The Flying Doctors
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The Flying Doctors television series is
still running in over fifty countries around the world and is hugely
popular in Sweden, The Netherlands, Ireland, Scotland and England.
Around the world there are many hundreds of websites which pay homage
to this series and the music.
Composers Garry McDonald and Laurie Stone
were astonished when they came across the first rough cut
of The Flying Doctors to discover television which
was shot in the style of a major feature film. It was quite
apparent to them initially that much of the action involved
on-screen relationships, and that the music would move between
sensitive and intimate musical treatments, as well as music
which illustrated the wonderful landscape of the Australian
outback, the dynamic aerial footage, and the heightened emotions
of the struggle between life and death.
A full orchestra was used to realise this
range of sounds and emotions, including a large contingent
of orchestral strings, from which was drawn music of the series'
emotion and drama. This was unusual and expensive for television
drama, but certainly made for a memorable soundtrack recording.
Also available by Garry McDonald and Laurie
Stone: Robbery Under Arms and
Second Time Lucky.