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Name: Donna-Marie Carpenter
E-mail address: horseygal_85@hotmail.com
Comments: hey guys this site is awsum. I am a huge fan of this show though it has been off the air for sometime now. I can only remember so little of it when it was on tv but now im watching it on Austar. The series keep repeating itself but other then that its gr8. gr8 job guys and keep up the good work.
Tuesday, September 11th 2007 - 07:35:01 AM

Name: Bestestimes
E-mail address: bestestimes@astroboymail.com
Comments: Loved the show, would be way cool to own a piece of A.C.P history.
Saturday, September 1st 2007 - 04:33:35 AM

Name: Gill Bilski
E-mail address: gillbilski@gmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.gillbilski.com
Comments: Love the site and that you're still active on it. Have just started watching the DVDs and they're wonderful. Hoping they'll carry on so I'll get to see the episodes that were never shown in the UK because they 'weren't suitable for lunchtime viewing' ...

Incidentally, I mailed you quite a while ago with an image of the front cover of Brendan & Molly the Untold Story which I possess. I see it's still not up on the site so wonder if you ever got it? Trouble is, the book is now buried somewhere and it could take me a while to find it if you want another scan.
Saturday, August 18th 2007 - 03:24:36 PM

Name: William Binnie from Australia
Comments: FOR SALE: WANDING VALLEY HOSPITAL!!!!!!

Article from: Hawkesbury Gazette
Date: 16 July 2007
Original Author: Shannon Tonkin

To the outside world it's Wandin Valley Hospital in the long-running drama A Country Practice. But to the O'Brien family it's Clare House and has been their home for the past 28 years.

On July 28 [2007] the piece of family and television history is up for auction after owners Ron and Trish O'Brien decided it was time to move to something smaller.

The house and the O'Briens enjoyed a certain degree of celebrity status during the show's golden reign on Channel Seven in the 1980s.

It started when a man appeared on their doorstep one day in 1981 and said he was doing a story about nursing in the bush.

"In less than six weeks, we had film crews here," Mrs O'Brien said.

"They only ever took footage of the outside of our house, but we had our fair share of actors and actresses on the property.

"They'd be here all day filming for hours, and when you saw it on TV there'd only be five or six seconds of our house, but it was great to see it on the screen."

Mrs O'Brien said many visitors wanted to see 'inside the Wandin Valley Hospital', expecting it to have been a real hospital at some stage.

"Contrary to popular belief, it never was a hospital, it's always been a home, but we'd have plenty of people knocking at the door asking to see inside the Wandin Valley hospital," she said.

Situated in Oakville between Rouse Hill and McGraths Hill in the Hawkesbury Valley, Clare House was built by Andrew Thompson between 1810 and 1830.

Originally on 105 hectares, the property was sold off in parts and when the O'Briens bought it in 1979, the house was surrounded by 3.2 hectares.

The O'Brien family of Ron, Trish and their six children moved in early in 1979 but Mr and Mrs O'Brien say it's now time to move on.

"It's a five-bedroom house and there's only the two of us here now. We want a place that's all on one level, without stairs," Mr O'Brien said.

"It's a big change for us, but we're looking forward to it."
Sunday, July 15th 2007 - 11:07:22 PM

Name: William Binnie from Australia
Comments: FOR SALE: WANDING VALLEY HOSPITAL!!!!!!

Article from: Hawkesbury Gazette
Date: 16 July 2007
Original Author: Shannon Tonkin

To the outside world it's Wandin Valley Hospital in the long-running drama A Country Practice. But to the O'Brien family it's Clare House and has been their home for the past 28 years.

On July 28 [2007] the piece of family and television history is up for auction after owners Ron and Trish O'Brien decided it was time to move to something smaller.

The house and the O'Briens enjoyed a certain degree of celebrity status during the show's golden reign on Channel Seven in the 1980s.

It started when a man appeared on their doorstep one day in 1981 and said he was doing a story about nursing in the bush.

"In less than six weeks, we had film crews here," Mrs O'Brien said.

"They only ever took footage of the outside of our house, but we had our fair share of actors and actresses on the property.

"They'd be here all day filming for hours, and when you saw it on TV there'd only be five or six seconds of our house, but it was great to see it on the screen."

Mrs O'Brien said many visitors wanted to see 'inside the Wandin Valley Hospital', expecting it to have been a real hospital at some stage.

"Contrary to popular belief, it never was a hospital, it's always been a home, but we'd have plenty of people knocking at the door asking to see inside the Wandin Valley hospital," she said.

Situated in Oakville between Rouse Hill and McGraths Hill in the Hawkesbury Valley, Clare House was built by Andrew Thompson between 1810 and 1830.

Originally on 105 hectares, the property was sold off in parts and when the O'Briens bought it in 1979, the house was surrounded by 3.2 hectares.

The O'Brien family of Ron, Trish and their six children moved in early in 1979 but Mr and Mrs O'Brien say it's now time to move on.

"It's a five-bedroom house and there's only the two of us here now. We want a place that's all on one level, without stairs," Mr O'Brien said.

"It's a big change for us, but we're looking forward to it."
Sunday, July 15th 2007 - 11:07:07 PM

Name: Shell
E-mail address: smellbell118@hotmail.com
Comments: Hi

I use to be an extra on ACP. I love the show i have watched it since i was little. It's great to know there are a lot of fans out there.
Friday, July 6th 2007 - 02:34:50 AM

Name: onye eze
E-mail address: onyeeze@abi.com
Comments: I love you all my maga and sisters
Monday, June 25th 2007 - 10:31:31 AM

Name: Adam
Comments: Hi, Thankyou so much for creating this site. It has brought back many fond memories of watching ACP after school.
Tuesday, June 5th 2007 - 02:45:49 PM

Name: TAMMY POINTING
E-mail address: sponitn@bigpond.net.com
Homepage URL: http://ninemsn.com.au
Comments: hi i remmeber country practice started 1981 i was age 6 year old, started first year school. i love show its great show my whole family love watch it too and my nanna love show. and actors were great to . there will be never great show like it . i like molly and brenden and vikki and simon and frank gilroy and shirley dean. little girl chloe and and death in show when molly dies and madonna in show when judy loveday leave show. she takes judy place nurse at hospital,. and death steven girl kill horse and happy note wedding first i love vikki and simon wedding and dress penny cook wearing and bridemaids,dr terence elliott and dr alexs. i grew up watch show to 1992 teenager 16 when finnsh.

i got dvds show now i can"t wait get one vikki and simon wedding, watch old favourite actors, i hear that actors all ahows what get paid when sale dvd show and on cable i think they devserve some money and
commisson each show put cable and each sale some thing for they hard work and entertainment i think they all allowed get some money they aussie actors they that never forget them and they know get some know we greatfull entertainment on tv

i"ll think country practice best show decade 20th century ,
i" never forget favourite from tammy
Thursday, April 19th 2007 - 11:41:49 PM

Name: sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.com
Comments: was anyone else heart broken on the 11th when the dvds weren't at jbs?
Sunday, April 15th 2007 - 03:22:05 AM

Name: Danielle Smith
E-mail address: dancn_amber73@hotmail.com
Comments: THIS IS A FANTASTIC SITE.
I CREDIT TO U KITTY
THANK YOU

ACP RULES
AND WILL GO DONE IS HISTORY
Friday, April 13th 2007 - 10:07:03 PM

Name: Sarah
E-mail address: sarah176@hotmail.com
Comments: The next two box sets (end half season 2, first half season 3) will be released in Australia on April 11 2007; you can pre order them through ebay, about $100 AUS. Hooray!
Wednesday, April 4th 2007 - 02:57:39 AM

Name: Kathryn Pocock
E-mail address: valman@aapt.net.au
Comments: I have been a fan since it started. I don't have pay tv so I have to rely on my brother to record it for me to watch.
I have the last episode and everytime I watch it I cry because I loved it so much.
I collect everything I can find that relates to the show.
When I was A teenager I met "Cookie" and "Bob", they came to a fund raiser I had organised.
Only three years ago I watched Georgie Parker in the "The Man From Snowy River Spectatular" and she was wonderful.
When I speak to other people about A Country Practice it always brings about long conversations and pleasent memories.
It is wonderful to know that there are still so many people like me and such a wonderful web site to catch up with fellow fans.
Friday, March 30th 2007 - 04:27:15 AM

