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Around the World in 80 Days (NBC 1972-1973, Alistair Duncan, Janet Waldo)

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Dapper British globetrotter Phileas Fogg turned cartoon adventurer in Around the World in 80 Days, an Australian animated version of the classic Jules Verne novel. Premiering 100 years after the novel first appeared as a newspaper serial, the cartoon Around the World in 80 Days followed a similar course to Verne’s original, but with a slightly different motive.

This Phileas Fogg was madly in love with the stunning Belinda Maze, niece of aristocrat Lord Maze. The uncle sternly disapproved of Mr. Fogg as a nephew-in-law, but Phileas came up with a gentleman’s solution: If he, Fogg, could circumnavigate the globe in 80 days, Lord Maze would give Belinda’s hand in marriage. And to keep it interesting, a large sum of cash was on the line as well.

Lord Maze agreed, and soon Fogg was off with the assistance of his personal valet, Passepartout. Using every means of transportation possible in the late 19th century—balloon, train, steam ship, elephant, etc.—the intrepid pair crossed through the wilds of several continents, giving a bit of geographical knowledge to the kids at home with every stop. There was little time for lessons, however, as the two had to deal with the plots of Mister Fix, a nasty saboteur hired by Lord Maze to make sure Fogg failed.

It took an entire season’s run of 16 episodes, but Fogg finally did make it, winning his lady love’s hand with little time to spare. Naturally, the couple wasn’t keen on making another around-the-world journey, so the series came to a close after its single season on the air.

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Alistair Duncan as Phileas Fogg
Janet Waldo as Belinda Maze
Ross Higgins as Jean Passepartout
Max Obistein as Mister Fix
Owen Weingott as Various Voices

production details
Country: Australia – USA
Network and Production Companies: NBC – Air Programs Intl. – D.L. Taffner
Duration: 16×20 minute episodes
Aired From: 9 September 1972 – 9 January 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.

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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.

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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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