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Ruth Park’s Poor Man’s Orange (Channel 10 1987 with Anne Phelan and Anna Hruby)

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Australia /Channel 10 – Anthony Buckley – Quantum / 2×120 minute episodes / Broadcast September 1987

Writer/Director: George Whaley / Novel: Ruth Park / Camera: Paul Murphy / Design: Bernard Hides / Costume: David Rowe / Music: Peter Best / Producer: Anthony Buckley / Executive Producer: Robert Mercieca / Director: George Whaley

Period drama serial. Sequel to Ruth Park’s Harp in the South picking up the story of the Darcy’s in the 1950’s when times are still hard, taking in subjects like suicide (Pat Diamond) and death in childbirth (Roie).

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ANNE PHELAN as Mamma Darcy
ANNA HRUBY as Roie Rothe
KAARIN FAIRFAX as Dolour Darcy
MARTYN SANDERSON as Hughie Darcy
SHANE CONNOR as Charlie Rothe
EMILY NICOL as Matty Rothe
LOIS RAMSEY as Mrs Campion
CECIL PARKEE as Lick Jimmy
RON SHAND as Bumper Reilly
SYD CONABERE as Pat Diamond
KERRY WALKER as Miss Moon
CHARLES ‘BUD’ TINGWELL as Father Cooley
CAROLE SKINNER as Delia Stock
BRANDON BURKE as Tommy Mandel
SUSAN LEITH as Francie

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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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