A Town Like Alice (miniseries)

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A Town Like Alice
Based on novel by Nevil Shute
Written by Tom Hegarty
Rosemary Anne Sisson
Directed by David Stevens
Starring Helen Morse
Bryan Brown
Gordon Jackson
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 3 x 2 hours
Producer(s) Henry Crawford
Running time 301 mins
Budget $1.25 million[1]
Original network Network Seven
Original release 12 July 1981

A Town Like Alice is a five-hour 1981 Australian television adaptation of Nevil Shute's novel of the same name. Produced by the Seven Network, and directed by David Stevens, it was the second major adaptation of the book.[2]

In America it was shown on PBS under the Masterpiece Theatre banner, a rare non-British production to be so aired.


It stars Helen Morse in the lead role of Jean Paget, with Bryan Brown as Joe Harman and Scottish actor Gordon Jackson as the aging lawyer and trustee Noel Strachan.


The series won an International Emmy Award for drama in 1981[3] and won a Logie Award in the Best Single Drama or Mini Series category at the 1982 awards with Morse, Brown and Jackson winning Logies for their performances.[citation needed]


  1. ^ "The magic of Helen Morse". The Australian Women's Weekly. National Library of Australia. 18 June 1980. p. 10 Supplement: FREE your TV Magazine. Retrieved 14 July 2013. 
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p217
  3. ^ "'Town Like Alice' Wins International Emmy". St Petersburg Times. 25 November 1981. Retrieved 6 July 2012. 

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