Name: Deb Ellaby
E-mail address: deb.ellaby@iinet.net.au
Comments: Watched this with my parents when it aired at lunch times in the UK. Since coming to live in Australia 9 years ago, it is really strange that we ended up with all the native Aussie animals and birds from the show in our back yard. Still watching the show on Foxtelle and loving it. Brings back comforting memories of my family.
Thursday, March 29th 2007 - 12:38:19 AM

Name: sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.com
Comments: The new layout looks great! .... and its still nice and easy to navagate.
Saturday, March 24th 2007 - 11:27:13 PM

Name: marian slight
E-mail address: justmaz2004@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://movies.groups.yahoo.com/group/australianandbritishsoaps/
Comments: im a huge fan of a country practice and i was really excited when i learnt that the new dvds for acp are being released on 11th april i already have the first two dvds so cant wait for the next ones this and flying doctors were my two favourite australian shows in the 80s and early 90s .
Friday, March 2nd 2007 - 05:31:42 PM

Name: William Binnie
Comments: MORE EPISODES TO BE RELEASED ON DVD

I have some fantastic news!

MRA sent me an email, dated 24 January 2007, and they informed that they are releasing two 12 disc box sets in April 2007. They will sell for around $100 Australian.

The breakdown is as follows:
* A Country Practice - Series 2 - Part 2 - 1982 (eps 45 - 106)
* A Country Practice - Series 3 - Part 1 - 1983 (eps 107 - 148)

MRA plan to release further box sets during 2007, depending on sales, which they say look very positive. At this stage, they have secured the rights up until episode 532.

I now look forward to April 2007:)

Wednesday, January 24th 2007 - 07:58:00 PM

Name: Rachel Evans
E-mail address: Racheln64@bigpond.com
Comments: Hi to all fans of this wonderful show.I watched on the hallmark channel yesterday the episodes "Mozart Rules" and cried my eyes out because Donna is dead.I will so miss her on the show as she was so bright and bubbly and I loved her fashion sense.If anyone can help me with some way of getting in touch with Caroline Johansson I would really appreciate it as I would love to have a chat with her.
I miss her already!
Thanks to Kitty for this lovely website,it is absolutely the best,
Rachel
Wednesday, January 24th 2007 - 01:41:09 PM

Name: sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.com
Comments: Does anyone know if or when they are going to bring out the next series on dvd?
Sunday, January 21st 2007 - 09:47:11 PM

Name: Kim Weston
E-mail address: klweston75@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Fantastic Site!
Captures the heratage of the show.

Site needs updating.
Keep up the good work!
Monday, January 8th 2007 - 05:33:01 PM

Name: Maria
E-mail address: mariaschwarz@t-online.de
Comments: First of all: top compliment for this site and your longstanding commitment!! Im originally Swiss, lived and worked in Australia for several years in the seventies and this country was a mind-opener to me! The way of life, the philosophy and true pioneering spirit (="have a go at anything mate, and we'll give you a hand!") which I experienced provided an enormous trigger to my life energies and plans. After returning to Europe I was lucky enough to "fall" into this TV-series, where I re-discovered just the qualities I had experienced in this great country. No neeed to say I got hooked! Ever since I have kept heartwarming memories of many details of the characters and wildlife etc, shown in ACP. (Unfortunately the recently issued DVDs only work for Region4 and Europe is Region2: so no compatibility!) Now, since January 07 the German pay-TV 'PREMIERE / Series' starts again showing the (early) episodes on weekdays. So, hopefully the fan group here will grow and with this the pressure to produce DVDs also for the European Region! I booked a yearly Abo especially to see ACP, however due to technical software download problems of the provider, I already missed out on some. I'm hoping (and saving up) to re-visit Oz in October 07 and ACP would be such an excellent introduction for my travel partner who is a novice to Oz. For years I have travelled for an international Organization, however, what many of you have stated is true for me too: No other show has ever surpassed the lasting impression which the "Wandin Valley Characters" have made on me in terms of human warmth and authenticity! Thanks for keeping up your precious resource site!
Saturday, January 6th 2007 - 01:32:03 AM

Name: Ian Jones
E-mail address: ianjones4@bigpond.com
Comments: a countrypractics is a top tv show
Monday, November 27th 2006 - 05:06:19 PM

Name: Jo
E-mail address: jotezz30@yahoo.com.au
Comments: I loved A Country Practice. I have never loved a another tv show in the same way since.
Monday, November 27th 2006 - 04:35:36 PM

Name: fancy
E-mail address: ug.fensky@gmx.de
Comments: i liked to watch a country practise and i would like to know where i can buy that on dvd?
Thursday, November 23rd 2006 - 04:48:12 PM

Name: Erica - Melbourne, Australia
Comments: Congrats on a great site!

