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Long Arm, The (Channel 10 1970, Robert Bruning, Sandy Harbutt)

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Crime drama series The Long Arm focused on the cases of a team of detectives led by the no nonsense Inspector Dallas Buchanan. Worthy of note as Channel 10’s first dramatic series, it was filmed in both Sydney and Melbourne and was all very much in the style of the then hugely popular Homicide made by Crawfords. In fact it’s fair to say the series was Channel 10’s attempt to create it’s own Crawfords style show.

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Australia | Channel 10 – Ron Beck Productions

RUNNING TIME: 60 minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 19 | ORIGINAL AIRDATE: 1970 (made in black and white)

CREATOR and PRODUCER: Ron Beck | PRODUCER: Michael Pate | MUSIC: Richard Bowden

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ROBERT BRUNING as Inspector Dallas Buchanan
SANDY HARBUTT as Detective Constable Kim Riverton
LYNDAL MOOR as Trish Towns
BARBARA MASON as Veleen Towns
TONY WARD as Inspector Mike Hammond
KEN GOODLET as Sgt Ted Driscoll

THE EPISODES
1. THE LION WAS FIRST TO KNOW
2. I’D TRUST HIM WITH MY LIFE
3. THE HARDER THEY FALL
4. WHISPERS IN THE MIKE
5. DEALER IN DOLLS
6. THE FLIGHT OF THE CHICKEN
7. LOVE, HONOUR AND OBEY
8. THE BIG CIRCLE
9. WRONGWAY
10. THE END OF A BULLET
11. TERROR IN TRANQUILITIE
12. IT WAS TWILIGHT
13. THE CHRISTMAS BREAK
14. THE BROKEN MOMENT
15. DONOVAN
16. DOG ON A HOT LINE
17. THE LINE BETWEEN IS SO THIN
18. ONLY A WAVE AWAY
19. THE ENFORCER

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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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