All the Rivers Run

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All the Rivers Run
Directed by George Miller
Pino Amenta
Produced by Alan Hardy
Written by Peter Yeldham
Colin Free
Vince Moran
Gwenda Marsh
Based on novel by Nancy Cato
Starring John Waters
Sigrid Thornton
Budget $3 million[1]
Country Australia
Language English
Original channel Seven Network
Original airing 4 October 1983
No. of episodes 4 x 2 hours

All The Rivers Run is an Australian television miniseries from 1983 and 1989, starring Sigrid Thornton and John Waters. The miniseries is based on the Australian historical novel by Nancy Cato, first published in 1958. The film is marketed with the tagline A sweeping saga of one woman's struggle for survival.

The first series comprises 4 two-hour episodes first broadcast in October 1983,[2] the second series comprises 2 two-hour episodes first broadcast on 18 March 1990.[3] In the US, the miniseries was shown on the premium channel, HBO premiering on 15 January 1984.[4][5]


All The Rivers Run follows the life of English girl Philadelphia Gordon, from the time when she is shipwrecked and orphaned off the coast of Victoria in 1890. She spends most of her life around Echuca, on the Murray River, and invests some of her inheritance in the paddle steamer PS Philadelphia. Her life is changed forever when she meets paddle steamer captain Brenton Edwards. Deli Gordon marries Edwards and gives up a blossoming career as a painter in Melbourne to live back in Echuca on the paddle steamer with Brenton.

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The first series was shot in Echuca.[1]


The series was a massive ratings success in Australia and was sold to over 70 countries, including the USA, where it was screened by HBO.[6]


All the Rivers Run 2
Directed by John Power
Produced by Alan Hardy
Written by Vince Moran
Barbara Bishop
Starring John Waters
Nikki Coghill
Parker Stevenson
Charles Tingwell
Country Australia
Language English
Original channel Seven Network
Original airing 18 March 1990
No. of episodes 2 x 2 hours

The sequel was set in 1890 through the turn of the century, and concerned the arrival of the railways.


  1. ^ a b Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p171
  2. ^ NFSA - Title Details
  3. ^ NFSA - Title Details
  4. ^ HBO program guide: January 1984
  5. ^ New York Times: All the Rivers Run (1984) Retrieved 3 September 2011
  6. ^ Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 53

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