Friday Flashback: The Flying Doctors
Before there was RFDS there was The Flying Doctors -and a final year rebranded as RFDS.
Memories of Crawfords’ The Flying Doctors which ran from 1986 to 1992, preceded by a mini-series in 1985.
Much of the series was filmed in outer Melbourne and Minyip township in north-west Victoria as Cooper’s Crossing. The show sold in multiple territories around the world.
One Minyip resident Corinne Heintze recalled one storyline in the show’s mini-series involving a parade in Minyip’s main street.
“The scene had to look like it was a really stinking hot, dusty outback day, but they were actually filming between showers of hail,” she told The Wimmera Mail-Times.
“It was probably about 10 or 11 degrees.
“Rebecca Gibney had to get on the back of a truck and be paraded down the street. In between takes she was in a cafe with a pile of blankets, then she’d have to jump out on the back of the truck.
“This went on for about two hours and I thought, ‘You poor woman – you must be freezing’.
“But scene came out looking amazing.”
But by 1993 the show went “gritty” with RFDS filmed in Broken Hill for one season.
This week Seven announced a new RFDS (working title) drama to be filmed in Broken Hill based around real case stories.