A Country Practice (TV Series 1981–1993)


A Country Practice (TV Series 1981–1993)

Follow the highs and lows of the townsfolk of Wandin Valley. This drama TV series revolves around the daily happenings of a 'small town' rural Australian hospital, its doctors, nurses, patients, and pretty much everyone else in the locale. A heart-warming Australian drama series that at times will see you laughing hysterically and at other times crying rivers. Well worth watching.
IMDb   6.7 /10
TheMovieDb    4.3 /10
TV.com  6.9 /10
Creator Bob Meillon
Creator Leigh Spence
Creator Judith Colquhoun
Creator David Boutland
Release Date1981-11-18
Runtime1h 0mins
GenreDrama, Romance
Content Rating
Awards20 wins & 5 nominations.
CompanyJNP Productions
Dr. Terence Elliott / ... 989 episodes, 1981-1993
Sergeant Frank Gilroy / ... 940 episodes, 1981-1993
Shirley Dean Gilroy / ... 816 episodes, 1981-1992
Esme Watson / ... 801 episodes, 1981-1993
Bob Hatfield 745 episodes, 1981-1992
Vernon 'Cookie' Locke 726 episodes, 1982-1992
Matron Margaret 'Maggie' Sloan / ... 457 episodes, 1983-1993

A Country Practice

A Country Practice is an Australian television soap opera which ran from 18 November 1981 to 22 November 1993 on the Seven Network, airing at 7:30 pm on Monday and Tuesday evenings. Altogether, 1,058 episodes were produced. The show was made at both ATN-7's production facility at Epping, New South Wales with exterior locations filmed in Pitt Town, and in Oakville in the outskirts of Northwest Sydney, Australia.

Several of the regular cast members became highly popular celebrities as a result of their roles in the series. It also featured a number of native Australian animals, particularly the iconic 'Fatso the wombat' adding to its enduring appeal both domestically and internationally. After the series was cancelled by the Seven Network in 1993, a reworked version of the series ran briefly on Network Ten in 1994.

At the time of its cancellation, A Country Practice was the longest running Australian TV drama; however, by the late 1990s, that record was surpassed by Network Ten series Neighbours. At the height of its popularity, the show attracted 8–10 million Australian viewers weekly (at a time when the population of Australia was a mere 15 million). The series was eventually sold to, and broadcast in, a total of 48 other countries.

Founding by creator James Davern (OAM)

A Country Practice creator and Executive Producer (EP) James Davern, of JNP Productions, had previously worked on a similar type of rural-based series as the producer and director of the long-running Bellbird, which screened on Australian Broadcasting Corporation (1967–1977).

In 1979 he entered the pilot episode for ACP to a script contest by Network Ten, who were looking for a new hit soap opera after the demise of Number 96 two years prior. Davern came third and won a merit award. Although TEN turned the series down, rival TV station Seven Network picked up the series, stating that it liked the characters and setting.

Daverns contribution to the industry would be recognised when he was inducted into the Logie Hall of Fame in 1991 and he was honoured as an Order of Australia recipient in 2014.



Though sometimes considered a soap opera, the storylines of the show's two 45 minute episodes screened over any one week formed a self-contained narrative block. The storylines were meant to have a primary appeal to adult and older youthful audiences, and in particular they had greater appeal to children from middle-class backgrounds. As it did not have the open ended narrative of a traditional soap opera, it was technically a series. Nevertheless, many storylines were developed as sub-plots for several episodes before becoming the focus of a particular week's narrative block. Overall, the program "so emphasized the ongoing storylines of its major characters as to make the distinction between series and serial more or less meaningless".

Network Seven cancellation & Network Ten continuation

After its run on the Seven Network, just months after its demise, it was announced that the serial would be picked up by Network Ten with a mainly new cast and a few key cast members continuing from the Seven series. Unlike the Seven series which was produced in Sydney, the Network Ten series was produced in Melbourne with location shooting in Emerald, Victoria. The new series debuted in April 1994, but it was not as successful as its predecessor and was abruptly cancelled in November. The series featured actors including Paul Gleason, Jane Hall, Vince Colosimo, Claudia Black and Laura Armstrong, along with a select few actors returning from the previous Seven Network series.


