Chuck Finn: episode guide


A Finn Out of Water

Episode 1.01
October 18, 1999 (Melbourne)
Written by Peter Hepworth
Directed by Pino Amenta

Charles Finn, just arrived in Tingalla with his family from Canada, meets the ghosts on the Tingalla Rose, a paddlesteamer undergoing renovation by Sarah's father. Charles forms an uneasy alliance with Sarah after a mutual run-in with "Tiny" Maloney and the Bandits.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman; Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Emma Lindblom as Curly, Christopher Horrocks as Spike, Joshua Dowling as Kid 1, David Adams as Mr Hollows, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr

Chucked Together

Episode 1.02
October 19, 1999
Written by Roger Dunn
Directed by Pino Amenta

When Chuck, Sarah and David independently promote the Tingalla Rose they end up with three new crew members. Two crooks try to rip off the enterprise by stealing their own opals, but end up with a Diamond Collar.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman; Frank Holden as Syd, Danny Cowles as Mel, Patrick Frost as Snake Man, Peter Ferris as Reptile Keeper, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr

The Man from the Waterways

Episode 1.03
October 20, 1999
Written by Neil Luxmoore
Directed by Pino Amenta

Mrs. Littlemore, determined to put the Tingalla Rose out of action, arranges for an inspector to check out the riverboat. The gang have to cater to the whims of Mr Smith, Mr Jones and Miss Brown as any of them could be the inspector.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman; Kym Gyngell as Mr Jones, Eileen Darley as Miss Brown, Don Barker as Mr Smith, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr

The Candlelight Treasure

Episode 1.04
October 21, 1999
Written by Victoria Osborne
Directed by Pino Amenta

The gang find a treasure map with clues written in poetry, in an old box in the hold and discover it belonged to the bushranger Captain Candlelight, Fingers' once-time lover. When the Bandits get hold of it the race is on to locate the treasure.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface; Gary Sweet as Captain Candlelight, Ingo Schroeder as 1880s Traveler, Ingrid Hearne as 1880s Traveler, Angus Birdseye as 1880s Schoolboy, Aaron Williams as 1880s Schoolboy, Kira Cheers as 1880s Schoolboy, Ellen Freeman as Mrs Freeman, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr

Drop Kicks

Episode 1.05
October 26, 1999
Written by Annie Fox
Directed by Steve Peddie

When Chuck's fundraising ideas don't work, he suggests putting on a show on the boat to raise money. Mrs Littlemore recruits the Bandits to steal the gang's costumes and lure them into a trap just before the performance. Hamish & Buddy save the day.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman; Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr, Steven Turner as Sgt Thomas, Peter West as Pig Farmer

A Glitch in Time

Episode 1.06
October 27, 1999
Written by Ysabelle Dean
Directed by Steve Peddie

Chuck complains about parents just as Glitch, a descendant of Fingers from 40th century, swaps places with her. She arranges it so that kids and adults swap places but when everything's not as easy as it first seemed, they plot to oust Glitch.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr

The Two Miss Wibleys

Episode 1.07
November 01, 1999
Written by
Directed by Steve Peddie

Chuck and Hamish are horrified to learn that they have been paired off with two irritating girls for the Tingalla Junior Bachelor and Spinster Ball. They come up with fictitious girlfriends — Candy & Mandy Wibley, the only catch is they have to play the parts. Then Davo and Spider become interested in them.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman; Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Tessa Kelly as Kylie, Teela Cumberworth as Pansy, Sarah Hudson as Leanne, Phoebe Ballantyne as Kate

Citizen Finn

Episode 1.08
November 02, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Steve Peddie

To promote the Tingalla Rose, Sarah decides the gang should start up their own newspaper to advertise in. When Chuck takes the reigns to introduce sensationalism, the power goes to his head, he advertises for the River Queen, and his reporters resign.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman; Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Steven Turner as Sgt Thomas, John Doherty as Mr Goddard, Warwick Cooper as Mr Frost, Thing as Rasputin

Rocky

Episode 1.09
November 03, 1999
Written by John Coulter
Directed by Chris Langman

When Chuck plays up once too often, Becky's father sets her to work on the River Queen instead, a 'proper' riverboat. Buddy brings his caveman friend Rocky over from the other side but he runs amok in the town & the others have to find him otherwise he stays forever.

