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Lancaster-Miller Affair, The (Channel 9 1985, Nicholas Eadie, Kerry Mack)

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Period drama serial The Lancaster Miller Affair followed the lives of 1920’s air ace Bill Lancaster and his lover Chubbie Miller, especially Lancaster’s attempt to become the first to fly from Britain to Australia and later Lancaster’s trial for murdering one of Chubbie’s lovers in 1932 (Lancaster and Miller had married by this stage but he was in Mexico and she was living in Florida working on her memoirs with Haden Clarke who was later found shot dead with Miller as chief suspect. He was put on trial but acquitted in just five hours.)

Another one of those classic Aussie mini-series that were hugely popular back in the 1980’s. This one was blessed with a particularly fine script from the always excellent Peter Yeldham. There was a small role here for Charles Dance and both John Lee and Bud Tingwell had worked extensively in the UK earlier in their careers.

production details
Australia / 9 Network – Lancaster Miller Productions / 5×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 6 – 8 July 1985

Writer: Peter Yeldham / Camera: Ross Berryman / Design: David Copping / Costume: Bruce Finlayson / Music: Frank Strangio / Producer: Paul Davies / Director: Henri Safran

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NICHOLAS EADIE as Bill Lancaster
KERRY MACK as Chubbie Miller
MALCOLM ROBERTSON as James Carson
WAYNE GULL as Haden Clarke
JUNE SALTER as Maud Lancaster
BARRY HILL as Edward Lancaster
LISA ARMYTAGE as Anne Lancaster
JOHN LEE as Charles Colby
EARL FRANCIS as Editor
STEPHEN COSTAIN as George
CHARLES DANCE as Aircraft Company Manager
BILL RICHARDSON as Stewart Cartwright
CHARLES ‘BUD’ TINGWELL as Sam Hayes

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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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