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Sons And Daughters (Channel 7 1982-1987 with Rowena Wallace and Tom Richards)

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Australia / Channel 7 – Grundys / 972×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 31 January 1982 – 16 August 1987

Theme Music: Kerry Biddle

Australian soap Sons and Daughters began in 1982 on Channel 7 and concerned the intertwined lives of two families – the working class Palmers and the well off Hamiltons. When the show began young Angela Hamilton had just fallen for John Palmer (this was a terrible mistake as it turned out they were brother and sister – their father David having had an affair with mother Patricia, after the birth of the twins David had John whilst Patricia took Angela.

Through John and Angela’s actions David and Patricia were brought together again even though both were married (David to Beryl and Patricia to businessman Gordon). Other major players in the series included David’s other son Kevin and Patricia’s stepson the ruthless Wayne Hamilton but it was Patricia who emerged as the star of the series quickly becoming the JR of the show.

As time went on the cast changed quite a bit with both the lead couples going through divorces (Patricia frequently tangled with Gordon’s new wife Barbara). A new family the O’Briens were also brought in. Rowena Wallace who played Patricia then decided to leave the show, the producers not wanting to lose the character of Patricia decided to use a strange plot device of having another actress play Patricia but with the twist that Patricia had undergone plastic surgery and was now calling herself Alison Carr.

Later as the show neared the end of its run Beryl got married to Gordon and Rowena Wallace returned briefly as Patricia’s twin sister.

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ROWENA WALLACE as Patricia Hamilton
TOM RICHARDS as David Palmer
BRIAN BLAIN as Gordon Hamilton
ALLY FOWLER as Angela Hamilton/Palmer/Keegan
IAN RAWLINGS as Wayne Hamilton
LEILA HAYES as Beryl Palmer
PETER PHELPS as John Palmer
ANN HENDERSON-SHIRES as Susan Palmer/Todd
STEPHEN COMEY as Kevin Palmer
ANTONIA MURPHY as Lynn Hardy/Palmer
PAT McDONALD as Fiona Thompson
KIM LEWIS as Jill Taylor
NOEL HODDA as Rob Keegan
MARK FERGUSON as Paul Shepherd
ANNE HADDY as Rosie Andrews

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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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