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Flair (Channel 7 1990, Heather Thomas, Rowena Wallace)

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Lavish mini-series Flair took us into the world of Tessa Clarke, a fashion designer, who returns home to Australia from America intent on becoming a major player in the Australian fashion industry.

Her success leads to bitter jealousy amongst her rivals and she also has problems when a one time employee, Pamela Winter-Smith manages to win a court case claiming back her designs.

Very much in the Dynasty-Return to Eden mould and also owing a big nod to the UK series Connie, Flair also had a big USA presence in the cast with both James Healey and Heather Thomas. Despite rating well the critics hated it of course.

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Australia | Network 7 – Flair TV Prod – Film Victoria -Australian Film Finance

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 2 | AIRDATES: 1 – 8 August 1990

WRITER: Alan Hopgood | IDEA: Paul Davies, Gaye Hopgood | MUSIC: Frank Strangio | PRODUCTION DESIGN: David Copping | COSTUMES: Anna Senior | PRODUCER: Paul Davies | DIRECTOR: Henri Safran

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HEATHER THOMAS as Tessa Clarke
ANDREW CLARKE as Philip Harmon
JAMES HEALEY as Chris Drake
ROWENA WALLACE as Pamela Winter-Smith
JOSEPH BOTTOMS as Matthew ‘Matt’ Lee
IMOGEN ANNESLEY as Sally Clarke
CHARLES “Bud” TINGWELL as Bert Clarke
DAVID REYNE as Mark Tupper
ELAINE SMITH as Megan
BRIONY BEHETS as Samantha Harmon
JOANNE CANNING as Trudy
MARIE-THERESE BYRNE as Addie
NEELA DEY as Chistine
JAMES PATRICK as Jack Brody

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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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