TV Series Index


Series/Serials

A Place to Call Home - series 4

Produced by
Producer: Chris Martin-Jones
Writers:
Directors:
Network: SoHo

Season four will focus on the relationships between the characters as affected by two contrasting social issues. The first is the conservative wave of fear generated by the "Reds Under the Beds" scare surrounding The Petrov Affair. The second, the wave of liberal change that opened up new social and moral choices.

Cast: Marta Dusseldorp, Noni Hazlehurst, Brett Climo, David Berry, Abby Earl, Arianwen Parkes-Lockwood, Craig Hall, Frankie J Holden, Aldo Mignone, Sara Wiseman, Jenni Baird, Deborah Kennedy

Bay of Plenty [UK/NZ]

Produced by Carnival Films and Libertine Pictures
Executive Producers: Gareth Neame, Nigel Marchant; Neil Cross, Richard Fletcher, Paul Davis
Writer: Neil Cross
Network:

A darkly eccentric drama that will follow a London detective's move to Rotorua with her partner and children with the notion she is moving to paradise.

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Bruce

Produced by Guilty Pty Ltd
Producer: Jason Byrne
Writers: Warwick Holt, Matt Blackwell
Director: Tony Rogers
Network: ABC

A black comedy series about an ordinary guy who, after following his girlfriend half-way around the world, finds himself trapped in Australia's first share-house: a convict tent in Sydney Cove, 1788.

Cast: Richard Davies, Dave Lawson, Angus Sampson, Eliza Taylor, Francis McMahon, Daniel Frederiksen, Victoria Thaine

Dirty Laundry [NZ]

Produced by Filthy Productions
Producers: Britta Hawkins, Stephen Zanoski
Writers: Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan
Directors: Peter Burger, ...
Network: TV One

Dirty Laundry centres on a middle-class family whose mother is jailed for money laundering - will they keep her business interests going to sustain their lifestyle? (13x60min)

Cast: Jennifer Ward-Lealand as Donna Rafferty, Tai Berdinner-Blades as Kat Rafferty, Tim Carlsen as Matt Rafferty, Victoria MacCulloch as Bianca Rafferty; Robbie Magasiva, David Van Horn, Rachael Blampied, Pana Hema Taylor, Heto Ah Hi, Ilona Rogers, George Ferrier

Doctor Doctor

Produced by Essential Media
Executive Producers: Andy Ryan, Jo Rooney
Producers: Ian Collie, Claudia Karvan, Tony McNamara
Writers:
Directors:
Network: Nine

When he is knocked off his pedestal and on to the Impaired Registrants Program, prodigal Sydney surgeon and party boy Hugh Knight must return to his family home in rural Whyhope where he might learn to swallow his pride and mend his ways — or not.

Cast: Rodger Corser, Nicole da Silva, Ryan Johnson, Hayley McElhinney, Shalom Brune-Franklin, Tina Bursill, Chloe Bayliss, Dave Eastgate

The Gates of Hell

Produced by December Media
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Network: ABC

A 10-part drama series from the producers of The Doctor Blake Mysteries based on the Monsarrat book series by Meg and Tom Keneally. The first book in the series, The Soldier's Curse, centres on Hugh Llewellyn Monsarrat, a prisoner turned chief lawman in the convict settlements of early 19th century Australia. The only way Monsarrat can stay out of jail is to solve a string of murders with the help of his housekeeper Hannah Mulrooney.

Cast: tba

Get Ace - series 2

Produced by Galaxy Pop
Producer: Gian Christian, Dina McPherson
Director: Gian Christian, Dina McPherson
Writer: Dina McPherson
Network: Ten

Animated. Get Ace follows the adventures of hapless geek Ace McDougal who, after being accidentally fitted with a pair of hi-tech super-spy braces, finds himself thrown into a world of espionage and adventure.

