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Call Me Mister (BBC-1 1986 with Steve Bisley and Dulice Liecier)

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UK / BBC One / 10×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 September – 7 November 1986

Creator and Producer: Robert Banks Stewart / Script Editor: Bob Baker / Theme Music: George Fenton

Crime drama series. Australian ex-cop Jack Bartholomew comes to Britain after his well to do English father dies, he inherits his estate but prefers to work as a private detective instead. The vibe is very much Bergerac in fact most of the behind the scenes crew were involved in that show too.

It’s actually something of a forgotten gem with only 10 episodes being made. Guest stars included the likes of Haydn Gwynne, Rupert Frazer, Michael Medwin, Norman Kaye, Freda Dowie, Jeff Rawle, Arabella Weir, Ian McNeice, Miles Anderson, Patrick Newell, Colin Jeavons and Marina Sirtis.

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Steve Bisley as Jack Bartholomew
Dulice Liecier as Julie Columbus
David Bamber as Fred Hurley
Dermot Crowley as Detective Sergeant McBride

THE EPISODES
1. LONG SHOT (5 Sep 1986)
2. TOUR DE FORCE (12 Sep 1986)
3. THE CREATIVE ACCOUNTANT (19 Sep 1986)
4. HUMPTY DUMPTY (26 Sep 1986)
5. SOMETHING IN THE CITY (3 Oct 1986)
6. FROZEN ASSETS (10 Oct 1986)
7. RUNNING TIME (17 Oct 1986)
8. THE OTHER WOMAN (24 Oct 1986)
9. THE BOMBAY DUCK (31 Oct 1986)
10. THE CARVE UP (7 Nov 1986)

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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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