I grew up watching this show and I loved it!
When it was shown in the mornings a few years back I used to watch it, and if I couldn't because of work I would tape it and watch it when I got home.
I used to live in Ferntree Gully, at the foot of the Dandenong Ranges, which is not far from where the later Channel 10 series was filmed.
I remember one time when they were filming not far from where I lived, I think it was a car accident, and they blocked off the road so we had to go a different way.

I really miss A Country Practice!

For more episode guides have a look at this site.
http://www.australiantelevision.net/acp/acp.html

Keep up the good work.
Sunday, November 5th 2006 - 03:31:35 AM

Name: Amanda
E-mail address: makrhod@gmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.makrhod.com
Comments: Wow this took me back! I had no idea you were such a conscientious fan. :-)
I am proud to say that I watched the famous Molly-death episode the first time it was transmitted, and yes it was indeed one of the defining televisual moments of my life. I have so many clear memories of the early years, but I admit to "losing the faith" later on, when the stories got a bit too involved and contrived. The early ones may have been corny, but they got you in!
Goodness what nostalgia. I feel a tear coming on. Fatso, Doris, Esme, Vicki, Simon ... I miss you all.
Friday, November 3rd 2006 - 12:26:24 AM

Name: David
E-mail address: david@jr1234.plus.com
Comments: A great site and the info is right up to date. I do hope that Channel 5 will show repeats for us avid fans here in the U.K.
Keep up the excellent work.
Tuesday, October 31st 2006 - 04:39:41 AM

Name: Danielle Smith
E-mail address: dancn_amber73@hotmail.com
Comments: well what can i say A Country Practice is the best show ever made in Australian history. I love this show soooo much and i think it is wonderful that Jo loveday married Michael Langley.
i watch A Country Practice on the Hallmark channel only that they play repeats all the time. i would love to see the episods when Jo and Michael start to become more than friends. the only reason i know that the two get married is by this fantastic website.
if any body knows were i can get these episods from i would be truly thankful.
ACP BEST SHOW EVER MADE .
Tuesday, October 17th 2006 - 05:27:45 AM

Name: Trent
E-mail address: pontiac5@optusnet.com.au
Comments: remember bobs red falcon ute?well someone has done it up real nice,a mate saw it at a country car show,he said it was one of the main attractions,i remember seeing it shortly after the show finished and it had seen better days,so i'm glad the ol girls still around!!
Sunday, October 15th 2006 - 10:57:07 PM

Name: stevenshales
E-mail address: stevenshales@bigpond.com
Comments: we would like to know if it will be back on television thankyou
Saturday, October 14th 2006 - 11:07:28 PM

Name: CHERIE
E-mail address: lapps74@aapt.net.au
Comments: FANTASTIC SITE
THE BEST EVER
CAN ANY ONE PLEASE HELP ME?
I AM WANTING TO WRITE TO AT LEAST 12 CAST MEMBERS,
CAN ANYONE HELP ME?
ADDRESS'S?
EMAILS ETC?
THANKYOU
Tuesday, October 10th 2006 - 05:53:36 PM

Name: Piet Paulusma
E-mail address: pietpaulusma@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.horsehistory.info/
Comments: I love horses, I ride my own every day! Regards from the netherlands!
Monday, October 9th 2006 - 07:46:41 AM

Name: Paul Bommel
E-mail address: paulbom@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.greatinterest.info/
Comments: Nicely done, my compliments! I'll revisit soon..! http://www.greatinterest.info/
Saturday, October 7th 2006 - 01:57:25 PM

Name: Karin
E-mail address: Horselover@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.greathorses.info/
Comments: I love horses, riding my own horse everyday! GruBen from Germany!
Sunday, October 1st 2006 - 03:08:07 AM

Name: Liz
E-mail address: N/A
Comments: Season 3 has begun to be classified by the OFLC so a release shouldn't be too far off!
Wednesday, September 27th 2006 - 08:33:10 PM

