Stark: episode guide

Part 1 | Part 2 | Part 3

Part One

UK: December 08, 1993 (9:25, BBC Two)
Written by Ben Elton
Directed by Nadia Tass

"There's more mineral deposits in a bottle of fizzy water," is the opinion of the Aboriginal leader, but this doesn't deter a corrupt consortium from its aim of mining for uranium in a remote part of the Australian desert.

Ben Elton has adapted his best-selling first novel, a satire set in the final days of the earth as it is asphyxiated by industrial pollution, into a three-part comic fantasy filmed entirely on location in Australia.

Elton plays English writer C.D., a pommie poseur more in search of sex than noble causes, who becomes involved in the struggle to delay the coming of Armageddon.

Note: Stark aired in Australia on the ABC as a two-part miniseries on August 11 and 12, 1993


  • Colin Friels as Sly
  • Ben Elton as CD
  • Derrick O'Connor as Zimmerman
  • Jacqueline McKenzie as Rachel
  • Deborra-Lee Furness as Chrissie
  • Bill Wallis as Walter
  • Fiona Press as Karen
  • Bill Hunter as Ocker Tyron
  • Colette Mann as Dixie
  • Gwen Plumb as Mrs. Tyron
  • John Neville as De Quincy


  • Bruce Alexander as Policeman
  • Todd Worden as L.A. Driver
  • Bruce Venables as Slampacker
  • John Alansu as Nagasyu
  • Fred Steele as Maitre d'
  • John Clarke as Magistrate
  • Anne Scott-Pendlebury as Sly's Secretary
  • Nicholas Papademetriou as Aristos Tyron
  • Gus Mercurio as Larry
  • Peter Hardy as Lifesaver
  • Colwyn Roberts as Warden
  • David Argue as Gordon Gordon
  • Paul Chubb as Mayor
  • Barbara Henry as Mrs. Culboon
  • Pauline Lewis as Person
  • Leigh Russell as Cafe Poseur
  • Karen Davitt as Girl in Cafe
  • Louise Watson as Girl in Cafe
  • Anna Gare as Girl in Cafe
  • Randall Berger as Milton