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King, The (TV1 2007, Stephen Curry, Shaun Micallef)

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Period drama The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia’s first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid through radio, TV, film, and back to TV again. But against this backdrop of professional success it also tracks Kennedy’s personal tragedies – the loneliness, the unrealised ambitions and the terrible pressures of being Australia’s first homegrown superstar in the 1950s and 60s.

But The King is not just about a man – it’s also the story of the birth of television, a cultural phenomenon that has helped define a nation and make us who we are today.

classic quote
“..I wouldn’t call myself a comedian and yet I can hear a million people say, say that again…I can communicate sometimes amusingly, I think that’s my field” – Graham Kennedy

production details
UK / TV1-Fremantle-9 Network-Crackerjack Productions / 1×120 minute episode / 2007 (broadcast 20 May on TV1 and 27 August on the 9 Network)

Writers: Jaime Browne, Kris Mrksa / Producer: Jason Stephens / Production Design: Paddy Reardon / Costume Design: Sandi Cichello / Music: Bryony Marks / Cinematography: Leilani Hannah / Producer: Jason Stephens / Director: Matthew Saville

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STEPHEN CURRY as Graham Kennedy
LOUIS CORBETT as Graham as a boy
MONICA MAUGHAN as Nanna Scott
SHAUN MICALLEF as Colin Bednall
GARRY McDONALD as Nicky Whita
STEPHEN HALL as Bert Newton
STEVE BISLEY as Harry M Miller
JANE ALLSOP as Noeline Brown
BERNARD CURRY as John Wesley
BETH BUCHANAN as Val Wesley
ANGUS SAMPSON as Ugly Dave Gray
CATHY GODBOLD as Rosemary Margan
LAVERNE McDONNELL as Graham’s Mum
TOM WRIGHT as Alfie Boy
KATE DOHERTY as Princess Panda
LEO TAYLOR as Sir Frank Packer
BEAU BRADY as Tim
DONAL FORDE as Geoff “Corkie” Corke
ROZ HAMMOND as Kathleen Whitta
NICK FARNELL as Norm Spencer
TODD McDONALD as Richard Croft

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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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