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A Drop In The Ocean
Genre Children's television
Directed by Barry Sloane
Starring Kate Fitzpatrick
Don Barkham
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 1
Running time 30 minutes
Original network ABC
Original release 5 November 1972 (1972-11-05) Sydney
Followed by Birds of Passage

A Drop In The Ocean is an Australian children's television series which first screened on the ABC in 1972. A sequel drama called Birds of Passage was made.


A Drop In The Ocean follows the story of three children who became involved with smugglers. It was filmed around the wharves and slipways of Balmain on Sydney Harbour.


The series was produced by the ABC's "Young People's Department". The episodes were also edited together as a film to screen overseas. Most of the dialogue for the film is improvised. Director Barry Sloane told the Sun Herald: "It gives enormous advantages when working with child actors, and leads to a more natural film."


  • Kate Fitzpatrick as Shirl (a crook)
  • Don Barkham as Dingo (Shirl's male accomplice)
  • Matthew Crosby (son of actor Don Crosby.)
  • Michelle Booker
  • Carlos Merlo
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