19 episodes

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!

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    • 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!

    When PM Bob Hawke Came To Wandin Valley

    When PM Bob Hawke Came To Wandin Valley

    Once upon a time, Australia had a Prime Minister who gave a speech on a popular weekly TV show called A Country Practice. His name was Bob Hawke, and we've got the full story on how it all happened. 

    Mel & Kim are joined by Leon Saunders, who wrote over 50 ACP eps, including the one where Bob Hawke appeared. What was Bob Hawke like? Did he learn his lines? 

    Listen to the Children Part 1
    Listen to the Children Part 2 

    A Country Podcast Facebook Page 

    Melanie Tait Twitter

    Kim Lester Facebook 

    The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race Tour dates and locations

    Mum, How Do You Spell Gorbatrof?

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    • 58 min
    The Full Grant Dodwell Experience

    The Full Grant Dodwell Experience

    Mates. 

    Mel and Kim have had loads of work on (sorry!), and so are releasing the full interview with the wonderful Grant Dodwell. 

    Next fortnight: it's all Bob Hawke and Josephine Mitchell. 

    Love youse x

    Seriously Social podcast 

    The Appleton Ladies' Potato Race Tour

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    • 43 min
    Being A Child Star On A Country Practice

    Being A Child Star On A Country Practice

    Emily Leiding Weight spent some formative years of her childhood on the ACP set - in fact, she counted Jo Mitchell as her best friend as she played the cute and precocious Penny. 

    Emily takes us through what it was like for her on set, how she got the job, and what life's been like since she's been out in the real world. 

    This ep we look at the duck shooting of Licence to Kill Parts 1-4, Brooke Mikey Anderson and the beginnings of two ACP romances... as well as Mel & Kim's sex education and expertise in Friendzoning. 

     

     

     

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    • 1 hr 2 min
    Simon Says It's Time To Interview Grant Dodwell

    Simon Says It's Time To Interview Grant Dodwell

    Content warning - this episode contains the discussion of sexual assault, with language used in 1983 

    We're calling it: Season Two of A Country Podcast is going to be obsessed with Dr Simon Bowen and his journey from preppy city snob to Wandin Valley's most progressive citizen. 

    This ep, we're talking to the actor who brought him to life - Grant Dodwell. 

    And this week we're looking at one of the most sophisticated episodes ACP broadcast A Lady's Choice Part 1 and Part 2. 

    Links: 

    Links: 
    A Country Podcast Facebook Page 

    Melanie Tait on Twitter 
    Kim Lester on Twitter 

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    • 57 min
    Creating A Country Practice: Meet James Davern

    Creating A Country Practice: Meet James Davern

    We've all had ideas for TV shows, haven't we? Sure we have. Some people actually make them. 

    Who's idea was A Country Practice? James Davern's. 

    Mel and Kim have heard so much about James Davern and the happy workplace he provided for the cast and crew of ACP. He joins us on the podcast to tell us all about ACP from its humble beginnings to its cancellation to the possibility of new life for the 40 year old show. 

    Also this week: we look at the extraordinary life of Penny Cook. 

    Links: 
    A Country Podcast Facebook Page 

    Melanie Tait on Twitter 
    Kim Lester on Twitter 

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    • 1 hr
    Bonus: The Full Shane Porteous Experience

    Bonus: The Full Shane Porteous Experience

    There wasn't enough Shane Porteous in our last episode of Season 1. We know that. So, here's the full interview where the man formerly known as Dr Terence Elliot where he generously shared everything from how he got the job, to how he started writing, to how much ACP characters got paid! 

    If you have a second, please 'rate and review' us, so we can introduce more people to the joys of Wandin Valley and Dr Terence's excellent hair. 

    A Country Podcast on Facebook

    Melanie Tait on Twitter 
    Kim Lester on Twitter 

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    • 1 hr 4 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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