A placeholder site

Hi all,

As you may recall, my Number 96 Home Page (est. 1996) at vanished without warning last year, so while I waited for action from my service provider, the most frequently-used elements (such as the episode guide) had to be urgently retrieved from Wayback Machine (because my original HTML files are on a dinosaur computer, and recent updates had been done to the site live). All old "free" webpages had been wiped clean in an overhaul of their system.

Thus, I had hastily uploaded this placeholder site on Blogger. I was able to transfer the domain name to here instead, plus the year-by-year episode guides. (At least when people typed in the domain name, they had something to view; the 1999 edition of the home page is also archived on Pandora, but that version is long out of date.) Then, while re-creating and improving the old character guide from my retrieved data, my computer crashed... just as I got to "Z" on the lis…

The Number 96 spin-off pilots

Several attempts were made by Cash Harmon Productions to spin-off new shows from "Number 96". Josephine Kurr's character of Lorelei Wilkinson was killed off so she could headline as a new character in "The Unisexers", over on Channel 9, but it was shortlived. Comedy pilots were then written around the characters of Reg & Edie Macdonald ("Mummy and Me"), Vera Collins ("Fair Game", featuring the return of Abigail!), Don Finlayson (reconceived as a "Petrocelli"-type investigative lawyer) and, a year later, Hope Jackson (in a script loosely based on a classic comedy movie, "Bells Are Ringing"). All of these pilots were made as if they were scenes from the parent series, and economically inserted into regular "Number 96" episodes. All were ultimately unsuccessful. EPISODES 1071, 1072. (First aired 25/10/1976) The Chester girls see a way out of their difficulties. Flo learns more about the mystery surrounding the…

Number 96 and me: the novelisations - by Anne Harrex

Essay by Anne Harrex, February 2014

Between 1972 and 1974, eight novelisations based on storylines from the TV show, Number 96, were published by Angus & Robertson under the Arkon paperback imprint. In the end, I wrote seven of these and edited another of them (“The Wayward Husband”) for publication.

It all began with an advertisement in the weekend newspaper, “The Review”, formerly “Sunday Review”, “The Sunday Review” and, in its last incarnation, “Nation Review”. The ad may have appeared somewhere else, but this was where I saw it. Writers were wanted for crime and romance novels (I think it was romance) – “to apply send examples of your work to…” (The address gave no other clues.) I’d always been writing and had a drawerful of rejection slips to prove it. As I had two young children, who were now both at school, it looked like the ideal thing for me.

In those days there were still postal deliveries on a Saturday morning. It was a Saturday some weeks later when a parcel arrive…

40 years ago today...

40 years ago today, the final episodes of "Number 96" (#1217 & 1218) aired on Sydney television. Many former cast members returned to take curtain call bows with the final residents. What happened that night...: The residents of Number 96 are horrified to learn the identity of the building's mysterious buyer. The person who is driving them from their homes is none other than Maggie Cameron! Giovanni Lenzi and Marilyn MacDonald's romance fizzles once again, with Marilyn's decision to become a nun. Little Simon Dawson's body is found in Tamworth, but it is a false alarm. Giovanni announces a sell-out sale in the deli. Maggie explains that she couldn't resist one last trick played on the residents. Simon turns up safe and well. Dorrie Evans loses Herb half a million dollars because of her anger over his business relationship with Opal "Gran" Wilkinson. Everyone is pleased that the building will not change hands after all. While Arnold Feather an…

A zombie reawakens

Now that I'm in the middle of sprucing up the new blog version of my old website, iiNet informs me that they have located and restored the most recent (2012) version of the old Number 96 Home Page at Yay! So it will make it easier to continue the revamp, and it's a relief to know my previous work continues to exist without relying on Wayback Machine.

Emergency announcement!

Hello everyone! I am hoping to avert a disaster of deli bomb proportions! My Australian Internet provider, iiNet, has been adjusting things to accommodate the National Broadband Network (NBN) rollout - I've been on NBN for two years now - and suddenly my free webspace is no more! Until I can move all the Number 96 Home Page files to this new home, please use Wayback Machine's preserved pages (linked below). I think everything still exists (but the original HTML files I created are on a computer I haven't turned on in many years)! The Number 96 Home Page was originally uploaded in 1996 (Magna), greatly revamped in 2005 (Ozemail) and then subsumed by iiNet. The most recent overhaul (via the Transmit app) was in 2012, and those changes were made online only. Eeek! The Home Page, in its original form, was one of only three Australian television show websites archived in the early days of Pandora, the National Library of Australia's archive of "significant websites&quo…