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Party Tricks (Network 10 2014, Asher Keddie, Rodger Corser)

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Political drama series Party Tricks followed politician Kate Ballard on the campaign trail as she attempts to win re-election as Premier of her state. All is going well until she discovers that her rival candidate is well known TV personality turned politico David McLeod with whom Ballard once had an intense and very secret affair.

Keddie said of the series “To work with Rodger has been high on my wish list and I think this material poses the perfect challenge for us to tackle together. The ensemble cast is fresh, dynamic and compelling, and the writing is thrilling.”

The series had the tagline “Opposites Attract” and there was more of an emphasis on the romantic rather than the politcial or thrilling angle.

production details
Australia / Network 10 – Endemol / 6×60 minutes / Broadcast 2014

Creator: Michael Lucas / Producers: John Edwards, Imogen Banks

cast
Asher Keddie as Kate Ballard
Rodger Corser as David McLeod
Adam Zwar as Trevor Bailey
Angus Sampson as Wayne Duffy
Colin Moody as Geoff Ballard
Kaiya Jones as Matilda McLeod
Oliver Ackland as Tom Worland
Doris Younane as Paula Doumani
Charlie Garber as Oliver Parkham
Ash Ricardo as Charlotte Wynn
Ryan Powell as Shaggy Mycology
Michala Banas as Tanya Keegan
Thomas Campbell as Jonathan

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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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