Hide & Seek

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Executive Producer: Andy Ryan, Jo Rooney and Debbie Lee
Producer: Stephen Corvini
Creators/writers: Rachel Lang, Gavin Strawhan
Directors: Peter Andrikidis, David Caesar, Daniel Nettheim
Network: Nine

When his best mate is killed in a seemingly random attack, Detective Gary Hyde (Matt Nable) vows to bring the killers to justice. Together with his new partner Claire McKenzie (Emma Hamilton), Gary uncovers a criminal underbelly that will threaten his life, endanger his young family and cause him to question everything he believes in. In a world where crime has no borders and everyone has something to hide, Gary and Claire might catch the criminals but will they lose their loved ones in the process?

Cast: Matt Nable, Emma Hamilton, Deborra-lee Furness, Mandy McElhinney, Zoe Ventoura, Tai Hara, Claire Lovering, Andrew McFarlane, Aaron Fa'aoso, Stephanie Panozzo

Hillary [NZ]

Produced by Great Southern Television
Executive Producers: Phil Smith and Tom Scott
Producer: Carmen Leonard
Director: Danny Mulheron
Writers: Tom Scott and Greg McGee
Network: TV One

A landmark series telling the complete story of Sir Edmund Hillary's life. Based on the story told by Sir Edmund exclusively to Tom Scott for his biography. 6x1hr

Cast: Andrew Munro as Edmund Hillary, Dean O'Gorman as George Lowe, Amy Usherwood, Alison Bruce, Stephen Lovatt, Joel Tobeck, Jared Turner, Ryan O'Kane, Peter Daube, Mick Rose, Darren Young

Illusion 5 Sweeper Squad

Produced by Hoodlum Entertainment and Hoodlum Active
Producers: Leigh McGrath, Nathan Mayfield, Tracey Robertson
Writers: Michael Cox, Paul Mayze
Directors: Michael Cox, Paul Mayze
Network: online

A 6 x 5-minute sci-fi comedy series following the trials and tribulations of Illusion 5's support crew as they deal with ordinary workday problems in the most extraordinary of workplaces... outer space!

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Nowhere Boys - series 3

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Network: ABC

When Luke, a tech-nerd, arrives for his first day at Bremin High all appears to be tiresomely ordinary, but what he doesn't know is that Bremin is located at the convergence of magical ley lines and that someone has been awaiting his arrival to put together a new gang of Nowhere Boys. Three have already been identified: Heath, the school's 'bad boy', is Fire; high achiever and track athlete Niyanta is Earth; and musical theatre geek Jesse is Air. Unbeknown to him Luke is the fourth element, Water.

Cast: tba (new)

Pacific Heat

Produced by Working Dog
Network: The Comedy Channel, Foxtel (2016)

A prime-time adult animation series (20 episodes)

Prisoner Zero

Produced by Planet 55 Studios
Network: ABC

A fast-paced, animated sci-fi, action-adventure series following the exploits of teen heroes, Tag and Gem, and their mysterious friend Prisoner Zero. The series follows our heroes as they journey across the cosmos in the spaceship Rogue to battle the evil Imperium. The Imperium have enslaved humanity and taken control of the population via a digital system wired into every cell of their bodies. Tag and Gem's mission is clear: stop the Imperium and free humanity. On a mission to help those in trouble across the cosmos, our hero-adventurers become inter-galactic Robin Hoods, in a breathtaking struggle against the evil Imperium's General Vykar. (26x30min)

Rosehaven

Produced by Guesswork Television
Producers: Andy Walker, Fiona McConaghy
Executive Producers: Kevin Whyte; Rick Kalowski, Brett Sleigh
Craetors/writers: Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor
Network: ABC

When Daniel returns to his hometown, Rosehaven, to take over his family's troubled real estate business, he's surprisingly joined by his best (city) friend Emma - who's on the run from a marriage that didn't last the honeymoon. Between Daniel's crippling anxiety and Emma's exuberant irresponsibility will they be able to save the business? It seems unlikely, but it will be fun to watch them try. And might their friendship mean more than they realise? (8x30min)

