1 9 7 3 (Australia)
13 x 30 minute episodes
This Australian kids’ TV series revolved around adventurous young boy Catch Kandy (Jann Ramel) who – believing he has accidentally killed his uncle and guardian, Earle Kandy (Peter Reynolds) – runs away with his little sister Kate (Jacqueline Foley) to hide in bushland near Sydney’s Taronga Park Zoo.
They meet a homeless young zoologist called Christian Faber (Shane Porteous) who lives in a cave and drives a vintage car called ‘Jellybean’. He becomes like a big brother to them and shares in their adventures with diamond smugglers, rival fishing boats, crooks in seaplanes and more. They are joined occasionally by an Aboriginal named Munganye (Zac Martin).
All ultimately ends well, and the Kandy kids are happily reunited with their uncle.
The spectacular scenery around Sydney Harbour helped sell the series to the UK, Europe and South Africa.
Police Sergeant Lawson
The Runaways | Into the Net | Christian Faber | Enemy Country | The Bait | Follow the Band | Young Fugitive | Close Call | The Price | Capsize | Climb Into Trouble | Man in a Wetsuit | Gone Astray