Autumn Affair

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Autumn Affair
Genre soap opera
Screenplay by Richard Lane
Directed by Ken Hannam
David Cahill
Starring Muriel Steinbeck
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of episodes 156
Running time 15 mins
Original network ATN-7
Original release 1959

Autumn Affair is an Australian (black and white) television series made by and aired by Network Seven station ATN-7, and also shown in Melbourne on Nine Network station GTV-9.[1] Television in Australia had only been broadcasting since 1956 and Seven was the first commercial station to make drama a priority. It premiered 24 October 1958 and continued until 1959. The series was the first ever Australian television soap opera. It was also the second regular Australian-produced dramatic television series of any kind, with previous locally produced drama consisting of religious series The House on the Corner, and one-off plays largely aired on ABC.


The love lives of a middle aged widow, Julia, and her daughter, Meg.

Muriel Steinbeck who played Julia Parrish



Originally conceived as Julia: An Early Autumn Affair, the title was later shortened to just Autumn Affair.

Many of the actors and writers involved in the production had previously worked on radio soap opera, and were inexperienced with television acting.

Episodes were fifteen minutes in duration, recorded as kinescopes in black and white, and were screened Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 8:45 AM.[4][5]

The series went into production without a sponsor, as the station ATN7 wanted to gain experience in television drama production.

The cast comprised just six regulars; the story focused on Julia (Muriel Steinbeck), a widow in a love triangle situation with two men.

The series was well-received when originally broadcast.[6]

The series ended in 1959 after 156 episodes.

In a 1960 article in Sydney Morning Herald, it was noted that although mistakes were made during the production of the series due to inexperience, it nevertheless paved the way for improved locally produced drama productions.[7]

Actors who appeared in the show included Muriel Steinbeck, Queenie Ashton, Diana Perryman (the sister of Jill Perryman), Janet Craig, Leonard Bullen and Owen Weingott.[8]

Cast members Queenie Ashton and Janette Craig had previously appeared in a 1957 ABC TV play together called Tomorrow's Child,[9] though it is not known if a copy of the production still exists.

Every episode except for two of this series are held by the National Film and Sound Archive.[10]

Later Screenings[edit]

In 1964 HSV-7 Melbourne repeated the series, along with early 1960s Australian soap opera The Story of Peter Grey.[11] In 1964 CTC-7 in Canberra screened the series along with Peter Grey,[12] the station having not been in operation during the original run of the series. CTC kept the repeats on their schedule into 1966.[13]

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  2. ^ Sally O'Neill, 'Steinbeck, Muriel Myee (1913–1982)', Australian Dictionary of Biography, National Centre of Biography, Australian National University,, published first in hardcopy 2012, accessed online 25 October 2015.
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  5. ^ "TELEVISION PARADE.". The Australian Women's Weekly (1933 - 1982). 1933 - 1982: National Library of Australia. 5 November 1958. p. 66. Retrieved 25 October 2015. 
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  8. ^ Moran, Albert. Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, Allen & Unwin, 1993. ISBN 0-642-18462-3 p 65
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