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Cops L.A.C. (Channel 9 2010, Kate Ritchie, Martin Dingle-Wall)

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Crime drama series COPS L.A.C follows the professional and personal lives of a group of coppers working out of Seaview Local Area Command, a pretty busy metropolitan police station. Detective Senior Constable Samantha Cooper and Detective Senior Constable Rhys Llewellyn are the guiding lights at the station when it comes to solving murder and the like. Head of Detectives is Detective Inspector Diane Pappas but the overall head of LAC is Superintendant Jack Finch.

Also working out of the station are Senior Sergeant Graeme Sinclair who is in charge of organising the stations daily work load as well as senior constables Nathan Holt and Roxanne Perez and newbies Priscilla Smith and Daniel Van Der Mark.

Filmed in the Sydney area the show looks at a completely new way of policing within Australia. Lots of smaller stations being subsumed to create one large scale station operating out of a big city. There are lots of the usual suspects amongst the cast but it does offer up a good chance for Kate Ritchie to make her mark as a proper lead.

Unfortunately as the series progressed it failed to make it’s mark with either the critics or the viewers. The final four episodes were shown as double bills over the space of two weeks.

A rare in house drama production for Channel 9.

production details
Australia / Channel 9 / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 2 September – 11 November 2010

Theme Music: Howlin’ For You by The Black Keys / Producers: Diane Haddon, Lisa Scott

cast
Kate Ritchie as Det. Senior Constable Samantha ‘Sam’ Cooper
Martin Dingle-Wall as Det. Senior Constable Rhys Llewellyn
Ria Vandervis as Det. Senior Constable Roxanne Perez
Tom O’Sullivan as Senior Constable Nathan Holt
Kelly Paterniti as Constable Priscilla Smith ‘Smithy’
Graeme Squires as Probationary Constable Daniel van der Mark
Gary Sweet as Superintendent Jack Finch
Denise Roberts as Det. Inspector Dianne Pappas
Roy Billing as Senior Sergeant Graeme Sinclair
Damian De Montemas as Senior Constable Matt ‘Matilda’ Hilton

THE EPISODES
1. THE LEARNING CURVE (2 Sep 10)
2. A VEIL OF TEARS (9 Sep 10)
3. RUNNING SCARED (16 Sep 10)
4. I’LL SEE YOU (23 Sep 10)
5. THE KILLER WORE SNEAKERS (30 Sep 10)
6. LOST GIRLS (7 Oct 10)
7. KILLER SECRET (14 Oct 10)
8. BLOOD TYPES (21 Oct 10)
9. OLD LOVE (28 Oct 10)
10. GHOST HOUSE (4 Nov 10)
11. ILLEGAL DUMPING (4 Nov 10)
12. LADIES NIGHT (11 Nov 10)
13. LIFE IS A RODIO (11 Nov 10)

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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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