The Man from Snowy River (TV series)

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The Man from Snowy River
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Cover of DVD Box Set - Season 4
Also known as
Snowy River:
The McGregor Saga
Format Western
Starring Andrew Clarke
Wendy Hughes
Brett Climo
Hugh Jackman
Guy Pearce
Joelene Crnogorac
Sheryl Munks
Kristie Raymond
Josh Lucas
James Sherry
Country of origin Australia
No. of episodes 65
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Original run 1993 – 1996

The Man from Snowy River is an Australian television series based on Banjo Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River". Released in Australia as Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River, the series was subsequently released in both the United States and the United Kingdom as Snowy River: The McGregor Saga.

The television series has no relationship to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River or the 1988 sequel The Man from Snowy River II. Instead, the series follows the adventures of Matt McGregor (Andrew Clarke), a successful squatter, and his family. Matt is the hero immortalized in Banjo Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River", and the series is set 25 years after his famous ride.[1] The first season was very much a soap opera with several story arcs, but the primary one concerns the arrival of Matt's American nephew, who's bent on revenge, certain Matt cheated his father out of the station Matt now owns. In subsequent seasons, there were shorter story-arcs, often featuring guest stars over a few episodes, and some episodes stood entirely on their own. Stars and guest stars of the series included notables and future notables Andrew Clarke, Guy Pearce, Josh Lucas, Victoria Tennant, Olivia Newton John, Tracy Nelson, Lee Horsley, Dean Stockwell, Chad Lowe, Jane Badler, Wendy Hughes, Hugh Jackman, and Frances O'Connor.

Nomination[edit]

Nominated for a Logie Award for Most Popular Drama (1996).

International Distribution[edit]

The series was distributed to a variety of countries, where the title was changed for various reasons.

Country Title of "Snowy River" television series
Australia Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River
United States Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
United Kingdom Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
Hungary A fagyos folyó lovasa
Poland McGregorowie
Vietnam Người đàn ông trên dòng sông băng
Bosnia and Herzegovina McGregorovi
Bulgaria Сноуи Ривър: Сага за Макгрегър (Snowy River: The McGregor Saga)
Iran Rudkhaneye Barfi (Persian: رودخانه‌ی برفی‎)
Gibraltar Snowy River
Finland Lumisen virran mies
France La Saga des McGregor
Czech republic Sněžná řeka: Sága rodu McGregorů

Episodes[edit]

Video Releases[edit]

On 27 June 1995, the pilot was released on VHS [2]

On 5 March 2002, a number of single episode videos were released on VHS. These include episodes "New Business",[3] "Grand Opening",[4] "Black Sheep",[5] "Comback",[6] "The Grand Duke",[7] and "Prince of Hearts" [8]

In 2003, a region 1 DVD of the series pilot was released.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Race 1 18 NOV 2003[9]

In 2004, season 4 was released as a 3 disk set, this time in region 4. This was followed by season 1 (3 disks) and season 2 (4 disks) in 2005, and season 3 (4 disks) in 2006.[10]

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - TV Series Season 1 13 JUL 2005
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - TV Series Season 2 19 DEC 2005
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - TV Series Season 3 20 JAN 2006
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - TV Series Season 4 13 MAY 2004

On 25 Jan 2005, three 2-episode DVDs from the series were released in region 1. These episodes were the same as they had previously released on VHS.

DVD Name Ep# Release date Episodes
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Black Sheep/Prince of Hearts 2 25 JAN 2005[11] "Black Sheep", "Prince of Hearts"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Come Back/Grand Opening 2 25 JAN 2005[12] "Come Back", "Grand Opening"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Grand Duke/New Business 2 25 JAN 2005[13] "Grand Duke", "New Business"

In 2006, a 3-episode DVD was released in region 1, containing episodes previously released on VHS and DVD. In early 2007, a second DVD was release containing the remaining three previously released episodes. Later in 2007, a third DVD was released. Though the DVD case misreports two of the episodes as titles from the previous release, the actual contents are three never-before released episodes.

