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Blue Heelers (Channel 7 1994-2006, John Wood, Julie Nihill)

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Crime drama series Blue Heelers was a long running popular soap style series about the professional and personal lives of the uniformed cops of outback/rural town Mount Thomas. Although quite a small town Mount Thomas is seemingly crime ridden with every crime imaginable occurring in the town at one time or another. One of the most popular storylines was the long running relationship between Maggie and PJ. Fans got a major shock when main player Maggie Doyle was gunned down in the year 2000 whilst looking into police corruption.

The end of March 2001 saw the show notch up it’s 300th episode and by the time the series finished in 2006 it had managed a massive 510 episodes. The old Mount Thomas Police Station was in reality a normal family home. Most of the location filming was done in Williamstown. Only two cast members stayed with the show throughout it’s entire run – John Wood and Julie Nihill.

Blue Heelers

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Australia / Seven-Southern Star-Liberty and Beyond / 510×45 minute episodes / 18 January 1994 – 4 June 2006

Creators: Tony Morphett, Hal McElroy / Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Ric Pellizzeri / Music: Garry Hardman / Script Editor: Anna Honey / Titles: Tribal

cast
TASMA WALTON as Dash McKinley(96-99)
DAMIAN WALSHE-HOWLING as Adam Cooper (95-98)
LISA McCUNE as Maggie Doyle (94-2000)
WILLIAM McINNES as Nick Schultz (94-98)
MARTIN SACKS as PJ Hasham
JULIE NIHILL as Chris Reilly
JOHN WOOD as Tom Croyden
GRANT BOWLER as Wayne Patterson (94-96)
ANNE BURBROOK as Ros Patterson (1994)
PAUL BISHOP as Ben Stewart
RUPERT REID as Jack Lawson (-June 2001)
JANE ALLSOP as Jo Parrish
CAROLINE CRAIG as Tess Gallagher (2000-)
DITCH DAVEY as Evan Jones (From May 2001 – )

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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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