- The Group (TV series)
"The Group" was a popular
Australian situation comedyseries produced by Cash Harmon Televisionfor ATN7in 1971.
The situation involved five young flatmates - three men and two women - living together for financial and pragmatic reasons and regularly attempting to outwit their landlord who was convinced there were saucy goings-on in the flat.
The regular characters were named on screen with a freeze frame as they made their entrance at the start of each episode. Each credit also featured a brief description of the character, such as MARK the medical student, JENNIFER the student, BOB the accountant, JEREMY he's something in television, TINTO the landlord.
The final character was Laura, the dumb "brunette", a model unaware of her physical attractiveness. Laura was the key character around which most of the show's situations revolved. Her caption would change every episode and formed the title of the episode, such as "and LAURA this week she's on a diet", "This Week She Wants to Be a Singer", "This Week She Travels", etc.
The regular cast included Ken James as Mark,
Gregory Rossas Bob, Gregory de Polnayas Jeremy, Jenee Welshas Jennifer and Terry O'Neill as Tinto. The role of Laura Bent was played by Roslyn Wilson, a newcomer with no acting experience. She was cast at the last minute when the original actor, Wendy Hugheswho played Laura in the televised pilot episode, was released to take a role in a stage play.
The series was produced by
Don Cashand Bill Harmon, devised by Anne Halland written by David Sale, who the following year collaborated on the phenomenally successful soap opera"Number 96". Despite its popularity "The Group" was not renewed beyond its original series of 13 half-hour episodes [Moran, Albert. "Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series", Allen & Unwin, 1993. ISBN 0-642-18462-3 p 209-10] .
List of Australian television series
* [http://www.classicaustraliantv.com/group.htm TV Eye - Classic Australian Television]
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