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Pirate Islands (2003, Brooke Harman, Eliza Taylor Cotte)

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Pirate Islands was a children’s action adventure series. When 15 year old Kate and her younger brother and sister are accidentally zapped into their computer game they find themselves in a land of eighteenth century Pirates. Marooned in an exotic archipelago, the three children set up base in a secret tree house and battle the sinister Captain Blackheart, and his motley band of fearsome Pirates.

Kate meets a stranded group of Castaway Children, lead by the dashing Mars, a fearless leader who helps Kate in her quest and between whom sparks fly. Their only way home is to win the game by beating the Pirates to the ultimate prize and hidden treasure, – The Golden Idol – which is guarded by an evil ghost. Kate’s electronic wizardry is pitted against the Pirate’s swashbuckling skills.

From the same production team who also made the excellent Ocean Girl, Pirate Islands is great fun, it throws in all manner of tricks from a flying golden egg, talking flowers and even holograms, it’s very much in the vein of classic kids TV of yesteryear.

production details
Australia / Channel 10 – Jonathan M Shiff-Fox-Film Victoria / 26×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 March – 30 June 2003

Creators: Jonathan M Shiff, Greg Millin / Producers: Jonathan M Shiff, Daniel Scharf

cast
Brooke Harman as Kate Redding
Eliza Taylor-Cotte as Sarah Redding
Nicholas Donaldson as Nicholas Redding
Oliver Ackland as Mars
Collin Moody as Captain Blackheart
Darcy Bonser as Perry
Lucia Smyrk as Carmen

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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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