On this page, we'll take a look at what could have been. This is not fan fiction (you won't find that on this site), but based on official documents and interviews.
Both Olivia and Rosemary have shared lots of documents from the production of The Bartons with me. We (the three of us) aren't sure if I can just plainly publish those documents; there might be copyright issues (or other rights) that have to be taken into account when doing so. Bartons producer Jenny Hooks is, as far as I can tell, the only one who can release these documents. But since I haven't been able to reach her as of yet, I'm taking the safe route and not publish them.
If you'd like to see what documents I have in my collection (a list, not the documents themselves), take a look here.
Changes to episodes
Other than the title, I only know that this episode is listed in place of Beautiful Beetroot. I can only imagine what the original script was about… do Girl Guides in Australia eat lobsters regularly? I'm not sure that would go over any better than beetroot. Hmmm…
This episode was eventually titled The Great Billycart Aid Race. The cast was handed at least one draft that still bore this title. The draft differs from the episode that aired only in details, but fun details.
This episode is listed in place of Suspected and judging by the summary, has a lot of elements from that episode's final script. It might be the same script, with just a different title.
Now this is where it gets interesting. Bartons could have ended with a big street party instead of a looming move for the Barton kids, judging by this episodes summary.
The family was going to be called the Stoomphs, a German couple with no children. Mr Stoomph was to be a tailor, and his wife rarely seen. They would have a giant, scary German-shepherd dog that would go nuts if you went too close to the couple's back fence.
The cat? Well, that would be Barley-sugar, the cat that sparks the creation of the Bartons League of Bird Lovers in the episode of the same name. So there's still 25% of Stoomph left in the final version!
Second Bartons book
I asked Jocelyn about that book in the interview I did with her for this site. She told me the book was indeed an option she had with the publisher, but it didn't go through because ABC held the rights to the series. What a shame!
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