Name: Sarah Taylor
E-mail address: sarah176@hotmail.com
Comments: Love the site! Does anyone know when the next box set is coming out? They stopped box set 2 at such an exciting time; can't wait for what is next, cheers
Tuesday, September 26th 2006 - 03:48:10 AM

Name: Lyn - Melbourne
E-mail address: LWalker@bigpond.com.au
Comments: Great site, glad to hear it is finally coming out on DVD. Have already bought Series 1, will be buying series 2 shortly. Can't wait for the rest. Channel 10 should never have dropped the show, as it was great family entertainment
Wednesday, September 20th 2006 - 04:43:56 PM

Name: Sarah from Melbourne, Aust.
Comments: Love the site, glad its still going after all this time. Been popping in from time to time for almost as long as its been running. I've got my copy of the DVDs and love it, although they would have edited the break music and credits better. Luvin' it!!!
Sunday, September 17th 2006 - 05:58:54 AM

Name: Nicole Byrne
E-mail address: nikki.byrne@bigpond.com
Comments: Fantastic!! I thoroughly enjoyed going through this site, you should be very proud of your dedication to such a wonderful australian show...Congrats to you :)x
Wednesday, August 16th 2006 - 08:57:56 PM

Name: Marloes
E-mail address: marloes12@hotmail.com
Homepage URL: http://www.homenurseinfo.com
Comments: Nice site! Rgds from the netherlands!
Sunday, August 13th 2006 - 01:04:01 PM

Name: Richard
E-mail address: richard.appleton@ntlworld.com
Comments: Just an update to my previous message. Got hammered for £25 import tax. Not such a bargain, but still worth it!
Friday, July 7th 2006 - 02:35:44 AM

Name: William Binnie
Comments: Claudia Black, who played Nurse Claire Bonnaci, in "A Country Practice", from 1993 to 1994, has done incredibly well for herself.

After starring in our favourite TV series, she went on to star in "Farscape" and, now, she is a regular cast member of "Stargate SG-1", in which she plays Vala Mala Doran.

Well done, Claudia!:)
Thursday, July 6th 2006 - 09:17:01 PM

Name: William Binnie
Comments: Hi! I live in Australia.

A Country Practice will always have a special fondness with me, as I grew up with that show as a child and then as a youth. During my mid-teens, from 1989 to 1992, I wrote to the stars of the show. Many of the stars wrote to me and I still cherish those letters and autographs today. The stars who wrote to me include Brian Wenzel, Lorrae Desmond, Joyce Jacobs, Georgie Parker, Georgina Fisher, Jon Concannon, Anne Looby, Jamie Croft and Judith McGrath. It was during this time, I had posters of the show on my bedroom wall.

Unfortunately, the show got axed and I moved on with the rest of my life. However, I always thought back to my youth, as I always felt safe in Wandin Valley and its characters. In fact, the social and political issues dealt with by this series influenced me to become a Social Worker, from which I am practicing today.

In recent times, I bought series 1 and 2 of A Country Practice and I am in heaven!:) In Australia, there is a competition in which one can enter and visit a country destination. Imagine to my surprise when one of those destinations is Whyalla, South Australia!:) I live in Whyalla. In more ways than one, A Country Practice is connected to me.
Monday, July 3rd 2006 - 11:29:51 PM

Name: sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.com
Comments: thanks to everyone who has helped me out with my enquiry. ive only got the last dvd in the pack to go till ive watched all the episodes ...then ill have to start again. its funny how 20years later different charectors appeal to you. When i was a kid i loved dr bowen (still do)but now i think that shirl and vicky are the 2 greatest charetors they are really funny and play off each other so well.
i cant wait for the new site in july!

Sunday, June 4th 2006 - 11:47:57 PM

Name: Richard
E-mail address: richard.appleton@ntlworld.com
Comments: When I first heard that these were being released, I contacted MRA to ask whether they were being released over here (UK) and they don’t have the rights, so the answer is no.

I got mine from DVD Crave, and was very impressed with the service - received it 3 days after postage! Plus, with the relatively weak Aussie currency, it cost me about £16 each series. Bargain.

Also, I have had no problems on my DVD player at all.

Hope this helps.

