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My Name's McGooley

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My Name's McGooley, What's Yours? is a popular Australian situation comedy series produced by ATN7 from 1966 to 1968.

The situation involved a young couple, Wally and Rita Stiller (John Meillon and Judi Farr), living in Balmain with Rita's father Dominic McGooley (Gordon Chater).

Also in the regular cast were Stewart Ginn, Robert McDarra, and later Noeline Brown joined as Wally’s sister.

The comedy of the series came from the clash of two generations living under one roof, a situation possibly inspired by the success of the 1960s British comedies Steptoe and Son and Till Death Us Do Part.

Although only in his forties when cast, Chater played a curmudgeonly senior citizen who enjoyed irritating his son-in-law and fishing with his mates in prohibited areas of Sydney Harbour.

When Chater left the show in 1968 the remaining cast was spun off into a new series titled Rita and Wally but it was found that the character of Dominic was integral to the comedy of the situation and the series ended a few months later.

The series had a three-season run of 88 episodes under the McGooley title.

In the final episode the old McGooley house is demolished as the Stillers must move out. Rita and Wally ran for a single season of 23 episodes.

•••Cast

Gordon Chater as Dominic McGooley

John Meillon as Wally Stiller

Judi Farr as Rita Stiller

Noeline Brown as Rosemary "Possum" Urkens

Stewart Ginn as Peregrine Nancarrow

Robert McDarra as Dong Rogers

Frank Taylor as Vile

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