Australia / Channel 7 – Crawford / 510×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1964-1975
Creator: Hector Crawford
Crime drama series. A very influential series in Australian TV history and one of the most popular. The show helped to pave the way for popular TV production in Australia. The series basically detailed the cases of a group of Homicide cops. Victoria’s old police headquarters based in Russell Street was often used for exteriors. The show won 11 Logies, 5 Penguins, 2 Awgies and 4 Sammy’s.
Homicide was based on their successful radio serial D24 [known as C.I.B. outside Melbourne] and it took a year to get the show on air following a pilot episode. The first episode, ‘The Stunt’, went to air on HSV 7 at 7:30 on Tuesday, October 20, 1964, with Ian Turpie playing the first victim.
Most episodes were based on actual police files and the series also made much use of actually shooting on location as opposed to the then usual practice of shooting in the studio. The last three years of production saw the show shot completely on film and in colour.
JOHN FEGAN as Inspector Jack Connolly
TERRY McDERMOTT as Det Sgt Frank Bronson
LEONARD TEALE as Inspector David Mackay
LESLIE DAYMAN as Det Bill Hudson
LIONEL LONG as Det Bert Costello
GEORGE MALLABY as Det Sgt Peter Barnes
NORMAN YEMM as Det Jim Patterson
ALWYN KURTS as Inspector Colin Fox
MIKE PRESTON as Det Bob Delaney
CHARLES TINGWELL as Inspector Reg Lawson
DERAMI SCARR as WPC Helen Hopgood
URSULA FINLAY as Pat Bronson
WENDY GILMORE as Joy Bower
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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