you catch the mini drama series Oliver’s Travels on ABC TV a few
months ago? A superb piece of writing by Alan Plater it is, and stars Alan
Bates and Sinead Cusack are marvellous. For me it has everything: mystery
and crime, romance and sex, crossword puzzles, jazz, failed academics,
police whistleblowers, corrupt aristocracy in castles, computer hacking,
monumental masonry . . . To say nothing of a tasty cocktail of intelligent
humour and gentle wisdom, from the opening scene right up to the final
Bikwilian line of dialogue.
prolific and successful author in his own right, Plater is also noted for
his adaptations. You may remember him for his work on TV gems like Z
Cars, Fortunes of War, A Very British Coup, the Beiderbecke
trilogy and The Barchester Chronicles — to name just a few.
ABC have the rights to Oliver’s Travels, so it’s likely that
they’d repeat it should enough interest develop. Ancient rumour has it
that it only takes five viewers to secure an ABC TV program repeat. So if
you enjoyed the series, or if you’re intrigued enough, why not ring the
Publicity Department at ABC TV (in Sydney it’s 9950-3000) and ask for
another screening? Alternatively you can write to Triple Nine Four, ABC
TV, P.O. Box 9994, Adelaide, 5001 or send email to firstname.lastname@example.org.