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Skyways (Channel 7 1979-1981, Tony Bonner, Tina Bursill)

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Twice weekly drama series Skyways told episodes in the lives, both professional and personal, of the staff of Pacific International Airport. The staff had to deal with all the dramas (drug smugglers, crooks on the run etc) but still found time for fun and relationships.

Probably most notable for the oft quoted fact that Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan appeared in one episode as pre-teen brother and sister. Screened directly after Copshop and in fact the character of Peter Fanelli later switched over to that show whilst the character of George Tippett went on to Holiday Island. The airport supposedly had a staff of some 8000 people although watching the series you might think it was closer to a couple of dozen!

production details
Australia / Channel 7 – Crawfords / 188×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 1979-1981

Creators: Jock Blair, Terry Stapleton / Executive Producers: Ian Crawford, Jock Blair / Producer: Graham Moore

cast
Tony Bonner as Paul MacFarlane
Tina Bursill as Louise Carter
Ken James as Simon Young
Bruce Barry as Captain Douglas Stewart
Carmen Duncan as Elaine MacFarlane
Bartholomew John as Nick Grainger
Judy Morris as Robyn Davies
Bill Stalker as Peter Fanelli
Brian James as George Tippett
Kris McQuade as Faye Peterson
Deborah Coullis as Jacki Soong Joanne Samuel as Kelly Morgan
Irene Inescort as Mrs. Young
Andrew McKaige as Alan MacFarlane
Gaynor Martin as Mandy MacFarlane

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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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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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