Don't Blame The Koalas: episode guide


Fate Steps In

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Episode 01
UK: Sunday, October 06, 2002 (Five)
Canada: September 06, 2004 (BBC Kids)
Written by Noel Price
Directed by Kevin Dobson

An Australian family who run a small wildlife park near Sydney learn that their lives and property are about to be taken over by unknown English relatives.

With: Barry Otto as Mr Fitch, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Eileen McEwan as Mrs Medlow, Duncan Young as Security Guard, Darren Shnase as SWAT Team Member, Celia Ireland as School Teacher, Alana Hunter as Classroom Girl, Ross McQuinn as Classroom Boy #1, Jay Patterson as as Classroom Boy #2, Amy Golback as English School Girl #1, Miriam Capper as English School Girl #2, Ashleigh King as English School Girl #3, Vanessa Gray as Hostess Heathrow Airport, Ian Hodson as Airport Security Officer, Dean Atkinson as Airport Security Assistant, Vanessa Gray as Heathrow Airport Announcer V/O

All Kings Together

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Episode 02
UK: Sunday, October 13, 2002
Canada: September 07, 2004

When the English Kings arrive in Australia they discover that Wallaby Park is far from being the huge cattle ranch they were hoping to sell for a quick profit.

With: Russell Newman as Salmonelli, Kenny Graham as Taxi Driver, Mark Bower as Businessman

Jemma Makes Her Mark

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Episode 03
UK: Sunday, October 20, 2002
Canada: September 08, 2004
Written by Noel Price
Directed by Kevin Dobson

School's in for the newly arrived English Kings and it's chaos and culture shock all around.

With: Barry Otto as Mr Fitch, Roy Billing as Principal, Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Moya O'Sullivan as P & C Lady, Vanessa Steele as Newsreader

Greg Scores a Goal

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Episode 04
UK: Sunday, October 27, 2002
Canada: September 09, 2004
Written by Kym Goldsworthy
Directed by Kevin Dobson

Jemma attempts to teach Kate how to be a real girl while Greg's head produces unexpected results for the school's soccer team.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Laurie Foell as Soccer Coach, Ben Ager as Teacher, Michael Barbalance as Soccer Team Mate #1, Shane Gardiner as Soccer Team Mate #2, Wallace Correy as Soccer Team Mate #3, Jordan Fermanis as Soccer Team Mate #4, Gunther Berghofer as Dry Cleaner, Dayne Hudson as St Michael's Player

The Old Devil Music

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Episode 05
UK: Sunday, November 03, 2002
Canada: September 10, 2004
Written by Simon Hopkinson
Directed by Kevin Dobson

When Greg has to learn the euphonium for the school band, his music has a miraculous effect on the park's Tasmanian devils.

With: Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Carole Skinner as Weird Wanda, Andrew Crabbe as Band Teacher, Sarah Rose Hughes as Girl on Horse, Feng Guo as Lisa, Avalon Primary Concert Band as Band

A Snake in the Class

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Episode 06
UK: Sunday, November 10, 2002
Canada: September 13, 2004

While Kate shepherds Greg through his first encounter with an Australian beach, Jemma turns the tables on Mark with the help of a python.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Kathryn Hartman as Mother #1, Dina Gillespie as Mother #2, Brett Pickup as School Boy #1, Vivian Nguyan as School Boy #2

The Monster of Wallaby Park

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Episode 07
UK: Sunday, November 17, 2002
Canada: September 14, 2004
Written by John Armstrong
Directed by Ralph Strasser

Kate, Greg, and Mark invent a mystery creature in order to promote Wallaby Park's image.

With: Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Jeff Truman as Ranger Grbavac, Jason Montgomery as Dopey Reporter, Andrew Caryofyllis as Dopey Photographer, Alan Cribbs as Courier, Edwina Bishop as TV Reporter, Stuart Finch as Tourist Bus Driver #1

Animal Art

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Episode 08
UK: Sunday, November 24, 2002
Canada: September 15, 2004
Written by Kym Goldsworthy
Directed by Ralph Strasser

Jemma is furious when she discovers that Mark cheats in art classes. Greg learns to talk to the emus.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Dasi [Ingrid] Ruz as Sondra Vanenberg, Stephen Holt as Congas' Dad, Feng Guo as Lisa

