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Autumn Affair

1 9 5 8 – 1 9 5 9 (Australia)
156 x 15 minute episodes

“I, Julia Parrish, am now 43, the early autumn time of life, the season of pastel shades, quiet memories, or so I said to myself, but now I don’t know.”

So began this daytime soap from Channel Seven, Australia’s first regular dramatic TV series which, bizarrely by today’s standards, aired at 8.45am on weekdays.

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Screening between 1958 and 1959 it followed Julia Parrish (Muriel Steinbeck) – a middle-aged (hence “Autumn”) writer of popular novels – and her romantic relationships (hence “Affair”).

In the first episode Miss Parrish, 15 years a widow, welcomed back her steady admirer Mark (John Huson) from a trip abroad.

It seemed, though, that Mark was now slightly more interested in her daughter (Janette Craig) than in Julia.

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Of the 156 original episodes, 155 are held by the Australian National Film and Sound Archive.

This makes it one of the oldest Australian series for which a near-complete run survives.

Julia Parrish
Muriel Steinbeck
Meg Parrish
Janette Craig
Granny Bishop

Queenie Ashton
Steve Meadows
Leonard Bullen
Mark
John Huson 
Julie
Diana Perryman 
Larry Muir
Owen Weingott