Australian TV TV

Fremantle Conspiracy, The (Channel 7 1992, Nikki Coghill, Bernard Hill)

Period drama serial The Fremantle Conspiracy took us to Ireland in the 1870’s where a group of men are sentenced to transportation to Australia. Later one of the men, John O’Reilly, escapes to America and then tries to mount a rescue attempt to free his friends.

The mini-series was really about Irish nationalism, O’Reilly is a soldier in Her Majesty’s 10th Hussars. He is accused of treason and being in league with the Irish brotherhood when he refuses to shoot innocent people. His ultimate aim is to return to Ireland and liberate the Fenians.

production details
Australia / 7 Network-Misty Hill Productions / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast January 1992

Writer: John Misto / Idea: Thomas Keneally / Design: Ross Major / Costume: Jean Turnbull / Camera: Brett Anderson / Producer: Harley Manners / Executive Producers: Matt Carroll, Alan Bateman, Victor Glynn
cast
NIKKI COGHILL as Hanna
BERNARD HILL as Breslin
LLOYD MORRIS as John O’Reilly
RICHARD MOIR as Hogan
JOHN DOYLE as Cranston
CONOR McDERMOTTROE as Darrash
WILL UPJOHN as Keilly
ANTHONY O’KEEFE as Wilson
KELLY DINGWALL as Sean