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A Country Practice (Channel 7 1981-1993 and 1994 with Shane Porteous and Grant Dodwell)

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Australia / Channel Seven / 1058×60 minute episodes / 1981-93 (plus 30 more episodes in 1994 on Channel 10)

Creator/Executive Producer: James Davern

Drama series. Episodes in the lives of the residents of the rural town of Wandin Valley in New South Wales, especially focusing on the vets practice, the hospital and the pub.

This popular series won a massive 29 logies during its run.

In 1994 the series briefly returned for 30 more episodes (with Robyn Sinclair and James Davern as Executive Producers) on the Ten Network but with wholesale changes made to the format and cast (the location was changed from New South Wales to Victoria and the only original cast members to return were Joyce Jacobs and Joan Sydney) the show never really stood a chance, it went to just one episode per week, before being cancelled altogether.

The pet Wombat featured in the show was called Fatso.

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SHANE PORTEOUS as Terence Elliott
JOYCE JACOBS as Esme Watson
BRIAN WENZEL as Frank Gilroy
GORDON PIPER as Bob Hatfield
GRANT DODWELL as Simon Bowen
HELEN SCOTT as Marta Kertesz (1981-83)
ANNE TENNEY as ‘Molly’ Jones (1981-85)
PENNY COOK as Vicky Dean ( 1981-85)
SHANE WITHINGTON as Brendan Jones (1981-86)
SYD HEYLEN as Vernon “Cookie” Locke(1982-92)
WENDY STREHLOW as Judy Loveday(1982-86)
JOAN SYDNEY as Margaret “Maggie” Sloan (1983-90)
JOHN TARRANT as Matthew Tyler(1988-92)
GEORGIE PARKER as Lucy Gardiner(1989-92)
KYM WILSON as Darcy Hudson(1991-93)

1994 CAST:-
Joan Sydney as Maggie Sloan
Andrew Blackman as Harry Morrison
Joyce Jacobs as Esme Watson
Paul Gleeson as Ian McIntyre
Claudia Black as Claire Bonacci
Vince Colosimo as Danny Sabatini
Jane Hall as “Jess” Morrison
Laura Armstrong as Georgina “Georgie” Wilks

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

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In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

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Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

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