Main Cast (Seven Network series) 1981-1993

Shane PorteousDr. Terence Elliot(1981–1993) 986 episodes.
Brian WenzelSgt. Frank Gilroy(1981–1993) 937 episodes.
Lorrae DesmondShirley Dean/Gilroy(1981–1992) 816 episodes.
Joyce JacobsMiss Esme Watson(1981–1993) 805 episodes, Seven Network. Semi-regular cast member until episode 99 onwards, debuted in episode 1 as Norma. (Retained to Network Ten 1994 series (30 episodes))
Gordon PiperRobert 'Bob' Hatfield(1981–1992) 742 episodes (Debuted in episode 3)
Syd HeylenVernon 'Cookie' Locke1982–1992) episodes 723 (Debuted in episode 14)
Joan SydneyMatron Margaret 'Maggie' Sloane(1983–1990) 453 episodes, Seven Network. (Retained to Network Ten 1994 series after appearing in the Seven Network series finale (30 episodes))
Shane WithingtonNurse Brendan Jones1981–1986) 367 episodes (Debuted in episode 3)
John TarrantDr. Matthew 'Matt' Tyler (Vet)(1988–1992) 349 episodes
Grant DodwellDr. Simon Bowen(1981–1986) 332 episodes
Penny CookDr. Victoria "Vicki" Dean/Bowen (Vet)

(1981–1985, returned as a guest in 1986, and the 1993 Seven Network series finale) 330 episodes

Anne TenneyMelissa 'Molly' Jones(1981–1985) 299 episodes (Debuted in episode 3)
Georgie ParkerNurse Lucy Gardner/Tyler(1989–1992) 266 episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Barbara Gottlieb in 1988)
Josephine MitchellJosephine 'Jo' Loveday/Langley(1985–1989) 254 episodes
Diane SmithDr. Alex Fraser/Elliot(1986–1989, returned as a guest in 1993) 246 episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Sharon Lyons in 1982)
Maureen EdwardsMatron Rosemary Prior/Elliot(1991–1993) 243 episodes (Had previously appeared in guest roles as Yvonne McLean in 1983, and Katherine D'Angelo in 1990)
Kate RaisonCathy Hayden (National Park Ranger)(1987–1990) 236 episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Darlene McCoy in 1987)
Andrew BlackmanDr. Harry Morrison(1991–1993) 236 episodes Seven Network (Retained to Network Ten series 1994 (30 episodes))
Michelle PettigroveNurse Kate Bryant/Morrison(1991–1993) 230 episodes Seven Network (appeared in Network Ten series 1 episode, 1994) (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Mary O'Connor in 1988)
Matt DayJulian "Luke" Ross(1989-1993), 227 episodes
Wendy StrehlowNurse Judy Loveday(1981–1986) 216 episode
Nicholas BufaloDr. Benjamin 'Ben' Green(1985–1988), 206 episodes
Kym WilsonDarcy Hudson(1991-1993), 183 episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Leanne Baxter in 1989)
Emily NicolChloe Jones(1983–1986) 174 epiosdes
Michael MuntzDr. Chris Kourous(1989–1991) 164 episodes
Gavin HarrisonHugo Szreclecki(1992–1993) 161 episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as J.J. Moffitt in 1987)
Jon ConcannonSenior Constable/Sgt. Tom Newman(1992–1993) 160 episodes
Judith McGrathBernice Hudson(1992–1993) 149 episodes
Allan PenneyPerce Hudson(1987–1993) 114 episodes (Had previously appeared in guest roles as Arty Turner in 1981, Alf Trotter in 1982 and Alfred Hitchins in 1984)
Anne LoobyDr. Anna Lacey/Newman (Vet)(1990)(1992–1993) 148 episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Jennifer Rose in 1990)
Helen ScottMatron Marta Kurtez(1981–1983) 126 episodes
Brett ClimoNurse Michael Langley(1987–1989) 121 episodes (Had previously appeared in guest roles as Barry Hall in 1982, and Sandy Hughes in 1984)
Sophie HeathcoteStephanie "Steve" Brennan(1990-1991), 117 episodes
Jamie CroftBilly Moss(1992-1993) 111 Episodes. (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Ashley Baker in 1991)
Caroline JohanssonNurse Donna Manning(1986-1987) 98 episodes
Mark Owen-TaylorPeter Manning (Teacher)(1986-1987) (88 episodes)
Mary ReganMatron Ann Brennan(1990-1991) 85 Episodes (Had previously appeared in a guest role as Wendy Allen in 1989)
Annie DavisKelly Shanahan (Reporter)(1985-1986) 35 Episodes
Georgina FisherJessica 'Jessie' Kouros(1989-1991) 112 episodes

Network Ten cast (1994)

Only three of the original cast members from the Network Seven series were retained in the Network Ten re-launch: Joan Sydney, Joyce Jacobs, and Andrew Blackman.

