|A Town Like Alice|
|Based on||novel by Nevil Shute|
|Written by||Tom Hegarty|
Rosemary Anne Sisson
|Directed by||David Stevens|
|Starring|| Helen Morse |
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of episodes||3 x 2 hours|
|Running time||301 mins|
|Original network||Network Seven|
|Original release||12 July 1981|
A Town Like Alice is a five-hour 1981 Australian television adaptation of Nevil Shute's novel of the same name. Produced by the Seven Network, and directed by David Stevens, it was the second major adaptation of the book.
In the United States it was shown on PBS under the Masterpiece Theatre banner, a rare non-British production to be so aired.
It stars Helen Morse in the lead role of Jean Paget, with Bryan Brown as Joe Harman and Scottish actor Gordon Jackson as the aging lawyer and trustee Noel Strachan.
The series won an International Emmy Award for drama in 1981 [ citation needed ]and won a Logie Award in the Best Single Drama or Mini Series category at the 1982 awards with Morse, Brown and Jackson winning Logies for their performances.
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