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Link Men, The (Channel 9 1970-1971, Kevin Miles, Bruce Montague)

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Crime drama series The Link Men featured the cases of three detectives from the NSW police and based at Sydney’s CIB headquarters. The trio were specialist investigators who were detached from the CIB to carry out crime detection on an international Link basis – from murder to con tricks to industrial espionage.

The series was made with pretty big UK involvement both in front of the camera (star Bruce Montague, probably best known for his role in the sitcom Butterflies) and behind the cameras (writer Glyn Davies – who created the show) and executive producer George Spenton-Foster, the show was filmed in black and white mainly because the makers couldn’t find an overseas market, the series was given a publicity splash but the viewers didn’t take to it and in the TV Week of 7 March 1970 star Bruce Montague asked viewers to give the series a chance and that he thought the series would become the top crime series in Australia.

The Link Men had a budget for each episode of $1500 and 70% of the show was produced on video tape as opposed to film giving the production a less than high quality look.

The series was dropped before it finished its proposed 13 episode run (only 12 made it on air and the final three being shown many months later). In the TV Week of 21 March 1970 the producer George Spenton-Foster and star Bruce Montague laid the blame for the failure of the series at the feet of the writers and producer Michael Latimer blamed poor scripts and lack of planning.

In a 2 May 1970 edition of TV Week George Spenton-Foster made a number of other claims for the shows failure including the cast behaving like prima donnas, a nude scene of actress Elke Neidhart being clipped and Channel 9 stifling creativity.

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Australia / Channel 9 / 12×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1970 – 1971 black and white

Creator: Glyn Davies / Producer: Michael Latimer / Executive Producer: George Spenton-Foster

cast
KEVIN MILES as Detective Sergeant Randall
BRUCE MONTAGUE as Detective Sergeant Sutton
TRISTAN ROGERS as Constable Gamble

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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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And The Big Men Fly (ABC 1973, John Hargreaves, Frank Wilson)

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Comedy drama And The Big Men Fly saw a young farm lad becoming a big star of Aussie rules football, his special skills involve him playing barefoot. In 1981 there was a sequel called And Here Comes Bucknuckle.

Made in black and white

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Frank Wilson
John Hargreaves
Dennis Miller
Barry McQueen
Reg Evans
George Mallaby
Colin Mcewan
Diane Criag
Maurie Fields

crew details
Writer: Alan Hopgood
Producer: Oscar Whitbread
Director: Keith Wilkes

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: ABC
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1973

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