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Five Mile Creek

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Wednesday 8:00 PM Nov 04, 1983 on Seven Network
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When Maggie arrives at Five Mile Creek, her husband is no where to be found, no other letters explaining his whereabouts, and no one has heard or seen anything of him. Meanwhile, the way-station and the stage coach are constantly being held-up by outlaws and bush-rangers, who try to run Five Mile Creek out of business.moreless

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  • Maggie Scott and daughter Hannah travel to Australia looking to meet up with her husband, who is trying his luck in the gold fields. Texan Con Madigan is travelling on the same ship. He and Australian business partner Jack Taylor will set up a coach line.moreless

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    I thought this was a bloody brilliant episode, especially as a pilot. It introduced me to Five Mile Creek, and did a lovely job at that. It has always remained one of my favorites for its simpleness; the strife between Jack and Maggie, the competetion and uneast friendship between business partners Madigan and Taylor; and the beginning of a wonderful relationship between Maggie and Kate. Paddy Malone presensted a wonderfully charming character, and little Hannah is quite darling. I especially liked the scene when the bushrangers attack the women at Five Mile Creek, and with Paddy Malone, are able to fend off the bushrangers. It did not feature either Sam or Ben, which I think helped it flow, by simplifying its introduction. It was a pure episode, in a sense, because it was without the complicated strife of all the others, between Ben and Paddy, and the constant chaos of Sam on everybody's lives. The acting is incredible, and this episode served as a wonderful introduction to a brilliant TV show, and has captured my attention since I was but a little boy watching this volume on VHS till now.moreless
Barry Lovett

Barry Lovett

Harry Cotter

Guest Star

James Healey

James Healey

Eddie Wallace

Guest Star

Alfred Sandor

Alfred Sandor

Captain

Guest Star

Peter Carroll

Peter Carroll

Charles Withers

Recurring Role

Tony Blackett

Tony Blackett

"Backer" Bowman

Recurring Role

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  • TRIVIA (3)

    • For the Five Mile Creek production an original Concord Coach was purchased for $25,000.00. The coach was refurbished and repainted by the craftsmen at Disney's Burbank Studios before being shipped to Australia for use in the first pilot episode. Later three more coaches were reproduced using the original, these coaches were built for a total cost of $25,000.00. After Five Mile Creek finished it's third (and final) season, all four were sold to film suppliers and have been used in many movies.

    • After Maggie fell in the water in the first part of the episode, Louise Caire Clark earned the nickname "Splash" for the entire run of the show.

    • This episode was inspired from the movie The Cherokee Trail, which aired on CBS on Saturday, November 28, 1981. It was produced by Five Mile Creek producer Douglas Netter, and starred Little House on the Prairie's Victor French. The story was set in the Colorado wilderness. Producer Henry Crawford came up with the idea of moving the story to Australia and continuing as a television series. The Disney Channel agreed and Douglas Netter teamed up with Henry Crawford and helped produce Five Mile Creek.

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