Five Mile Creek - The Complete First Season
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Stuck in the deeply wooded outpost, which is halfway between two important port towns and plagued by highwaymen and violent squatters (two dangerous groups interested in preventing progress in the region), Maggie settles in at the Haven. A makeshift rest stop and lodging for travelers on the Australian Express stagecoach, the Haven becomes a domestic mecca for the series' other major characters. Among them are the Express' two enterprising partners, a chivalrous American, Con (Jay Kerr), and a mischievous Aussie, Jack (Rod Mullinar). Restless taskmaster Kate (Liz Burch), a lovely young woman who owns the Haven, rides herd over several colorful hands, including reformed scoundrel Paddy Malone (Michael Caton). The 13 episodes in the first (1983) season juggle several running storylines (including the dramatic appearance of Adam, played by Star Trek: The Next Generation's Jonathan Frakes) and introduce a host of guest stars conveniently supplied by Con and Jack's daily stagecoach runs. Five Mile Creek also imparts some interesting historical context, including native revulsion at England's brutal military presence, old battles between white settlers and indigenous blacks (similar to the American West's Indian wars), and a climate of lawlessness that makes pioneering a dangerous business. Despite these brushes with real seriousness, Five Mile Creek is a very entertaining show for school-age-and-up viewers. --Tom Keogh
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I grew up watching the videotapes of File Mile Creek. This is a unique alternative to the wild West of America. It is set in the Australian Outback during the height of the gold rush. The series is loosely based on the Louis L'Amour book, The Cherokee Trail. This is a great family mini-series and the characters are so interesting.
Kate and Maggie run Five Mile Creek, the waystation for the coach line. They are aided by Paddy, the Irish doom-and-gloom blacksmith; Ben, the horse wrangler from the States; Hannah, Maggie's preteen daughter; and Sam, an orphan taken in by Kate. Con and Jack are partners in the coachline, the Australian Express. Their fussy banker, Charles Withers, keeps the purse strings tight. (Later, we are introduced to Nicole Kidman as the sheep herder, Annie. But this is in one of the last seasons.)
The episodes included in Season One are:
Making Tracks- We are introduced to the people who will make up the crew of the Australian Express coachline and the Five Mile Creek waystation. Maggie and her daughter, Hannah, arrive in Australia in search of her wayward husband. Con Madigan arrives with the coach to meet his Australian partner, Jack Taylor. And Kate Wallace is abandoned and left to run the waystation all by herself.
Horses for Courses- Learning to live in a wilderness & getting the coachline off and running.
Love Before a Fall- Life is complicated by stolen gold and a mysterious drifter, for whom Kate falls in love with.
A Few Surprises- Jack contracts a deadly fever that can only be cured by a native potion.
The Scrub Bulls- Jack & Con look to expand the business but have to deal with a stubborn squatter.Read more ›
The opening episode bears the distictive style of George Miller's (of Mad Max fame) direction. But more distinctive to me was the almost instantaneous cast chemistry - each person seemed to find their 'voice' right away and that became for me the best part of the show. I loved Maggie (Louise Caire Clark) and Charlie's (Peter Carroll) relationship best of all, though I know a lot of people didn't really get them. They were an unusual pairing, but deeply romantic in their own way.
Jay Kerr (Conway Madigan) was a stud (and a real cowboy!), Rod Mullinar (Jack Taylor) was bigger than life and a huge pain in Con's side - but everyone loved him anyway. Kate (Liz Burch) was beautiful and a real go-getter who eventually claims Con's heart. Michael Caton (Paddy) was hilarious as an Irish ex-con...his riff on the Australian legend Ned Kelly was priceless. I loved his American sidekick Ben (played by Gus Mercurio). Between them all, they provided some very fun moments in a wonderful little show. Give it a chance - you'll become an addict like the rest us. :)
With out any extras, this 13 episode first season is familt fare at its best. These espisodes is a great cast and great production values look good on DVD.
It is great family fare that will never bore
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I love this series and now could pass on to others my old vcr tapes, at least for as far as this one goes. Hope they come out with the rest of the series also.Published 2 months ago by M. Farm Girl
Great series with very good stories wish you had season 2.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I am happy with my Five Mile Creek DVD's. They are very good.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
This is great family entertainment that teaches Christian values! Our family love this series! Too bad Disney has moved away from these family values!Published 4 months ago by D. Joy Cook
I have fond memories of watching this from my childhood. Great show! Just wish they would put the rest out on DVD.Published 4 months ago by J. Mayer
It is very well done! We loved it and also purchased Season two & three!!Published 7 months ago by Shirley M Best
Refreshing to meet characters I was happy to invite into my home. Just finished all 13 episodes (620 minutes) of Season One. Now, where the heck are Seasons Two and Three? Read morePublished 7 months ago by Alice The Old Lady Hermit