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Two friends talk nostalgia, social history, and TV trivia as they rewatch random episodes of the legendary A Country Practice. Includes interviews actors and creatives from the show, discussions of the big Australian social issues of the 1980s and 90s, and a look at how ACP shaped Australia’s film and TV industry? Kicks and giggles also had.

Hosts: Melanie Tait & Kim Lester

Get caught up on A Country Practice on 7PLUS and tell us your fave episodes!

A Country Podcast A Country Podcast

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.8 • 4 Ratings

Two friends talk nostalgia, social history, and TV trivia as they rewatch random episodes of the legendary A Country Practice. Includes interviews actors and creatives from the show, discussions of the big Australian social issues of the 1980s and 90s, and a look at how ACP shaped Australia’s film and TV industry? Kicks and giggles also had.

Hosts: Melanie Tait & Kim Lester

Get caught up on A Country Practice on 7PLUS and tell us your fave episodes!

    How Australia's Most Iconic TV Theme Was Composed by Mike Perjanik

    How Australia's Most Iconic TV Theme Was Composed by Mike Perjanik

    It's Australia's most famous TV theme, isn't it? So exactly how did the composer of the A Country Practice theme, Mike Perjanik, come up with those magic bars of music that every kid who learned the piano in the 80s knows off by heart? 

    Mike joins Mel & Kim to take them through it. 

    This week: it's a look at a controversial storyline from the beginning of the series, and the life of an Australian acting legend you might not have heard of. 

    Links:

    A Town Tragedy Part 1 on 7 Plus

    A Town Tragedy Part 2 on 7 Plus

    Colleen Clifford Life Story

    A Country Podcast Facebook Page 

    Melanie Tait on Twitter 
    Kim Lester on Twitter 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 44 min
    Bonus: How ACP Handled Euthanasia and Sexual Harassment in 1988

    Bonus: How ACP Handled Euthanasia and Sexual Harassment in 1988

    Mel and Kim love doing the fortnightly episode of A Country Practice, but we missed talking about it this week, so thought we'd make an October surprise we could all enjoy! 

    This is an actual recap episode of A Country Practice where we look at  Season 8, Eps 65 & 66.  Conveniently for us, called 'Ethics'. 

    Big things go down in Wandin Valley: Terrence has cleared out in grief over losing the second of his three kids... and sexual harassment and euthanasia visits the town. 

    How does it all hold up in 2020? How is the sexual harassment dealt with? Is dear old Polly being taken advantage of by handsome Scott? 

    Links:

    A Country Podcast Facebook Page 

    A Country Practice on 7Plus - Ethics Part 1
    A Country Practice on 7Plus - Ethics Part 2

    The Monthly - The Right To Die Or The Right To Kill?

    Melanie Tait on Twitter 
    Kim Lester on Twitter 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 23 min
    A Death More Shocking Than Molly's? Caroline Johansson & The Demise Of Donna

    A Death More Shocking Than Molly's? Caroline Johansson & The Demise Of Donna

    Of course, the most famous death on A Country Practice was Molly's, there's no denying it. 

    But was the most shocking the death that came out of nowhere: Donna Manning's? 

    For Melanie, it's the most memorable episode of ACP from her childhood. In this podcast, Kim looks at how beautifully, storytelling-wise, Donna's death reflected the social issue being focused on. 

    Special Guest: Caroline Johansson (Donna Manning 1986-1987)

    Links: 

    Mozart Rules Part 1
    Mozart Rules Part 2

    A Country Podcast Facebook Page 

    Melanie Tait on Twitter 
    Kim Lester on Twitter 

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    A Country Podcast is a fortnightly look at one of Australia's most beloved television shows A Country Practice - and what stories it told about Australian society in the 1980s and 1990s. 

    We'll be joined by all sorts of guests who worked on the show to find out what the show meant to them, and to the Australian television and film industry: actors, writers, producers, script editors. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 41 min
    From Extra To Esme: Writer Margaret Morgan On The Soft Power Of The ACP Script Office

    From Extra To Esme: Writer Margaret Morgan On The Soft Power Of The ACP Script Office

    My Sister's Keeper: Dr Elliot is held hostage, a visitor to Wandin Valley nearly drowns and Bob and Cookie get up to shenanigans.

    • 36 min
    Matt Day, and Nicole Kidman's Hair Star In A Country Practice

    Matt Day, and Nicole Kidman's Hair Star In A Country Practice

    Special Guest: Matt Day (Julian 'Luke Ross' 1989-1993)

    • 37 min
    Coming Friday On A Country Podcast

    Coming Friday On A Country Podcast

    We're a week away from launching A Country Podcast, and we've been working hard to get some incredible guests and have some great chat. 

    If you're interested in watching the episodes we talk about (you don't need to, but we reckon it'll make your listening experience a little more fun), click on the link to Repairing The Damage 1 and Repairing The Damage 2. 

    Mel and Kim would love to hear your A Country Practice memories, so please, if you want to message us or send us a voice memo - go to our facebook page! 

    Can't wait to be in your feeds Friday, September 4th with an actual episode! 

    Hosts/Producers: Melanie Tait and Kim Lester 

    Technical Producer: Kim Lester 

    Music: Nate Edmondson (after Mike Perjanik)

    Graphics: Cameron Emerson Elliot 

    Thanks: A Country Practice Fans, Kathy Campbell. 

    See omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.

    • 3 min

Customer Reviews

4.8 out of 5
4 Ratings

4 Ratings

beej slim ,

Yes. Just yes!

So… I am always two years behind any trend… this experience of waiting for the next show to drop is totally new to me - agonizing! I love the October surprise I’m not sure if I speak for all country podcast enthusiasts but I totally feel like I need more. I am a ex resident of Robertson (now living in America) which is how I heard about you. I fell in love with podcasts through chat 10 looks 3 which became an essential link to Australian culture and slang for me. I cannot tell you how much I loved hearing rat-faced in this last podcast. I am a bit older than you girls and was in high school watching a country practice with my parents back in the early years. Looking at the other country practice Facebook page I saw from somebody’s diary note that Molly died on my 15th birthday. I feel like this is something I would’ve remembered and wonder if we had our VCR then and had taped that episode!
I feel like I have been all over the shop in this review (that is not really a review it’s a fan letter.) You guys are doing a bang up job and I eagerly await upcoming episodes and interviews! Thank you ❤️

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