Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I which follows them from the 1915 battle of Galipoli, to ... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Andrew Clarke Andrew Clarke ...  Capt. Martin Barrington / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Paul Hogan ...  Cpl. Pat Cleary / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Jon Blake ...  Capt. Flanagan / ... 6 episodes, 1985
Megan Williams Megan Williams ...  Sister Kate Baker 6 episodes, 1985
Christopher Cummins Christopher Cummins ...  Pte. Roly Collins 5 episodes, 1985
Jonathan Sweet ...  Pte. Bill Harris / ... 5 episodes, 1985
Ilona Rodgers ...  Lady Thea Barrington 5 episodes, 1985
David Bradshaw David Bradshaw ...  Keith Murdoch 5 episodes, 1985
Robert Coleby ...  Rev. George Lonsdale 5 episodes, 1985
Tony Bonner ...  Lt. Harold Armstrong / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Shane Briant ...  Sgt. 'Kaiser' Schmidt / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Alec Wilson Alec Wilson ...  Pte. 'Pudden' Parsons 4 episodes, 1985
Peter Finlay Peter Finlay ...  Cpl. 'Bluey' / ... 4 episodes, 1985
Elaine Lee Elaine Lee ...  Madame 4 episodes, 1985
Leah Steventon Leah Steventon ...  Marie 4 episodes, 1985
Sheila Kennelly Sheila Kennelly ...  Mrs. Baker 4 episodes, 1985
David Allardice David Allardice ...  Pianist 4 episodes, 1985
Patrick Ward Patrick Ward ...  Sgt. Tom McArthur 3 episodes, 1985
Jim Holt Jim Holt ...  Pte. 'Dingo' Gordon 3 episodes, 1985
Rhys McConnochie ...  David Lloyd George 3 episodes, 1985
David Lynch David Lynch ...  Max Earnshaw / ... 3 episodes, 1985
Noel Trevarthen ...  Field Marshall Haig / ... 3 episodes, 1985
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ...  Sir Rupert Barrington 3 episodes, 1985
Michael Adams Michael Adams ...  Gen. Kiggell 3 episodes, 1985
Howard Bell Howard Bell ...  Hon. Cyril Earnshaw 3 episodes, 1985
Diana Greentree Diana Greentree ...  Mrs. Collins 3 episodes, 1985
Bill Kerr ...  Gen. Monash / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Mark Hembrow Mark Hembrow ...  Dick Baker / ... 2 episodes, 1985
Nick Waters Nick Waters ...  Pte. 'Huddo' Hudson 2 episodes, 1985
Edmund Pegge ...  Capt. Young 2 episodes, 1985
Peter Stratford Peter Stratford ...  Sir Maurice Hankey 2 episodes, 1985
Vivean Gray Vivean Gray ...  Matron 2 episodes, 1985
Francis Bell Francis Bell ...  'Pompey' Elliott 2 episodes, 1985
Meradith Rodgers Meradith Rodgers ...  Nurse Purvis 2 episodes, 1985


Following the lives of a dozen Australian soldiers who served in the Australia and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) during World War I which follows them from the 1915 battle of Galipoli, to the brutal trenches of France during the 1916 Somme battles, the 1917 Arias and Vimy Ridge battles to the final 1918 German offensives and the final victory drive as well as the hardships, mid-adventures and the casualties of friends encounted at each one. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

27 October 1985 (Australia) See more »

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Anzacs: The War Down Under See more »

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(5 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Released R4 DVD box set with extensive extras surrounding publicity and accolades See more »


Pvt. Roly Collins: What's going on, Pat?
Pvt. Pat Cleary: [sarcastically] It's the great war - it's in all the papers.
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A nice change
13 October 2004 | by SAChooverSee all my reviews

I thought it was quite a good series. I can't imagine how this could be reduced to a 2hr? tele-movie without losing just about everything good about it. I'm Australian, and this was produced for Aussies, no apologies for that. It's about time, rather than the usual good and bad Hollywood and to a lesser extent Brit efforts. If you don't know a Zac from a Brass Razoo, well we've had to put up with your slang and slight cultural differences for long enough. But I digress, this showed a part of history which has been long ignored, both here and overseas. In Australia we know full well the tale of Gallipoli, however the further efforts on the Western Front have largely been ignored. It's also good to see mention of the Home Front politics regarding conscription which severely divided the nation at the time and the Diggers response, which left it the only Allied fully volunteer Army in WW1. All in all I throughly enjoyed it, a good mix of believable characters, action, behind the lines antics and the Home Front drama, well worth seeing if you can get the original 5 part series.

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Some of the previous commentators have said they wouldn't mind getting a copy of this. The only place I know that sells it is the Australian War Memorial. As you don't want URL's I won't include one however I'll leave it to you to phrase this part if you want to include it. Stuart Coates

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