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All At Sea (Channel 10 1977, Abigail, Stuart Wagstaff)

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Comedy All At Sea details the misadventures of a mismatched group holidaying together.

Filmed in just 12 days and mostly in Sydney. Many of the cast had been appearing in The Celebrity Game. It’s pretty much an Australian Carry On movie, Abigail gets her kit off, Ugly Dave Gray smokes a cigar and there are double and single entendres aplenty.

production details
Australia / Channel 10 – Grundy / 1×75 minute episode / 1977

Writers: Hugh Stuckey, Howard Lees / Camera: Paul Onorato / Producer: Howard Lees / Director: Igor Auzins

cast
Johnny Pace as John Bright
Mike Preston as Mike
Joe Martin as Joe
Joy Chambers as Joy
Harriet Pace as Miss Tuttle
Noel Ferrier as Mr Blimer
Johnny Lockwood as Rev Parslow
Abigail as Denise Demour
Stuart Wagstaff as Mr Arthur Pickering
Cornelia Frances as Miss Farrow
Sheila Kennelly as Mrs Hand
Dave Gray as Dick Goscomb
Barry Creyton as Dennis Radley
Megan Williams as Maryanne Hand

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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.

cast
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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And The Big Men Fly (ABC 1973, John Hargreaves, Frank Wilson)

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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

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Frank Wilson
John Hargreaves
Dennis Miller
Barry McQueen
Reg Evans
George Mallaby
Colin Mcewan
Diane Criag
Maurie Fields

crew details
Writer: Alan Hopgood
Producer: Oscar Whitbread
Director: Keith Wilkes

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: ABC
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 1973

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