Guest cast: Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Don Chapman as Reginald, Scott Harrison as Rocky, David Lee as Clifford, Maria Carroll as Eleanor, Irene Amadio as Raquel

Finn P.I. & Associates

Episode 1.10
November 08, 1999
Written by Faye Grant-Williams
Directed by Chris Langman

When Tom's luck charm goes missing and the Tingalla Rose bookings take a turn for the worse, then certain other items from the town go missing, Chuck forms a detective agency to track down the thief.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Alan Holy as Mr Fargo, Charles "Bud" Tingwell as Old Snowy, Ambrae Jame as Maddie Rivers, Maggie as Chatterbox

Chuck Finn, Match Maker

Episode 1.11
November 09, 1999
Written by Mark Poole
Directed by Chris Langman

It's festival time: Fiona's boyfriend Wayne wrecks Chuck's computer and Chuck tries to matchmake her with Bill D'Ors Jnr, heir to Cumquat Computers and the second richest man in the world. Meanwhile, Sarah is worried that her father is to remarry.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Tessa Kelly as Kylie, Cathy Adamek as Lara O'Hara, Norman Sheun as Bill D'Ors Senior, Kurtys Dolman as Bill D'Ors Junior

Chuck Who

Episode 1.12
November 10, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Chris Langman

A practical joke backfires and Chuck receives a bad knock to the head which makes him completely lose his memory. Tiny uses Chuck's amnesia to his advantage and convinces Chuck he's one of the Bandits.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Tessa Kelly as Kylie, Red Symons as Dr Vetrone, Ben Nicholas as Sam

The Switcheroo

Episode 1.13
November 15, 1999
Directed by Steve Peddie

The gang are sick of Chuck and Sarah's bickering. Fingers decides to pull the "old switcheroo" just as Tiny tries getting close to Sarah so the Bandits can take over the Tingalla Rose. Sarah and Chuck each find out what it's like to be the other.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; David Adams as Teacher

Buddy Berry Lives

Episode 1.14
November 16, 1999
Written by Annie Fox
Directed by Steve Peddie

Miss Boniface's niece Rosy, a fan of Buddy Berry, arrives in Tingalla and gets to meet the man in the flesh after Chuck is accidentally transported to the other side instead of Buddy. Buddy Berry lives again, while Chuck is caught in limbo.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Kristy Wright as Rosy, Tibor Schreiner as Wilbur

Chuck the Chicken

Episode 1.15
November 17, 1999
Written by Vince Gill
Directed by Steve Peddie

The River Queen shows up the Tingalla Rose and Chuck learns he has to go back to Canada. He hatches a plot involving Hamish's Molecule Molestation Transformulator which makes everyone think he's turned into a chicken, so he can stay in Tingalla.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne; Margi as Chicken

Canadian Boomerang

Episode 1.16
November 22, 1999
Written by James Beard
Directed by Steve Peddie

Chuck's friend Eddie arranges an invitation for Sarah to come to Canada for a riverboat conference. Unbeknown to him, Chuck returns to Canada as well. However, Sarah feels she can't leave her responsibilities to Hamish, Linda and Becky.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Michael Habib as William, Merri Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Peter Dunn as George, Maris Caune as George Jnr; Luke Kane as Eddie, Sue Brown as Miss Donnelly, Bree Brooke as Denise, Peter West as Truck Driver

Give Up the Ghost

Episode 1.17
November 23, 1999
Written by James Beard
Directed by Pino Amenta

In Canada, Eddie tries to keep Sarah from meeting Chuck but to no avail. Sarah is surprised to find out she's actually in Canada on a student exchange program, and that the real reason Eddie wants her there is to investigate a ghost in Chuck's grandmother's barn.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom; Luke Kane as Eddie, Sue Brown as Miss Donnelly, Bree Rooke as Denise, Alex Rafalowicz as Dougie, Lauren Drewery as Nurse, Michael Leikas as Bully 1, Luke Johnston as Bully 2, Westminster as School Band

The Big Picture

Episode 1.18
November 24, 1999
Written by
Directed by Pino Amenta

When an Italian movie director arrives in town, the locals all hope to land parts in his new picture which he promises will put Tingalla on the movie-world map. Becky doesn't share this enthusiasm and sets out to uncover his true agenda.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Tessa Kelly as Kylie, Garry McDonald as Tony Rigatoni, Michael Kumnick as Gus, Charlie Hill-Smith as Shorty, Andy McPhee as Fred, Cole Larsen as Nigel, Steven Turner as Sgt Thomas

There's a Bear in There

Episode 1.19
November 29, 1999
Written by Ron Elliott
Directed by Pino Amenta

When a series of bear disturbances disrupt the community, Chuck, Sarah and Eddie discover that a girl who fell into a crevasse a century ago is now a ghost inside a teddy bear.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom; Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, Luke Cane [sic] as Eddie, Bree Rooke as Denise, Alex Rafalowicz as Dougie, Roger Newcombe as Editor, Harold Gent as Ted Davis

Ghost Hunters

Episode 1.20
November 30, 1999
Written by Simon Hopkinson
Directed by Pino Amenta

Mrs Littlemore stumbles across Buddy and Fingers on board the Tingalla Rose. When she calls in a pair of ghost hunters, Hamish sabotages their machine and the gang must convince Mrs Littlemorethat she's been seeing things.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Peter Dunn as George, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, Alan Holy as Mr Fargo, Mary-Anne Fahey as Dr McCorquodale, Bruce Spence as Professor Heinz, Hana Fittes as Dr McCoquodale Double

Goldilocks and the Canada Bear

Episode 1.21
December 01, 1999
Written by Ron Elliott
Directed by Chris Langman

Sarah, Eddie and Chuck try to find out Carol Ann's identity to help her cross over to the other side. Buddy and Fingers are recruited to help search for her parents on the other side.

