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The Father of Australia aired on BBC 2 Scotland January 26, 2011, from 9:00 pm - 10:00 pm.  For those not up on all things Antipodean - January 26 is Australia Day!

The film was also shown on the Australian History Channel January 26, 2011 at 7:30 pm.

Presented as a drama-documentary starring Clive Russell as Lachlan Macquarie and Julie Wilson Nimmo as Elizabeth and narrated by fellow Scot David Tennant.

The production was directed by Les Wilson and produced by Seona Roberston and Stuart Scowcroft.

"Lachlan Macquarie, born into poverty on a small Hebridean island, rose to become governor - absolute ruler - of the British colony that would become Australia. 

He and his wife Elizabeth - Australia's first power couple - set a notorious penal colony on course to become a modern nation. Macquarie was brought down by powerful enemies in the colony, yet two and a half centuries after his birth he's an Australian hero." - BBC

Clive Russell as Lachlan Macquarie and the real thing!


Argyll - January 23, 2011

"Caledonia TV’s documentary, looks at the Macquaries’ story from the perspective of their time and from that of today. 

Its case sees Clive Russell playing the man who forged a new way for the continent down under; and Julie Wilson Nimmo playing his influential wife Elizabeth.

Mull descendant David Tennant provides the narration, time travelling yet again.

The Father of Australia was made by Glasgow indie Caledonia TV, with Sydney co-production partner, Intomedia, for BBC Scotland and the History Channel in Australia. 

Additional funding came from Screen Australia and Screen New South Wales."

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