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Issue Details: First known date: 1973... 1973 The Fellas Send Their Regards
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'This episode involves the departure of Sergeant Pat Kelly from the police force.

'It is Sergeant White's birthday, and Kelly and the younger Detective Redford are woking [sic] out in a gymnasium prior to having lunch with the other members of the squad. Kelly, however, excuses himself on the grounds that he has another appointment.

'The pleasantries of White's birthday are contrasted with the tension and finally tragedy as Kelly first waits for the woman he had arranged to meet and then sees her shot outside the coffee shop where he has been waiting.

'Inspector Lawson can get little from Kelly about his relationship with the woman. She was a Czech, and Kelly met her in the course of his duties. Subsequent investigations, however, reveal that she was an illegal immigrant forced into helping a ring of drug pushers under threat of exposure.

'The police follow the trail of the drug ring to an airfield near Melbourne, and the gunman who shot Kelly's girlfriend appears, apparently expecting the arrival of some drugs. In a subsequent chase, Kelly is badly injured.

'The end of the episode is in strong contrast to the opening: Kelly is again in a gymnasium, this time not as the vigorous athlete we have already seen, but as a crippled man in a hospital welfare centre, determined to regain the use of his legs.'

Source: Synopsis held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection (RMIT).

The script held in the Crawford Collection in the AFI Research Collection contains the following character notes (excluding regular characters):

'IEVA ZERVOS: 25. A Czech immigrant. Attractive. (Note "Ieva" is pronounced Yevva)

'FRANKOVIC: (Uncle) Late sixties. Also of eastern European extraction. Wealthy. Probably been in Australia since the War.

'GALACHI: (Tony) Late 30's. Italian immigrant. A criminal on the run.

'GUNMAN: 30ish. European. A professional.

'BOB SUTHERLAND: Drug Squad Detective Sergeant. A bit scruffy. Probably about the pinacle of his Police career.

'WAITRESS: 30ish. Frumpy.

'1st CONSTABLE: Fairly young. Has a few lines.

'2nd CONSTABLE: Younger. Non-speaking.

'JENNY: Early 20's. A junkie - Probably a Uni drop-out.

'SURGEON: Middle aged. Has a few lines.

'OPERATING TEAM: (3) Extras.

'UNIFORMED CONSTABLE: 30ish. Sutherland's offsider. Non speaking. Drives Police car.

'TWO CONSTABLES: Non speaking.

'DRIVER: European crim. Middle aged. Stuntman driver.'


  • 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.

Affiliation Notes

  • Writing Disability in Australia

    Type of disability Paralysis (traumatic).
    Type of character Primary.
    Point of view Third person.

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

      1973 .
      person or book cover
      Script cover page (Crawford Collection at the AFI Research Collection)
      Extent: 55p.
      (Manuscript) assertion
      • The script is labelled with the episode code 'HDM' on the cover page. '432' has been added in blue ink. A notation in the top right-hand corner of the cover page indicates that this is director Paul Eddey's copy of the script. A second cover page has been included with the script to allow the full list of scenes/timing.
      • The script is annotated in red ink. Annotations include the deletion of some sections of dialogue, but are primarily directorial notes (written on the blank reverse of the previous pages) indicating the framing of scenes. The annotation is extensive at the end of the script, but non-existent at the beginning. In some rare instances, the red ink annotations have been crossed out in blue ink, but the only other annotation in blue ink is the marginalia '431 432' on page 32.
      • The file includes a one-page episode synopsis (reproduced above).


      Held at: AFI Research Collection
      Local Id: SC HOM : 432
Last amended 25 Feb 2019 16:22:59