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Issue Details: First known date: 1969... 1969 The Angry Man
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The script held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection contains the following character notes (excluding regular characters):

'WILLIAM HARRIS A widower who has never recovered from the death of his wife. Became neurotic after she died. Gave up work - declaring it was too much of a strain. Is probably trying to keep the past alive. Insists on retaining all the ageing furniture that he and his wife owned..even [sic] though there is not sufficient space in the smaller house he now occupies. He has become completely self-centred.. e.g. [sic] wants his daughter, Sheila, to devote her entire lift [sic] to his needs.

'He has a persecution complex - arising from his self-absorption. Hates Fred Jenkins - the man who tried to take his daughter away. When he tries to burn Jenkins' house down, he sees it as a right and proper act of punishment.

'SHEILA HARRIS Has a full sense of responsibility towards her father; but finds him too demanding, too much of a strain. When she is living with him, she has practically no life of her own. She is perpetually harrassed..worn..sees every day as a burden. [sic]

'Fred Jenkins is not really her type; but - understandably - she accepted his invitation to live with him. He was easy-going, amusing - a man without grievances... However, her father made such a fuss that she left Jenkins.. on [sic] the understanding that she would return after persuading her father to go into a home...

'FRED JENKINS Was not very serious about Sheila. To him it was just one more affair. Obtained a replacement almost as soon as she had gone.

'He is a natural con man. An Australian with not a great deal of education, but a flare for words and phrases. He is good-natured and humorous..likes [sic] the sound of his own quips, but doesn't laugh at them and rarely looks for applause.

'He is a man without malice - even when provoked. On the other hand, he has no depth of sympathy for anyone. The opening scene - where he makes fun of Harris - is an example of his indifference to people's feelings. Later he refuses to 'put Harris in' as the man who tried to burn his home; but even this reflects a somewhat irresponsible attitude; because, at this point, Harris must be classed as a danger to the public.

'RHONDA Takes over from Sheila - and is more typical of the type of woman Jenkins installs as 'temporary de facto'. She has a bright personality, sex appeal, but is not over-intelligent. Feels malice towards her predecessor - Sheila.

'JACK BEAUMONT A laconic type. Doesn't talk much. A natural foil for Jenkins. There is an easy affinity between them.

'GREG STOVER & BERT WALES Two tough young laborer types. They are bad youths; but good mates. Team well together. Wales is the brighter of the two and tends to be the leader.

'YOUTH An average young man. Normally quite unaggressive; but is exasperated when Harris accuses him of behaving like a lout.'


  • This entry has been compiled from archival research in the Crawford Collection (AFI Research Collection), undertaken by Dr Catriona Mills under the auspices of the 2012 AFI Research Collection (AFIRC) Research Fellowship.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1969 .
      Script cover page (Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection)
      Extent: 69p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The script is labelled 'Episode H3' on the cover page. A notation in the top right-hand corner of the cover page reads 'EPS 11'. There is no indication of to whom this copy of the script was designated. The script has been signed in black ink next to the copyright information on the cover page.
      • Aside from the notations on the cover page, there are no annotations on this copy of the script.
      • The final page includes a list of crew credits:
        Written by Phil Freedman and David Boutland.
        Edited by Dorothy Crawford.
        Typed by Margaret Younger and Bambi Barrett.
        Checked by Margaret Younger, Bambi Barrett and Christine Rook.
        Roneod by Frank Cianciarulo and Ian Dewhurst.
        The space beneath this for 'Producer's Remarks' has been left blank.


      Held at: AFI Research Collection
      Local Id: SC DIV : 11
Last amended 20 Mar 2017 16:43:05