DVD Name Ep# Release date Episodes
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - There was more than one wild west! 3 16 NOV 2006[14] "Comeback", "The Grand Opening", "Black Sheep"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Adventure in the Australian Outback 3 3 APR 2007[15] "Prince of Hearts", "The Grand Duke", "New Business"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - A Different Breed of Cowboy 3 21 AUG 2007[16] "Foundation Day", "The Lovers", "The Claimant" **
  • The DVD case erroneously reports the episodes as "Foundation Day", "The Grand Duke", and "New Business".

In 2008, all three of their previous DVDs was released as a set. The package contained one DVD case for "There was more than one wild west!" and a new double DVD case for the other two. The erroneous episode information for the third volume was corrected on the box and the double DVD case.

DVD Name Ep# Release date "Episodes"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Trilogy Volume 1 - 3 6 2008[17] "Comeback", "The Grand Opening", "Black Sheep"
"Prince of Hearts", "The Grand Duke", "New Business"
"Foundation Day", "The Lovers", "The Claimant"

In 2010, a combined 2-DVD package was released containing the last two DVDs (Adventure in the Australian Outback and A Different Breed of Cowboy).

DVD Name Ep# Release date "Episodes"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Adventure in the Australian Outback/A Different Breed of Cowboy 6 9 MAR 2010[18] "Prince of Hearts", "The Grand Duke", "New Business"
"Foundation Day", "The Lovers", "The Claimant"


In 2010, the entire series was released for region 4, commemorating the 120th anniversary of the poem.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - The Complete Series 65 2 APR 2010[19]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 1 13 4 APR 2011[20]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 2 19 4 APR 2011[21]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 3 20 4 APR 2011[22]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 4 13 4 APR 2011[23]

In 2011, season 1 was released for region 2 with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian, and Finnish subtitles.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Manden Fra Snowy River - Den Komplette Første Sæson 65 25 OCT 2011[24]

Notes[edit]

The Man from Snowy River is actually a stockman (which is the Australian term) - he is not a cowboy (which is the American term).

The property is actually a station (which is the Australian term) - the property is not a ranch (which is the American term).

Geoff Burrowes producer of the Snowy River films sued the producers of the series for using the title. The case settled out of court.[25]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The Australian Film and Television Companion — compiled by Tony Harrison — Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994
  2. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Race. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Race". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  3. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - New Business. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - New Business". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  4. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Grand Opening. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Grand Opening". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  5. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Black Sheep. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Black Sheep". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  6. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Comeback. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Comeback". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  7. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Grand Duke. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Grand Duke". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  8. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Prince of Hearts. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Prince of Hearts". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  9. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Race. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - The Race". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  10. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - TV Series. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - TV Series". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03.  The contributor writing this owns this set.
  11. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Black Sheep/Prince of Hearts. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Black Sheep/Prince of Hearts". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  12. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Come Back/Grand Opening. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Come Back/Grand Opening". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  13. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Grand Duke/New Business. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Grand Duke/New Business". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  14. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - There was more than one wild west!. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - There was more than one wild west!". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  15. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Adventure in the Australian Outback). "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Adventure in the Australian Outback". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  16. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - A Different Breed of Cowboy. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - A Different Breed of Cowboy". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  17. ^ The McGregor Saga Trilogy Volume 1 - 3. "The McGregor Saga Trilogy Volume 1 - 3". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  18. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Adventure in the Australian Outback/A Different Breed of Cowboy. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga - Adventure in the Australian Outback/A Different Breed of Cowboy". Amazon.com. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  19. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - The Complete Series. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - The Complete Series". EzyDVD. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  20. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 1. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 1". Fishpond. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  21. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 2. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 2". EzyDVD. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  22. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 3. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 3". EzyDVD. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  23. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 4. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River - Season 4". EzyDVD. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  24. ^ Manden Fra Snowy River: den komplette første sæson. "Manden Fra Snowy River: den komplette første sæson". Moviezoo. Retrieved 2013-08-03. 
  25. ^ Jacqueline Lee Lewis, "Settlement reached in 'Snowy River' title suit", Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sept 1993 p 4
  • The Dictionary of Performing Arts in Australia — Theatre . Film . Radio . Television — Volume 1 — Ann Atkinson, Linsay Knight, Margaret McPhee — Allen & Unwin Pty. Ltd., 1996.

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