1 9 8 7 – 1 9 9 4 (Australia)
291 x 25 minute episodes
The series was sold to over 20 countries worldwide and dubbed into several different languages, proving highly popular in Germany, France, Spain, and throughout Asia.
A short-lived (13 x 25 minute episodes) spin-off called Hampton Court featured Julie McGregor reprising her role of Betty Wilson.
The show was filmed concurrent to Hey Dad! and revolved around four men looking after a baby in a block of flats with the help of their next-door neighbour (Betty) who helps them keep the baby secret from their meddling landlord, Mr Colloudos, a Greek immigrant with a strict “no babies in the building” rule .
In March 2010, regular cast member Sarah Monahan claimed she had been molested on set several times during the production of the series by the show’s lead actor, Robert Hughes.
Simone Buchanan and Ben Oxenbould both came forward in support of Monahan’s allegations towards Hughes. Hughes denied the claims.
Police investigated the claims, interviewing over a hundred people (but not Hughes). In March 2011 Monahan announced that she intended taking civil action against Hughes and television station executives.
Hughes was arrested in London in August 2012 and after being extradited to Australia, he was charged with 11 counts of child sexual abuse and released on bail.
His trial started in February 2014, and in April 2014 the jury found Hughes guilty of two counts of sexual assault, seven counts of indecent assault and one count of committing an indecent act.
On 16 May 2014, Hughes was sentenced to 10 years and 9 months imprisonment with a minimum non-parole period of 6 years. His earliest date of eligibility for release will be in April 2020 when he will be aged 71.
Paul Smith (1)
Christopher Mayer (2)
Sarah Monahan (1)
Angela Keep (2)
Gerald ‘Nudge’ Noritas
Grandma Lois Kelly