Guru Mark

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Episode 09
UK: Sunday, December 01, 2002
Canada: September 16, 2004
Written by John Armstrong
Directed by Ralph Strasser

When Kate is elected class captain, the power goes to her head. Meanwhile, Jemma aims to get back at Mark with the best practical joke of all time.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Solomon Freer as Solomon, Jenna Grace Reid as Girl #1, Hanna Scholfield as Girl #2

Things That Go Bump

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Episode 10
UK: Sunday, December 08, 2002
Canada: September 17, 2004
Written by Simon Hopkinson
Directed by Ralph Strasser

Jemma becomes a vegetarian and stages a protest against Wallaby Park's treatment of animals. Greg finds a new friend in the insect world.

With: Roy Billing as Principal [uncredited], Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz [uncredited], Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Joshua Anderson as Forrester Redwood, Feng Guo as Lisa, John Simmons as Bushwalking Man, Patricia Simmons as Bushwalking Woman

Happy Families

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Episode 11
UK: Sunday, December 15, 2002
Canada: September 20, 2004
Written by Geoff Newton & Kym Goldsworthy
Directed by Raymond Quint

A weekend camping trip puts family harmony to the test and Gabriella learns that life in a cage is strictly for the birds.

With: Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, William Upjohn as Father, Alyson Standon as Mother, Phillip Dodd as Max, Kell Graham as Canoe Hire Owner

Suspicious Minds

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Episode 12
UK: Sunday, December 22, 2002
Canada: September 21, 2004
Written by John Armstrong
Directed by Raymond Quint

Jemma's attitude towards animals is upended by the arrival of a cat, which refuses to stay, and an emu that refuses to go.

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The Dingo Made Me Do It

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Episode 13
UK: Sunday, December 29, 2002
Canada: September 22, 2004
Written by John Thomson
Directed by Raymond Quint

Mark and Jemma make an unlikely team for the school cross country race, and Greg panics about leaving the gate to the dingo enclosure open.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Rhys Wakefields as Brad, Amanda Crompton as Nurse #1, Esther Van Doornum as Nurse #2, Josh Sliwka as Ambo Officer, Gezelle Byrnes as Amanda, Kengo Hasou as Tourist

Best Foot Forward

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Episode 14
UK: Sunday, January 05, 2003
Canada: September 23, 2004
Written by Kym Goldsworthy
Directed by Raymond Quint

Kate and Greg stumble across mysterious clues suggesting evil work is afoot while Mark discovers his future lies on a bike in Europe.

With: Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Cameron Attard as Dwayne, Andy Rodereda as Stranger

The Burger Master

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Episode 15
UK: Sunday, January 12, 2003
Canada: September 24, 2004
Written by Kym Goldsworthy
Directed by Marcus Cole

Mark wonders if he is up to the challenge when a world record in hamburger eating is up for grabs.

With: Carole Skinner as Weird Wanda, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Franko Milostnik as Mr Vignatti, Rod Zuanic as Also, Billy Milionis as Dimitri, Tanya Ginori as Meal Lady, Deidre Arnold as Charity Worker

All for a Good Cause

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Episode 16
UK: Sunday, January 19, 2003
Canada: September 27, 2004
Written by John Armstrong
Directed by Marcus Cole

The Kings set out to win the prize for the most successful stall when the school fête takes place.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Wendy Playfair as MRs Smythe, Jay Patterson as Paul, Casey Burgess as Jacki, Ron Zines as Customer #1, Diana Hopwood as Customer #2, Anthony Pace as Customer #3, Dave Kelborn as Ricko, James Dall as School Bo

Billy Cart Madness

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Episode 17
UK: Sunday, January 26, 2003
Canada: September 28, 2004
Written by John Thomson
Directed by Marcus Cole

Kate and Jemma come up with the ideal venture to make money, and Mark and Greg go all-out to win the annual billy cart derby.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Franko Milostnik as Mr Vignatti, Greg Bull as Car Driver, James Kingsford-Smith as Billycart Stunt Double

Liar Liar

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Episode 18
UK: Sunday, February 02, 2003
Canada: September 29, 2004
Written by Christine Kunz
Directed by Marcus Cole

Jemma tells the entire school that she is best friends with a famous English rap artist.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Ashley Fitzgerald as Alicia, Rainer Noble as Jaxx, Cayde Tasker as Kem, Sophia Luck as Bekks, Rebecca Roth as Bernadette, Jessica Fallico as Imogen, Cameron Attard as Boy #1, Charlie Blum as Boy #2, Tanc Sade as Deskman Nigel

A Star is Born

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Episode 19
UK: Sunday, February 09, 2003
Canada: September 30, 2004
Written by John Armstrong
Directed by Ralph Strasser

The Kings discover that show business isn't all it's cracked up to be when an episode of the popular American show Karate Girl is filmed at Wallaby Park.

