Newlyweds (TV series)
|Created by||Ian McFadyen|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||2|
|No. of episodes||52|
Charles 'Bud' Tingwell
|Running time||25 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Crawford Productions|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||20 February 1993 –|
16 March 1994
Newlyweds is an Australian television sitcom that originally aired on the Seven Network for two seasons from 20 February 1993 to 16 March 1994. The series was created by Ian McFadyen and produced by David Taft. It was written by McFadyen, Mary-Anne Fahey and Graeme Farmer.
Cast and characters
- Annie Jones as Allie Carter
- Christopher Gabardi as Peter Roberts
- Sandy Gore as Irene Carter
- Cathy Godbold as Jules Carter
- Joseph Clements as Simmo
- Sandie Lillingston as Marnie Phelps
- Valentina Levkowicz as Bev Roberts
- Denis Moore as Ross Roberts
- Ross Williams as Eric Kaufman
- Rod Mulliner as Kirby Hacker
- Elisha Hall as Kelly
- Jason Torrens as Duncan
- Matthew Turner as Matt (series 1)
- Brendan McAlpin as Matt (series 2)
A pilot for the series was produced in Melbourne by Crawford Productions in early 1992. Written by Ian McFadyen and Mary-Anne Fahey, it starred Lisa McCune, Katrina Foster, Richard Healey, Cathy Godbold, Rhys Muldoon, Stewart Faichney and Tenley Gilmore. In April 1992, Jacqueline Lee Lewis of The Sydney Morning Herald reported that Crawfords would re-shoot the pilot for Seven Network after recasting several roles.
Peter Holmes of The Sydney Morning Herald initially observed that "Newlyweds appears nothing more than Romeo and Juliet, badly done for the millionth time." Holmes admitted to openly laughing four times, especially at scenes involving Gore's "ice-bitch" character. The Age's Mark Lawrence thought the show was the most promising out of the recent locally produced sitcoms. He praised Gabardi's performance, saying that he has "good timing and clearly relishes his opportunity", while he found Jones was "a perfect match" for him. Like Holmes, Lawrence enjoyed Gore's performance as Irene, writing "If one must single out a star in this series, it's her. Such is the presence she creates."
Lawrence's fellow critic Geoff Slattery gave the show a more negative review, describing it as "a fatuous, demeaning, anti-intellectual series based on one sentence of concept: 'Newlyweds deals with problems familiar to all young couples.'" Slattery felt that the show was full of bad stereotypes and had "no redeeming social values, perceptions, or understanding of either newlyweds, or the Australia of the '90s."
- http://www.australiantelevision.net/newlyweds.html Australian Television Information Archive
- Lee Lewis, Jacqueline (13 January 1992). "Antennae". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 August 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Lee Lewis, Jacqueline (13 April 1992). "Antennae". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 1 August 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Holmes, Peter (9 February 1993). "Guide preview – Newlyweds". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 31 July 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Lawrence, Mark (18 February 1993). "Fun and marriage". The Age. Retrieved 1 August 2020 – via Newspapers.com.
- Slattery, Geoff (31 March 1993). "A double that's locked in a time capsule". The Age. Retrieved 31 July 2020 – via Newspapers.com.