Cast: Celia Pacquola, Luke McGregor

Secret City

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Executive Producer: Penny Chapman
Producer: Joanna Werner
Writers: Belinda Chayko, Matt Cameron, Marieke Hardy, Alice Addison, Tommy Murphy, Kris Mrksa, Greg Waters
Network: Foxtel

Set amidst rising tension between China and America, the six-part series follows Helen, a political journalist, who uncovers a conspiracy which leads her into the underground world of political deception with deadly consequences. Based on the best-selling novel The Marmalade Files and upcoming sequel The Mandarin Code. Filming begins August 2015. Airing March 2016

Cast: Dan Wyllie, Anna Torv, Damon Herriman, Jacki Weaver, et al

Seven Types of Ambiguity

Produced by Matchbox Productions
Producer: Tony Ayres, Amanda Higgs
Writers: Jacqueline Perske, Marieke Hardy, Jonathan Gavin
Directors: Glendyn Ivin, Ana Kokkinos, Matthew Saville
Network: ABC

Six-year-old Sam Geraghty is taken from his school. Much to the relief of his parents Anna and Joe, Sam is found unharmed hours later and the police arrest exschoolteacher, Simon Heywood. But this is far from an open and shut case as it turns out that Simon is Anna's ex-lover, and his neighbour and possible accomplice Angela has an intriguing connection to Joe. Soon Simon's psychiatrist and ally Dr Alex Klima, his lawyer Gina, and even Joe's best mate Mitch get pulled into the vortex where relationships become entangled and moral dilemmas abound about who really is at fault. And it's not a matter of who took Sam, but a question of why. Told from the shifting perspectives of seven characters, this psychological mystery explores the complex emotional terrain of past and present relationships and the risks people will go to in the name of love.

Cast: Hugo Weaving, Alex Dimitriades, Leeanna Walsman, Xavier Samuel, Anthony Hayes, Andrea Demetriades, Susie Porter

Stateless

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
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Director: Cate Blanchett
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Tips for Married Life

Produced by Endemol Australia
Producers: Mimi Butler
Executive Producers: Janeen Faithfull, John Edwards
Writer: Justin Monjo
Network: Nine

A grieving career wife has to wise up and fight for survival when she finds herself responsible for her dead husband's criminal debts and wrongdoings.

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Wolf Creek

Produced by Screentime in association with Emu Creek Pictures
Executive Producers: Greg Haddrick, Greg McLean, Jo Rooney, Andy Ryan, Nick Forward, Rob Gibson
Producers: Peter Gawler, Elisa Argenzio
Writers: Peter Gawler, Felicity Packard
Directors: Greg McLean, Tony Tilse
Network: Stan (2016)

Wolf Creek tells the story of Eve, a 19-year-old American college student, orphaned in outback Australia where her family is killed by a lone gunman. Her quest for justice her from ingenue to road warrior. But how does she distinguish justice from revenge? A episode sequel to the horror movie franchise about backpacker killer Mick Taylor

Cast: John Jarratt as Mick Taylor; Lucy Fry as Eve; Dustin Clare, Deborah Mailman, Miranda Tapsell, Jessica Tovey, Jake Ryan, Richard Cawthorne

The Wrong Girl

Produced by Playmaker Media
Executive Producer: David Maher, David Taylor
Producers: Tom Hoffie and Judi McCrossin
Head Writer: Judi McCrossin
Network: Ten (2016)

Jessica Marais stars as Lily, the producer of a successful cooking segment on a daily morning television show. Lily and her flatmate Simone are taking a sabbatical from men, but Lily falls in love with Jack, the show's gorgeous new chef. Based on the best-selling book by Zoe Foster Blake.

