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Challenge, The (Channel 9 1986, John Wood, Tim Pigott-Smith)

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Drama serial The Challenge was based on the true story of the monumental 1983 America’s Cup Yacht Race. After losing the America’s Cup yachting competition, the Australian team, led by Allan Bond and designer Ben Lexcen mount an attempt to win the competition in 1983.

Superbly made and with a top flight cast that also included a couple of international faces in the shape of Tim Pigott-Smith and Nicholas Hammond.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Roadshow Coote and Carroll – Golden Dolphin / 3×120 minute episodes / Broadcast 14 – 16 October 1986

Writer: David Phillips / Camera: Russell Boyd / Design: Larry Eastwood / Costume: Anna Senior / Music: Martin Armiger / Producer: Robert Loader, Tristram Miall / Executive Producers: Greg Coote, Matt Carroll, Linda Agran / Director: Chris Thomson

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JOHN WOOD as Alan Bond
JOHN DIEDRICH as John Bertrand
JOHN CLAYTON as Ben Lexcen
BARTHOLOMEW JOHN as John Longley
RICHARD MOIR as Warren Jones
LORRAINE BAYLY as Eileen Bond
JACKI WEAVER as Rasa Bertrand
TIM PIGOTT-SMITH as Peter de Savary
NICHOLAS HAMMOND as Dennis Conner
JOIE GREGORY as Judy Conner
RAY BARRETT as Bob McCullough
GUS MERCURIO as Vic Romagna
JEFF TRUMAN as Johan Valentijn
PETER PHELPS as Will Baillieu

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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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