The Man from Snowy River
Cover of DVD Box Set – Season 4
Also known asSnowy River: The McGregor Saga
StarringAndrew Clarke
Wendy Hughes
Brett Climo
Hugh Jackman
Guy Pearce
Joelene Crnogorac
Sheryl Munks
Kristie Raymond
Josh Lucas
Amanda Douge
James Sherry
Country of originAustralia
No. of episodes65
Production
Running time50 minutes
Release
Original networkNine Network
Original release1993 (1993) –
1996 (1996)

The Man from Snowy River is an Australian adventure drama television series based on Banjo Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River". Released in Australia as Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River, the series was subsequently released in both the United States and the United Kingdom as Snowy River: The McGregor Saga.

The television series has no relationship to the 1982 film The Man from Snowy River or the 1988 sequel The Man from Snowy River II. Instead, the series follows the adventures of Matt McGregor (Andrew Clarke), a successful squatter, and his family. Matt is the hero immortalized in Banjo Paterson's poem "The Man from Snowy River", and the series is set 25 years after his famous ride.[1] The first season was very much a soap opera with several story arcs, but the primary one concerns the arrival of Matt's American nephew, who's bent on revenge, certain Matt cheated his father out of the station Matt now owns. In subsequent seasons, there were shorter story-arcs, often featuring guest stars over a few episodes, and some episodes stood entirely on their own. Stars and guest stars of the series included notables and future notables Andrew Clarke, Guy Pearce, Josh Lucas, Victoria Tennant, Olivia Newton John, Tracy Nelson, Lee Horsley, Dean Stockwell, Chad Lowe, Jane Badler, Wendy Hughes, Hugh Jackman, and Frances O'Connor.

Nomination

Nominated for a Logie Award for Most Popular Drama (1996).

International distribution

When the series was distributed to some countries, the title was changed for various reasons.

Country Title
Australia Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River
United States & Canada Snowy River: The McGregor Saga
United Kingdom
Ireland
Gibraltar Snowy River
Iran

The series was aired on Family Channel in the US and UK, and on WIC-owned and independent stations in Canada.

Episodes

Season 1 (1994)

  1. The Race (1994)
  2. Pascoe's Principles (23 SEP 1994)
  3. Kathleen's Choice (23 SEP 1994)
  4. Partnerships (25 SEP 1994)
  5. Where There's Smoke (2 OCT 1994)
  6. Tracks of Gold (9 OCT 1994)
  7. Plans of Poison (16 OCT 1994)
  8. Stepping Out (23 OCT 1994)
  9. The Bushranger (30 OCT 1994)
  10. The Rustlers (6 NOV 1994)
  11. The Loneliness of Luke McGregor (13 NOV 1994)
  12. Love Finds a Way (20 NOV 1994)
  13. The Stampede (27 NOV 1994)

Season 2 (1995)

  1. The Hostage (13 AUG 1995)
  2. The Savage Land (20 AUG 1995)
  3. The Railroad (27 AUG 1995)
  4. Fathers and Sons (3 SEP 1995)
  5. The Manly Art (10 SEP 1995)
  6. The Dry Argument (17 SEP 1995)
  7. Servant of the People (1 OCT 1995)
  8. The Search (8 OCT 1995)
  9. The Lost Child (15 OCT 1995)
  10. The Foundling (22 OCT 1995)
  11. The Long Arm of the Law (29 OCT 1995)
  12. The Recruit (5 NOV 1995)
  13. The Reilly Gang (NOV 12, 1995)
  14. The Choice (19 NOV 1995)
  15. Man and Boy (26 NOV 1995)
  16. Flight of Fancy (11 FEB 1996)
  17. Code of Ethics (18 FEB 1996)
  18. The Cutting Edge (25 FEB 1996)
  19. House of Worship (10 MAR 1996)

Season 3 (1995)

  1. A Sea of Troubles (1995)
  2. Rough Passage (1995)
  3. The Grand Wedding (1995)
  4. Montana Territory (1995)
  5. High Country Justice (1995)
  6. The Question of Danni (1995)
  7. The Prodigal Father: Part 1 (1995)
  8. The Prodigal Father: Part 2 (1995)
  9. Fire Boy 199
  10. Blind Faith (1995)
  11. Shoshoni Dreaming (1995)
  12. The Trial of Hetti Lewis (1995)
  13. Toy Soldiers (1995)
  14. A Mid-Winter Nights Dream (1995)
  15. In Duty Bound (1995)
  16. The Lion and the Lamb (1995)
  17. Broken Hearts (1995)
  18. Deliverance (1995)
  19. A New Life: Part 1 (1995)
  20. A New Life: Part 2 (1995)

Season 4 (1996)

  1. Comeback (1996)
  2. The Grand Opening (1996)
  3. Black Sheep (1996)
  4. Prince of Hearts (1996)
  5. The Grand Duke (1996)
  6. New Business (1996)
  7. Foundation Day (1996)
  8. The Lovers (1996)
  9. The Claimant (1996)
  10. The Loaded Deck (1996)
  11. Difficult Times (1996)
  12. A Son for a Son: Part 1 (1996)
  13. A Son for a Son: Part 2 (1996)


Video releases

On 27 June 1995, the pilot was released on VHS[2]

