Wednesday, 31 December 2014
49 Barrier Reef
First watched : Uncertain
The Beeb had taken note of the popularity of Skippy so they snapped up its creator Lee Robinson's next Australian series with indecent haste. Its first broadcast, on Monday 5th October 1970 was four months earlier than any viewer in Australia saw it.
The series was set on a ship, the New Endeavour , home to a team of marine biologists working around arguably the planet's most impressive natural feature. Legendary shark seeker Ron Taylor handled most of the underwater photography.
I don't think I was a great fan. I probably couldn't follow all the dialogue and given that the action mostly took place either within the confines of a ship or involved indistinguishable characters under water one episode did tend to seem much like another and there were thirty nine of them.
It seems like my reservations might have been widely shared. There's no DVD available and next to nothing on You Tube and yet the series was aired in Canada as recently as the nineties so it's probably still extant just not in any great demand.