All the Rivers Run II is an Crawford Production television 2 part miniseries which aired on Channel Seven on the 18th of March 1990.
Starring John Waters and actress Nikki Coghill who replaced Sigrid Thornton in the leading role.
The miniseries follows on where Nancy Cato 1958 novel, Australian historical finishes. The series was directed by John Power.
Series II takes up the story of Delie (Nikki Coghill) and Brenton Edwards (John Waters) at the turn of the century, at a moment when bad times have struck the once thriving river boat trade.
New roads and railway lines threaten the very existence of the grand old paddle steamers of the Murray and striking shearers threaten the lives of their crews.
Into the explosive situation walks Cyrus James (Parker Stevenson), a charming, but mysterious overseas entrepreneur. He is immediately attracted to Delie, but backs off when he encounters Brenton.
The three become close to friends. Trying to mediate in the dispute between the shearers and the riverboat skippers, Brenton is framed on a charge of seriously injuring a local businessman Arthur Blackwell (Tim Robertson).
He is sentenced to imprisonment in Melbourne. Without Brenton, Delie is faced with a custody battle over her children and the not altogether unwanted attentions of Cyrus.
Alone she must fight to keep her family and the riverboat “Philadelphia”. In a desperate attempt to help her, Brenton escapes. When trying to reach his children, a waiting policeman, the same man in the employ of the wealthy squatters who framed Brenton in the first place, shoots Brenton.
Brenton disappears in the murky waters of the swollen River Murray, leaving only a trail of blood behind. All the Rivers Run II has all the romance, adventure and even more intrigue than its internationally successful predecessor.
The series was shot on location in Echuca as well as locations in Melbourne. The paddle steamer PS Pevensey was filmed as the PS Philadelphia.