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Disney Channel Magazine
January 1984


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New Adventures from the Australian Frontier

Five Mile Creek

(Louise Caire Clark, Rod Mullinar, Liz Burch, Michael Caton, Priscilla Weems, Martin Lewis, Gus Mercurio, with Jay Kerr as Con Madigan)

Three Americans and three Australians gather at Five Mile Creek, a stagecoach stop on the road to the Australian gold fields in the 1860s.  Their continuing adventures form this dramatic series exclusively on The Disney Channel.

Con Madigan hands the reins to partner Jack Taylor

Episode 5 ("The Scrub Bulls," premiering January 4) finds partners Jack Taylor (Rod Mullinar) and Con Madigan (Jay Kerr) expanding their coach service.  A land dispute pits Taylor against a local squatter named Barny Drummand (Tony Barry).

Maggie Scott (Louise Caire Clark), who helps run The Haven at Five Mile Creek, befriends Barny's wife Florence (Susan Leith), and they try to make peace between the men.  The two Drummond children meet Maggie's 10-year-old daughter Hannah (Priscilla Weems) and Sam Sawyer (Martin Lewis), a homeless boy living at the waystation.  With no other school, Maggie turns teacher and Five Mile Creek gets a classroom.

In "Mothers and Fathers" (beginning January 18), Maggie sees a Wanted poster for her missing husband Adam.  Hannah, heartbroken to learn her father is an outlaw, runs away.  Sam and a friendly aborigine, familiar with the bush, follow her trail as night falls . . .

When Maggie faces the possibility that she'll never find her husband and begin their life together in Australia, her friend Kate Wallace (Liz Burch) assures her that "I can't imagine Five Mile Creek without you." But a surprise awaits them in next month's episode, "Gold Fever."

Hannah Scott runs away in distress after learning that her father is a wanted man.

Episode #5 January 4, 7, 10, 12, 15, 16
Episode #6 January 18, 21, 24, 26, 29, 30


Off Camera

After each episode, candid interviews with the stars take viewers behind the camera for an inside look at the production of "Five Mile Creek."  This month Australian actress Susan Leith, who plays Florence Drummond in Episode 5, and Michael Caton (Paddy Malone) describe their experiences.


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Table Talk

TV Situation:  Even though Maggie does not believe that her husband is an outlaw, she hides the poster with his picture on it from Hannah.  She doesn't want Hannah to worry, but do you think she acts correctly?  What would you do?

Real-Life Situation:  You see your big sister with someone who has a reputation for irresponsible behavior.  You don't want to worry your parents or be a tattletale, but you're concerned about her well-being.  What should you do?


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