Molly (miniseries)

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Genre Drama
Written by
  • Matt Cameron
  • Liz Doran
Directed byKevin Carlin
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of episodes2
Executive producers
ProducerJohn Molloy
Production companyM4 Entertainment Production
Original network Seven Network
Original release7 February (2016-02-07) 
14 February 2016 (2016-02-14)

Molly is a two-part Australian miniseries about music legend Molly Meldrum. Aired on the Seven Network, the first part premiered on 7 February 2016, with the second and final half screening on 14 February. It is based on Meldrum's biography, The Never, Um ... Ever Ending Story, which was written with journalist Jeff Jenkins. [1]



Framed by Ian "Molly" Meldrum's fall from a ladder outside his home during the 2011 Christmas season and his resulting coma, Molly flashes back and forth through the key events of Meldrum's life, from his small beginnings in Quambatook, through his rise to becoming one of the biggest names in Australian music. [2]

The central focus of the series is the invention, rise and eventual fall of the high-rating TV series Countdown , and how it shaped Meldrum's life and legacy. The opportunities afforded to him as host of the groundbreaking new show, along with his accessible personality and passion for music saw him become an essential figure of the Australian music scene in the 1970s, '80s and beyond. [3]


Comedians Ed Kavalee, Andy Lee, Hamish Blake and Mick Molloy also make cameo appearances. Molly Meldrum appeared as himself in an epilogue.


Filming of the telemovie took place in early 2015.



The first part of the telemovie was the highest-rating non-sport program in Australia for 2016.

With 3.02 million national viewers (2.1 million metropolitan and 931,000 regional).

EpisodeAir dateViewers
(in millions)
Consolidated Viewers
(in millions)
"Part 1"Sunday, 7 February 20161.793#12.088#1 [4] [5]
"Part 2"Sunday, 14 February 20161.526#21.750#2 [6] [7]

Samuel Johnson went on to win the Gold Logie the following year for his performance.


A three-disc soundtrack featuring 60 tracks was released on 27 November 2015 by Liberation Music, titled Molly: Do Yourself a Favour after one of Meldrum's catchphrases on Countdown. It peaked at number 1 on the ARIA Albums Chart.

A second three-disc soundtrack was released on 21 October 2016 by Liberation Music, titled Molly: Counting Down The Hits. [8]

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