Boys from the Bush

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Boys From The Bush
Genre Comedy drama
Created by Douglas Livingstone
Written by Douglas Livingstone
Directed by Shirley Barrett &
Robert Marchand
Starring Tim Healy
Chris Haywood
Mark Haddigan
Nadine Garner
Pat Thomson
Kirsty Child
Kris McQuade
Theme music composer Brian Lang
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 20
Executive producer(s) Peter Beilby
Producer(s) Verity Lambert
Cinematography Martin McGrath
Running time 50 mins
Original network BBC1
Picture format Film PAL (576i)
Original release 25 January 1991 – 14 July 1992

Boys From The Bush is a British television series produced by the BBC. It was created and written by Douglas Livingstone. Two series of ten episodes each were made between 1991 and 1992. Although never achieving mainstream success, the series has since gathered a dedicated cult following.


The series dealt with the life of Reg Toomer (Tim Healy), an ex-pat Briton living in Australia and running Melbourne Confidential, a failing private detective agency with his shifty business partner Dennis Tontine (Chris Haywood). His estranged young cousin Leslie (Mark Haddigan) arrives in Melbourne from the United Kingdom after a painful divorce looking for fun and excitement in the new world, instead he finds himself used as a drone for Melbourne Confidential.

Each episode focused on a particular job undertaken by Melbourne Confidential, each one more elaborate and of more dubious legality than the last. The course of the main plot would often converge with subplots involving Reg's lovelorn wife Doris (Pat Thomson), assertive daughter Arlene (Nadine Garner), Dennis' ex-wife Corrie (Kirsty Child) and kindly madam Delilah (Kris McQuade).

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