The Librarians (TV series)

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The Librarians
The Librarians Title Card.png
The Librarians title card
Genre Situation comedy
Created by Wayne Hope
Robyn Butler
Directed by Wayne Hope
Tony Martin
Starring Robyn Butler
Roz Hammond
Heidi Arena
Stephen Ballantyne
Keith Brockett
Bob Franklin
Wayne Hope
Nicole Nabout
Kym Gyngell
Josh Lawson
Opening theme "A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie.
Composer(s) James Black
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 20
Broadcast
Original channel ABC TV
Picture format 16:9 HD
Audio format Stereo
First shown in Australia
Original run 31 October 2007 – 1 December 2010
External links
Website

The Librarians is an Australian television comedy series which premiered on 31 October 2007 on ABC TV. In Ireland the show airs on RTÉ Two. The series is produced and written by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope who are also the principal cast members. Hope is also the series' director. The first series comprised six half-hour episodes. The second series with another six episodes began airing on 5 August 2009 and was filmed at the Royal Melbourne Showgrounds.

The series centres on the trials and tribulations of Frances O'Brien, a devoutly Catholic and blithely racist head-librarian. Her life unravels when she is forced to employ her ex-best friend, Christine Grimwood – now a drug dealer – as the children's librarian. Frances must do all she can to contain her menacing past and concentrate on the biggest event of the library calendar – Book Week.

Filming on a third and final series took place in early 2010[1] and aired on ABC1 later that year. The Librarians theme music is an upbeat variation on the popular jazz chart "A Night in Tunisia" by Dizzy Gillespie.

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 2007[edit]

Episode Title Original airdate Viewers Nightly
Rank
1 "Should old Acquaintance be Forgot?" 31 October 2007 1,292,000[2] 5
2 "Repeat Offender" 7 November 2007 1,084,000[3] 14
3 "4 Kilos to Book Week" 14 November 2007 1,006,000[4] NA
4 "Unholy Matrimony" 21 November 2007 1,040,000[5] 13
5 "Amnesty" 28 November 2007 988,000[6] 12
6 "And Nothing but the Truth" 5 December 2007 1,001,000[7] 10

Season 2: 2009[edit]

Episode Title Original airdate Viewers Nightly
Rank
1 "Just Returned" 5 August 2009 1,053,000[8] 11
2 "This Little Piggy" 12 August 2009 1,028,000[9] 13
3 "Cut to the Quick" 19 August 2009 843,000[10] 19
4 "Romeos And Juliets" 26 August 2009 877,000[11] 17
5 "Deliverance" 2 September 2009 827,000[12] 16
6 "My Rock" 9 September 2009 936,000[13] 15

Season 3: 2010[edit]

Episode Title Original airdate Viewers Consolidated Viewers Nightly
Rank
1 "Mother Pearl" 13 October 2010 726,000 788,215 15
2 "Quid Pro Quo" 20 October 2010 541,000 596,098 26
3 "Tsukiji" 27 October 2010 595,000 661,706 25
4 "Dark Before Dawn" 3 November 2010 582,000 642,233 20
5 "Kerching Kerching" 10 November 2010 572,000 615,530 24
6 "Milk, Not Cheese, Moon" 17 November 2010 534,000 564,685 25
7 "Pearl of Wisdom" 24 November 2010 489,000 520,072 25
8 "Power and the Passion" 1 December 2010 658,000 710,174 19

Cast[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Robyn Butler as Frances O'Brien
  • Roz Hammond as Christine Grimwood
  • Heidi Arena as Dawn McConnichie
  • Stephen Ballantyne as Matthew Bytnskov
  • Keith Brockett as Ky Lee
  • Bob Franklin as Neil Slider
  • Wayne Hope as Terry O'Brien
  • Nicole Nabout as Nada al Farouk
  • Kim Gyngell as Father Harris
  • Josh Lawson as Lachie Davis (Series 1)
  • Fiona Harris as Jane (Series 2 and 3)
  • Victoria Eagger as Pearl O'Leary (Series 3)

Guests[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Nominee Series Result Ref
2009 Australian Film Institute Awards Best Performance in a Television Comedy Robyn Butler Series 2 Nominated [14]
2011 Equity Awards Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series Cast
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Won [15]

Series 1 DVD & Blu Ray release[edit]

The Librarians
Set Details Special Features
  • 6 Episodes
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • English (2.0 Stereo)
  • Total running time: Approx 172 minutes
  • Audio commentary by Robyn Butler and Wayne Hope
  • Photo board
  • ABC promo interview
  • Alternative ending for Episode 4
  • Deleted scene from Episode 6
Release Date
Region 4 5 December 2007

Series 2 DVD & Blu Ray release[edit]

The Librarians Series 2
Set Details Special Features
  • 6 Episodes
  • 16:9 Aspect Ratio
  • Subtitles: Yes
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Total running time: Approx 223 minutes
  • Audio commentary by Robyn Butler, Wayne Hope, Roz Hammond and Heidi Arena
  • The Making of The Librarians
  • Frances' unheard library opening speech
  • Christine's Ante Natal Classes
  • Neil's Online Assignments
  • Deleted scene
  • Out takes
Release Date
Region 4 1 October 2009 (Series 1&2 Blu-ray Also Released)

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