C/o The Bartons

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c/o The Bartons
Created byJocelyn Moorhouse
Written byJocelyn Moorhouse
P. J. Hogan
StarringOlivia Harkin
Matt Day
Frankie J. Holden
Country of originAustralia
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes12
Running time25 minutes
Original networkAustralian Broadcasting Corporation
Original release29 February –
17 March 1988

c/o The Bartons (also called Care of The Bartons, or The Bartons in the UK) is an Australian television drama series which aired twelve episodes in 1988 as part of The Afternoon Show. The series portrayed a suburban Australian family through the eyes of eleven-year-old Elly Barton, the only girl in a family of four children.[1]

The series was based on a 16-minute short film Jocelyn Moorhouse had made in 1986, while studying at the Australian Film, Television and Radio School, called The Siege of the Bartons' Bathroom. Moorhouse also wrote a tie-in book based on the series, which was published by Puffin Books in 1988.[2] Moorhouse wrote nearly half the scripts for the series, with the rest written by Noel Robinson, Greg Millin, and P. J. Hogan (Moorhouse's husband, who would later direct the acclaimed Australian film Muriel's Wedding).[1]


  • Olivia Harkin – Elly Barton
  • Michael O'Reilly – Anthony Barton
  • Matt Day – Paul Barton
  • Ben Toovey – Douglas Barton
  • Frankie J. Holden – Robert Barton
  • Jennifer Jarman-Walker – Claire Barton

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  1. ^ a b "C/- THE BARTONS (1987)". Screen Australia. Retrieved 30 March 2016.
  2. ^ "c/o The Bartons". AustLit. Retrieved 30 March 2016.