1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 0 (Australia)
23 x 50 minute episodes
The Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) produced these dramatic stories revolving around a scientific investigation unit called ‘Delta’, loosely based on the CSIRO (Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation).
The ‘Delta’ organisation was an independent, non-profit research organisation that assisted individuals or groups – including industry, the farming community or government bodies – and were, in effect, scientific trouble-shooters.
The Delta team utilised mobile laboratories and the latest scientific instruments and equipment to tackle any problem – from industrial espionage to disease, drought and bushfires – anywhere in Australia.
The two lead characters in Delta were scientist Jeff Mallow (John Gregg) and his assistant Inger Petri (Kirrily Nolan), members of a mobile field team and typically the frontline staff in any assignment. Kevin Miles played super-efficient scientist Brian Fitch.
The second series added Patsy Trench as rebellious scientist Jackie Stuart.
The series had a large budget and featured extensive location shooting, and was produced entirely on film at a time when most local productions were using an integrated film and videotape combination.
The Devil Take The Bluetongue Fly | Stresspoint | Wish Upon A Fallen Star | A Pocketful Of Bones | Welcome To Sunhaven | The Trouble With Daisy | There’s A Lot Of It About | The Initiates | Delicate Balance | A Beautiful Burn | D Is For Destruction | R.I.P. First Patsy Trench || The Short Sell | Look Thy Last | The Fatted Calf | Hannah | Death Walk | A Bite Of History | A Touch Of DFP | The Honeywind Blows | Blackout | Too Many Masters | Overkill