Tuesday, May 30th 2006 - 02:17:35 AM

Name: Kitty
Homepage URL: http://acountrypractice.com/acp.html
Comments: As far as I can tell, the DVDs really don't have any region coding on them (despite MRAs assertions that they are Region 4). I am able to play them on my computer's DVD player despite my DVD player being set for Region 1 and fans outside of Australia have been able to play them on their DVD players. Rather than waiting for them to come to the UK, you might want to order them from Australia (there are links to Australia sellers on the main WVBNH page).
Thursday, May 25th 2006 - 02:26:21 PM

Name: Nicola
E-mail address: antandnic2@aol.com
Comments: I loved ACP back in the 80's - I had a crappy job and my weekly instalment of life in Wandin Valley really lifted my spirits! I was thrilled to hear that the show is now on DVD....I live in the England, and I wonder if anyone knows if and when the series will be released in the UK? I'm keeping everything crossed that I won't have too long to wait.....!
Thursday, May 25th 2006 - 02:20:07 PM

Name: Di
E-mail address: dido_work@msn.com
Comments: Am so glad this site and guest book is being updated ! I loved APC when it was on and would love for it to be on a channel again in the uk! I hope Im able to buy the DVDs in this country -if not will have to get them from Aus! Cant wait!!So glad there are fans of APC like me!!
Wednesday, May 24th 2006 - 01:23:34 PM

Name: Paul Norris
E-mail address: norris@shfa.nsw.gov.au
Comments: ITs really exciting to see ACp comeing out on DVD at last! Fingers crossed for more futer DVD releases, this would have had to be the best Aussie drama of its time andits great that it been captured on DVD for a whole new generation to enjoy!
Tuesday, May 16th 2006 - 05:44:53 PM

Name: Jenna
E-mail address: funksstarr86@hotmail.com
Comments: OH MY GOODNESS!!!! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!! :) I am so glad to have stumbled across this site! I have been trying to explain to my work colleagues my love for ACP and all I get is concerned looks and "Jenna, you are disturbed"
But NO! i am not the only one!! A Countru Practice is THE best program of all time... The DVDs, it is a little sad to stay, have made my life complete ;) and i've even got my boyfriend obsessed with it too! (if you knew him you would understand why that's exciting for me) Anyway, i will reluctantly get back to work now but i definately plan to come back for many more visits to his fantastic site...

Thanks!! :)
Jenna
Sunday, May 7th 2006 - 10:59:47 PM

Name: shell
E-mail address: shell2177@yahoo.com
Homepage URL: http://delltones.cjb.net
Comments: Does anyone know what series episode 207-208 is on?
Tuesday, May 2nd 2006 - 08:16:01 PM

Name: Sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.com
Comments: hi everyone hope you are all enjoying the dvds :) i know i am. i was just wondering where i can get the sheet music for ACP. My brother has promised he will learn to play it for me(i dont have a musical bone in my body) if i can get the music:)
Sunday, April 30th 2006 - 11:28:12 PM

Name: Kelly
Comments: Got to love the 80's :D I remember the show very well
Jo loveday sleeping over in Michael's bedroom, studying the rules to learn how to drive
I also loved Chloe (emily), very cute
I got the dvds sets the other day, I really hope that the dvd sales are great so we can get more out.
Molly's so funny in her first scene LOL

Awesome website too!!
Saturday, April 15th 2006 - 09:00:29 AM

Name: Sarah (melb, aust)
E-mail address: sazza_au@yahoo.com
Comments: been to the website a few years ago, so good to have one dedicated to a fantastic show. planning on getting some of the dvds.
Sunday, April 9th 2006 - 04:11:03 AM

Name: Martin Crew
Comments: I purchased my DVD's from Big W yesterday (great to see they stocked so many and so early), and I thought it pertinent to share what one of the employees aasked me. She was checking my receipt and saw what I had bought and asked what the deal was with ACP. I queried what she meant and she said that everyone had been in there buying it. So it's fantastic to hear that it is popular. Everyone keep up the good work.
Thursday, April 6th 2006 - 07:21:25 PM

Name: Trent
E-mail address: pontiac5@optusnet.com.au
Comments: Yeah great news about the dvd's,won't have to worry about Hallmark stuffing around with this great aussie drama!!Was in Big W the other day they are selling series 1 and 2 for$39.95,which seems to be the best price around,happy viewing.
Wednesday, April 5th 2006 - 06:18:40 AM

