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Masterpiece Episode: "The Road from Coorain"

Season 31, Episode 19
Episode Synopsis: An Australian-TV adaptation of Jill Ker Conway's memoir “The Road from Coorain” chronicles the academic's childhood on a New South Wales sheep ranch in the late 1930s and '40s, and her high-achieving college years in Sydney. “However hard I try to tell my own story,” the adult Jill (Katherine Slattery) says in a voice-over, “it becomes the story of my mother” (Juliet Stevenson), who raises her “to understand duty.” But as a girl, Jill develops just as close a tie with her less-tightly-wound father (Richard Boxburgh). And as a young woman she meets an American (Tim Guinee), who loosens her even more.
Original Air Date: May 13, 2002
Guest Cast Alexandra Galway: Jill (age 5) Tim Guinee: Alec Katherine Slattery: Jill Dempsey Knight: Ron Kelly Sam Dunn: Bob (age 16) Juliet Stevenson: Eve Raymond (Jack) Crawford: Jack Kelly Mitchell Firth: Barry (age 14) Richard Boxburgh: Bill Felix Williamson: Milton Andrew Keating: Bob (age 11) John Howard: Angus Harold Hopkins: Bob McLennan Bernard Curry: Bob Ewen Leslie: Reg Stewart Armstrong: Geoff Goglan Chris Scott: Policeman Kathryn Perry: Miss Everett Dan Forrester: Gardener Jenny Vuletic: Marjorie Jacobs Sebastian Lamour: Barry (age 9) Sean Hall: Barry Christopher Baker: Danny Tim Page: Bureaucrat Alex Tomasetti: Jill (age 11) Bill Young: John Brooks

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Premiered: January 10, 1971, on PBS
Rating: TV-PG
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