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How Do You Spell Matrimony?

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"How Do You Spell Matrimony?"
Wednesday Theatre episode
Episode no.Season 1
Episode 28
Directed byOscar Whitbread
Teleplay byColin Free
Original air dates14 July 1965
8 September 1965 (Brisbane)[1]
Running time45 mins
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"How Do You Spell Matrimony?" is a 1965 Australian television play by Colin Free. It appeared on a double bill as part of Wednesday Theatre with The Face at the Club House Door.[2]

It was based on a radio play which had been performed in 1962.[3]

The play was later adapted for radio as "A Walk Among the Wheeneys".[4]

Free also developed it into a TV series Nice'n'Juicy (1966–67) starring John Ewart.[5][6]


Two brothers, one of whom decides to find a wife by correspondence. The lady turns up, but isn't quite what the two inexperienced brothers expect.


Duet on a Wednesday

It appeared as part of "Duet on Wednesday" is a 1965 Australian TV presentation on ABC TV of two new Australian plays by Colin Free, "How Do You Spell Matrimony?" and "Face at the Clubhouse Door". The whole show ran for 60 minutes and aired 14 July 1965.[7]

"The Face at the Club House Door" was billed as "a satirical comedy".[8]

Both were produced by Oscar Whitbread.[9]

Nice 'n' Juicy

"How Do You Spell Matrimony" led to a TV series Nice n Juicy which ran for 13 episodes.[10][11]


In the New South Wales town of Wyvern Creek, two brothers run a citrus orchard, Jack and Mort Hamlin. The elder brother, Jack, is conservative and wishes to develop the old family property. Mort wants to sell up and move to Sydney. However the property is subject to a double mortgage.



The series was commissioned by Drew Goddard of the ABC. They intended to make another regular series, Marcellus Jones, based on script by Pat Flower but that appears to have not been filmed.[10]


1."A Couple of Sorts"[12]


  1. ^ "New Play by Local writer". TV Times. 3 September 1965. p. 8.
  2. ^ "WEDNESDAY". The Canberra Times. 39 (11, 205). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 12 July 1965. p. 16. Retrieved 20 March 2017 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ "AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING COMMISSION 2CY 2CN". The Canberra Times. 36 (10, 139). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 2 February 1962. p. 15. Retrieved 22 February 2019 – via National Library of Australia.
  4. ^ "Country fun with a bitter flavor". Sydney Morning Herald. 1 March 1966. p. 12.
  5. ^ "Just how free is Mrs Jones". Sydney Morning Herald. 23 September 1966. p. 11.
  6. ^ "Nice n Juicy". Classic Australian TV.
  7. ^ "TV Guide". Sydney Morning Herald. 14 July 1965. p. 12.
  8. ^ "TV Guide". The Age. 12 July 1965. p. 11.
  9. ^ "Highlights from this week's offerings". The Canberra Times. 39 (11, 205). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 12 July 1965. p. 15. Retrieved 27 February 2016 – via National Library of Australia.
  10. ^ a b "ABC Drops Yearly Serial Idea–But Retains Continuing Characters". The Age. 24 February 1966. p. 12.
  11. ^ "Back on the land to raise laughs". The Age. 26 October 1966. p. 46.
  12. ^ "THURSDAY". The Canberra Times. 41 (11, 498). Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 3 October 1966. p. 15. Retrieved 22 February 2019 – via National Library of Australia.

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