This topic came up on our first date, over a decade ago, and I think I thoroughly disappointed him when I confessed I knew of Skippy (though never watched it) but had certainly never heard of the other two programs. He lamented that since arriving in Australia he hadn’t seen them either – odd when you think about it.
Flash forward seven years and I am proudly escorting him around the museum, my wonderful new place of work. When we walked out onto the wharf he couldn’t believe his eyes – there she was, “Patrol Boat”’ he cried out. “Umm…Advance?… yep… it’s a patrol boat”, I answered surprised by his enthusiasm, “No – THE PATROL BOAT! From the TV show!” He was right, HMAS Advance starred in the popular ABC TV series from 1979 to 1983. He stood there enraptured. He had come to the other side of the world and found a link to his childhood, so far away.
So a small Armenian boy in Jordan watches his favourite TV show, Patrol Boat, never suspecting he is soon to move to Australia, where ironically he never sees Patrol Boat, grows up and marries a local girl who winds up working with Patrol Boat! Six degrees of separation or destiny…?
So what was this great show, Patrol Boat? Check it out here: