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Name  David Sale
Role  Author
Movies and TV shows  Number 96

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Books  Number 96, Mavis Bramston and Me: Behind the Scenes of Two of Australia's Most Outrageous Television Shows
Similar People  Pat McDonald, Elaine Lee, Bunney Brooke, Carol Raye, Sheila Kennelly

David Sale, born Ernest Swindells, is an English Australian author, television screenwriter and executive producer. He has contributed to many TV drama series, provided special material for Australian entertainers, and has worked as a producer, director, actor and journalist.



Born to an aircraft factory worker and his wife Lucy, writing as David Sale, is perhaps best known as creator, writer and script editor of the highly influential television soap opera Number 96. Before that, he was Executive Producer of the satirical weekly comedy The Mavis Bramston Show. Both of these series were highly popular in their day and still rank amongst the most famous and influential programs to have appeared on Australian television.


His first two novels, written between TV assignments, were Come to Mother and The Love Bite. These were published in London in hardback in the 1970s and both were bought by Hollywood. Come to Mother was made into the television film Live Again, Die Again (1974).

Television interrupted this flow of books, but in the 1990s Sale resumed his career as an author with Twisted Echoes (1993) (HODDER HEADLINE); Scorpion's Kiss (1995) (PAN MACMILLAN) and Hidden Agenda (1996) (PAN MACMILLAN). His latest book is the memoir "Number 96, Mavis Bramston and Me" (VIVID PUBLISHING)) plus an audio version read by the author (BOLINDA).


He later tackled Musical Theatre for the first time with his co-written (book and lyrics) version of Sumner Locke Elliott's novel Careful, He Might Hear You.


  • Come to Mother (1971) (W.H. Allen Ltd) (ISBN 0-491-00317-X)
  • The Love Bite (1972) (W.H. ALLEN)
  • Chiller (1983, "based on The Love Bite") (SPHERE) (ISBN 0-7221-7625-2)
  • Antidote (1991) (BANTAM) (ISBN 1-86359-027-7)
  • Twisted Echoes (1993) (HODDER HEADLINE) (ISBN 0-74724083-3)
  • Scorpion's Kiss (1995) (Pan Macmillan) (ISBN 0-33027497-X)
  • Hidden Agenda (1996) (Pan Macmillan) (ISBN 0-33035737-9)
  • Number 96 , Mavis Bramston and me (2013) (VIVID PUBLISHING) (ISBN 9781922204080) David Sale
  • References

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