Name: Jenny Watts
E-mail address: mw7366@tesco.net
Comments: Can't begin to describe my delight in learning that DVDs will be available very soon. My late Dad and I avidly watched A Country Practice in the 80's and I am so looking forward to seeing it again!
Sunday, March 19th 2006 - 10:24:03 AM

Name: Barbara Wedlake
E-mail address: barbara@mediaevalgardener.com
Comments: Adam asked about the ACP filming sites. On my website to my dear friend Gordon (www.gordonpiper.com) I have posted the addresses and a map to all the filming sites I went to with Gordon over 2 days in March of 2003. I hope those will be helpful to those of you thinking about visiting the Pitt Town/Windsor area..
Wednesday, March 8th 2006 - 06:50:08 AM

Name: Vanessa Jones
E-mail address: vjones@mraentertainment.com
Comments: Hi All ACP fans,
I see my little sister let the cat out of the bag regarding the upcoming launch of the DVD's. As the marketing manager looking after this, I can confirm it is true! MRA Entertainment will release the first two years on April 3rd, as two box sets, plus we are giving away 8 weekends for 2 in the country to tie in with the launch including a weekend at the Wandin Valley winery! We are hoping to be able to release further series of ACP over the next 12months. Series 2 has 1500 mins of footage so I hope you all enjoy it!
Wednesday, March 1st 2006 - 04:20:36 PM

Name: Martin Crew
E-mail address: thishastobeajoke@hotmail.com
Comments: Dear Adam (adamsumm),

there are no tours that I am aware of that take in the ACP sites. I can give you the whereabouts of a few of the places in the series though.

The two storey brick building that you refer to is (or at least was) called the "Swallows Inn" or something like that. It is located almost directly opposite Windsor court house on the corner of North and Arndell Streets. The hospital is actually known as "Clare House" and is located in Clare Crescent at Oakville (not far from Windsor). As for the rest of the locations, you'll need to head to Pitt Town. You could basically call Pitt Town "Wandin Valley" for it is where the vast majority of outdoor shots took place. The opening iconic image that pans across the "valley" was shot behind the churches that are situated on the SW side of Bathurst St in Pitt Town.

I hope all this helps and is of interest to you. If ever you are in the neighbourhood drop me a line and I'll point you in the right direction.

Take care.
Tuesday, February 21st 2006 - 08:25:13 AM

Name: Mel Walker
E-mail address: melissa.walker@ntlworld.com
Comments: 12th April 2006 - whoohoo - I can't wait - Series 1 and 2 released on DVD

Great site, keep up the good work

Monday, February 20th 2006 - 10:02:41 AM

Name: sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.comm
Comments: hi i was just wondering if anyone remembers a tv ad that used to have brett climo (micheal the male nurse)in it... it had the song "sometimes when we touch" playing in the back ground.
does anyone remember what the ad was for or when it was played on tv ....
Thursday, February 16th 2006 - 02:31:04 AM

Name: Sarah
E-mail address: feildo@hotmail.comm
Comments: Awh i am at home.... A country practice was born the same year i was so grew up with the gang...my favs were molly and later lucy! and dr bowen was so dreamy (i want alfa romeo!) but harry morrison will always be my first true love!!! I am so excited to hear its going to come out on dvd!! also to answer someone question from a while ago ...we never saw beverly's face but occasionally, early on we saw her profile from the back ...she was a larger lady and i think may have been played by a couple of diff actors.
Thursday, February 16th 2006 - 01:39:12 AM

Name: Adam B
E-mail address: aib1982@hotmail.com
Comments: What a great site! My favourite series of all time! I was under the impression A Country Practice was never going to be released on DVD but after reading recent entries it seems i was misinformed. Whats happening, someone please email me and fill me in!
Thanks ACP Fans
Adam
Monday, February 13th 2006 - 12:09:15 AM

Name: Marilyn Wilde
E-mail address: rwilde@iprimus.com.au
Comments: Hi to all ACP fans,

My sister and I don't miss the 2 episodes that hallmark are now showing. Love to know if any one knows if Chole is still out there, she was so cute in the series.
Thursday, February 9th 2006 - 10:33:28 PM

Name: Adam
E-mail address: adamsumm@hotmail.com
Comments: G'day everyone,

Can anyone tell me if there is a "tour" you can do of the ACP places, around the Windsor area? Does anyone know where that building is, the one that is the last image of the opening video? It's the two storey brick building?