Paul GleesonIan McIntyre30 episodes (Appeared in the final 8 episodes of the Seven Network Series 1993)
Claudia BlackClaire Bonacci30 episodes (Appeared in the final 4 episodes of the Seven Network Series 1993)
Vince ColosimoHarry Sabatini30 episodes
Jane HallDr. Jess Morrison30 episodes
Laura ArmstrongGeorgie Wilkes30 episodes

Recurring Characters

Katherine MurrayFred Bates10 episodes (School friend of Georgie's)
Alyce PlattSarah Wilkes5 episodes (Georgie's mother)
Chris LyonsMiles Ferdenbach4 episodes (School friend of Georgie's)
Clarissa HouseDr. June Munroe2 episodes (Doctor at Burrigan Hospital who oversaw Claire's treatment after being shot and admitted Esme after she had a stroke)

Celebrity guest stars

A Country Practice became renowned for its long list of guest cameos, totalling over 1000 stars, with well known mainly Australian actors (predominantly of the period) who would appear in each week's two part episode arc.

Some actors became more prominent during the series run, and were classified as semi-regulars, appearing as the storyline permitted, Famous stars included: Sir Robert Helpmann, Baz Luhrmann, Nicole Kidman, Simon Baker, Smokey Dawson, Ruth Cracknell, Henri Szeps, Pro Hart, John Meillon, Richard Wilkins, Barry Crocker, Dr John D'Arcy, Paul Kelly, Toni Collette and Delta Goodrem. At the program's height even the then Prime Minister of Australia, Bob Hawke, appeared as himself.


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
11418 November 198131 December 1981
2925 January 198217 November 1982
3841 February 198316 November 1983
49031 January 19848 December 1984
5765 February 19856 November 1985
6887 January 198631 December 1986
7885 January 198722 December 1987
8905 January 19889 November 1988
9843 January 198918 October 1989
10862 January 199027 November 1990
119022 January 199126 November 1991
128619 January 199224 November 1992
139018 January 199322 November 1993
143013 April 19945 November 1994

Setting and stories

The series followed the workings of a small hospital in the fictional New South Wales rural country town of Wandin Valley as well as its connected medical clinic, the town's veterinary surgery, RSL club/pub and local police station. The show's storylines focused on the staff, and regular patients of the hospital and general practice, their families, and other residents of the town. Through its weekly guest actors, who appeared in the series portraying differing characters, it explored various social and medical problems. The series examined such topical issues as youth unemployment, suicide, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS and terminal illness. Apart from its regular rotating cast, mainly among the younger personnel, A Country Practice also had a cast of semi-regulars who would make appearances as the storylines permitted. The program as well would also showcase a number of animal stars and Australian native wildlife, most famously Fatso the wombat. Fatso was played throughout the series by three separate wombats, the original actually named Fatso (1981–1986) was replaced due to temperament issues with the cast, a wombat George (1986–1990), he himself replaced due to early signs of wombat mange (a marsupial viral disease), and Garth (1990 through series end).

Highest rating episode

Anne Tenney played Molly Jones, who became one of the most popular characters, particularly in the series early years, Molly, was an unconventional fashion designer, farmer and Green-hugging local environmentalist, and after Tenney decided to leave the series, her character's death episode became the highest rating, and most remembered storyline. The series 13 week storyline arc dealt with its addressing of how a young woman, as well as her husband and local residents coped with terminal illness, after the popular character becomes diagnosed with leukaemia. The now iconic episode sees the character of Molly sitting in her back garden and waving while her husband, Brenden, is teaching his daughter to fly a kite. He sees Molly is fading, and calls her name as the screen fades to black

This storyline arc, was originally written to be featured over a continuing 11 week script. A producer realised that the ratings were not being monitored during this period, so it was extended for 13 weeks, and hence 4 extra 1 hour episodes.

