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Rovers, The (0-10 1969, Rowena Wallace, Noel Trevarthen)

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Action adventure series The Rovers told stories of Journalist Bob Wild, young boy Mike, his Grandfather Cap and their friend photographer/journalist Rusty Collins as they travel the shores of Australia having adventures aboard Bob’s boat The Pacific Lady.

A hall on the banks of the Hawkesbury River was taken over and a sound studio set up there. The show cost some $600,000 and early working titles included The Sea Rovers, Adventure Ahead and The Seekers.

Rowena Wallace said that Rusty wasn’t a challenging role and found it hard being cooped up on deck all the time but took the role because she wanted to lay the ghost of You Can’t See Round Corners.

There were a few calamities during filming too with Noel Trevarthen breaking two ribs, Ted Hepple being bitten by a Koala and Rowena’s hands swelling up.

production details
Australia / 0-10 Network-NLT Production / 39×30 minute episodes / 1969

Creator: Roger Mirams / Executive Producer: William Harmon / Music: Tommy Leonetti / Lyrics: Barry Crocker, Peter Flanagan

cast
ROWENA WALLACE as Rusty Collins
NOEL TREVARTHEN as Bob Wild
EDWARD HEPPLE as Cap McGill
GRANT SEIDON as Mike

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THE EPISODES
1. SLIPWAY
2. THE FUGITIVES
3. LONG CRY OF A BUNYIP
4. DANGEROUS CARGO
5. BRIDIE BAINES
6. A LAMB, AND A HANDFUL OF SUGAR
7. WIDE ANGLE SHOT
8. PIGEON POST
9. THE STRANGERS
10. GUITAR BOY
11. DOUBLE OR NOTHING
12. THE BUSHRANGER
13. DAY OF THE BLACK EAGLE
14. FORGET ME NOT
15. U.F.O. PACIFIC
16. THE ODYSSEY OF REGINALD PECK
17. CANNON TO THE RIGHT OF THEM
18. CRISIS
19. SITTIN’ PRETTY
20. DOUBLE EXPOSURE
21. WRIGHT’S PEAK
22. CRY WOLF
23. THE EXPERT
24. THE CHARMER
25. COUSIN PATRICK
26. HAMISH… WHERE ARE YOU?
27. A TOUCH OF YELLOW
28. THE SECRET OF AROORA-HITTE
29. A PLACE OF MY OWN
30. A PRESENT FOR JENNY
31. THE SAILOR
32. GONE FISHIN
33. SOPHIA
34. THE QUACK
35. FRIENDS AND ENEMIES
36. MY MILLION FOR A MEAL
37. A DAY AT THE ZOO
38. THE CHOICE
39. COMA

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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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