On 5 March 2002, a number of single episode videos were released on VHS. These include episodes "New Business",[3] "Grand Opening",[4] "Black Sheep",[5] "Comeback",[6] "The Grand Duke",[7] and "Prince of Hearts"[8]

In 2003, a region 1 DVD of the series pilot was released.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Race 1 18 November 2003[9]

In 2004, season 4 was released as a 3 disk set, this time in region 4. This was followed by season 1 (3 disks) and season 2 (4 disks) in 2005, and season 3 (4 disks) in 2006.[10]

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – TV Series Season 1 13 July 2005
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – TV Series Season 2 19 December 2005
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – TV Series Season 3 20 January 2006
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – TV Series Season 4 13 May 2004

On 25 January 2005, three 2-episode DVDs from the series were released in region 1. These episodes were the same as they had previously released on VHS.

DVD Name Ep# Release date Episodes
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Black Sheep/Prince of Hearts 2 25 January 2005[11]
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Come Back/Grand Opening 2 25 January 2005[12] "Come Back", "Grand Opening"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Grand Duke/New Business 2 25 January 2005[13] "Grand Duke", "New Business"

In 2006, a 3-episode DVD was released in region 1, containing episodes previously released on VHS and DVD. In early 2007, a second DVD was released containing the remaining three previously released episodes. Later in 2007, a third DVD was released. Though the DVD case misreports two of the episodes as titles from the previous release, the actual contents are three never-before released episodes.

DVD Name Ep# Release date Episodes
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – There was more than one wild west! 3 16 November 2006[14] "Comeback", "The Grand Opening", "Black Sheep"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Adventure in the Australian Outback 3 3 April 2007[15] "Prince of Hearts", "The Grand Duke", "New Business"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – A Different Breed of Cowboy 3 21 August 2007[16] "Foundation Day", "The Lovers", "The Claimant" **

In 2008, all three of their previous DVDs was released as a set. The package contained one DVD case for "There was more than one wild west!" and a new double DVD case for the other two. The erroneous episode information for the third volume was corrected on the box and the double DVD case.

DVD Name Ep# Release date "Episodes"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Trilogy Volume 1 – 3 6 2008[17] "Comeback", "The Grand Opening", "Black Sheep"
"Prince of Hearts", "The Grand Duke", "New Business"
"Foundation Day", "The Lovers", "The Claimant"

In 2010, a combined 2-DVD package was released containing the last two DVDs (Adventure in the Australian Outback and A Different Breed of Cowboy).

DVD Name Ep# Release date "Episodes"
Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Adventure in the Australian Outback/A Different Breed of Cowboy 6 9 March 2010[18] "Prince of Hearts", "The Grand Duke", "New Business"
"Foundation Day", "The Lovers", "The Claimant"

In 2010, the entire series was released for region 4, commemorating the 120th anniversary of the poem.

DVD Name Ep# Release date
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – The Complete Series 65 2 April 2010[19]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 1 13 4 April 2011[20]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 2 19 4 April 2011[21]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 3 20 4 April 2011[22]
Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 4 13 4 April 2011[23]

In 2011, season 1 was released for region 2 with Danish, Swedish, Norwegian and Finnish subtitles.

Notes

Geoff Burrowes producer of the Snowy River films sued the producers of the series for using the title. The case settled out of court.[24]

See also

References

  1. ^ The Australian Film and Television Companion — compiled by Tony Harrison — Simon & Schuster Australia, 1994
  2. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Race. Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Race. ASIN 630322427X.
  3. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – New Business. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – New Business". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  4. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Grand Opening. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Grand Opening". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  5. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Black Sheep. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Black Sheep". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  6. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Comeback. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Comeback". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  7. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Grand Duke. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Grand Duke". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  8. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Prince of Hearts. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Prince of Hearts". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  9. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Race. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – The Race". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  10. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – TV Series. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – TV Series". Retrieved 3 August 2013. The contributor writing this owns this set.
  11. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Black Sheep/Prince of Hearts. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Black Sheep/Prince of Hearts". Amazon.com | "Black Sheep", "Prince of Hearts".
  12. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Come Back/Grand Opening. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Come Back/Grand Opening". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  13. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Grand Duke/New Business. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Grand Duke/New Business". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  14. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – There was more than one wild west!. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – There was more than one wild west!". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  15. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Adventure in the Australian Outback). "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Adventure in the Australian Outback". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  16. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – A Different Breed of Cowboy. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – A Different Breed of Cowboy". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  17. ^ The McGregor Saga Trilogy Volume 1 – 3. "The McGregor Saga Trilogy Volume 1 – 3". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  18. ^ Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Adventure in the Australian Outback/A Different Breed of Cowboy. "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga – Adventure in the Australian Outback/A Different Breed of Cowboy". Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  19. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – The Complete Series. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – The Complete Series". EzyDVD. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  20. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 1. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 1". Fishpond. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  21. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 2. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 2". EzyDVD. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  22. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 3. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 3". EzyDVD. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  23. ^ Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 4. "Banjo Paterson's The Man From Snowy River – Season 4". EzyDVD. Retrieved 3 August 2013.
  24. ^ Jacqueline Lee Lewis, "Settlement reached in 'Snowy River' title suit", Hollywood Reporter, 28 Sept 1993 p 4