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Power Without Glory (ABC 1976, Martin Vaughan, Rowena Wallace)

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Historical drama series Power Without Glory began in 1890’s Melbourne where poor downtrodden John West is determined to make something of his life with the series following him as he gains wealth, power and influence and ending with his death in 1950, taking in both his political and business ambitions as well as his family life as well as the major historical events of the period such as World War One and the beginnings of the Australian Labour Party.

This deservedly popular series also went onto win numerous awards including nine Sammys and four Penguins. Part of the filming of the show was disrupted by union action (the unions didn’t like the way they were being portrayed in the series). The book on which the series was based was allegedly a veiled account of the real life and hard times of businessman John Wren (whose family tried to stop the book). Filmed on location around Melbourne.

The series won 9 Sammy awards and 4 Penguins and at the time was one of Australia’s most ambitious series ever.

production details
Australia / ABC – Paradine / 26×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 21 June – 13 December 1976

Novel: Frank Hardy / Executive Producer: Oscar Whitbread / Music: George Dreyfus / Directors: Doug Sharp, Keith Wilkes, David Zweck / Executive Director: John Backman, Scott McLennan.

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MARTIN VAUGHAN as John West
ROSALIND SPIERS as Nellie Moran
HEATHER CANNING as Mrs Moran
IRENE INESCORT as Mrs West
MICHAEL AITKENS as Piggy Lewis
GEORGE MALLABY as Barney Robinson
SEAN SCULLY as Eddie Corrigan
JOHN BOWMAN as Mick O’Connell
TIM CONNOR as Paddy Cummins
DAVID RAVENSWOOD as Devlin
TERRY GILL as Sgt Grieve
LES JAMES as Alec
MARNIE RANDALL as Mrs Tracey
JOHN MURPHY as Father O’Toole
JOHN WOOD as Sugar Renfrey
LEILA HAYES as Florrie Robinson
LEON LISSEK as David Garside
TELFORD JACKSON as Jim Francis
GERARD KENNEDY as Dick Bradley
KERRY DWYER as Dolly West
TERENCE DONOVAN as Frank Lammence
GIL TUCKER as Lou Darby
GRAEME BLUNDELL as Snoopy Tanner
ROWENA WALLACE as Harriet
LOU BROWN as Turner
LISA CRITTENDEN as Marjorie
NORMAN KAYE as Ned Horan
WENDY HUGHES as Mary West
TONY BONNER as Brendon West
DAVID CAMERON as Hugo
WARWICK SIMS as Paul Andreas
GUS MERCURIO as Bill Tinns
CHARLES TINGWELL as Keith Burkett
JOHN NASH as Lygon
CAMILLA ROWNTREE as Benda
FRED CULCULLEN as Watty
BOBBY BRIGHT as Michael Kiely
PETER COX as Tony Grey
MICHAEL DUFFIELD as Dr Bevan

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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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