The idea for series reportedly grew out of Morphett's frustration with the lack of good roles for female actors on Australian TV at the time. The series premiered as a six-part mini-series, with each episode dealing with a different member of the Stone/Lucas family: Gillian (Elisabeth Crosby), Marjorie (Judy Morris), Helen (Jenny Lee), Jane (Joan Bruce), Freda (June Salter) and Dolly (Queenie Ashton). The mini-series proved to be so popular that the format was revised into an ongoing series, making the transition from black-and-white to colour episodes along the way.
Other cast members in the series included Christine Amor, Diane Craig, Anne Haddy, Shane Porteous, Ron Graham, Peter Sumner, Kris McQuade, Betty Lucas, Vincent Ball, Brian Wenzel, Carmen Duncan, Jack Fegan, Bruce Spence, Sigrid Thornton, John Stanton, Kate Fitzpatrick and Charles Tingwell.
According to a 1999 article by Bob Ellis (whose wife Anne Brooksbank wrote for the series), almost all of the episodes of Certain Women were subsequently wiped by the ABC, although episodes were still being shown as late as 1981 on British television. This was done as part of an ongoing economy drive in the 1970s which led to the wholesale erasure of videotaped program segments, whole programs and in some cases entire series.
- Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 109
- Bob Ellis, "The Lost Picture Show", The Sydney Morning Herald, 20 February 1999
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