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Mother And Son (ABC 1984-1994 with Ruth Cracknell and Garry McDonald)

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Australia / ABC / 42×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 1984-1994

Writer: Geoffrey Atherden / Producer and Director: Geoff Portman

Sitcom. Much like the writers of classic UK sitcoms like Porridge and Steptoe and Son writer Geoffrey Atherden utilises the idea of having his two lead characters basically stuck together, middle aged divorcee Arthur (Garry McDonald) is trapped looking after his ageing mother Maggie (Ruth Cracknell) who is becoming increasingly senile by the day, Cracknell’s character is trapped of course because she can’t cope on her own; However neither really wants to escape, witness the episode where Arthur has the chance to send his mother to a home for the elderly but refuses to do so.

Now if all this sounds slightly low key rest assured Mother and Son is a tour de force of supremely funny dialogue and top flight acting, both McDonald and Cracknell playing off of each other is a pure delight to watch, also an intrinsic part of the show is Henri Szeps as Arthur’s more successful brother Robert, an upmarket dentist whom his mother heavily favours over Arthur much to the chagrin of Arthur. There’s a huge amount of laughs to be had in the watching of this series, Atherden though cleverly combines his humour with pathos so that the real feeling in the situation is self evident.

A UK version of this show appeared in 1997 on the BBC under the title Keeping Mum.

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RUTH CRACKNELL as Maggie Beare
GARRY McDONALD as Arthur Beare
HENRI SZEPS as Robert Beare
JUDY MORRIS as Liz Beare
SUZANNE ROYLANCE as Deidre

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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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