Cast: Jessica Marais, Ian Meadows, Rob Collins, Craig McLachlan, Hamish Blake, Kerry Armstrong, Madeleine West, Christie Whelan Browne, Hayley Magnus, Doris Younane, Hamish Blake

Miniseries

Barracuda

Produced by Matchbox Productions
Producers: Amanda Higgs, Tony Ayres
Associate Producer: Christos Tsiolkas
Writers: Belinda Chayko, Blake Ayshford
Director: Robert Connolly
Network: ABC

Based on the book of the same name by Christos Tsiolkas, Barracuda follows young Olympic hopeful, Danny Kelly, as he deals with the pressure of obsession.

Cast: Elias Anton, Matt Nable, Rachel Griffiths, Tilda Cobham-Hervey, Andrew Creer, Victoria Haralabidou, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Joel Lok, Rhys Mitchell

Cleverman

Produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia and Pukeko Pictures (NZ)
Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Martin Baynton, Adam Fratto, Jan David Frouman, Amelie Kienlin
Producers: Rosemary Blight, Lauren Edwards, Ryan Griffen, Angela Littlejohn
Directors: Wayne Blair, Leah Purcell
Writers: Michael Miller, Jon Bell
Network: ABC

A smart, sexy and dangerous drama set in the near future, CLEVERMAN sees a group of non-humans, battling for survival in a world where humans feel increasingly inferior to them and want to silence, exploit and kill them. Central to the drama is the story of two estranged Indigenous brothers who are forced together to fight for their own survival. Otherworldly creatures also emerge into this 'real world' dystopian landscape, in this startlingly original, action-packed genre series. An official Australian/New Zealand co-production

Cast: Iain Glen, Frances O'Connor, Deborah Mailman, Hunter Page-Lochard, Rob Collins, Stef Dawson, Ryan Corr, Tasma Walton, Rarriwuy Hick, Tony Briggs, Robyn Nevin, Lynette Curran, Jack Charles

The Code - series 2

Produced by Playmaker Media Pty Ltd
Producers: Shelley Birse, Di Haddon, David Maher, David Taylor
Director: Shawn Seet
Writers: Shelley Birse, Sean Cook
Network: ABC

Did Ned, Jesse and Hani really think they would be able to just stroll away from the shit-storm they unleashed at the end of series 1, a little bruised, but essentially scott-free? As series 2 opens, serious charges are being filed in an American court and Ned and Jesse Banks come face to face with the very real possibility of being extradited to the US. Fortunately for the Banks brothers, the folks in National Security are sitting on a nut they just can't crack and Jesse Banks might be the man to do it₊

Cast: Ashley Zukerman, Dan Spielman, Adele Perovic

Deep Water

Produced by Blackfella Films
Executive Producer: SBS's Sue Masters
Producers: Miranda Dear, Darren Dale
Writers: Kris Wyld, Kym Goldsworthy
Director: Shawn Seet
Network: SBS

Deep Water follows detectives Tori Lustigman (Yael Stone) and Nick Manning (Noah Taylor) as they are assigned a brutal murder case. They begin to uncover mounting evidence to suggest the killing is connected to a spate of unexplained deaths, "suicides" and disappearances throughout the 80s and 90s. Is this the result of shoddy police work, indifference, or something far more sinister? Haunted by the disappearance of her teenage brother, Tori's fascination with the case soon turns to fixation. And when more ritualistic murders occur with the same bizarre signature, Tori and Nick will need to put their relationships, their careers and their lives on the line to finally reveal the truth. Airing October 2016

Cast: Yael Stone, Noah Taylor, William McInnes, Danielle Cormack, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Craig McLachlan, Dan Spielman, Ben Oxenbould, Simon Burke, John Brumpton, Victoria Haralabidou, Simon Elrahi, George H. Xanthis, Renee Lim, Julian Maroun

The Kettering Incident

Produced by Porchlight Films
Producer: Vincent Sheehan
Directors: Rowan Woods, Tony Krawitz
Writers: Vicki Andrew Knight, Cate Shortland, Louise Fox
Network: Foxtel

When two girls mysteriously disappear in identical circumstances in the wilds of Tasmania 15 years apart, Doctor Anna Macy finds herself inexplicably linked to both cases. To clear her name, Anna must delve into her troubled past and face some truths about herself and the otherworldly nature of this gothic land.

