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Barrier Reef (Channel 10 1971 with Rowena Wallace and Joe James)

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Australia / Channel 10 – Fauna / 39×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1971

Producer: Lee Robinson, Joy Cavill / Executive Producers: John McCallum, Bob Austin

Action adventure series. The exploits of a science team on a boat called New Endeavor monitoring the sea bed and getting involved in adventures along the way. The ship was kitted out with all manner of scientific gizmo’s and was like a laboratory at sea, the ship contained computers, underwater radio equipment, a jet boat and a two man submarine.

The crew were financed by a giant industrial and pastoral group to locate sunken wreck which might just contain “extremely valuable cargo”. Fauna who made the show for 10 had only recently finished filming Skippy.

Critics were not overly kind to the series however branding the show “kidult”, an article in the TV Week of 6 February 1971 said “the money should have been spent on a good rewrite coach” the writer of the piece Herb Martin feeling the scripts were not up to par.

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JOE JAMES as Captain Ted King
ROWENA WALLACE as Tracey Deane
ELLI McCLURE as Diana Parker
HAROLD HOPKINS as Steve Gabo
KEN JAMES as Kip Young
GEORGE ASSANG as Jack Meurauki
SUSANNAH BRETT as Elizabeth Brett
IHAB NAFA as Dr Paul Hanna

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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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