A young band, The Takeaways, try to succeed in the music business.




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Series cast summary:
Tracy Mann ...  Carol Howard 20 episodes, 1984
David Reyne David Reyne ...  Martin Kabel 20 episodes, 1984
Ric Herbert Ric Herbert ...  Darrell Winters 20 episodes, 1984
Sandie Lillingston Sandie Lillingston ...  Christine Yates 20 episodes, 1984
Arky Michael Arky Michael ...  George Poulopoulos 20 episodes, 1984
George Spartels ...  Nick Poulopoulos 18 episodes, 1984
Robin Copping Robin Copping ...  Johnny 15 episodes, 1984
Martin Vaughan ...  Shrug Yates 14 episodes, 1984


A young band, The Takeaways, try to succeed in the music business.

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Drama | Music







Release Date:

2 July 1984 (Australia) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Glam to Wham
Written by Sharon O'Neill
Sung by Deborah Conway
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1980's Aussie Monkees, but great music
18 October 2004 | by gut-6See all my reviews

This series focused on a bunch of twenty-somethings trying to get a band going, and featuring original music. The songs were written by some reasonably distinguished people in the Australasian music biz, most notably Sharon O'Neill, and much of it was very good indeed. Sharon's songs in particular rank as post-Blondie pop classics; they are some of the best work she has ever done. Do get the soundtrack - it is fantastic, and includes many different styles.

Some of the actors were quite well-known too, notably the lead Tracy Mann, and David Reyne, brother of Australian Crawl vocalists James Reyne. In fact all the main actors are quite glamorous. There are numerous cameos from prominent people in the Australian pop music biz of the time. My comparison to the Monkees, by the way, wasn't derogatory. The Monkees may have been a manufactured band, but they did release some excellent songs even if they didn't play them. I guess I'm trying to say this is no Partridge Family. The story may be no masterpiece, but it was fun when I watched as a teenager, with some quite amusing situations. I'd probably cringe a lot more nowadays, though, at some of the mawkishness.

In summary, this series deserves to be remembered as a cult favourite, far more so than the nauseating Australian/American Idol. It was well done as far as these sorts of shows go.

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