Cluedo (Australia)

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The Nine Network (ended 1993)

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Cluedo (Australia)

Show Summary

Based off the highly successful Parker Brothers boardgame, comes the part mystery, part gameshow, part comedy Cluedo, hosted by comedian Ian McFadyen. The studio audience would have to correctly solve the murder mystery by identifying the suspect, weapon (which varied each week) and room involved. The person who had it locked in for the longest time (and had kept it locked in) would win an overseas holiday. Each episode revolved around the goings on at Brindabella Homestead, and the six suspects made famous from the boardgame, Colonel Mike Mustard (George Mallaby), Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock (Jane Badler), Reverend Clem Green (Peter Sumner), Mrs. Blanche White (Joy Westmore), Professor Peter Plum (Andrew Daddo) and Miss. Vivienne Scarlet (Nicki Paull). In every episode, a guest would arrive at the mansion, and through a series of events they would end up dead at the hands of one of the six suspects. Unlike the other versions of the show, the Australian version included a detective, Detective Sergeant Stanley Bogong (Frank Gallacher), who would investigate the crime. During breaks from the story, the studio audience was able to interrogate the six suspects (whereby all except the murderer had to tell the truth). A couple of people, chosen by Ian McFadyen, also gave their accusations, and everyone in the audience was informed how many out of the three choices they had correct. The series ran for 26 episodes and was aired on Channel 9.moreless
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  • Ian McFadyen

    Ian McFadyen

    Host

    Jane Badler

    Jane Badler

    Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock

    George Mallaby

    George Mallaby

    Colonel Mike Mustard

    Peter Sumner

    Peter Sumner

    Reverend Clement Green

    Andrew Daddo

    Andrew Daddo

    Professor Peter Plum

    Joy Westmore

    Joy Westmore

    Mrs. Blanche White

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    SUBMIT REVIEW
    • I enjoyed this Australian version of the show far better than the British one for several reasons.

      9.5
      First of all, the Australian episodes ran for one hour, whereas, the British counterpart was only half an hour. Secondly, and most importantly in my opinion, the Australian series allowed the studio audience to interrogate the suspects rather than have it done by a panel. This meant that the average armchair sleuth could play a far more active role in the series.



      The Australian actors were all well known and very recogniseable. Jane Badler, the lead in the original series of "V" was also the lead here, playing the role of the wealthy Mrs. Elizabeth Peacock. Others such as Andrew Daddo, George Malaby, Peter Sumner and Nicola Paull were regulars, as was Frank Gallacher and Ian McFadyen, fresh from his success in 'The Comedy Company', who took on the role of the show's presenter. He was much wittier and animated than his British counterpart and it was, therefore, more interesting to watch and listen to.



      A great show and certainly worth watching.moreless
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