Puberty Blues (TV series)

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Puberty Blues
Logo for Puberty Blues.png
Opening title card
GenreDrama
StarringClaudia Karvan
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
Ashleigh Cummings
Ed Oxenbould
Susie Porter
Dan Wyllie
Brenna Harding
Rodger Corser
Susan Prior
Sean Keenan
Katie Wall
Charlotte Best
Isabelle Cornish
Reef Ireland
Dylan Goodearl
Theme music composerPaul Hewson
Opening theme"Are You Old Enough?" by Dragon
Composer(s)Stephen Rae
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rick Maier
Janeen Faithfull
Producer(s)Claire Tonkin
Kerrie Mainwaring
Location(s)Sydney, New South Wales
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Group
Broadcast
Original channelNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original run15 August 2012 – present
Chronology
Related showsPuberty Blues
External links
Website
 
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Puberty Blues
Logo for Puberty Blues.png
Opening title card
GenreDrama
StarringClaudia Karvan
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
Ashleigh Cummings
Ed Oxenbould
Susie Porter
Dan Wyllie
Brenna Harding
Rodger Corser
Susan Prior
Sean Keenan
Katie Wall
Charlotte Best
Isabelle Cornish
Reef Ireland
Dylan Goodearl
Theme music composerPaul Hewson
Opening theme"Are You Old Enough?" by Dragon
Composer(s)Stephen Rae
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes8 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rick Maier
Janeen Faithfull
Producer(s)Claire Tonkin
Kerrie Mainwaring
Location(s)Sydney, New South Wales
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Group
Broadcast
Original channelNetwork Ten
Picture format576i (SDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original run15 August 2012 – present
Chronology
Related showsPuberty Blues
External links
Website

Puberty Blues is an Australian television drama series broadcast on Network Ten. It is based on the 1979 book by Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey, which was also the inspiration for the 1981 film Puberty Blues.[1] Set during the late 1970s, the series revolves around the family and friends of Debbie and Sue, two inseparable teenage friends who are progressing through the coming of age process. The first series of eight episodes began airing from 15 August 2012. A second series has been confirmed.[2]

Production[edit source | edit]

In January 2012, it was announced an eight-part adaptation of the coming-of-age novel Puberty Blues would be made in New South Wales.[3][4] The series, based on Kathy Lette and Gabrielle Carey's 1970s book, focuses on a group of teenagers from Cronulla "as they explore sex and the gender politics of the day."[4]

Filming on the series began in April 2012, with locations mainly around the Sutherland Shire on Wanda Beach. The shoot lasted for twelve weeks and wrapped on 1 July 2012.[5] Puberty Blues began airing from 15 August 2012.[6]

On 16 September 2012, Debbie Schipp from The Daily Telegraph reported Southern Star producers John Edwards and Imogen Banks were planning a second series of Puberty Blues. Edwards stated "Yes, we are discussing it now. There's a strong chance, and Imogen and I have been in the plotting room and are well into development ourselves. So for those demanding more, we have high hopes we'll deliver." Edwards and Banks revealed the storyline would probably pick up from where series one ended or maybe a year later.[7]

On 23 October 2012, the official Puberty Blues Facebook page confirmed that there would be a second series of the show premiering in 2013 on the Australian television network; Channel Ten.[8] Filming for the second series commenced in May 2013.

Cast and characters[edit source | edit]

Principal cast

ActorCharacter
Karvan, ClaudiaClaudia KarvanVickers, JudyJudy Vickers
Lindsay Taylor, JeremyJeremy Lindsay TaylorVickers, MartinMartin Vickers
Cummings, AshleighAshleigh CummingsVickers, DebbieDebbie Vickers
Oxenbould, EdEd OxenbouldVickers, DavidDavid Vickers
Porter, SusieSusie PorterKnight, PamPam Knight
Wyllie, DanielDaniel WyllieKnight, RogerRoger Knight
Harding, BrennaBrenna HardingKnight, SueSue Knight
Corser, RodgerRodger CorserHennessey, FerrisFerris Hennessey
Prior, SusanSusan PriorHennessey, YvonneYvonne Hennessey
Keenan, SeanSean KeenanHennessey, GaryGary Hennessey
Wall, KatieKatie WallHayes, LynetteLynette Hayes
Best, CharlotteCharlotte BestHayes, CherylCheryl Hayes
Cornish, IsabelleIsabelle Cornish, VickiVicki
Ireland, ReefReef IrelandBoard, BruceBruce Board
Goodearl, DylanDylan GoodearlDixon, DannyDanny Dixon

