40 years ago today...

40 years ago today, the final episodes of "Number 96" (#1217 & 1218) aired on Sydney television. Many former cast members returned to take curtain call bows with the final residents.

What happened that night...: The residents of Number 96 are horrified to learn the identity of the building's mysterious buyer. The person who is driving them from their homes is none other than Maggie Cameron! Giovanni Lenzi and Marilyn MacDonald's romance fizzles once again, with Marilyn's decision to become a nun. Little Simon Dawson's body is found in Tamworth, but it is a false alarm. Giovanni announces a sell-out sale in the deli. Maggie explains that she couldn't resist one last trick played on the residents. Simon turns up safe and well. Dorrie Evans loses Herb half a million dollars because of her anger over his business relationship with Opal "Gran" Wilkinson. Everyone is pleased that the building will not change hands after all. While Arnold Feather and his new bride, Vicki Dawson, find true happiness, Edie "Mummy" MacDonald finally gains inspiration for her novel. On a fresh sheet of paper, Edie types: "Once upon a time there was a building called Number 96..."

These two episodes were repeated in Sydney, by public demand, on 22/08/77 at 9.30 pm. In Melbourne, the series finale didn't air until 22/12/77.

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