With: Bill Ten-Eyck as Al The Director, Esben Storm as First AD, Amber L'Estrange as Christy, Eleanor Witt as Actress #1, Eleanor Garran as Actress #2, Brittany Byrnes as Actress #3

Dropped in It

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Episode 20
UK: Sunday, February 16, 2003
Canada: October 01, 2004
Written by Nick Wilson
Directed by Ralph Strasser

Greg applies some lateral thinking when confronted by Wallaby Park's animal manure problem.

With: Barry Langrishe as Garcia

Kate's Greatest Fan

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Episode 21
UK: Sunday, February 23, 2003
Canada: October 04, 2004
Written by Kym Goldsworthy
Directed by Marcus Cole

Kate garners some unexpected and unwanted admiration when she proves to be a top marbles player.

With: Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Franko Milostnik as Johnny Vignatti, Alex Hughes as Kid #1, Catde Tasker as Kid #2

Murder Mystery Mayhem

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Episode 22
UK: Sunday, March 02, 2003
Canada: October 05, 2004
Written by Geoff Newton
Directed by Ralph Strasser

Mark adopts an unusual training routine to improve his basketball skills. And Gemma reveals the secrets of movie making to Kate.

With: Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Wayne McDaniel as Denis, Shree Da Costa as Ballet Teacher, Nicholas Hope as Video Shop Owner, Alexander Jones as Sportsman, Matt Reeder as Cop #1, Sean Lynch as Cop #2; Northern Beaches Ballet School

Hoop Dreams

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Episode 23
UK: Sunday, March 09, 2003
Canada: October 06, 2004
Written by John Benson
Directed by Marcus Cole

Jemma is horrified when a school friend from England arrives and is on the verge of discovering that her life in Australia is not as glamourous as she'd pretended. Chris takes over coaching duty for KAte's netball team.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Helen O'Connor as Mrs Wilton, Amy Goldbach as Mel, Liz Chance as Umpire, Pat Sands as Ambulance Officer

Jinxed

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Episode 24
UK: Sunday, March 16, 2003
Canada: October 07, 2004
Written by Christine Kunz
Directed by Marcus Cole

Mark decides that Jemma has brought him bad luck when she accidentally breaks his favourite cricket bat. Greg's height causes him some difficulty.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Wendy Strehlow as Mrs Krantz, Joshua Lucas as Conga, Brett Bennett as Chicka, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Jackson Cassidy as Barnaby, James Dall as Student

Who's Who?

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Episode 25
UK: Sunday, March 23, 2003
Canada: October 08, 2004
Written by John Thomson
Directed by Marcus Cole

When Vinnie starts to act strangely, Greg and Kate suspect that he could be involved in a bird-smuggling operation. Gemma embrasses her new job as a courtesy guide for the park.

With: Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Laurence Coy as Sergeant Mullet, Simon Scarlett as Byron, Ali Levitch as Mary, Emma Jane Fowler as Sharstri, Dominic Elmaloglou as Tony, Jeamin Lee as Tourist

And Justice for All

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Episode 26 (finale)
UK: Sunday, March 30, 2003
Canada: October 11, 2004
Written by Simon Hopkinson
Directed by Ralph Strasser

The King family must decide whether to accept an offer for Wallaby Park.

With: Roy Billing as Principal, Lily Rose as Maria Vignatti, Jessica Levett as Sophia Vignatti, Andrew Crabbe as Mr White, Russell Newman as Mr Salmonelli, Jason Crews as Justin Sloane, Nicholas Beech as Justin's PA, Andrew Doyle as Chess Champion, Caroline Headley as Mrs Vignatti, James Dall as Chess Boy