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Sullivans, The

WARTIME UPS and downs of a down under nuclear family. Most kids never got past the opening “family photo” titles, with mischievous girl pulling down cap of boy in front, and dad looking like a miserable old sod. Grim, relentlessly grit-stained endeavours ensued. First glimpse on these shores of a proper Australian soap.



  1. Clio

    April 10, 2011 at 11:27 am

    Production values so tight, they could not afford real Japanese actors. In scenes set in Changi jail, Singapore, they resorted to pinning the eyes of dinkum Aussie Anglo Saxon types then tarting them up in Nipponese style uniforms to make them look oriental.

  2. Scott McPhee

    June 25, 2014 at 2:45 am

    🙂 My mother, who grew up in the era depicted in The Sullivans, was a fan of this show.

    I remember reading that one episode was set in Western Europe. Since the budget did not allow for overseas shooting, this was shot at an artist’s colony near where I live. There are European style buildings here.

  3. Richard16378

    May 2, 2017 at 2:03 pm

    I remember mostly watching the it for the titles.

    Clips of Kylie as a Dutch girl are often used on shows depicting stars before they hit the big time.

    According to the Wikipedia Mel Gibson was in it before Hollywood called.

  4. Glenn Aylett

    November 11, 2018 at 2:52 pm

    It kicked off the trend for ITV to fill its afternoon schedules with cheap Australian soaps and was the first Australian soap tp be shown in Britain. Actually, not too bad as it did feature some fighting in the Second World War and the struggles on the home front.

  5. richardpd

    November 11, 2018 at 4:24 pm

    Until Neighbours overtook it, The Sullivans was Australia’s longest running soap.

  6. Glenn Aylett

    November 11, 2018 at 9:05 pm

    I’m sure Border, the poorest of the English ITV regions, was still showing The Sullivans into the nineties.

  7. George White

    November 12, 2018 at 9:02 am

    RTE showed it until the late 90s, IIRC. They showed it weekly rather than daily, though.

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