthday during the filming of this episode. You can find photos of her on set birthday party, along with a photo of the wrapping/going away party, below!

- In the book, the girl that gets escorted around Elly's room is Vivienne Bone, the Emu Patrol Leader we met in
Beautiful Beetroot, still sporting the wild hair style due to Elly's revenge in that episode.
In the
Bye Bye Bartons episode it's an unrelated (and unnamed) girl. It would explain her saying Elly's fish is diseased though (as "Disease" was what she called Elly in Beautiful Beetroot).

- The series was originally going to end with a different episode called
Street Party. For unknown reasons, that screenplay was replaced by Bye Bye Bartons. See What could've been for more information.

Ben Toovey, Olivia Harkin and Rosemary Smith eating Olivia

LTR: Ben Toovey, Olivia Harkin and Rosemary Smith on set enjoying Olivia's birthday cake (she turned twelve that day), during the shoot of Bye Bye Bartons
[Courtesy of Olivia Harkin, from her own personal collection]

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Various cast and crew members during the going away party on the final day of shooting C/o the Bartons
[Courtesy of Olivia Harkin, from her own personal collection]

 

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