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Comedy Game, The (ABC 1971-1973, John Bell, Jacki Weaver)

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An anthology series of one off comedies made with a guide to producing sitcoms, several made it including Our Man in the Company and Aunty Jack.

The full run down of shows was

1971:
Nice Day at the Office – Writer: John O’Grady; cast: John Bell, Neil Fitzpatrick, Fay Kelton and Kevin Lesley
Use No Hooks – cast: Keith Lee, John Hamblin and Grahame Bond
Gaudeamus Igitur – cast: Jacki Weaver and Arna-Maria Winchester
Scattergood – Writer: Maurice Wiltshire: cast: Max Cullen, Moya O’Sullivan and Alfred Sandor
Aunty Jack’s Travelling Show – Writer: Grahame Bond; cast: Grahame Bond
Arthur – Writer: Michael Aitkens cast: Michael Aitkens, Sheila Kennelly and Judy Morris.

1973:
Fat Max – Writer: John O’Grady; cast: Barry Lovett, Graham Rouse and Olivia Hamnett
Catch What I Mean? – Writer: John Dingwall; cast: John Meillon, Moya O’Sullivan and Graham Rouse
Birth, Death and Marriage – Writers: Maurice Wiltshire, Ray Biehler, Arthur Sherman; cast: Garry McDonald, Jacki Weaver and Peter Sumner
The Engagement Party – Writer: John O’Grady; cast: Ron Frazer, John Krummel and Sue Walker
Flash Nick from Jindavick (2 episodes) – Writer: Grahame Bond; cast: Grahame Bond, John Meillon and Martin Harris
The Only One Left – Writer: John O’Grady; cast: Garry McDonald, Terry Bader and Walter Sullivan

production details
Australia / ABC / 14×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 1971 and 1973

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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.

cast
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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