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Captain Woolcot is embarrassed by the antics of his seven mischievous children--Meg, Pip, Judy, Nell, Bunty, Baby, and 'The General'--when they interrupt a dinner given for Colonel Bryant, the Captain's new commanding officer, and his wife.
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This published script is an early version of 'Fowl for Dinner,' the first episode of the Seven Little Australians mini-series. It was written in 1970, some three years before the series was first broadcast by the ABC. While much of both the storyline and dialogue from Witcombe's original script remains in the later episode, there are also a number of alterations. These include cuts, additions, and re-ordering of scenes or parts of scenes.
A ten-part television mini-series adapted from the 1894 novel Seven Little Australians by Ethel Turner (q.v.). Set in Sydney in the 1890s, the stories concern Captain Woolcot, an English widower with seven children, who has recently married again. The family lives in their large home 'Misrule,' which lies along the banks of the Parramatta River. As an officer in the New South Wales Regiment, Woolcot attempts to implement regimental discipline but is constantly harassed and embarrassed by the antics of his seven mischievous children: Meg, Pip, Judy, Nell, Bunty, Baby, and 'The General.' Since he is unable to control them, it is his new wife who invariably takes on all the trials of bringing up the children, with the most difficult child being the ring-leader Helen, commonly known as Judy.