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Skippy the Bush Kangaroo
Skippy the Bush Kangaroo was a popular Australian television series for children produced from 1966 to 1968. Ninety-one 30-minute episodes were made over the three seasons of production. Although at the time of first screening all Australian televisions were still black and white (colour TV broadcasting did not begin until 1975), the show was filmed in colour on 16mm film, making it more re-screenable in the years since it was made.
The stars of the show were:
- Ed Devereaux as Matt Hammond, the head ranger
- Garry Pankhurst as Sonny Hammond
- Ken James as Mark Hammond
- Tony Bonner as Jerry King, Ranger and helicopter pilot (exit #78)
- Liza Goddard as Clarrissa 'Clancy' Merrick (entry #9 exit #75)
- Frank Thring as Dr. Alexander Stark
- Skippy the bush kangaroo, played by at least three different kangaroos
The star of the show was Skippy, an Eastern Grey Kangaroo. Skippy was a pet owned by the son of the Head Ranger of the fictitious Waratah National Park (based on, and shot in Kuring-gai Chase National Park in northern Sydney), and the stories revolved around the park, its creatures and dangers and their adventures in the Australian bush. The series was screened in over eighty countries and its theme tune is one of the best known and most recognisable Australian tunes.
The series was revived in 1992 as The New Adventures of Skippy using an entirely new cast, plot and location with several children as the stars.
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