Our dynasty revealed
AFTER the delight of the Taylor Made episode on the ABC's Family series, Tweed viewers will tonight be treated to the inside story on the Anthony family.
Dynasties at 8pm tonight on ABC Television traces the history of the Anthonys, Australia's oldest continuous political dynasty.
Three generations of the family have held the federal seat of Richmond over a period of nearly seventy years.
This episode of Dynasties charts the three generations of Anthonys, the patriarch Larry Anthony who served as a minister under Menzies, his son Doug the former deputy prime minister, and his son Larry, a minister in the Howard government.
Larry senior was a Gallipoli veteran and impoverished banana farmer. He rose from telegraph boy to Post Master General.
His son Doug ran a dairy farm and rose to the highest positions in the land. As acting prime minister he ran the country from the family's beachside summer caravan at New Brighton.
The Anthony dynasty saw sixteen Prime Ministers come and go but Richmond has become a marginal seat, transformed by the seachange movement and the decline of traditional rural industries.
Dynasties writer-director Allan Hogan followed the Anthony family for about three months to make the special, culminating in Larry Anthony's loss in Richmond at the September federal election.
Mr Hogan said the resulting episode was a fascinating look at an extraordinary family which had been part of the Australian political scene for a long time, and which was possibly coming to a close.
"You could tell they knew the election would be very close and even had a sense Larry would lose, which added to the drama," he said. Dynasties screens on ABC at 8pm tonight.