Entertainment: The Box

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Entertainment: The Box Gender: N/A
Australian TV series
born on 11 February 1974 at 21:00 (= 9:00 PM )
Place Melbourne, Australia, 37s49, 144e58
Timezone AEDT h11e (is daylight saving time)
Data source
News report
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Scholfield
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_aqucol.18.gif 22°18' s_mo.18.gif s_libcol.18.gif 21°44 Asc.s_vircol.18.gif 07°30'


Australian soap opera produced by Crawford Productions and launched as a reaction to the enormous success of the rival adult soap opera Number 96. Like Number 96 the series was famous for its adult storylines, frequent nude glimpses, and sexual content. Also like Number 96, it was spun off into a feature film adaptation, The Box (1975).

The Box was a drama set in fictional television station UCV Channel 12. It featured elements that satirised the Australian television industry. Characters in the series were said to be modelled on Australian television figures and personalities of the day with central character Sir Henry Usher modelled on both media mogul Sir Frank Packer and aviator Sir Reginald Ansett, and indeed the tea lady Mrs Hopkins, played by Lois Ramsay was based on the company s own tea lady, many self-referential elements featured.

In early episodes the scheming bisexual television magazine journalist Vicki Stafford (Judy Nunn) kissed Felicity in Australian TV's first ever lesbian kiss.

The Box also featured an openly gay television producer, the flamboyant Lee Whiteman (Paul Karo), and gossipy tea lady Mrs. Hopkins (Lois Ramsey). Mrs. Hopkins' son Wayne (Bruce Kilpatrick) was released from prison during the show's first year. When he fell in love with Lee, Mrs. Hopkins was forced to accept that her son was a homosexual.

The Box ran on ATV-0 from 11 February 1974 until 11 October 1977 and on 0–10 Network affiliates around Australia.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • associate relationship with Blundell, Graeme (born 7 August 1945). Notes: Played Don Cook, 1974
  • associate relationship with Giblin, Belinda (born 2 March 1950). Notes: Played Kay Webster, 1974
  • associate relationship with Hazelhurst, Noni (born 17 August 1953). Notes: Played Sharon Lewis, 1975
  • associate relationship with James, Ken (born 16 November 1948). Notes: Played Tony Wild, 1974-1977
  • associate relationship with Lambert, Anne-Louise (born 21 August 1955). Notes: Played Trish Freeman, 1976
  • associate relationship with Richards, Tom (born 22 March 1948). Notes: Played Greg Patterson, 1977


Source Notes

Sy Scholfield quotes TV guide, Sydney Morning Herald, 11 Feb 1974.


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