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Last Bastion, The (Channel 10 1984, John Wood, Robert Vaughn)

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Mini-series The Last Bastion was made in the early 1980′s when Australia was King of the genre, this lavish production was set in 1941 and focused on the people of Australia as they readied themselves for hard times when it looks as if the Japanese might invade.

A fabulous cast was assembled including some big international names in the shape of Robert Vaughan and Timothy West who gave us another of is spot on impersonations of Winston Churchill. Watch out too for Playschool’s John Hamblin as prime minister Anthony Eden.

production details
Australia | Channel 10 – Classic Films

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 3 | ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 1984

WRITERS: David Williamson, Dennis Whitburn | CAMERA: Louis Irving | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Laurence Eastwood | COSTUME: David Rowe | MUSIC: Colin Stead | PRODUCERS: Brian Rosen, David Williamson, Denis Whitburn | DIRECTOR: Chris Thomson

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MICHAEL BLAKEMORE as John Curtin
JOHN WOOD as Robert Menzies
ROBERT VAUGHAN as Douglas MacArthur
TIMOTHY WEST as Winston Churchill
RAY BARRETT as General Blamey
WARREN MITCHELL as Franklin Roosevelt
PETER WHITFORD as Evatt
GRAEME ROUSE as Sutherland
MAX CULLEN as Eddie Ward
BILL HUNTER as Ben Chiefley
RHYS MacCONNOCHIE as Vice Marshall Portal
JOHN HAMBLIN as Anthony Eden
LESLIE WRIGHT as Stanley Bruce

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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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