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Rescue: Special Ops (Channel 9 2009-2011, Libby Tanner, Peter Phelps)

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Action adventure series Rescue: Special Ops focuses on a team of elite Paramedics working in Sydney. Usually involved in search and rescue ops, the team are led by Dean Gallagher who is more often than not in conflict with fellow team member Chase – who just happens to be his brother.

Station Co-Ordinator Vince Marchello is the likable guy who keeps the team running smoothly, whilst station manager Michelle Letourneau was one of the original members of the team; Lara Knight might be something of a princess outside of work but is always the first to volunteer for the most dangerous ops. Meanwhile Jordan Zwitowski is a speed freak and Heidi Wilson is the new girl on the team.

Exciting and big of budget Rescue: Special Ops always packs plenty of bang into its episodes. The personal lives of the team are of course as much to the fore as their professional antics. The first season didn’t perform quite as well as Nine expected but, unusually for these times, they persevered and commissioned a second season allowing the show to find its audience somewhat.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Southern Star Entertainment / 48×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 August 2009 – 5 September 2011

Producers: Julie McGauran, Sarah Smith / Theme Music: Get a Little Dirty by The Ironweed Project

cast
Libby Tanner as Michelle LeTourneau
Peter Phelps as Vince Marchello
Les Hill as Dean Gallagher
Gigi Edgley as Lara Knight
Daniel Amalm as Jordan Zwitkowski
Katherine Hicks as Heidi Wilson
Andrew Lees as Chase Gallagher
Luke McKenzie as Lachie Gallagher (Season 3)
Wil Traval as Hamish McIntyre
Tim McCunn as Ian Johnson
Jessica Napier as Nicole (Season 1)
Simmone Jade Mackinnon as Fiona Charlton (Season 1)
Gary Sweet as Shane Gallagher (Season 1)
Martin Dingle Wall as Jake Hudson (Season 1)
Luke Pegler as Bingo (Season 2)
Vanessa Gray as Renae Daltry (Season 2)
Todd Lasance as Cam (Season 3)

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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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