Iconic storylines over its 12-year run would also include the wedding of Dr. Simon Bowen (Grant Dodwell) to local vet Vicki Dean (Penny Cook) in 1983, the death of nurse Donna Manning in a car crash in 1987, and the off-screen death of longtime resident Shirley Gilroy, played by original Lorrae Desmond in a plane crash in 1992.

Logie Awards

A Country Practice is the third most successful television program after Home and Away (1st) and Neighbours (2nd), at the Logie Awards having won 29 awards during its twelve years of production.

Logie Awards 1983

  • Best Supporting Actor In A Series: Brian Wenzel
  • Best Juvenile Performance: Jeremy Shadlow

Logie awards 1984

  • Most Popular Actor: Grant Dodwell
  • NSW Most Popular Female: Penny Cook
  • NSW Most Popular Show: A Country Practice
  • Most Popular Drama Series: A Country Practice
  • Best Supporting Actress In A Series: Lorrae Desmond

Logie Awards 1985

  • Most Popular Lead Actor: Grant Dodwell
  • Most Popular Lead Actress: Anne Tenney
  • NSW Most Popular Male: Grant Dodwell
  • NSW Most Popular Female: Penny Cook
  • NSW Most Popular Show: A Country Practice
  • Most Popular Drama Program: A Country Practice
  • Best Lead Actor In A Series: Shane Withington
  • Best Supporting Actress In A Series: Wendy Strehlow

Logie Awards 1986

  • Most Popular Australian Actor: Grant Dodwell
  • Most Popular Australian Actress: Anne Tenney
  • NSW Most Popular Female: Anne Tenney
  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice
  • Most Popular Australian Drama: A Country Practice

Logie Awards 1987

  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice

Logie Awards 1988

  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice

Logie Awards 1989

  • Most Outstanding Actress: Joan Sydney
  • NSW Most Popular Program: A Country Practice

Logie Awards 1990

  • Most Outstanding Actor: Shane Porteous
  • Most Popular New Talent: Georgie Parker

Logie Awards 1991

  • Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker

Logie Awards 1992

  • Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker

Logie Awards 1993

  • Most Popular Actress: Georgie Parker


A Country Practice originally aired on Seven Network Monday (Part 1) and Tuesday (Part 2) nights at 7:30. The unsuccessful 1994 Network 10 remake of the series aired originally at 7:30 on Wednesday nights, but then moved to 7:30 on Saturday nights a few weeks later. In late July, it moved to a low-rating timeslot of 5:30 Saturday nights, directly against Channel Seven's Saturday AFL coverage.

Seven also aired repeats of the original series at 9:30 weekday mornings from 1995 to 2002.

Foxtel's Hallmark Channel broadcast the complete series twice (including the short-lived Network Ten series) in a 2-hour block at 3:30-5:30 weekday afternoons from 2002 to 30 June 2010.

In 2014 Channel 7TWO ran repeats at 02:00 on weekday mornings.

International broadcasts

United Kingdom and Ireland

In addition to being broadcast in Australia, the series also had a successful run on the ITV network in the United Kingdom. A Country Practice began 27 October 1982, less than a year after its debut on Seven Network in Australia.

Originally, the series was partially networked (similar in theory to syndication) by Thames Television, the weekday contractor for the London area, to a cluster of six ITV regions; Anglia Television, Border Television, Channel Television, Tyne Tees, Yorkshire Television and TVS. These regions all aired one episode a week, on Wednesdays at 14:45–15:45, and in the original hour-long format. The remaining ITV regions – Central Independent Television, HTV, TSW, Granada Television, Scottish Television, UTV, and Grampian Television – all started later, and by the end of 1989, most of the ITV regions were now scheduling the programme at a day and time of their own choice and were at vastly different points in the storyline. By around May 1990 (regions vary), the ITV network decided to adopt the method established by Yorkshire Television (from 1984) of editing each episode into two half-hour editions which allowed the series to be stripped Monday to Friday, usually before, or after, the lunchtime edition of Home and Away. This format also resulted in curtailment of the full closing credits in certain regions. Scottish Television was the only exception, and they chose various days and timeslots, but always screened A Country Practice in the original hour-long format.

Due to the content of some episodes, a substantial amount were withdrawn from transmission by some regions as the content was considered unsuitable for daytime viewing and this inevitably led to considerable chunks of the story being skipped.

