Geoffrey Atherden

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Geoffrey Atherden

Geoffrey John Atherden
Other namesGeoff Atherden
EducationUniversity of Sydney
  • television screenwriter
  • playwright
Years active1971–present
Known forMother and Son
Grass Roots
The Aunty Jack Show

Geoffrey John Atherden, AM, credited also as Geoff Atherden, is an Australian television screenwriter and playwright, especially of comedy. He is probably best known for creating and writing the sitcom Mother and Son and Grass Roots and the mockumentary BabaKiueria, and was a contributor to The Aunty Jack Show. He attended the University of Sydney in the 1960s.

Atherden has written a number of plays, prior to working in television he wrote Balloon Dubloon the revue in 1965 and theatre show in 1970; after which he concentrated on screenwriting, but continuing in writing for theatre from 1994 onwards. including Hotspur (1994) and Black Cockatoo (2020).[1]

Atherden trained as an architect, and practiced in that profession until he was in his mid-thirties.[2] He worked for the architectural firm of McConnel Smith & Johnson.[3] Atherden designed the Commonwealth & State Law Courts building in Queens Square, Sydney.[4]


Atherden was appointed a Member of the Order of Australia on 26 January 2009.[5]

Television scripts[edit]

Production Type Year Credit Episodes Notes
The Comedy Game TV series 1971 Written by 1 episode:
"Aunty Jack's Travelling Show"
Credited as "Geoff Atherden"
The Aunty Jack Show TV series 1972 Written by 6 episodes:
-"The Aunty Jack Radio Show"
-"The Aunty Jack War Show"
-"The Aunty Jack Kulture Show"
-"The Aunty Jack Anonymous Show"
-"The Aunty Jack Family Show"
-"The Aunty Jack Horror Show"
Writer 1 episode:
"Unaired Pilot: Aunty Jacks Travelling Show"
The Very Best of The Aunty Jack Show TV special 1973 Writer
The Of Show TV series 1977 Writer 6 episodes:
-Six of One
-Half a Dozen of the Other
-The sound of Of Awards
- Bake Of
-Prince Of Seduction
-Son of Man
The Little Big Show TV movie 1978 Screenwriter
Tickled Pink TV series 1978 Written by 1 episode:
"One Day Miller"
One Day Miller TV series 1979 Writer 7 episodes:
-The Big Day
-The First Day
-Day Out
-Moving Day
-Long Day
-New Say
Jokes TV series 1979 Writer
Ratbags TV series 1981 9 episodes:
#1.1 through to #1.9
Sons and Daughters TV series 1982 5 episodes:
- #1.9
- #1.17
- #1.23
- #1.39
- #1.47
BabaKiueria TV short 1986 Screenplay
Australians TV series 1988 1 episode:
"Jack Davey"
Eggshells TV series 1991 Writer
Mother and Son TV series 1981–1991 Creator and Writer 42 episodes
Dad and Dave TV series 1985 Writer (additional material)
Keeping Mum (TV series) TV series 1997–1998 Writer 16 episodes
'Grass Roots (TV series) TV series 2000–2003 Creator and Writer 18 episodes
Stepfather of the Bride (TV movie) TV movie 2006 Written by

Selected theatre[edit]

Production Year
Revue: Balloon Dubloon 1965
Balloon Dubloon 1970
Short Circuits 1994
Hotspurs 1994
Mother and Son 1990s–2014/2015 Various Productions
The Anzac Project: Dear Mum and Dad/Light Begins to Fade
Liberty Equality Fraternity
Black Cockatoo 2020


  1. ^ "Contributor: Geoffrey Atherden". Retrieved 20 January 2020.
  2. ^ Taffel, Jacqui (17 December 2005). "Comedy by design". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  3. ^ "Cool dynamo lit the way for Olympics bid". The Sydney Morning Herald. 8 July 2002. Retrieved 26 April 2020.
  4. ^ "The Law Courts". Twentieth Century Heritage Society of NSW & ACT. Retrieved 25 April 2020.
  5. ^ "ATHERDEN, Geoffrey John". Australian Government – It's An Honour. Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 26 January 2009.

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