Puberty Blues (TV series)

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This article is about the TV miniseries. For the novel, see Puberty Blues (novel). For the film, see Puberty Blues.
Puberty Blues
Logo for Puberty Blues.png
Series One opening title card
Genre Drama
Written by Tony McNamara , Alice Bell, Fiona Seres, Jonathan Gavin
Starring Claudia Karvan
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
Ashleigh Cummings
Ed Oxenbould
Susie Porter
Dan Wyllie
Brenna Harding
Rodger Corser
Susan Prior
Sean Keenan
Katie Wall
Charlotte Best
Isabelle Cornish
Reef Ireland
Dylan Goodearl
Jonathan Gavin
Christian Byers
Theme music composer Paul Hewson
Opening theme "Are You Old Enough?" by Dragon
Composer(s) Stephen Rae
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 17 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Rick Maier
Janeen Faithfull
Producer(s) Imogen Banks
John Edwards
Editor(s) Deborah Peart, Geoff Hitchens
Location(s) Sydney, New South Wales
Cinematography John Brawley
Running time 45 minutes
Production company(s) Southern Star Group
Broadcast
Original channel Network Ten
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 15 August 2012 (2012-08-15) – 7 May 2014 (2014-05-07)
Chronology
Related shows Puberty Blues
External links
Website

Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based on the 1979 book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, which was also the inspiration for the 1981 film Puberty Blues.[1] Set during the late 1970s, the series revolves around the family and friends of Debbie and Sue, two inseparable teenage friends who are progressing through the coming of age process. The first series of eight episodes began airing from 15 August 2012. A second series was later confirmed and premiered on 5 March 2014.[2]

Production[edit]

In January 2012, it was announced an eight-part adaptation of the coming-of-age novel Puberty Blues would be made in New South Wales.[3][4] The series, based on Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey's 1970s book, focuses on a group of teenagers from Cronulla "as they explore sex and the gender politics of the day."[4]

Filming on the series began in April 2012, with locations mainly around the Sutherland Shire on Wanda Beach. The shoot lasted for twelve weeks and wrapped on 1 July 2012.[5] Puberty Blues began airing from 15 August 2012.[6]

On 16 September 2012, Debbie Schipp from The Daily Telegraph reported Southern Star producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks were planning a second series of Puberty Blues. Edwards stated "Yes, we are discussing it now. There's a strong chance, and Imogen and I have been in the plotting room and are well into development ourselves. So for those demanding more, we have high hopes we'll deliver." Edwards and Banks revealed the storyline would probably pick up from where series one ended or maybe a year later.[7]

On 23 October 2012, the official Puberty Blues Facebook page confirmed that there would be a second series of the show premiering in 2013 on the Australian television network; Channel Ten.[8] Filming for the second series began in May 2013, and began broadcasting in March 2014.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main Cast

Actor Character Season
1 2
Claudia Karvan Vickers, JudyJudy Vickers Main
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor Vickers, MartinMartin Vickers Main
Ashleigh Cummings Vickers, DebbieDebbie Vickers Main
Ed Oxenbould Vickers, DavidDavid Vickers Main
Susie Porter Knight, PamPam Knight Main
Daniel Wyllie Knight, RogerRoger Knight Main
Brenna Harding Knight, SueSue Knight Main
Rodger Corser Hennessey, FerrisFerris Hennessey Main
Susan Prior Hennessey, YvonneYvonne Hennessey Main
Sean Keenan Hennessey, GaryGary Hennessey Main
Katie Wall Hayes, LynetteLynette Hayes Main Recurring
Charlotte Best Hayes, CherylCheryl Hayes Main
Isabelle Cornish , VickiVicki Main
Reef Ireland Board, BruceBruce Board Main Recurring
Dylan Goodearl Dixon, DannyDanny Dixon Main Recurring
Jonathan Gavin , GrahamGraham Recurring Main
Christian Byers "Woody" Woods, MarkMark "Woody" Woods Main

