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Young Ramsay (Channel 7 1977-1979, John Hargreaves, Serge Lazareff)

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Drama series Young Ramsay told stories of rural vet Peter Ramsay. The show really only came about because Crawfords were looking for a family vehicle and amongst the possibilities for the lead role in the shows initial stages were Tom Richards and Wendy Hughes. Ramsay had been working in Sydney dealing mainly with racehorses before becoming disillusioned and wanting a change. He moved to the country town of Jindarra, near to the Victorian coast to join the practice of Jack Lambert, Hack’s daughter Julie acted as their receptionist.

Hargreaves and Lazareff would often improvise to a small degree with some of their scenes. Ray Turner was heavily involved as wildlife officer for the area.

The show was filmed on the Mornington Peninsula at Tooradin and also Healesville. Guest stars included the likes of Sam Neill, Sigrid Thornton, Rod Mullinar, Peter Sumner, Briony Behets and Penne Hackforth Jones. The character of Jack Lambert died at the end of season one and for the second season (made almost 2 years later) a new main character in the form of Cassie McCallum (taking the place of Julie Lambert) was added to the cast. The series was heavily supported by the Victorian Ministry for Wildlife and Conservation.

production details
Australia / Channel 7 – Crawfords / 26×60 minute episodes/ Broadcast 1977 and 1979 2 seasons

Producers: Henry Crawford, George Miller, Kevin Dobson

cast
JOHN HARGREAVES as Peter Ramsay
BARBARA LLEWELLYN as Julie Lambert (season one)
LOUISE HOWITT as Cassie McCallum (season two)
VIC GORDON as Jack Lambert (season one)
SERGE LAZAREFF as Ray Turner

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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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And The Big Men Fly (ABC 1973, John Hargreaves, Frank Wilson)

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Comedy drama And The Big Men Fly saw a young farm lad becoming a big star of Aussie rules football, his special skills involve him playing barefoot. In 1981 there was a sequel called And Here Comes Bucknuckle.

Made in black and white

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Frank Wilson
John Hargreaves
Dennis Miller
Barry McQueen
Reg Evans
George Mallaby
Colin Mcewan
Diane Criag
Maurie Fields

crew details
Writer: Alan Hopgood
Producer: Oscar Whitbread
Director: Keith Wilkes

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: ABC
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1973

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