Recurring cast

ActorCharacter
Smith, DiDi SmithGrantham, DeputyDeputy Grantham
Atkins, TylerTyler AtkinsPeters, DarrenDarren Peters
Horsley, JackJack Horsley, StraccyStraccy
Maynard, AnnieAnnie Maynard, AnnieAnnie
Munro, EleanorEleanor Munro, FreidaFreida
Skene, LachlanLachlan Skene, JackoJacko

Episodes[edit source | edit]

#TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateViewers
1"Episode One"Glendyn IvinTony McNamara15 August 2012 (2012-08-15)925,000[9]
In Australia 1977, Debbie Vickers and her best friend Susie Knight are trying to hang with the Greenhills Gang and be cool. However, the two popular girls at school, Cheryl and Vicki, have different plans. Ferris is sick of his wife, Yvonne, and his son, Gary, and Debbie's brother David is being annoying to everyone. 
2"Episode Two"Emma FreemanFiona Seres22 August 2012 (2012-08-22)843,000[10]
Debbie has a cat fight with Cheryl then wins her respect when she and Sue refuse to dob anybody in after being caught cheating and Debbie pashes Bruce Board, ace surfer. 
3"Episode Three"Glendyn IvinAlice Bell29 August 2012 (2012-08-29)751,000[11]
Following Cheryl's advice, Debbie and Sue plan to lose their virginities to their surfie boyfriends, though Debbie's (Bruce) has problems completing the deed. 
4"Episode Four"Emma FreemanTony McNamara5 September 2012 (2012-09-05)728,000[12]
At a house party, Bruce drops Debbie, Vicki drops Gary and Debbie gets stoned. Meanwhile Judy plans a dinner party to angle for advancement, and Martin is flirting in the office. 
5"Episode Five"Glendyn IvinAlice Bell12 September 2012 (2012-09-12)673,000[13]
Gary and Debbie are starting to grow close, as they connect over stories and whales, unlike most of the other teens who merely connect through sex. Gary and Debbie share their first kiss while Debbie has a bad encounter with period problems. 
6"Episode Six"Glendyn IvinFiona Seres19 September 2012 (2012-09-19)696,000[14]
One of the green hills gang dies in a car crash which leaves the whole gang surprised and Debbie grounded. Debbie finally loses her virginity to Gary whilst Danny and Sue go through some relationship issues. 
7"Episode Seven"Emma FreemanTony McNamara26 September 2012 (2012-09-26)653,000[15]
Debbie gets grounded by her mother as her mother hopes of turning her around. Her parents are still fighting but slowly reconcile after an argument leads her father to admit his distress that his wife is never happy around him. 
8"Episode Eight"Emma FreemanAlice Bell3 October 2012 (2012-10-03)707,000[16]
The finale includes the big bombshell of Sue dropping Danny, thus publicly humiliating him in front of the whole gang. Danny is obviously still in love with rooting Sue hence he tries to use jealousy tactics to drive her mad including dating Cheryl. Gary's dad leaves for good and with the cheques leaving Gary and his mum quite penniless and driving Gary to heroin abuse while his mum becomes more liberal on a nude beach. Sue and Debbie save Freda from a gang root and their actions cost them their place in the gang. Sue and Debbie are invigorated by their expression of independence and freedom and go again to push the boundaries of the gang, by 'surfing' (something girls don't do) in front of their beach. 

