Golden Fiddles

Season 1 Episode 2

Part 2

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Aired Sunday 8:30 PM Aug 25, 1991 on The Nine Network
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The Balfours are now installed at "Samarkand", the finest house in Adelaide. After several months of residence, Anne, Norman and the girls have found happiness but Walter and Bob are both full of discontent and long for the country life again.

Mixing in elite social circles, Kitty finds out quite by chance that Phillippe Allard has now taken up working as a doctor with the poor at Port Adelaide. With The Great Depression at its height, he is doing all he can to assist the unemployed, hungry and homeless.

Meanwhile, Norman has become friends with the roughish Jack Greville who has his sights set firmly on Elsa and her inherritance but Norman doesn't notice as he is more interested in partying and gambling. He isn't even aware that Jack has seduced his beloved Liddy Powell after she arrives from the country for a visit. At the same time, Kitty makes her debut and soon after, becomes engaged to Captain Adrian Treherne, an aide to the governor but she is still not happy and when she runs into Phillippe by accident, old feelings are re-ignited between them.

Walter has finally found his niche - helping Phillippe distribute food to those who have none but the whole family is thrown into turmoil when, after a fierce argument with his father, Norman crashes his car and has to fight for his life.moreless

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  • The family are now living in Adelaide with all of their wealth and finery and most are happy, but not all ...

    9.0
    Wealth and property SHOULD make all the Balfours happy and Anne, Norman and the girls are certinly pleased with all that they have but Walter and Bob are finding it very difficult to adjust to their new surroundings.



    As Kitty makes her debut in society and becomes engaged to an English gentleman, Walter helps Dr. Allard with his work for the poor at Port Adelaide and Bob yearns for their old life back in the country, a concept which nobody but Walter understands.



    Norman invites Liddy to stay and she becomes intrigued with his new friend, Jack Greville, who is not adverse to seducing Liddy but has his eyes firmly set on securing a match with Elsa.



    As we build towards the ending, we find that Norman is out of control, Kitty is still in love with Phillippe and Anne is as oblivious to everything going wrong around her as she chooses to be.



    An epic piece of Australian drama which must not be missed because it would a shame for viewers not to see this excellent series.moreless
Edwin Hodgeman

Edwin Hodgeman

Abenesi

Guest Star

Gil Tucker

Gil Tucker

Sam Briggs

Guest Star

David Whitney

David Whitney

Adrian Treherne

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

Recurring Role

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    • The poem which Kitty quotes at length when talking to Adrian Treherne about not wanting to move to England is called "My Country" and was written by Australian Dorothea Macklellar in approximately 1907-1908 while the young woman was homesick during a visit to England.

      The poem is widely considered to be one of the best known pieces in Australian literature as it personifies our national identity and pride.

    • At the 1993 Gemini Television Awards, "Golden Fiddles" was nominated in three categories.

      1. William Ross and David Foster for 'Best Original Music Score for a Program or Mini-Series'.

      2. Yves Langlois for 'Best Picture Editing in a Dramatic Program or Series'.

      3. George Liddle for 'Best Production Design or Art Direction'. None of the nominees won the awards.

    • At the 1992 Australian Television Logie Awards, Cameron Daddo, who played the role of Norman Balfour, won the award for "Most Popular Actor in a Mini-Series/Telemovie."

      At the same awards ceremony, Rachel Friend, who played Kitty Balfour, was nominated for "Most Popular Actress in a Mini Series of Telmovie" but she did not win the award.

      The show was also nominated for "Most Popular Mini-Series/Telemovie but it did not win.

    • American actress, Kate Nelligan, who played Anne Balfour, was widely praised in the Australian media for her excellent upper class Australian accent which she had to learn in order to play the role. It was pointed out by critics that she was flawless and that it would have been very hard, if not impossible, to pick that she wasn't Australian.

    • When "Golden Fiddles" screened, there was a lot of criticism from within the industry and from fans with regard to the pronounciation of the family surname. Half the cast were pronouncing "Balfour" as "Bal-fer" and the other half, as "Bal-for". Critics pointed out that a close family who lived in the country with very little outside influence would all pronounce their surname in the same way and they wondered why the producers and directors didn't instruct the actors in how it was to be pronounced.

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