Supporting Cast

Actor Character Season
1 2
Jack Horsley , StraccyStraccy Recurring
Izzy Stevens , Tracey SmartTracey Smart Recurring
Ellie Gall , RaquelRaquel Recurring
Pearl Herbert , JimJim Recurring
Lachlan Galbraith , MattyMatty Recurring
Thorsten Hertog , JonnoJonno Recurring
Lachlan Skene , JackoJacko Recurring
Leon Ford , Mr. CandyMr. Candy Recurring
Eleanor Munro , FreidaFreida Recurring
Annie Maynard , AnnieAnnie Recurring
Luke Ledger , BroadieBroadie Recurring
Tyler Atkins Peters, DarrenDarren Peters Recurring
Jessica Nash , NancyNancy Recurring
Di Smith Grantham, DeputyDeputy Grantham Recurring
Oscar Redding , NathanNathan Recurring
Simon Lyndon Richards, GumbyGumby Richards Recurring

Episodes[edit]

Promotion and reception[edit]

Network Ten released the first episode exclusively to Facebook users who liked the official Puberty Blues page prior to the premiere.[9] Graeme Blundell from The Australian praised the first episodes and stated "And, like the book, the series is racy, confronting, often quite brutal, heartbreaking and coruscatingly entertaining. It sparkles even as it disturbingly illuminates a culture of adolescence that seems not so much dated as distressingly contemporary."[10]

Craig Mathieson of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote "Puberty Blues is good. Really good. What's perhaps been most interesting about the series, set as it is about 35 years back, is just how dark it is. No, this is not Mad Men, far from it, but the folks behind Puberty Blues have cultivated a surprisingly opaque picture of late-1970s Australia."[11] Mathieson's colleague, Melinda Houston, gave the series a mixed review, saying "That combination of anticipation and ennui is something this version of Puberty Blues has captured beautifully. Unfortunately, it doesn't always make for gripping telly, especially prime-time commercial telly. We, too, tend to sit there waiting, waiting, fidgeting, waiting – and suffocating just a bit."[12] Houston explained that the inclusion of the parents' stories felt like a distraction, despite the good performances from the cast.[12] However, the critic added that Puberty Blues is not "a failure by any means. It's certainly a handsome piece, from the opening credits to the pitch-perfect interiors."[12]

Ratings[edit]

The premiere episode debuted to 925,000 viewers and came 9th for the night in its 8:30 timeslot.[13]

Episode Title Original airdate Overnight Viewers Consolidated Viewers Nightly Rank
1-01 "Episode 1" 15 August 2012 0.925[13] 1.043[14] 9[13]
1-02 "Episode 2" 22 August 2012 0.843[15] 1.015[16] 12[15]
1-03 "Episode 3" 29 August 2012 0.751[17] 0.899[18] 12[17]
1-04 "Episode 4" 5 September 2012 0.728[19] 0.870[20] 15[19]
1-05 "Episode 5" 12 September 2012 0.673[21] 0.834[22] 15[21]
1-06 "Episode 6" 19 September 2012 0.696[23] 0.857[24] 16[23]
1-07 "Episode 7" 26 September 2012 0.653[25] 0.793[25] 16
1-08 "Episode 8" 3 October 2012 0.707[26] 0.840[26] 16
Episode Title Original airdate Overnight Viewers Consolidated Viewers Nightly Rank
2-01 "Episode 9" 5 March 2014 0.538[27] 0.625[28] 17
2-02 "Episode 10" 12 March 2014 0.477[29] 0.590[30] 19
2-03 "Episode 11" 19 March 2014 0.529[31] 0.670[32] 18
2-04 "Episode 12" 26 March 2014 0.517[33] 0.651[34] 17
2-05 "Episode 13" 2 April 2014 0.464[35] 0.588[36] 17
2-06 "Episode 14" 9 April 2014 0.384[37] 0.544[38] 23
2-07 "Episode 15" 16 April 2014 0.556[39] 0.682[40] 14
2-08 "Episode 16" 30 April 2014 0.529[41] 0.674[42] 19
2-09 "Episode 17" 7 May 2014 0.578[43] 0.706[44] 19

Figures are OzTAM Data for the 5 City Metro areas. Overnight - Live broadcast and recordings viewed the same night. Consolidated - Live broadcast and recordings viewed within the following seven days.

References[edit]

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