|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||26|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Original channel||ABC TV|
|Original run||1974 – 1976|
- For the 2008 Australian TV series see Rush (2008 TV series).
Rush was an Australian television series produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation between 1974 and 1976. The first 13 episodes were produced in 1974 and filmed in black and white. In 1976, 13 more episodes were produced, in colour, in conjunction with French production company Antenne 2. Each series featured a different cast with the exception of John Waters.
Story and characters
Rush was a historical drama set during the Victorian Gold Rush during the 1850s. The first series was set at Crocker's Creek and filmed in Melbourne. The main cast the first year featured Waters, Olivia Hamnett, Brendon Lunney, Alwyn Kurts, Peter Flett, Max Meldrum. In 1976 the action was relocated to Turon Springs and shot in Sydney utilising sets left over from a previous historical drama about Ben Hall. Waters, Jane Harders, Delore Whitman, Alain Doutey and Vincent Ball were the stars. Hugh Keays-Byrne won a Logie Award for his performance in one episode of the second series.
Theme music and commercial releases
The theme to the series, was released as a hit single in Australia by Brian May and the ABC Showband (b/w The Theme from Seven Little Australians) on the Image record label in 1974. The single made number 5 in the Australian national singles chart in December 1974.
The original television series has not been commercially released, because the talent was contracted for broadcast rights only.
In the early 1990s the ABC comedy program The Late Show featured a parody-overdub of Rush entitled The Olden Days. The collected segments were later released on VHS tape. In 2007, they (along with Bargearse, based on Bluey, a similarly overdubbed TV show from the 1970s) were released on DVD. On the commentary track Santo Cilauro revealed they discovered a missing episode, mislabelled in a film can.
- Harrison, Tony The Australian Film and Television Companion, Simon and Schuster ISBN 0-7318-0455-4
- The Late Show Presents Bargearse and The Olden Days, ABC, 2007, ISBN R-107463-9
- Rush at the Internet Movie Database
- TV Eye - Classic Australian Television
- Rush at the National Film and Sound Archive (documentation and soundtrack only)
- Collection of 1970s newspaper clippings about "Rush" on a John Waters fan site.
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