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Land Of Hope (Channel 7 1986, Patricia Kennedy)

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Period drama serial Land of Hope spanned 80 years in the lives of the Irish Quinn family starting in the 1890’s and taking in all the key historical events, two world wars, the depression etc.

It was a pretty lavish affair but unlike many other period Aussie dramas of the day went for a longish run of 10 episodes rather than the two or four hour mini-series route and consequently it hasn’t been seen too often since.

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Australia | Channel 7

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 10 | AIRDATES: From 18 May 1986

WRITERS: Tony Morphett, John Patterson, Anne Brooksbank | CAMERA: Jan Kenny | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Owen Williams | COSTUMES: Terry Ryan, Fiona Reilly | MUSIC: Mike Perjanik | PRODUCER: Suzanne Baker | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: James Davern | DIRECTORS: Chris Adshead, Gary Conway

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MAUREEN GREEN as Young Maureen Quinn
PATRICIA KENNEDY as Old Maureen Quinn
PATRICK DICKSON as Paddy Quinn
BENJAMIN FRANKLIN as Kevin Quinn
PENELOPE STEWART as Young Nesta Quinn
MELISSA JAFFER as Old Nesta Quinn
MELITA JURISIC as Kathleen Quinn
DREW FORSYTHE as Old Frank Quinn
PETER KOWITZ as Leo Quinn
RICHARD MOIR as Dominic Quinn
MARK OWEN-TAYLOR as Andrew Quinn
HEATHER MITCHELL as Helen Davies

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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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