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Issue Details: First known date: 1976... 1976 Tandarra
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The success of Cash and Company was such to warrant a continuation of the series, but Serge Lazaroff (Sam Cash), considering that his character had developed as far as it plausibly could, quit the series, and Homestead Productions decided instead on a quasi spin-off, Tandarra (named for character Jessica Johnson's homestead).

The tension in Tandarra was generated by the character of Ryler, a bounty hunter who entered Cash and Company in the final episode. Ryler was played by Gerard Kennedy, capitalising on his success in Crawford Production's Hunter and Division 4. According to Don Storey in Classic Australian Television,

Tough, resourceful and professional, Ryler poses a far greater threat to Cash and Company than the incompetent Keogh, to the extent that they must question their future together. As Ryler traces Sam and Joe to Jessica's homestead, the trio decide to split up and the final scene shows Sam and Joe parting company and riding away in different directions.

Tandarra picks up from this point, with Ryler tracking Brady to Jessica's homestead, Tandarra. However, when Ryler manages to cross Lieutenant Keogh (who makes his last appearance here), he becomes convinced of Brady's innocence, and remains at Tandarra. Thus, this program mirrors Cash and Company in its positioning of a central trio against the corrupt forces of law and order, but with Sam Cash negated not only in ongoing storylines but also in the occasional flashbacks to Brady's earlier adventures.

Albert Moran says of the series in his Guide to Australian TV Series that 'this Australian western had thieves, soldiers, gamblers and a medley of other familiar types. Its episodes were equally familiar but reaosnable viewing all the same.' Like its predecessor, the series also sold well overseas.

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  • Victoria,
  • 1850s
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