Considered a daytime soap and notably several years behind Australian broadcasts, A Country Practice was popular in the UK and achieved consolidated viewing figures of between 2–3 million which is good for daytime television. Some regions (HTV, Border, Grampian, TSW and Granada) moved the later episodes of the series to an early evening slot of 17.10–17.40.

ITV regional broadcasts

  • Originally starting in 1982, Yorkshire Television were the first region to break away from the network transmissions in October 1984 and began editing each episode into two half-hour episodes, screening on Mondays and Tuesdays at 15:30. This led to continuity problems as whenever a public holiday occurred (on Monday), the 15:30 slot would be unavailable. The series was moved to back to an early afternoon hour-long format in 1988 when Sons and Daughters was stripped five afternoons a week at 15:30. A Country Practice then replaced Sons and Daughters when that series ended in March 1989, being again split into half-hour episodes and now being shown five afternoons a week for the first time. It was then moved to an early afternoon slot, and eventually hour-long episodes were reinstated. The series concluded in March 1998 and the Network Ten series was not shown. When Tyne Tees Television merged with Yorkshire, a number of episodes were skipped. This was to allow an alignment of schedules for the two regions.
  • TVS and Thames Television followed Yorkshire in September 1988 and started showing three half-hour episodes a week, from Monday to Wednesday, at 12:30–13:00.
  • Central Television did not follow the other ITV regions and, unusually, it began A Country Practice in July 1983, airing weekly on Tuesdays, 11:10–12:00, during the summer of 1983, but by September, the series had been shelved. In early 1990 while all the other ITV regions were well into their respective runs, Central surprisingly re-launched the series and followed the rest of the network (except Scottish) and stripped half-hour episodes, Monday to Friday, initially at 14:00-14:30. In September 1990, this changed to 13:50-14:20. From January 1993, moves to 13:15-13:45, and then briefly switches to a mid-afternoon slot, 14:50–15:20 in September 1993, and then 15:00-15:30 until the end of the year. Returns to 14:50-15:20 until March 1994, after which, it is moved back to lunchtimes at 13:55–14:25. By 1997, Central was airing A Country Practice at 12:55-13:25, and in 1998, the network concluded the original series in April in the 13:00–13:30 slot, and then immediately commenced the short-lived Network Ten version, finally completing all the episodes on Friday, 31 July 1998.
  • Scottish Television started broadcasting the series in 1983 and always aired A Country Practice as hour-long episodes. Throughout the 1980s the programme moved about in time and day but was generally broadcast once a week in an afternoon slot. In January 1994, after (episode #486), it was dropped from the schedules for about 4 months until June. From episode 491 screened every weekday morning at 10:55 for the duration of the summer school holidays (around 6 weeks) until 2 September. It reverted to its old weekly Tuesday slot the following week. It was the dropped completely after episode #588, during 1996. Although the company took over Grampian Television, the series continued until the end, doing so by airing daily episodes during the summer of 1998.
  • HTV started the series on Wednesday, 26 October 1983, broadcasting 1 hour episodes until 1990, when the series moved to 15:25 Wed-Fri as replacement for Sons and Daughters in half-hour format. From September 1993, moved to earlier time slot, but from March 1994, began airing in the early evening 17:10–17:40 slot. By the end of 1998, the series had been reduced to being shown on Thursdays and Fridays only. From January to March 1999, the series was shown on Tuesday through to Friday until Friday 5 March 1999 when the final Channel Seven episode was reached. HTV were the last ITV region to complete the series (and did not show the short lived Channel 10 series).
  • Carlton Television, who superseded Thames Television, became the first region to conclude the series, followed closely by Anglia Television in the daily 13:50–14:20 half-hour slot in April 1996. Anglia Television then commenced a short repeat of the first 40 episodes shortly after reaching the end.
  • Granada Television, from January 1994, until they aired the last episode during the autumn of 1996, moved the series to the later 17:10–17:40 slot. Border Television had, by now, aligned with Granada's run of the series and followed suit.
  • TSW did not begin until 30 May 1989, and initially aired A Country Practice weekly on Tuesdays at 14:00–15:00. August 1989, an additional hour long episode was added on Thursdays (replacing Richmond Hill). In 1990, TSW followed the rest of the English ITV regions and aired five, half-hour episodes, Monday to Friday, at lunchtime until 1998.

