A Town Like Alice (1981 film)

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A Town Like Alice
Directed by David Stevens
Produced by Henry Crawford
Written by Tom Hegarty
Rosemary Ann Sisson
Based on novel by Neville Shute
Starring Helen Morse
Bryan Brown
Gordon Jackson
Budget $1.25 million[1]
Country Australia
Language English
Original channel Network Seven
Original airing 12 July 1981
Running time 301 mins
No. of episodes 3 x 2 hours

A Town Like Alice is a five-hour 1981 Australian television adaptation of Nevil Shute's novel of the same name. Produced by the Seven Network, and directed by David Stevens, it was the second major adaptation of the book.[2]


It stars Helen Morse in the lead role of Jean Paget, with Bryan Brown as Joe Harman and Scottish actor Gordon Jackson as the aging lawyer and trustee Noel Strachan.


The series won an International Emmy Award for drama in 1981[3] and went on to win a Logie Award in the Best Single Drama or Mini Series category at the 1982 awards with Morse, Brown and Jackson winning Logies for their performances.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The magic of Helen Morse.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982) (1933 - 1982: National Library of Australia). 18 June 1980. p. 10 Supplement: FREE your TV Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p217
  3. ^ "'Town Like Alice' Wins International Emmy". St Petersburg Times. November 25, 1981. Retrieved July 6, 2012. 

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