Barrier Reef (TV series)
|Also known as||"Minus Five"|
|Created by||Fauna Productions|
|Developed by||John McCallum and Lee Robinson|
|Directed by||Brian Faull|
|Creative director(s)||Ron Taylor,|
director of underwater photography
|Theme music composer||Eric Jupp|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||39|
|Production location(s)||North Queensland, Great Barrier Reef|
|Running time||30 minutes|
|Production company(s)||D.L. Taffner|
|Original network||The 0-10 Network|
|Original release||12 February 1971 –|
2 May 1972
Barrier Reef was an Australian television series that was first screened domestically in 1971. However, 19 episodes had already premiered on British television on BBC1 between 5 October 1970 and 15 February 1971 and four more aired between 5 April and 3 May 1971 in advance of Australian broadcast.
Barrier Reef was about a group of marine biologists on board a sailing ship called the New Endeavour, researching around the Great Barrier Reef, off Queensland, Australia. "It was the first series in the world to feature extensive colour underwater filming on location". It was also a unique location for a TV show.
In contrast to TV shows like Riptide or The Outsiders this series was made in Australia, using Australian scripts, featuring Australian leading actors, and covering scientific topics that were uncommon on TV. It was broadcast by BBC, in the US by NBC, and also by TV stations in Canada, Japan, South America, South Africa and numerous European countries. The series had 39 episodes and was re-run in various markets for many years.
- Albert Moran, Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series, AFTRS 1993 p 74
- "An adventures series about the crew of a scientific search and recovery team working for General Trust Corporation aboard the barquentine 'New Endeavour', which houses the sophisticated 'Minus Five' electronic equipment". Retrieved 2011-04-22.
- "Barrier Reef". Classic Australian Television. Archived from the original on 22 April 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-22.
Barrier Reef was sold to over fifty countries, including Britain where it was screened by the BBC. In the U.S. it was picked up by NBC, who were impressed by the underwater scenes, which they called ‘glug glug’. Other countries that bought the series included Canada, Japan, South America, South Africa and most of Europe.