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After years of peddling game shows and soft soap like The Young Doctors, the Grundy organisation adopted a serious dramatic tone with Embassy, which had the distinction of being the first Grundy series sold to the ABC.
Set in the fictitious south-east Asian country of Ragaan, the show revolved around the lives of the staff at the Australian embassy.
Some of the potentially contentious story-lines were deemed offensive by the Malaysian government, which suspended diplomatic relations with Australia for a short time as a result.
The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs were not delighted, and the controversy led to less than spectacular overseas sales, but in Australia, the show won two AFI awards in 1991.
Frankie J. Holden
Ambassador Duncan Stewart