was launched on the Nine Network in August
2001 and was the third most watched Australian TV drama series in
Series one of McLeod's Daughters
was sold to the giant
American cable network Hallmark, who successfully debuted it in the UK in
October 2001, and throughout Asia in March 2002.
The series was
also been picked up by TVNZ in New Zealand, where it became an instant hit with
Creator Posie Graeme-Evans developed the original concept for
for a successful and high-rating 1996 Nine Network
telemovie, and it has been in development since as a series.
Posie says a
photograph depicting "blue skies and quintessentially Aussie girls' faces with
big wide grins under the broad brim of a classic RM Williams hat" inspired
Anecdotes by country friends and Posie's love of South Australian
landscapes, as depicted in Sir Hans Heysen paintings, also contributed to the
While the series was being developed,
Kingsford, the property featured in the original telemovie, was put on the
market. The Nine Network seized the opportunity to purchase the property in
1999, knowing that being able to film on a working farm would be fundamental to
the success of the series.
Although the location remains the same as the telemovie, the characters in the series of McLeod's Daughters
developed considerably and are played by a different cast.
Ex-cast member Bridie Carter, who played Tess Silverman McLeod, was a newcomer at the
beginning of the series but became a household name along with fellow cast
newcomer Rachael Carpani and ex-cast member Myles Pollard. Simmone Jade Mackinnon, who joined
the cast at the end of 2003, has fast becoming a recognised name. The highly
talented Michala Banas joined the core cast in 2004.
Sonia Todd and
Aaron Jeffery complete the core cast and bring diverse experience in both
television and features films contributing immeasurably to what Posie refers to as "a well-balance cast". They are supported by experienced actors Marshall Napier and John Jarratt who play regular guest cast roles.
The four female leads carry the heart of each story throughout the series, which Posie believes reflects much of the truth of what's happening in Australia.
"The timing was right for this type of show - a rural-based series which
showcases a predominately female cast and tells stories that reflect the lives
and desires of contemporary Australian women," said Posie. McLeod's
is the first prime-time drama series to be filmed entirely in
South Australia. The series is a co-production between Millennium Television and Nine Films and Television, produced with the assistance of the South Australian Film Corporation.
Production and location information about McLeod's