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Catwalk (Channel 7 1972, John Forgeham, Cornelia Frances)

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Drama series Catwalk was set around the daily lives of the staff of a woman’s magazine and spun out of an episode of ABC drama Dynasty. Episode 2 of Dynasty had in point of fact been titled Catwalk and series creator Tony Morphett was convinced the concept had series potential. ABC wanted a second season of Dynasty but passed on Catwalk, Morphett found himself at Channel 7 where Catwalk was one of five pilots commissioned as part of a bid to change direction at 7 with an increase in local drama content.

The public were invited to vote on their favourite pilots (besides Catwalk these were a sitcom about a funeral parlour called The Undertakers; a strange comedy called View From Beyond about heavens waiting room; A suspense thriller called Kill and Cure and a flat sharing sitcom called The Group). The most popular of these were Catwalk and The Group both of which went to series production.

Interestingly English actor John Foregham who had the lead role was over in Australia with a tour of Shakespearian plays and Glyn Davies (who had also worked heavily in English TV in the 1960’s) thought he would be perfect for the role.

Initially only seven episodes were commissioned but on the strength of the first two episodes Seven asked for 13 in total.

production details
Australia / Channel 7 (ATN7) – Morphett – Davies / 14×30 minute episodes / 1972

Creator: Tony Morphett / Producer/Director: David Cahill

cast
John Foregham as Saxon Wells
John Wood as Ricky Novak
Cornelia Frances as Cornelia Heyson
Cecily Polson as Jenkins
June Salter as Paula Healy

THE EPISODES
1. PILOT
2. THE SECOND TIME AROUND
3. THE SMALL SEA OF YOUR HAND
4. THE ANGEL LOOK
5. MR SAXON WELLS… HOBBYIST
6. MODEL INTERNATIONALE
7. SISTER JENKINS WILL CARRY THE BANNER
8. DEAR DESPERATE
9. THERE IS NO BUSINESS LIKE BUSINESS
10. TRY ANYTHING TWICE
11. PITCHED BATTLE
12. THEY LOVED ME TONIGHT, DIDN’T THEY?
13. THE BRAMBLEBUSH TECHNIQUE
14. A LIFE IN THE DAY OF…

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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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