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Last Frontier, The (Channel 10 1986, Linda Evans, Jack Thompson)

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Two part mini series The Last Frontier lured Linda Evans, then at the height of her popularity thanks to Dynasty, over to take the starring role as an American woman who moves to the Australian outback with her family in a bid to start a new life.

It’s your classic mini-series though, lots of wide open vistas, a good mingling of international stars and home grown legends lik Jack Thompson and Tony Bonner. No surprise to see the always dependable McElroy and McElroy (Hal and Di) as one of the production companies involved but definitely a surprise to see Hanna Barbera’s involvement, they were definitely more used to the animated antics of Scooby Doo and Hong Kong Phooey than getting down and dirty in the Australian bush.

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Australia | Channel 10 – Taft Hardie – McElroy and McElroy – Hanna Barbera

RUNNING TIME: 120 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 2 | ORIGINAL AIRDATES: 27 – 28 November 1986

WRITERS: Michael Laurence, John Misto | STORY: Michael Laurence | CAMERA: Ian Baker | PRODUCTION DESIGN: Ross Major | COSTUMES: Miv Brewer | MUSIC: Brian May | PRODUCER: Tim Saunders | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Hal McElroy | DIRECTOR: Simon Wincer

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LINDA EVANS as Kate Hannon
JACK THOMPSON as Nick Stenning
JASON ROBARDS as Ed Stenning
LES FOXCROFT as Ralph
PETER FORD as Phil
JUDY MORRIS
TONY BONNER
BARRY DONNELLY as Simmo
NICOLE MERCURIO as Judy
LOIS FORAKER as Mary
BILL SANDY as Gillie
MICHAEL GOW as Bert

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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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