Back on 18 October 1977 at 3.50pm, ITV started screening a new Australian drama series The Sullivans. It had only begun it's debut less than a year earlier on Australia's Nine Network. Two soaps had launched at the end of 1976, The Sullivans and The Young Doctors. Nine only wanted one and vowed to ditch one of them. Both series went onto great success and both lasted in production until 1982 producing four or five half hour episodes a week.
Screening nationally twice weekly on Tuesdays and Wednesdays, the series was then moved to a lunchtime slot and dropped in the Midlands (1981) and Yorkshire (1982). The rest of the country enjoyed the rest of the series well into the late 1980s and even mid 1990s in Wales and Scotland!
The authenticity of The Sullivans is amazing. Considering that two hours of period drama was being produced every week, it was an amazing achievement.
A wealth of Australian acting talent appears in the series. Any viewer of other Australian soaps, particularly Neighbours and Prisoner: Cell Block H, will recognise some of the 100s of actors during the series. The most notable is probably Vivean Gray who appeared in The Sullivans as Ida Jessup / Pike. She went onto appear in Prisoner Cell Block H - The Edna Pearson Episodes [DVD] as poisoner Edna Pearson. Several years later she went onto great success as Nell Mangel in Neighbours - The Iconic Episodes [DVD].
The Sullivans starts as war has been declared. The rest is history.
Follow how it all affected one family in this quality series.
Well worth a buy! This set contains the first 50 episodes. Each episode is given a synopsis on the DVD and the date in history to which the episode it set.