Ad from 9 April 1957
|Based on||play by John Coates|
|Screenplay by||Alan Seymour|
|Directed by||Raymond Menmuir|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|Running time||60 mins|
|Original release||9 April 1957 (Sydney) (live) |
26 April 1957 (Melbourne) (taped)
Tomorrow's Child is an Australian television film, or rather a live one-off television play, which aired in 1957 on ABC. Directed by Raymond Menmuir, it is notable as an early example of Australian television comedy and was Australia's first live hour long drama.
Promoted as A satirical comedy of the future,it was set in a fictional police state.
It was based on a 1947 play by John Coates, and written by Alan Seymour.
Cast included James Condon, Janette Craig, Queenie Ashton, and Mayne Lynton.Craig and Ashton later were regulars on Autumn Affair (1958-1959), the first Australian-produced television soap opera.
It aired on Sydney station ABN-2 on 9 April 1957. A kinescope was made of the broadcast and shown in Melbourne on ABV-2 on 26 April 1957, it is not known if the kinescope recording still exists.
Autumn Affair is an Australian television series made by and aired by Network Seven station ATN-7, and also shown in Melbourne on Nine Network station GTV-9. Television in Australia had only been broadcasting since 1956 and Seven was the first commercial station to make drama a priority. It premiered 24 October 1958 and continued until 1959. The series was the first ever Australian television soap opera. It was also the second regular Australian-produced dramatic television series of any kind, with previous locally produced drama consisting of religious series The House on the Corner, and one-off plays largely aired on ABC.
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Ethel Muriel Cover (née Ashton;, known professionally as Queenie Ashton, was an English-born character actress. She had a long career, beginning in her native England as a soprano, theatre performer and radio personality her early roles were primarily in musical comedies, before her first straight drama role in 1939, a period piece playing Marie Antoinette, she continued her singing career through out the 1940s opposite Gladys Moncrieff and Strella Wilson, before emigrating to Australia where she became best known for her radio and television soap opera roles, although she did also feature briefly in films. Ashton's best known role was that of "Granny Bishop", a character many years her senior in the long-running Gwen Meredith radio serial Blue Hills, a role she would later reprise for television, with the first locally produced soap opera Autumn Affair.
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