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Dead Men Running (ABC 1971 with Ewen Solon and Brendan Lunney)

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Australia / ABC / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 February – 17 March 1971 shown Wednesdays at 8.30pm in black and white

Writers: Harold Lander, Eric Taylor / Novel: D’Arcy Niland / Producer/Director: Eric Taylor

The story of the influence an older man has over a youth with loner Starkey Moore (living in the outback town of Hope) discovering a young man collapsed by the road during a storm, he nurses him back to health and also proceeds to teach him a few things about life, one of the things he teaches the young lad, Joey, is that if he (Joey) has a good enough reason then he can kill Starkey.

Set between the years 1910 and 1916 and filmed in NSW (the town of Gulgong). Gulgong was chosen because it had changed little since before the first world war with the town making an effort to preserve its architecture, the serial was filmed over three weeks and many of the townspeople appeared as extras in the production.

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EWEN SOLON as Starkey Moore
BRENDAN LUNNEY as Joey Emmett
DIANE CRAIG as Teresa Doherty
MICHAEL BODDY
DON COSBY
JACK FEGAN as Martin Walsh
CHIPS RAFFERTY
RUTH CRACKNELL
MOIRA SULLIVAN
SLIM DE GREY
DOREEN WARBURTON
BERNADETTE HUGHSON

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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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