Cast: Elizabeth Debicki, Matt Le Nevez, Anthony Phelan, Damien Garvey, Sacha Horler, Sianoa Smit-McPhee, Ben Oxenbould, Damon Gameau, Alison Whyte, Kris McQuade

Little Lunch Specials

Produced by Gristmill Pty Ltd
Producers: Wayne Hope, Ben Grogan, Robyn Butler
Writers: Robyn Butler
Directors: Robyn Butler
Network: ABC

When Atticus' mother gets a job in Singapore, he discovers that the Halloween concert day will be his last day of school. The make-believe terror of Halloween is replaced by Atticus being genuinely petrified of leaving and starting a new life. The Little Lunch Halloween Special cracks open the heart of the spooky celebration to explore, beyond a scary costume, what it is that children really fear.

The countdown to Christmas and summer holidays is exciting every year but no more so than now, when the Mrs Gonsha's class is graduating from grade 6. The children are engulfed in the thrill of end-of-year activity, until they uncover the explosive news that Rory is unable to graduate. The Little Lunch Christmas Special encapsulates the contemporary meaning of Christmas - the overriding need to have love and generosity.

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Love Child - series 3

Produced by Playmaker Media
Network: Nine

Cast: Jessica Marais, Jonathan LaPaglia, Mandy McElhinney, Matt Le Nevez, Ella Scott Lynch, Sophie Hensser, Gracie Gilbert, Harriet Dyer, Miranda Tapsell, Lincoln Younes

Mako Mermaids - series 3

Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Jonathan Shiff
Writers: Mark Shirrefs, Sam Carroll, Evan Clarry, Phil Enchelmaier, Joanne Watson, et al
Directors: Evan Clarry, Grant Brown

Weilan, a teenage Chinese mermaid, discovers a mysterious relic underwater and releases a terrifying water dragon. Weilan flees to Mako for sanctuary but the dragon follows. When the fearsome creature threatens not only the Mako pod but the Gold Coast, Ondina, Mimmi and Sirena must find a way to destroy the dragon before it destroys all that they have worked so hard to save. (13x30min)

Cast: Isabel Durant, Allie Bertram, Linda Ngo, Chai Romruen, Gemma Forsyth, Dominic Deutsher, Cariba Heine, Brooke Lee, Taylor Glockner, Mikey Wulff, Kerith Atkinson

Rake - series 4

Produced by Essential Media
Producers: Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh
Writers: Peter Duncan, Andrew Knight
Directors: Peter Duncan, Peter Salmon, Rowan Woods
Network: ABC (2016)

Last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline, Cleaver crashes into the world of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson. Against the backdrop of a city that's taken a turn to the dystopian, Cleaver frantically tries to stay alive — from seeking refuge in a country town congregation, to representing the very man who's trying to have him killed.

Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Danielle Cormack, Russell Dykstra, Caroline Brazier, Adrienne Pickering, Keegan Joyce, Kate Box, Damien Garvey, Miriam Margolyes, John Waters, Rachael Blake

The Secret Daughter

Produced by Screentime
Producers:
Writers: Justin Monjo, Sam Meikle, Shawn Seet, Kristen Dunphy, Fin Edquist
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Network: Seven

Jessica Mauboy portrays a part-time country pub singer whose chance meeting with a wealthy city hotelier triggers a series of events that will change her life forever. A feel-good drama which explores the very different Australian worlds of 'the haves' and 'the have nots', The Secret Daughter is full of heart, humour, romance and plenty of music. They say you can't choose your family, but what happens when a family chooses you?

