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Issue Details: First known date: 1996-1998... 1996-1998 The Genie from Down Under
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A young English girl, Penelope Townes, finds an opal pendant in her attic and, in playing with it, releases two Australian genies (father Bruce and son Baz). When Penelope inherits a property in Australia, the genies are delighted to be able to return home. But they are still under Penelope's control and subject to her whims–a situation complicated by Penelope's neighbour, Otto von Meister, insisting that the opal is really his by rights and by Bruce falling in love with Penelope's mother, Lady Diana.

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  • The two series of The Genie from Down Under are sometimes treated as two distinct programs, though there was no change in concept between the two series and only minimal changes in cast (due to Rhys Muldoon's unavailability for series two). However, there was a significant change between series in the writing staff: see episode details below for further information.

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