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Australian Rod

Taylor's BBC role

LONDON, Wednes day (AAP). - With the aid of a Donegal tweed suit, a moustache and a little black bag, Austra lian actor Grant Taylor is being transformed into what television producers hope will be everyone's idea of an English country gentie


The 48-year-old stage star has been chosen for one of the leading roles in a new £500,000 sterl ing (£A625,000) commer cial television serial called Weavers Green.

He plays a senior vet, in a small country town with a wife, a young son and a teenage daughter. His wife is played by vet eran English actress Megs Jenkins who visited Aus tralia many years ago for a season with the old Minerva Theatre , in Syd


"The first of the twice weekly programmes will be seen in England in April. It's all about a little boy whose dog gets run over - a real tear-jerker," his wife told reporters.

Independent television, the producers, say Weav ers Green will be their answer to the marathon BBC radio serial? The Dales and The Archers soul-mates of the ABC's epic Blue Hills.

It will provide the avid British serial followers with a folksy alternative to the smash success Coro nation Street

Taylor told AAP later he thought viewers would "lap it up" if the show was screened in Australia. "They take whatever they are given of the great morass of stuff that comes out of British and Ameri can television. No discri mination," the actor said.