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Love Child (Channel 9 2014, Jessica Marais, Jonathan LaPaglia)

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Period drama series Love Child takes us back to 1969 when young Joan Millar returns home from London to take up a position at Kings Cross Hospital in Sydney. Joan is a midwife and looks after the women who are staying at Stanton House which is a home for unmarried pregnant girls. At the heart of the series is the issue of forced adoption that so many unmarried young girls of the era were faced with.

Patrick McNaughton is the doctor in charge and Frances Bolton is the matron, initially Millar comes into conflict with both of them. By the start of the second season, which moves into 1970, Joan has become a fully fledged Doctor and by the end of the season Stanton House has been closed down. Season three, still in 1970, saw the Vietnam War impacting on the lives of the Doctors and Nurses at Kings Cross and Matron is determined to see the reopening of Stanton House.

Love Child Season 2 Sophie and Harriet - Photograph by David Dare Parker.

Love Child Season 2 Sophie Hensser as Viv Maguire and Harriet Dyer as Patricia Saunders – Photograph by David Dare Parker.

Love Child is quite the big budget drama for Channel 9, very similar in concept in a way to the BBC series Call The Midwife but moving the action forward to the late sixties from the fifties. It’s a very modern idealised version of the era though as the Sydney Morning Herald says “this is an idealised slightly soft focus Cross with the serious unpleasantness largely airbrushed out, leaving us with a location that is effectively a metaphor for a changing Australia.”

production details
Australia / Channel 9 – Playmaker Media / 26×50 minute episodes / Broadcast from 17 February 2014

Creator: Sarah Lambert / Producers: Sue Seeary, Sarah Lambert, Tim Pye / Executive Producers: Jo Rooney, Andy Ryan, David Taylor, David Maher

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Jessica Marais as Dr. Joan Millar
Jonathan LaPaglia as Dr. Patrick McNaughton
Mandy McElhinney as Matron Frances Bolton
Ella Scott Lynch as Shirley Ryan
Harriet Dyer as Patricia Saunders
Sophie Hensser as Viv Maguire
Gracie Gilbert as Annie Carmichael
Miranda Tapsell as Martha Tennant
Ryan Johnson as Phillip Paige
Ryan Corr as Johnny Lowry (seasons 1–2)
Matthew Le Nevez as Jim Marsh (seasons 2–)
Maya Stange as Eva McNaughton (seasons 1–2)
Ben Lawson as Colin Ryan (season 1)
Ben Toole as Pete (seasons 1–2)
Lincoln Younes as Chris Vesty (season 2)
Jessica June as Tania (season 2)
Andrew Ryan as Simon Bowditch (season 2)
Marshall Napier as Greg Matheson (season 2)
Ian Bolt as Bob Flannery (seasons 1–2)

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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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