2nd December 1978
of DVDs: 7
Region: Free (Worldwide)
£29.99 + Postage
Rates: UK (£1.50); Europe (£2.50);
USA/Canada (£3.50); Australia/New
Zealand (£3.50); Rest of the World
The series was based
around the work of a helicopter rescue team operating
on Dee Why beach in Sydney. An unscreened pilot was
made in 1976, followed by a series of 26 episodes
airing between 1978 and 1979. The most striking feature
of Chopper Squad is the stunt work. The nature of
the series - helicopter rescue work - meant there
was plenty of scope for stunts. The Chopper Squad
series was never sold on video or DVD and is extremely
hard to come by.
1. Something To
A speed boat
is running dangerously wild after a man collapses,
leaving his girlfriend helpless at the controls; a
girl has an epileptic fit while climbing outside the
hideaway of a popular rock group trying to catch a
glimpse of the lead singer; Georgia has to treat a
man who has suffered a severe coronary; and Rodney
Coombs' niece arrives at the club, and comes into
conflict with Roly when she starts a prolonged campaign
to admit female members to the club, culminating in
a rescue attempt which nearly goes tragically wrong.
2. Cliff Rescue
A father and son are trapped on a cliff face; a swimmer
is caught in a rip; a parachutist is seriously injured
after landing in a tree; and a man's speed boat explodes
along with a basketful of money, leading to a dangerous
encounter with criminals.
3. Surf Carnival
A near drowning follows a wipe out at a surf carnival;
an old man falls down a cliff and is seriously injured,
his dog preventing anyone from coming near; a girl
attempts suicide after losing a beauty contest; and
Barry gets fuel in his eyes and is blinded flying
4. A Dream Before
A man with a rare blood type is injured, and the only
donor refuses to give up a winning position in a yacht
race to help; two men lie injured at the foot of a
cliff with an incoming tide; a diver contracts the
'bends'; and a rock climber has a heart attack, and
he and Georgia are in danger on a crumbling rock face.
5. Psychotic Lady
Barry is threatened by a psychotic girl he rescues,
Tim is hit by a speeding boat driven by drug smugglers,
and a fisherman is swept off some rocks into a treacherous
6. The Drifter
An old man takes his asthmatic granddaughter up the
coast in an old sailing boat, but when the boat capsizes
and he is rescued, he refuses to disclose the whereabouts
of his granddaughter. A bushwalker is bitten by a
snake; and two yobbos steal the Surf Rescue jet boat.
Barry saves the life of a deaf girl who is being pursued
by two blokes who killed a service station proprietor
during a robbery. The squad engages in a major bushfire
rescue, and Jebbie has to spend the night on a drifting
boat with four feuding people.
8. Long Weekend
A boy is trapped in a collapsed sand tunnel at the
beach, and his young friend feels responsible and
runs away. Phil and Sue, on their day off, are on
hand when a singer is injured by broken glass thrown
at an outdoor concert. Later they are first at the
scene of a car accident on a lonely bush road.
9. A Pride Of Lions
A ranger in a lion park has a spasm and wanders off
in a delirious state, and Phil and Jebbie are in danger
when they drop down near a lurking lion to rescue
him. Jenny Martin, a model and friend of Jebbie's
sister, is seriously injured while swimming to get
away from a lecherous photographer on a boat.
10. J Is For Julie
Julie, a student
journalist, blunders into a situation and saves the
day when a man threatens to tip another man out of
his bulldozer over a cliff. Later Julie and Georgia
just happen to be on hand when a girl is injured on
a paddle steamer.
11. Dangerous Operation
Two amateur sailors in a boat drift dangerously close
to a reef; former club member Dave Evans, injured
and confined to a wheelchair, has to face his fears;
a windsurfer is hit by a boat and badly injured; and
Georgia has to perform a dangerous operation on a
child in a lighthouse.
12. Dangerous Weapon
Two young children are lost in the bush with their
father's .22 rifle; and two criminals have abducted
a young woman.
13. The Farewell
A hoaxer plagues the chopper squad; a bomb is dropped
at sea; a mother and her son nearly drown; two criminals
on a boat have a fight and one is shot; Georgia is
leaving for New Guinea; and Roly dies of a heart attack.
14. Cliff Hanger
A rock climber in difficulties is almost hung by the
neck before being rescued, and a silly kid with a
gun accidentally shoots a camper in the bush.
15. Happiness Is...
The Surf Rescue squad become involved with a motorbike
stuntman who has a lot of attitude, and an elderly
bushwalker becomes trapped by a fallen tree.
16. A Deed Without
William McKenna disapproves of Tim seeing his sister
Susan, and he retaliates against the club by vandalising
their equipment. When Susan is subsequently injured
in the bush, the vandalism to the jet boat prevents
the rescue team from reaching her. The squad meets
Perry Quixote Roland, an eccentric bumbler who has
set himself up as an alternative rescue service.
17. Sweet Youth,
Phil's mother comes to visit, but Phil has to spend
the day underwater in an attempt to rescue a diver
trapped in a sunken ship. A young bloke trying to
impress a girl gets himself stuck high up on a crane.
18. 8:52 A.M
A commuter ferry collides with a cargo ship in Sydney
Harbour. A massive rescue operation is mounted, and
the Surf Rescue helicopter is called in to assist.
Among the passengers on the ferry are Barry's parents.
19. Wanting Things
Jebbie finds himself attracted to the sister of a
missing boy, who is feared to have had a motorbike
accident in the bush. A couple known to Barry are
on a boat that blows up due to a gas leak.
20. The Eye Of
The chopper squad finds a drifting boat and evidence
that the owner committed suicide. They are also involved
in a search for a psychopath who pours acid on bikini-clad
girls at the beach.
21. The Other Man's
An old friend of Jebbie's is trapped in a mine accident.
Jebbie suspects foul play and discovers an insurance
swindle with a surprising twist. Phil becomes involved
with an old man, Fred, and his nephew Ben after Fred
has a heart attack. Fred wants Ben to take over the
running of their boat, but Ben would rather learn
22. People Can
A bungling couple of newlyweds have their honeymoon
on an island. Disaster follows disaster, and their
boat drifts away leaving them stranded. An inept hang
glider repeatedly crashes, and is repeatedly rescued
by the chopper squad. A lady who attempted suicide
and was rescued by Barry forms an emotional attachment
A man running away from his wife, a 'mascot' training
with a rugby team, and the appearance of a previous
girlfriend of Barry's all combine to give the squad
24. No Strings
A girl is bitten by a snake when a couple go bushwalking.
A boy sneaks off into the bush to fly his model plane,
some yobbos dump a van in the bush, and a girl is
thrown from her horse causing serious injury. Their
circumstances are brought together and the chopper
squad is called in, however the helicopter runs low
on fuel and is forced to make an emergency landing,
which seriously complicates their rescue attempts.
The chopper squad becomes involved in a wild chase
after a bank robber stuntman, and Jebbie is confronted
by the jealous boyfriend of a female reporter.
26. The Big Trip
Jebbie and Barry take the helicopter to Canberra for
a demonstration, and while there Jebbie meets a former
girlfriend and they become involved in a bushfire
rescue. Meanwhile, back in Sydney Phil has his hands
full when he comes across a girl and a mystery man
trying to kill her, who also tries to kill him.
This series was never
sold on video or DVD and is extremely hard to come
by. The overall quality is good (8 out of 10), but
not commercial quality.
The DVDs are region
free and work internationally. The DVDs will be supplied
in loose format with protective paper/plastic sleeves.