Golden Fiddles

Season 1 Episode 1

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Aug 18, 1991 on The Nine Network
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It's show day, 1929, and the Balfour family; Anne, Walter, Norman, Kitty, Elsa and Robert (Bob) are off to Tuparra to have fun on what is always the happiest and best day of the year for the children. Dressed in their much-mended clothes, this desperately poor family are excited about the prospect of their entries in the cakes, vegetables, creative writing and 'best pony'competitions possibly winning a prize. For the somewhat dour Walter Balfour, the show means that if his superb sow, Leopoldina, wins the blue ribbon, one of his neighbours will pay him 20 pounds for her and the Balfours need the money to pay the monthly mortgage on their small, unyielding farm or they will be out on the street.

When everybody's entries take first prize except the sow, the neighbour refuses to buy her but Walter is too proud to let Kitty take a job as a kitchen hand with the immensely wealthy Craig family until Kitty takes matters into her own hands and accepts. For Bob, it is a time of heartache when his beloved pony, Toby, is sold to Jim Craig for his young beast of a daughter, Clara. Again, this is because the family are in desperate need of finances.

Anne Balfour came from a wealthy family in Adelaide but married Walter because she loved him dearly and she still does. Her father, Dr. Dalgleish, was an eminent surgeon and they owned a marvellous home caused "Samarkand", known as 'the finest house in Adelaide'.

For Kitty, she finds herself falling in love with a young French doctor who has no family money of his own, but when he becomes engaged to a wealthy socialite who can purchase him a practice, she realises that there is no hope for them even though he tells her he loves her.

A seemingly ordinary letter for Anne changes everything when she realises that her immensely wealthy Uncle Joseph, who promised to leave her 1000 Guineas upon his death, has, in fact left her, his only living relative, two hundred thousand pounds, which means the Balfours now have more money than they ever dreamed possible and are soon on their way to live in Adelaide, back at "Samarkand" which should make them the happiest people in the world, but will it?moreless

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  • The highlight of the year for the Balfour family is the Tupurra Show and it's time to get dressed in their best and have a wonderful day! Unfortunately, things don't quite turn out that way ...moreless

    9.5
    Show day, 1929 and the Balfours are excited hoping that they will do well in their competition entries with their writing, cooking, vegetables, cakes, best pony and the blue ribbon for their prize sow, Leopoldina.



    Everything is going well, with everybody winning first prize except Leopoldina, which means that Walter cannot sell the sow and get the 20 pounds he so desperately needs to pay off the mortgage. As things stand, the Balfours are lucky that their small farm pays just enough to keep a roof over their head and put a meagre amount of food on the table. Anne Balfour is used to better things; she comes from a wealthy family in Adelaide and gave up all her riches to marry the man she loved. But, all is not lost ... When Anne's Uncle Joseph passes away and leaves the family 200,000 pounds, they are rich beyond their wildest dreams and get set to move back to Adelaide, and to "Samarkand", the finest house in the entire city, where Anne grew up.



    Once in Adelaide and installed in their beautiful home, how can the family be anything but perfectly happy? After all, they have everything that money can buy so, why is it that it doesn't seem to be bringing them everything it promised?



    A must-see, you won't regret it.moreless
Penne Hackforth-Jones

Penne Hackforth-Jones

Mrs Craig

Guest Star

Mouche Phillips

Mouche Phillips

Daphne Craig

Guest Star

Peter Braunstein

Peter Braunstein

Mr Powell

Guest Star

Justine Clark

Justine Clark

Liddy Powell

Recurring Role

Emma Jane Fowler

Emma Jane Fowler

Rose Powell

Recurring Role

Charles Mayer

Charles Mayer

Phillippe Allard

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    • The title of the series "Golden Fiddles" comes from the poem 'The Last Chantey' by Rudyard Kipling. Bob recites this poem every Christmas for his family and there is a section where the speaker in the poem says;

      'Take back your golden fiddles' and we'll beat to open sea.' Bob mentions this particular line in his prayers when he is unhappy in Adelaide and asks God to '... Please take back your golden fiddles', which refers to his discontent at his family's wealth.

    • The mini-series "Golden Fiddles" was based on the novel of the same name, written by Australian author Mary Grant Bruce and published in 1928.

    • Veteran Australian actor Charles "Bud" Tingwell acted as narrator for the series as the older Bob Balfour.

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    • Filming locations:

      Adelaide, South Australia

      Barossa Valley, South Australia

      Murraylands, South Australia

      Riverland, South Australia

      Port Adelaide, South Australia

      Leslie Place, Port Adelaide, South Australia

      Callington, South Australia

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