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Doctor Doctor (Channel 9 2016, Rodger Corser, Ryan Johnson)

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Medical comedy drama series Doctor Doctor sees one time high flying surgeon Dr Hugh Knight forced to return to work as a GP in the small country town he grew up in.

Rodger Corser, who is becoming Mr Ubiquity with the amount of roles he seems to pop up in, is the good Doctor. As part of his punishment from the Medical Tribunal for an as yet unspecified fall from grace Hugh has to agree to spend a year working as a country GP in the small NSW town, Whyhope, he grew up in – or face being struck off the medical register.

Of course much has changed in the years he has been away. His mother Meryl is a local civic leader, while father Jim has struggled to adapt to the winds of change. His brother Matt has married Hugh’s former girlfriend Charlie and the family wheat farm is now home to a successful micro-brewery.

Hugh starts work at the Medical Clinic under the eagle eye of his supervisor Penny, juggling everything from tractor accidents to haemorrhoids with the help of “Dr Google”. He quickly makes an enemy of hospital administrator Ken, but finds a kindred spirit in the form of party-girl nurse Aoife and rekindles a childhood friendship with knockabout local Joey.

Filmed in Sydney and country NSW, Doctor Doctor is part of a new push by Channel 9 to make it’s Wednesday night prime time a drama night. The Writers on the series include Tony McNamara, Alice Bell, Tamara Asmar and Liz Doran, and directors include Peter Salmon, Kriv Stenders and actor Jeremy Sims.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Essential Media & Entertainment – Screen Australia – Screen NSW / x60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Wednesday 14 September 2016 at 8.40pm

Executive Producers: Andy Ryan and Jo Rooney for the Nine Network, Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan and Tony McNamara for Essential Media & Entertainment

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Rodger Corser as Dr Hugh knight
Tina Bursill as Meryl, Hugh’s mother
Steve Bisley as Jim Knight, Hugh’s father
Ryan Johnson as Matt Knight, Hugh’s brother
Nicole da Silva as Charlie, former girlfriend of Hugh now married to Matt
Hayley McElhinney as Penny
Charlies Wu as Ken
Dave Eastgate as Joey
Shalom Brune-Franklin as Aoife

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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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