Pirate Islands was a children’s action adventure series. When 15 year old Kate and her younger brother and sister are accidentally zapped into their computer game they find themselves in a land of eighteenth century Pirates. Marooned in an exotic archipelago, the three children set up base in a secret tree house and battle the sinister Captain Blackheart, and his motley band of fearsome Pirates.
Kate meets a stranded group of Castaway Children, lead by the dashing Mars, a fearless leader who helps Kate in her quest and between whom sparks fly. Their only way home is to win the game by beating the Pirates to the ultimate prize and hidden treasure, – The Golden Idol – which is guarded by an evil ghost. Kate’s electronic wizardry is pitted against the Pirate’s swashbuckling skills.
From the same production team who also made the excellent Ocean Girl, Pirate Islands is great fun, it throws in all manner of tricks from a flying golden egg, talking flowers and even holograms, it’s very much in the vein of classic kids TV of yesteryear.
Australia / Channel 10 – Jonathan M Shiff-Fox-Film Victoria / 26×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 3 March – 30 June 2003
Creators: Jonathan M Shiff, Greg Millin / Producers: Jonathan M Shiff, Daniel Scharf
Brooke Harman as Kate Redding
Eliza Taylor-Cotte as Sarah Redding
Nicholas Donaldson as Nicholas Redding
Oliver Ackland as Mars
Collin Moody as Captain Blackheart
Darcy Bonser as Perry
Lucia Smyrk as Carmen
Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)
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.
Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976
Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)
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.
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed
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
And The Big Men Fly (ABC 1973, John Hargreaves, Frank Wilson)
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
Writer: Alan Hopgood
Producer: Oscar Whitbread
Director: Keith Wilkes
Network and Production Companies: ABC
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1973
More to View
Episodes2 months ago
Hazell: Hazell and the Suffolk Ghost (ITV 31 May 1979, with Meg Davies)
Movies2 months ago
California Split (Columbia 1974, Elliott Gould, George Segal)
Episodes2 months ago
Hazell: Hazell Gets The Boot (ITV 10 May 1979, with Billy Murray)
Episodes2 months ago
Hazell: Hazell and Hyde (ITV 7 June 1979, with Maev Alexander)
Episodes3 weeks ago
Harry O: Ruby (ABC 11 Mar 1976, with Margaret Avery)