Promotion and reception[edit source | edit]

Network Ten released the first episode exclusively to Facebook users who liked the official Puberty Blues page prior to the premiere.[17] Graeme Blundell from The Australian praised the first episodes and stated "And, like the book, the series is racy, confronting, often quite brutal, heartbreaking and coruscatingly entertaining. It sparkles even as it disturbingly illuminates a culture of adolescence that seems not so much dated as distressingly contemporary."[18]

Craig Mathieson of The Sydney Morning Herald wrote "Puberty Blues is good. Really good. What's perhaps been most interesting about the series, set as it is about 35 years back, is just how dark it is. No, this is not Mad Men, far from it, but the folks behind Puberty Blues have cultivated a surprisingly opaque picture of late-1970s Australia."[19] Mathieson's colleague, Melinda Houston, gave the series a mixed review, saying "That combination of anticipation and ennui is something this version of Puberty Blues has captured beautifully. Unfortunately, it doesn't always make for gripping telly, especially prime-time commercial telly. We, too, tend to sit there waiting, waiting, fidgeting, waiting – and suffocating just a bit."[20] Houston explained that the inclusion of the parents' stories felt like a distraction, despite the good performances from the cast.[20] However, the critic added that Puberty Blues is not "a failure by any means. It's certainly a handsome piece, from the opening credits to the pitch-perfect interiors."[20]

Ratings[edit source | edit]

The premiere episode debuted to 925,000 viewers and came 9th for the night in its 8:30 timeslot.[9]

EpisodeTitleOriginal airdateViewersNightly RankWeekly Rank
1-01"Episode 1"15 August 20120.925[9]9[9]47[9]
1-02"Episode 2"22 August 20120.843[10]12[10]59[10]
1-03"Episode 3"29 August 20120.751[21]12[21]65[21]
1-04"Episode 4"5 September 20120.728[22]15[22]69[22]
1-05"Episode 5"12 September 20120.673[23]15[23]
1-06"Episode 6"19 September 20120.696[24]16[24]
1-07"Episode 7"26 September 20120.653-
1-08"Episode 8"3 October 20120.707-

References[edit source | edit]

  1. ^ "Top cast joins Puberty Blues on TEN". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  2. ^ Knox, David (23 October 2012). ""Smart, different, authentic" underpins TEN in 2013". TV Tonight. Retrieved 23 October 2012. 
  3. ^ Bodey, Michael (18 January 2012). "Holiday from hell debuts at Sundance". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b "Puberty Blues star Claudia Karvan warns show's '70s sexcapades will shock". news.com.au (News Limited). 31 March 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "Channel Ten's teenage angst series Puberty Blues finishes filming with the TV series to be shown after the Olympic Games". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). 2 July 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "Airdate: Puberty Blues". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  7. ^ Schipp, Debbie. "Producer plotting return of Puberty Blues to the screen". The Daily Telegraph (News Limited). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  8. ^ "Puberty Blues will return for a second series! Get ready for more Pluto Pups, Polly Waffles and pashes in 2013 on Channel Ten!". Network Ten. Facebook. 23 October 2012. Retrieved 26 December 2012. 
  9. ^ a b c d e "Wednesday 15 August 2012". TV Tonight. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  10. ^ a b c d "Wednesday 22 August 2012". TV Tonight. 2012-08-23. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  11. ^ "Wednesday 29 August 2012". TV Tonight. 2012-08-30. Retrieved 2012-09-03. 
  12. ^ Meade, Amanda (6 September 2012). "Ten's ratings slump continues". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  13. ^ Vickery, Colin (13 September 2012). "‘I Will Survive' cut back to one episode after TV ratings low". Herald Sun (The Herald and Weekly Times). Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  14. ^ "Cosentino tops ratings for Seven". The Australian (News Limited). 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  15. ^ Sinclair, Lara (27 September 2012). "Seven beats Nine as Ten dawdles on". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 28 September 2012. 
  16. ^ "Puberty Blues finishes with 707,000". Mumbrella. 4 October 2012. Retrieved 5 October 2012. 
  17. ^ Knox, David (8 August 2012). "Puberty Blues premieres on Facebook". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  18. ^ Graeme Blundell. "Puberty Blues Takes Us Back to the 70s". The Australian (News Limited). Retrieved 3 September 2012. 
  19. ^ Mathieson, Craig (20 September 2012). "Wednesday, September 26". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  20. ^ a b c Houston, Melinda (13 September 2012). "Ups and downs of coming of age". The Sydney Morning Herald (Fairfax Media). Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  21. ^ a b c http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/08/wednesday-29-august-2012.html
  22. ^ a b c http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/wednesday-5-september-2012.html
  23. ^ a b http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/wednesday-12-september-2012.html
  24. ^ a b http://www.tvtonight.com.au/2012/09/wednesday-19-september-2012.html

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