Thanks,
Adam
Monday, February 6th 2006 - 07:15:19 PM

Name: Elizabeth Budek
E-mail address: elizabeth.budek@defence.gov.au
Comments: I had been looking for any info on ACP DVDs and decided to look up ACP on the web to see if I could find any info and found your site! I can't believe there are "others' like me out there! I still think about the show and always wished that I could live in Wandin Valley and have all those wonderful people as my friends. Absolutely loved Dr Terrance Elliot and Shirley Gilroy! Such a wonderful town. I was fortunate to meet up with the majority of the cast at various promotional events in the 80's.
I am glad I have accessed this site and read the emails as now I see that the first 3 seasons are coming out on DVD - I will certainly line up to get the set! I rang up Channel 7 a couple of years ago when they took off ACP from the 0930 weekday timeslot and was told that the ratings were bad for that time of the morning! Can you believe that! Who cares about ratings at that time of the day!
I also read of the death of Sophie Heathcote in the TV Week - what a shocker!
Anyhow, I will keep on looking at this site on a regular basis from now onwards.

Elizabeth

Monday, January 23rd 2006 - 06:00:05 PM

Name: Lee Bevan
E-mail address: lee-bevan@tiscali.co.uk
Comments: I have just read the news of Sophie heathcote and i am stunned and saddened. I grew up with A Country Practice here in the U.K. and was always taking time off from school to watch the adventures of my heroes Cookie,Bob and Esme. Who could forget the wonderfull Loopy Lucy played by the lovely Georgie Parker and Sophie's Steve was just the dream come true for a boy of my age.
It was my favorate soap even better than Neibours or Home and Away put together and it was a shame that it finished after such a long run.
Last of all i would like to thank everyone who was involved with A Country Practice for the sheer enjoyment that it brought me and that includes the actors who are sadly no longer with us.
So Best Wishes to whoever reads this and all the very best.
Lee Bevan.
Sunday, January 22nd 2006 - 05:21:52 PM

Name: Jo
E-mail address: sistercad@wn.com.au
Comments: http://www.theage.com.au/news/people/sophie-heathcote-dies-in-us/2006/01/05/1136387572379.html

A bit about Sophie there.. I only just found out! I'm in shock :(
Wednesday, January 18th 2006 - 08:24:40 AM

Name: Joel
Comments: Just heard about Sophie Heathcote, what a bloody tragedy.
Tuesday, January 17th 2006 - 10:02:27 PM

Name: Karlee
Comments: I just found out about the passing of Sophie from TV Week magazine. She had only turned 33. So tragic because I didn't know she also had cancer and such young children. Sophie was a great young talent on ACP and Steve Brennan was also my favourite character on the show.
I loved watching the repeats of ACP years ago ... Steve and Luke were my favs.

Rest In Peace, Sophie
Monday, January 16th 2006 - 04:07:49 AM

Name: Louise
E-mail address: loumack72@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Absolutely devastated to hear of the passing of Sophie Heathcote - her character Steve in ACP was my all time favourite. Rest in peace, Sophie
Thursday, January 12th 2006 - 04:22:11 PM

Name: L.Browne
E-mail address: leslie411@hotmail.co.uk
Comments: hi, i used to love watching a country practice in the 80's with my mother here in england.ive just read the comment below saying its about to be released on dvd and would love to know if anyone would know how i could buy it here in england? if anyone can advise me i would be grateful. my favourite characters were molly on the farm with her pig and chicken that used to sit in her kitchen if my memory serves me correct.
Wednesday, January 11th 2006 - 04:25:59 AM

Name: William Binnie
Comments: I HAVE VERY SAD NEWS:(

Sophie Heathcote, who played "Stephanie 'Steve' Brennan" died at the beginning of January 2006, aged 33 years old.

It is believed that she died of an aneurism and that she had skin cancer. Sophie died in the United States of America.
Sunday, January 8th 2006 - 08:26:45 PM

Name: Kerri Laurie
E-mail address: madaz_2000@yahoo.com.au
Comments: Yup, its been confirmed. MRA Entertainment will release the first 3 years of ACP in time for mothers day. I spoke with their product person today who said it will only be $50 for the box set of each season...not bad when bad shows like Buffy are $100 plus!
Thursday, January 5th 2006 - 09:22:49 PM

*We miss you, SydWe miss you, GordonWe miss you, Sophie