Guest cast: Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, Luke Kane as Eddie, Sue Brown as Miss Donnelly, Bree Rooke as Denise, Alex Rafalowicz as Dougie, Phyllis Burford as Grandma, Martyna Wiencierz as Young Grandma, Roger Newcombe as Editor, Marianne Topham as Margaret Holmes, Andrew Cienciala as Edward Holmes, Justin Moore as Clerk

Goodbye Mr Ffipps

Episode 1.22
December 06, 1999
Written by Neil Luxmoore
Directed by Chris Langman

Hamish invents a robot, FFIPPS, while two (apparently) Russian agents sabotage both riverboats. Chuck and Sarah prepare to return to Australia.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Peter Dunn as George, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Mathew Quartermaine as Tosh, Matthew Parkinson as Mack, Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, Doris Younane as Natasha, Shane Luther as Boris, Steven Turner as Sgt Thomas

The Big Nulla Nulla

Episode 1.23
December 07, 1999
Written by Brendan Luno
Directed by Chris Langman

Miss Boniface leaves Linda in charge of the milk bar but when Tiny's nulla nulla disappears, Linda is put on trial for stealing it — with Wayne the presiding judge. Chuck and Sarah arrive in Tingalla along with Carol Anne.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, George Hill as Ice Irongut, Kelly Vincent as Witness

Scrutiny on the Bounty

Episode 1.24
December 08, 1999
Written by Ysabelle Dean
Directed by Chris Langman

An inspector arrives to check out which of the riverboats is the most suited to being awarded the lucrative mail contract. Edna Littlemore beocmes a guest on the Tingalla Rose when she has an accident while onboard.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Bryan McQueen-Mason as Eric Squizzy, Matthew Newton as Dr Finlay/Steven Stevens

Visitor from the Outer Weft

Episode 1.25
December 13, 1999
Written by
Directed by

When a bounty hunter from the Weft catches up with Buddy and Fingers, Chuck has one chance to save them — by keeping the Tingalla crew together.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Michael Habib as William, Merri O'Neal Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, Tessa Kelly as Kylie Maloney, Peter West as Mr Hagan, Gabriel Gaté as Jean La Bouef, Michael Vietch as Frank

All or Nothing

Episode 1.26
December 14, 1999
Written by David Phillips
Directed by Pino Amenta

A winner-takes-all boat race is held between the Tingalla Rose and the River Queen to determine who will get the freight and mail contract.

Guest cast: Adrian Shirley as Tom, Tyron Vester as David, Irena Dangov as Edna, Edward McQueen-Mason as Herman, Carmel Johnson as Miss Boniface, Michael Habib as William, Merri O'Neal Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, Adrian Balasso as Wayne, Peter Dunn as George, Maris J Caune as George Jnr; Kate Bickerton as Carol Anne, Tessa Kelly as Kylie, Penny Maegraith as Ms Branigan, Phyl Skinner as Madam Olga Bologna, Paul Simpson as Engineer, Daniel Jaber as Tiny Double, SA Children's Ballet Company as Ballerinas, Nuriootpa Brass Band as Brass Band

Ghouls Just Wanna Have Fun

Episode 2.01
December 18, 1999

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Guest cast: Michael Habib as William, Merri O'Neal Contino as Mary

Chuck Finn, Skipper

Episode 2.02
December 19, 1999

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Guest cast: Teela Cumberworth as Pansey, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona, John Martin as Mr Green, Diedre Quinn as Mrs Green

Double Trouble

Episode 2.03
December 20, 1999

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Guest cast: Guy O'Donnell as Mr T, Peter Dunn as George, Snr, Gary George as Henry VIII

Ghostcard from the Weft

Episode 2.04
December 21, 1999

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Guest cast: Michael Hill as Bluey, Allison Scarlett as Miranda, Lewis Rankin as Ollie, Neil Curnow as Wes Sternway, Anna Cheney as Young Woman, Michael Habib as William, Merri O'Neal Contino as Mary, Chelsea Bruland as Fiona

The Chinese Curse

Episode 2.05
December 22, 1999

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Pirate Ships

Episode 2.06
December 25, 1999

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Guest cast: Michael Hill as Bluey, Peter Rowsthorn as Drake, Annabel Giles as Susan