Mini series The Far Country took place after the end of world war II when Czech Doctor Carl Zlinter emigrates to Australia’s Victorian High Country where he meets and falls in love with Jennifer Morton.
The story, based on a popular novel by Nevil Shute, was previously filmed by the ABC in 1972 in a 6×60 minute version. This 1980’s version rode in at the tail end of the Australian mini-series boom that had in itself been helped by the huge popularity of the version of Shute’s A Town Like Alice.
Australia / Channel 7 – Crawfords / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1 – 8 March 1987
Writer: Peter Yeldham / Novel: Nevil Shute / Camera: Ron Hagen / Design: Otello Stolfo / Music: Garry McDonald, Laurie Stone / Producer: John Barnigham / Executive Producers: Hector Crawford, Ian Crawford, Terry Stapleton / Director: George Miller
MICHAEL YORK as Carl Zlinter
SIGRID THORNTON as Jennifer Morton
PAUL CRONIN as Tom Armitage
ILONA RODGERS as Jane Armitage
NOEL TREVARTHEN as Dr Steven Edwards
SWAWOMIR WABIK as Stanilaus Shulkin
SYDNEY JACKSON as Jim Forrest
RICHARD MOSS as Sgt Russell
MARK FERGUSON as Harry Peters
GREG CARROLL as Joe Brady
OLGA DICKIE as Ethel Morton
ROSIE STURGESS as Mary Nolan
CHARLES ‘BUD’ TINGWELL as Dr Morton
BRIAN JAMES as The Coroner
Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)
Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.
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
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000
Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)
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.
Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976
Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)
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.
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed
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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