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Chances (Channel 9 1991-1992, Jeremy Sims, Cathy Godbold)

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Chances took us inside the machinations of the Taylor family, an archetypal soap family for whom big business, Nazi war fetishists, Asian triad gangs and even Vampires are just an everyday part of life.

Despite only being on the air for two years in the early 90’s Chances is a very well remembered show, not necessarily for the right reasons though, Chances is not just camp, it so far beyond that, like a cross between Dark Shadows and Number 96 it lurks in the TV archives like the proverbial black sheep of the family.

Chances actually had a reasonable pedigree when it started, Beyond International’s entry into the TV market had begun as an attempt to revive the glory days of Number 96 and The Box, their initial premise was to have followed a family who won $3 million on the lottery, however the shows early promise of a Sons and Daughters-esque feuding family saga quickly descended into a barrage of boobs, bums and some decidedly dodgy acting. The plots were soon featuring everything from vampires to Asian triads to imaginary friends.

The early 90’s fashions and sets (which surprisingly look incredibly dated) and the chance to spot prominent Aussie’s in compromising positions such as Kate Langbroek (her nude scene isn’t mentioned on her CV funnily enough) and Michael Caton (the scene where he returns home to his apartment to be confronted by a vampire is hilarious. Other guest stars included the likes of Abigail and Lynda Stoner.

Over the course of the shows run cast members came and went with alarming regularity with later episodes tending to focus on manipulative businessman Alex Taylor.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Beyond / 125×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 1991-1992

Executive Producer: Brendon Lunney / Producer: Lynn Bayonas

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John Sheerin as Dan Taylor
Brenda Addie as Barbara Taylor
Jeremy Sims as Alex Taylor
Natalie Mccurry as Rebecca Young
Cathy Godbold as Nicki Taylor
Yvonne Lawley as Heather Mcglashan
Tim Robertson as Jack Taylor
Anne Grigg as Sarah Taylor
Leverne Mcdonnell as Phillipa Taylor
Rhys Muldoon as Ben Taylor
Deborah Kennedy As Connie Reynolds
Mark Kounnas as Chris Reynolds
Simon Grey as Sam Reynolds
Kimberley Davenport as Charlie Gibson
Michael Caton as Bill Anderson
Peter Phelps as David Hensen
Diane Craig as Barbara Taylor
Mouche Phillips as Nicki Taylor

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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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