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Box, The (Channel 10 1974-1977, Judy Nunn, Ken James)

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Comedy drama series The Box looked at life inside TV Station Channel 12 especially focusing on characters like ‘maverick cop’ Tony Wild and his show Manhunt, host Gary Burke and reporter Vicki Stafford.

The show made a habit of including characters based on well known TV people (both in front and behind the camera) of the time. Sir Henry Usher, head of Channel 12, was allegedly based on parts of Sir Reginald Ansett and Sir Frank Packer.

Other characters included station general manager Max Knight; Production Manager Paul Donovan (George Mallaby won a Logie for his role as Donovan); Secretary Kay Webster and compere Peter Regan.

A big screen version was made during the show’s run on the air (1975) with all of the regulars and featuring Cornelia Frances in a main role. The film had a budget of $300,000 and was filmed over four weeks.

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Australia / Channel 10 – Crawford / 335×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1974-77

Creator: Tom Hegarty, Ian Jones / Producers: Don Battye, Jack Blair, John Dommett / One of the directors on the show was actor Charles Tingwell

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BARRY BARKLA as Max Knight
BRIONY BEHETS as Judy Donovan
FRED BETTS as Sir Henry Usher
BELINDA GIBLIN as Kay Webster (74-75)
KEN JAMES as Tony Wild (74-76)
PAUL KARO as Lee Whiteman (74-76)
GEORGE MALLABY as Paul Donovan (74-75)
TRACEY MANN as Tina
MONICA MAUGHAN as Jean Ford
JUDY NUNN as Vicki Stafford
LOIS RAMSEY as Mrs Hopkins
JILL FORSTER as Enid Parker
KEN SNODGRASS as Jack O’Brien
JOHN STANTON as Nick Manning

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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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