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Puberty Blues (Channel 10 2012-2014, Claudia Karvan, Ashleigh Cummings)

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Based on the book by Katthy Lette and Gabrielle Carey and previously filmed in the early 1980′s Puberty Blues goes all out for a 1970′s vibe as two girls, Debbie and Sue, lose their innocence and learn a few harsh lessons about life. Meanwhile the adults that surround them also have more than a few problems.

Definitely top marks for trying and does capture that intrinsic feel of the 1970′s even as it does fall into the trap (like so much drama that tries to do period these days) of being absolutely 1970′s when in reality every decade is a hodge podge of what has gone before. It’s a veritable riot though of Farrah flicks, Dragon on the soundtrack, flares, Kingswoods, pink lemonade and skinny dippying.

The series was well enough received by public and critics alike but it coincided with some severe financial difficulties faced by Channel 10’s production department and a third series was unforthcoming.

production details
Australia / Channel 10 – Southern Star / 17×45 minute episodes / Broadcast from Wednesday 15 August 2012 – 7 May 2014

Creators and Producers: John Edwards, Imogen Banks / Theme Music: Are You Old Enough by Dragon / Executive Producers: Rick Maier, Janeen Faithfull

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CLAUDIA KARVAN as Judy Vickers
JEREMY LINDSAY TAYLOR as Martin Vickers
ASHLEIGH CUMMINGS as Deborah Vickers
SUSIE PORTER as Pam Knight
ED OXENBOULD as David Vickers
DAN WYLLIE as Roger Knight
BRENNA HARDING as Susan ‘Sue’ Knight
RODGER CORSER as Ferris Hennessy
SYSAN PRIOR as Yvonne Nolan
SEAN KEENAN as Gary Hennessey
KATIE WALL as Lynette
CHARLOTTE BEST as Cheryl
ISABELLE CORNISH as Vicki
REEF IRELAND as Brice Board
DYLAN GOODEARL as Dabby Dixon
JACK HORSLEY as Straccy

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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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