Cast: Jessica Mauboy as Billie Carter, Bonnie Sveen as Layla, Colin Friels as Jack Norton, Matthew Levett, David Field, Rachel Gordon, Salvatore Coco, Jared Turner, Jordan Hare, Erin Holland, JR Reyne, Libby Asciak, Johnny Boxer, Terry Serio, Harriet Gordon-Anderson, Jeremy Ambrum, Amanda Muggleton

Top of the Lake: China Girl (series 2)

Produced by
Producer: Philippa Campbell
Writers: Gerard Lee, Jane Campion
Directors: Ariel Kleiman, Jane Campion
Network:

Top of the Lake Season 2 China Girl is a crime mystery story that begins four years on from the explosive ending of Season One. When the unidentified body of an Asian girl washes up on to Sydney's Bondi Beach, the case seems hopeless, until detective Robin Griffin discovers that China Girl didn't die alone.

Cast: Elisabeth Moss, Gwendoline Christie, David Dencik, Alice Englert, Ewen Leslie

Wentworth - series 4

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia
Producer: Pino Amenta
Writers: Marcia Gardner, John Ridley, Pete McTighe, Michael Lucas, Samantha Winston
Directors: Kevin Carlin, Steve Jodrell, Jet Wilkinson, Catherine Millar, Adrian Russell Wills
Network:

As the story resumes, Bea and her cell-block mates are returning to Wentworth after the fire and rebuilding of H Block to find a new dynamic in play with a new contender for Top Dog. On the outside, Franky is trying hard to be a productive member of society. As always, no-one should underestimate "the Freak".

Cast: Danielle Cormack, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson, Nicole da Silva, Celia Ireland, Shareena Clanton, Katrina Milosevic, Robbie Magasiva, Socratis Otto, Tammy MacIntosh, Libby Tanner

Telemovies

Bombshell: The Sinking of the Rainbow Warrior [NZ]

Produced by Screentime
Writer: John Banas
Director: Ric Pellizzeri
Network: TV One

Bombshell tells the story of a nation-defining moment caused by a foreign government sanctioning a clumsy act of terrorism.

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Brock

Produced by Endemol Shine Australia
Producer: Kerrie Mainwaring
Executive Producer: Rory Callaghan
Writers: Justin Monjo, Adam Todd
Director: Geoff Bennett
Network: Ten

This is the true story of a man who was a hero to a generation of Australians, winning the Bathurst 1000 nine times and dominating motorsport for more than two decades. Loved and admired by many, but few knew the real Peter Brock -- what made him tick?

Cast: Matthew Le Nevez, Ella Scott Lynch, Brendan Cowell, Natalie Bassingthwaighte, Steve Bisley

Jean [NZ]

Produced by Lippy Pictures
Producers: Paula Boock and Donna Malane
Writers: Paula Boock, Donna Malane
Director: Robert Sarkies
Network: TV One

Jean will take viewers into the world of New Zealand aviatrix pioneer Jean Batten.

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House of Bond

Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder
Executive Producers: Andy Ryan, Jo Rooney and Michael Cordell;
Producer: Paul Bennett
Writer: Sarah Smith
Network: Nine

Tells the rags-to-riches-to-rags tale of controversial business tycoon Alan Bond from the 1960s-90s. It is the outrageous story of how a cheeky, knockabout Ten-Pound-Pom fought his way from the back alleys of Fremantle to become the richest man in Australia and one of our greatest sporting heroes. "Bondy" was a man with an insatiable appetite for the excesses of life: women, fame, money, crime and everything between. But Bond's ego, greed and ambition saw him overreach beyond all measure until his empire collapsed, leaving him as the country's greatest villain with the biggest ever bankruptcy. House Of Bond is the extraordinary story of the man who defined the 1980s by dreaming big and rewriting the rulebook. Was he a hero? A villain? Or a little bit of both?

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The Paul Hogan Project [working title]

Produced by FremantleMedia
Executive Producer: Jo Porter
Writers: Keith Thompson and Marieke Hardy
Director: Kevin Carlin
Network: Seven

The intimate story of how an Aussie tradie from the wrong-side-of-the-tracks evolves into an Oscar-nominated superstar. It will explore the factors that shaped the success of Paul Hogan — and at what cost this success might have come

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