1 9 8 2 (Australia)
4 x 60 minute episodes
This ABC (Australia) miniseries followed a hunchbacked orphan as he rose from being a larrikin gang leader in Redfern (Sydney) at the turn of the 20th century – via an apprenticeship as a cobbler – to become the rich and successful owner of a shoe emporium.
Jonathan Sweet played the title character – a crook with old-style morality who marries a factory girl he doesn’t love and then has an affair with a piano teacher who he leaves when she betrays him.
A reconstruction of Redfern in the early 1900s was created in bushland north of the city by production designer Roger Ford.