Satellite and Cable broadcasts

  • In the mid-1980s, A Country Practice was a prime-time series on Sky Channel, airing twice a week at 20:00 from at least 1985. During August 1985, the series was screened at 19:20 and 20:10 on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in hour-long episodes and by 1986, it was screened at 20:00. The channel also screened The Sullivans and The Young Doctors. When the Sky Channel was launched on the new Astra 1A satellite in January 1989, it became Sky1 and A Country Practice was dropped from the schedule. For a brief period, later episodes were shown in 1997 on the cable channel Carlton Select.

Only the first 40 episodes have ever been repeated in the UK, and that was in 1998 when ITV contractor, Anglia Television, were the only region to repeat any episodes. Unlike other Australian soaps, which became cult viewing due to multiple runs; Prisoner was broadcast twice, first on ITV, and then Channel 5; The Sullivans also had two full runs, once on ITV and repeated on UK Gold; and also Sons and Daughters, which had three runs, first on ITV, then UK Gold, and finally, Channel 5 – A Country Practice has never been repeated in the UK or achieved the cult status of other soap operas of the same era.

Aired on RTÉ Two weekdays at 18:00 or 18:30. In Autumn 1988, to make way for Home and Away, the show moved to main channel RTÉ One airing weekdays at 17:30. The final episode (1088) aired in January 1997. RTÉ stripped episodes into a 30-minute timeslot. RTÉ commenced a repeat in 1998 beginning with season 8 (1988) in a morning slot.

European screenings


A Country Practice was named "À Coeur Ouvert".


A Country Practice was named Das Buschkrankenhaus (The Country Hospital), and aired on Sat 1 in 1985, and then on ARD from 1989 to 1991.


A Country Practice was named "Wandin Valley".


A Country Practice (called "Hverdagsliv") was broadcast on TV2 during the 1990s.



A Country Practice was also transmitted on Kenyan Television (VoK now KBC) during the 1980s.


A Country Practice was broadcast on ZBC state television in the 1980s.


New Zealand

A Country Practice was first transmitted on TV2 on the afternoon of Thursday 13 February 1986. Whereas the series was produced as two episodes per week in Australia, it was shown once a week on Thursdays at 2.30pm before moving to twice a week on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 6.30pm by 1987. By 1988, the series went back to once a week on Sundays at around 4pm, and by 1989 an additional episode was broadcast on Saturdays in the same timeslot. By 1990, A Country Practice screened on Channel 2 on Saturdays and Sundays at 5pm until it moved to TV One during the final months of 1991 replacing Fair Go, where it was shown once a week on Tuesdays at 7.30pm until the end of 1992.

North America


The entire series was broadcast, from start to finish, by CBC Television outlet CBET in Windsor, Ontario. Two episodes were broadcast daily, Monday through Friday, starting in the late 1980s, until they were caught up to contemporary episodes in the early 1990s. Its inclusion on CBET's schedule was out of necessity to fill a television schedule: because Windsor stations cannot carry programming licensed for broadcast in the United States. Most American programming that was part of the CBC schedule throughout Canada could not be broadcast by CBET and, thus, was replaced by programming imported from Britain and Australia. Many Australian soap operas, A Country Practice among them, have thus found loyal audiences in the Metro Detroit area, while they otherwise remain unknown in North America.

From 1991 to 1994, the show also aired on ASN, a cable network that served Canada's Maritimes. Four hour-long episodes aired each week, from Monday to Thursday with Monday's and Tuesday's episodes repeated on Saturday and Wednesday's and Thursday's episodes on Sunday. The station aired the show from episode 1 to somewhere in the early 700s.

ASN ceased carrying the show when specialty cable channel Showcase was launched on 1 January 1995, as they picked up A Country Practice for broadcast throughout Canada. It broadcast one episode daily, from Monday to Friday, and completed the entire series run (including the 30-episode Network Ten series) in June 1999. It began rebroadcasting the entire series on 28 June 1999, with promises that the entire series would be broadcast for those who missed the first airing. However, a single line of text scrolling across the bottom of the screen during 21 August 2000, episode announced that the show would be removed from the Showcase lineup as of Monday, 28 August 2000. According to the station's email autoresponse at the time, the decision was based on "declining viewership and a demand by viewers for more current programming". Sometime after that, Showcase changed their format to favour a less family-oriented and more adult-oriented viewership.


