Skippy the Bush Kangaroo

1967 | Australia

Set in Waratah National Park, this Australian series told the adventures of a smart kangaroo that was saved from near death by Sonny (Garry Parkhurst), the son of Chief Ranger Matt Hammond (Ed Devereaux). In return, Skippy remained a loyal and trusted friend of the youngster and would warn him of impending danger with a distinctive 'Tut Tutting' sound. 

Filmed in the outdoors with stunning colourful scenery as its backdrop, the series became a massive hit in the UK and featured a young Lisa Goddard in her first television role as Clarissa 'Clancy' Merrick, friend to the Hammond family. More than twenty years after the show finished a new series The New Adventures of Skippy was made with a grown up Sonny (Andrew Clark), following in his fathers rangering footsteps.

Published on January 31st, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.