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Issue Details: First known date: 1974... 1974 This Love Affair
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Anthology series.

This Love Affair was series of plays looking at new relationships all written by Australian writers. This Love Affair is sometimes called a trilogy, but contemporary newspapers and television guides state that it was a series of thirteen individual plays.

So far, the broadcast details have been traced for the first twelve episodes, although the available information is, in some cases, limited to broadcast date, with no cast, crew, or author details.

The reviewer for the Australian Women's Weekly noted that the series:

began by looking moderately promising, and then settled to hours of harrowing for Sunday night viewers foolish enough to watch.

Generally the stories were lull of misunderstanding women and insensitive men, or vice versa. The acting was awful and the entertainment value could be compared to those ghastly endured experiences that Pollyannas describe as 'character building.'

('Let's Have Some Happiness', Australian Women's Weekly, 31 July 1974, p.10).

The series ran between 14 April and at least June 1974.

(Further, this series was itself the first of 'a trilogy of anthologies on love and was followed by Out of Love (a quartet of plays all written by Brian Faull) looking at marriage breakdowns and the divorce in a trilogy called Separate Ways'.)

Although some scant information is available about This Love Affair and Out of Love, the digitised script at the National Archive suggests strongly that Romeril's episode was originally considered for the series Time for Love which included his The Best of Mates.

Notes

  • Not to be confused with the similarly titled anthology series from 1972, A Time for Love. In archives, scripts from This Love Affair are sometimes captioned A Time for Love, suggesting that the later series might have used scripts not produced for the earlier series. However, on these records, the twelve episodes indexed as part of This Love Affair all aired in 1974 under that umbrella title, and the ten episodes indexed as part of A Time for Love all aired in 1972 under that umbrella title.

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form y separately published work icon Talk of a Running Man John Cribbin , Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102007 1974 single work film/TV

Contemporary newspapers described the episodes as dealing 'with two young people, both losers, and how together they maybe found themselves.'

Source: '"Number 96" and a Nation's Taste', Canberra Times, 18 April 1974, p.19.

Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon Tilting at Windmills Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102126 1974 single work film/TV

'In "Tilting at Windmills" Abigail plays Helen, a bright and breezy salesgirl who is attracted to Leonard Teale. Teale plays a slightly mad poet called John Stewart, who prefers retreat into his pagination, because reality i too depressing. He's a free spirit, who finds any form of restriction oppressive. But he's not a successful poet, in fact he hasn't sold any work at all. The sole outcome of years of poetry writing is a bundle of publishers' rejection slips. So he decides to make a living by selling television sets, which is how he meets Helen and falls in love with her. That's where things begin to become complicated. John, although he's a free spirit, is not a free agent. After 22 years of a soul-destroying marriage, he's waiting for a divorce. In the meantime he's been living with a girl called Laura, who longs for the on the third finger of her left hand; she longs for respectability. And she becomes resentful when she feels John is drifting away from her.'

Source:

'Abigail and Teale in Television Play', Australian Women's Weekly, 24 April 1974, p.15.

Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon Good Time Charley — The Chequer Cab Kid John Romeril , Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102339 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon No Thanks, I'm on a Diet Margaret Kelly , Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102436 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon That Old Double Standard Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102750 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon Seven-tenths of a Second Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102825 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon A Prophet in Love Lance Peters , 1974 Z1327456 1974 single work film/TV Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon One of My Silly Dreams Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102882 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon This Year, Next Year Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8102992 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon Diversion Alan Cram , 1974 Z854476 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1975
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form y separately published work icon A Family Christmas Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974 8103135 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974
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form y separately published work icon Autumn Roses Judy Bierwirth , 1974 Z853568 1974 single work film/TV Melbourne : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1974

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