Series writer Judith Colquhoun, who also wrote episodes for other Australian serials, Blue Heelers, Neighbours and Home and Away released a novel in 2015. Called New Beginnings, it is based on the early episodes of the series from 1981. This was followed up by two further novels from the same author, To Everything a Season and Silver Linings.

DVD release

In late 2005, MRA Entertainment announced they had obtained the rights to release the entire series on DVD. In 2008, Magna Pacific Pty Ltd bought out MRA Entertainment, with plans to release Series 6, however the rights were then acquired by Beyond Home Entertainment which then re-released the first 5 seasons in 2007–2008, followed by Season 6 in 2010. On 27 May 2020 Via Vision Entertainment announced they would be releasing season 11 on DVD on 26 August 2020.

EpisodesDiscsLicensed toReleased
Season 11–144MRA Entertainment3 April 2006
Season 2, Part 115–446MRA Entertainment3 April 2006
Season 2, Part 245–10612MRA Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 3, Part 1107–14812MRA Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 3, Part 2149–19012MRA Entertainment11 July 2007
Season 4, Part 1191–23612MRA Entertainment14 November 2007
Season 4, Part 2237–28012MRA Entertainment14 November 2007
Season 5, Part 1281–31812MRA Entertainment23 April 2008
Season 5, Part 2319–35612MRA Entertainment23 April 2008
Season 6, Part 1357–40011Beyond Home Entertainment7 April 2010
Season 6, Part 2401–44411Beyond Home Entertainment9 June 2010
Season 11–144Beyond Home Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 2 Part 115–446Beyond Home Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 2 Part 245–10612Beyond Home Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 3 Part 1107–14812Beyond Home Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 3 Part 2149–19012Beyond Home Entertainment11 April 2007
Season 4 Part 1191–23612Beyond Home Entertainment14 November 2007
Season 4 Part 2237–28012Beyond Home Entertainment14 November 2007
Season 5 Part 1281–31812Beyond Home Entertainment16 April 2008
Season 5 Part 2319–35612Beyond Home Entertainment16 April 2008
Season 7, Part 1445–48811Beyond Home Entertainment5 October 2011
Season 7, Part 2489–53211Beyond Home Entertainment5 October 2011
The Early Years: Seasons 1–61–444116Beyond Home Entertainment1 May 2013
Season 8, Part 1533–57611Beyond Home Entertainment2 January 2014
Season 8, Part 2577–62211Beyond Home Entertainment2 January 2014
Season 9, Part 1623–66611Beyond Home Entertainment5 March 2014
Season 9, Part 2667–70610Beyond Home Entertainment5 March 2014
Season 10, Part 1707–75011Beyond Home Entertainment28 April 2014
Season 10, Part 2751–79211Beyond Home Entertainment28 April 2014
The Middle Years: Seasons 7–10445–79287Beyond Home Entertainment28 April 2014
Season 11793–88222Via Vision Entertainment26 August 2020
Season 12883–96822Via Vision Entertainment21 October 2020
Season 13969–105823Via Vision Entertainment2 December 2020
Season 141–308Via Vision Entertainment6 January 2021
Collection One1-14834Via Vision Entertainment17 March 2021
Collection Two149-??34Via Vision Entertainment21 April 2021

7plus Streaming Service

As of January 2021 Channel 7's streaming service 7plus has made Seasons 01-14 available

TitleFormatEpisodes #Release DateStreaming StatusSpecial FeaturesDistributors
A Country Practice (Season 01)StreamingEpisodes 1420 March 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 02)StreamingEpisodes 9320 March 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 03)StreamingEpisodes 847 April 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 04)StreamingEpisodes 9014 May 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 05)StreamingEpisodes 7611 June 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 06)StreamingEpisodes 889 July 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 07)StreamingEpisodes 886 August 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 08)StreamingEpisodes 903 September 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 09)StreamingEpisodes 841 October 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 10)StreamingEpisodes 8629 October 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 11)StreamingEpisodes 9026 November 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 12)StreamingEpisodes 8615 December 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 13)StreamingEpisodes 9030 December 2020Currently StreamingNone7plus
A Country Practice (Season 14)StreamingEpisodes 3024 February 2021Currently StreamingNone7plus