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Sword of Honour (Channel 7 1986 with Andrew Clarke and Tracy Mann)

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Australia / Channel 7 – Simpson Le Mesurier / 4×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 1986

Writers: Roger Simpson, Kathy Mueller, Peter Kinloch, Tom Hegarty / Camera: David Connell / Design: Bernard Hides / Costume: Jane Hyland / Music: Greg Sneddon / Producer: Roger Le Mesurier / Executive Producer: Roger Simpson / Directors: Pino Amenta, Catherine Millar

Period drama serial. During the 1960’s the life of Esse Rogers (as she goes to university and campaigns against the Vietnam War) contrasts with that of her childhood sweetheart Tony Lawrence (who fights in the war and wins the military award The Sword of Honour).

The series was pretty lavish with a budget of $5 million and was filmed in Sydney, Melbourne, Queensland as well as South-East Asia. The storyline has no relation to the Evelyn Waugh trilogy of the same name which has also been adapted for television (several times in fact and most recently in 2011 with Daniel Craig).

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ANDREW CLARKE as Tony Lawrence
TRACY MANN as Esse Rogers
NIKKI COGHILL as Viv Lawrence-Vittorio
PAULINE CHAN as Tam
ALAN FLETCHER as Frank Vittorio
ANDREW SHARP as Jo Hale
JULIA BLAKE
LINDA NEWTON
WYN ROBERTS
DOUG BOWLES
MARK MITCHELL
GEORGE MALLABY
TOM RICHARDS

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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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