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Underbelly: The Golden Mile (Channel 9 2010, Firass Dirani, Emma Booth)

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The Golden Mile is the third in the Underbelly series, prequel to the original Underbelly and continuation of Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities this time moving the action to the 1980′s. Many of the same characters cross over from Two Cities including the likes of George Freeman and Lennie McPherson as well as cop Trevor Haken.

In the Golden Mile the action moves to King Cross in the 1980′s where young Cross face John Ibrahim is determined to make a name for himself, no matter what the cost and who gets hurt.

Once again the series is based on real exploits, Kings Cross has always been home to some of the more esoteric elements of Sydney society and TGM captures that spirit down to a tee. The original Underbelly was a real shock to the system, A Tale of Two Cities upped the ante considerably with lashings of sex and The Golden Mile is heavy on the violence. As exec producer Des Monaghan remarked “Underbelly differs greatly to the normal staple of television drama, because we are dealing with real life and real people, with all the chaos and unpredictability this entails.”

The series opened with a two hour special featuring the first two episodes, guest stars include the likes of singer Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Caroline Craig and Steve Bastoni.

production details
Australia / 9 Network – Screentime / 13×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from Sunday 11 April 2010

Music: Burkhard Dallwitz / Costumes: Louise Wakefield / Executive Producer: Des Monaghan, Gregg Hadrick / Producers: Elisa Argenzio, Peter Gawler

Series: Underbelly

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FIRASS DIRANI as John Ibrahim
EMMA BOOTH as Kim Hollingsworth
SIGRID THORNTON as Inspector Gerry Lloyd
WIL TRAVAL as Joe Dooley
DIARMUID HEIDENREICH as Eddie Gould
DAMIAN GARVEY as Detective Graham “Chook” Fowler
CHEREE CASSIDY as Debbie Webb
SALVATORE COCO as Hammer
DEITER BRUMMER as Trevor Haken
PETER O’BRIEN as George Freeman
JOHN McNEIL as Lennie McPherson

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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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