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Sullivans, The (Channel 9 1976-1983, Paul Cronin, Lorraine Bayly)

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Period soap style drama series. In a Melbourne suburb, the Sullivans (who lived at 7 Gordon Street, Camberwell, Victoria) and their friends and relatives cope with the hardships of the second world war. Set and filmed in Melbourne with Canterbury being the main location because of its proximity to Abbotsford which is where production company Crawfords were based. Although pretty much all of the scenes set overseas were filmed in Melbourne the production team did venture out to the Netherlands for some location work in Amsterdam.

The pub featured in the series is The Retreat Hotel in Abbotsford. Episodes one and two ran to 45 minutes each.

The series was huge not only in Australia but was also one of the first Australian soaps to transfer successfully around the world.

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Grace heads to London never to return.

In 1979 Lorraine Bayly was the first major character to leave the series. The production team was desperate to keep her on board and persuaded to film six months worth of short segments that saw her character embarking to London to care for her injured son John. A good idea but one that didn’t work as Lorraine, despite filming the segments, didn’t return to the series. Her character, Grace, was then killed (offscreen) by a V1 rocket whilst still in London. The series effectively ended with the war itself ending. Crawfords were still keen to carry on but by that stage star Cronin had had enough and the serie came to a close.

5 August 1979 saw the broadcast of a TV Movie called The John Sullivan Story this starred series regular Andrew McFarlane and followed John’s story after he went missing in the series. It seems after his troopship was sunk John made it to a small Madedonian village where he worked for a time as a doctor and fell in love with Jewish girl Nadia.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Crawford / 1112×25 minute episodes 2×45 minute episodes / 15 November 1976 – 10 March 1983

Creators: Jack Blair, Ian Jones

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PAUL CRONIN as David Sullivan
LORRAINE BAYLY as Grace Sullivan
ANDREW McFARLANE as John Sullivan
STEVEN TANDY as Tom Sullivan
SUSAN HANNAFORD as Kitty Sullivan
RICHARD MORGAN as Terry Sullivan
INGRID MASON as Anna Kaufman
LEON LISSEK as Hans Kaufman
KYLIE MINOGUE as Carla

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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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