I had a bit of a Thorn Birds marathon session the other day. I literally watched every single minute of every episode, of this incredible 1983 mini-series.
You guys are old enough to remember The Thorn Birds right? Sure you are, if I am, you must be too.
Anyway, I was afraid it wouldn’t stand up to the test of time, but I was very wrong. The Irish accents were fairly dodgy, but the story of Meggie Cleary and Father Ralph De Bricassart was far too grand to sweat the small stuff.
For those who have never read the book or seen the film, this story spans over 50 years and was primarily set in Drogheda, a fictional sheep station in New South Wales, Australia, between 1915 and the late 1960s.
Directed by Daryl Duke, the main characters were Meggie Cleary, and Irish priest, Ralph De Bricassart, played by the beautiful Rachel Ward, and the gorgeous Richard Chamberlain. The series also starred the quite regal, Jean Simmons, and the irrepressible Barbara Stanwyck, as well as Cocktail’s Bryan Brown.