1 9 6 7 (Australia)
16 x 30 minute episodes
This Australian sitcom was produced by ATV-0 Melbourne and written by John-Michael “Hollywood” Howson and Godfrey Philipp (the same team who created The Magic Circle Club).
The 30-minute episodes were set in a suburban Melbourne boarding house where the tenants included English con-man Hugh T. Worthington (Ernie Bourne) who passed himself off as a Major, and layabout Australian, Ocker Ramsay (Colin McEwan) who spent his time loafing about drinking beer and reading comics.
Ocker’s late mother had been a very good friend of the landlady, a kind-hearted widow called Myrtle McNugg (Margaret Reid), and before she died Mrs McNugg promised she would look after the boy at her house in Railway Crescent – which Ocker took full advantage of by living rent-free and drawing unemployment benefits.
Sue Israel played Miss Farthingale, a daffy, eccentric spinster who dabbled in mysticism. George Whaley played the highly-strung Simpkins, another lodger in the house who worked in a boutique and found the idiosyncrasies of the other boarders upsetting to his sensitive nature and nerves.
Episodes highlighted the clash of personalities between “cultured” Englishman Worthington and the recalcitrant Ocker – although they often teamed up together for dubious get-rich-quick schemes. The series was recorded before a live studio audience.
The show was eventually relegated to a late-night slot and was cancelled after 16 episodes.
Major Hugh T. Worthington
Mrs Myrtle McNugg
The Boarder | The Treasure Hunt | The Soup Kitchen | The Inheritance | The Neice | The Party | The Marriage Bureau | The Protest Meeting | The Girlfriend | The Singer | The Youth Club | The Exile | The Crisis | The Cold | The Visit | The End