TV Series Index


Series/Serials

800 Words

Produced by Seven Productions and South Pacific Pictures
Creators: James Griffin and Maxine Fleming
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Network: Seven

Erik Thomson plays George, a man who used to skate through life but who is now stumbling. When his wife dies suddenly, George makes a rash decision to move his two teenage kids away from the big smoke of Sydney to a picturesque town in New Zealand. All he wants to do is make a fresh start but it seems that everyone — his kids, the townspeople, the universe — have other ideas.

Cast: Erik Thomson, et al

8MMM Aboriginal Radio

Produced by Brindle Films Pty Ltd
Producers: Rachel Clements, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Anna Cadden
Writers: Trisha Morton-Thomas, Danielle MacLean, Sonja Dare
Director: Beck Cole
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8MMM Aboriginal Radio in Alice Springs runs on the smell of an oily rag, the enthusiasm of its motley Indigenous crew and the misguided intentions of the whitefellas in charge. For the 3M's of Alice Springs - the missionaries, mercenaries and misfits - saving Aboriginal people from themselves is hard work. Especially Aboriginal people who expect to be heard on the radio and in the office. Princess Pictures and Brindle Films bravely step into the vortex of Aboriginal Australia, where truth and comedy collide

Cast: Geoff Morrell, Shari Sebbens, Ian Meadows, Trisha Morton-Thomas, Laura Hughes, Elaine Crombie, Zac James, Warren H Williams

Bay of Plenty [UK]

Produced by Carnival Films
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Writer: Neil Cross
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A darkly eccentric drama that will follow a London detective's move to Rotorua with her partner and kids.

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Filthy Rich [NZ]

Produced by Filthy Productions
Producer: Steven Zanoski
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Filthy Rich follows three young characters who find they are the illegitimate off-spring of one of New Zealand's wealthiest men. 20x45min

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Ghosts of Time

Produced by Three's A Company
Producer: Geoff Watson
Director: Geoff Watson
Writer: David Witt
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Animated. Some kids find a haunted house that can travel through time, they and its ghostly inhabitant go on adventures which are both comic and thrilling.

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H2O - Mermaid Adventures

Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Jonathan Shiff
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Animated series. youtube trailer. 52x24min

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Hillary [NZ]

Produced by Great Southern Television
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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

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Little Lunch

Produced by Gristmill Pty Ltd
Producers: Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler
Writers: Wayne Hope, Robyn Butler
Directors: Wayne Hope
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A mockumentary series about what happens at snack time in the primary school playground, based on the books written by Danny Katz and illustrated by Mitch Vane.

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Maximum Choppage

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Producers: Sophie Miller, Julie Eckersley
Director: Craig Melville
Writers: Lawrence Leung, Duncan Sarkies, Josh Mapleston
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Simon Chan has returned to his hometown after many years training in a faraway martial arts temple. He is a born hero, defender of the weak and champion of the honest people of Cabramatta... Well, not really. The truth is Simon was at art school but he'd rather risk his life than disappoint his mother. Welcome to Maximum Choppage, a painfully funny kung fu comedy where identity, family and love is a battlefield.

Cast: Lawrence Leung, Dave Eastgate, Stephanie Son, Darren Gilshenan, Anthony Brandon Wong, Jason Chong, Andy Trieu, Georgina Haig, Lap Phan, Felino Dolloso, Kathryn Yuen

My Life in 50 Words or Less

Produced by Big Chance Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Darren Dale, Joanna Werner
Producers: Joanna Werner, Miranda Dear
Writers: Liz Doran, Jon Bell, Nakkiah Lui, Josh Mapleston, Kristen Dunphy
Director: Rachel Perkins
Network: ABC

A long way from home, five Indigenous kids come to the city to explore their dreams. For some it's the opportunity of a lifetime, for others it's a last chance. For all of them, family is the last thing they expect to find. Filming begins 2015.

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Pacific Heat

Produced by Working Dog
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A prime-time adult animation series

Project CM (working title)

Produced by Goalpost Pictures Australia Pty Ltd & Pukeko Pictures
Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Kylie du Fresne, Ben Grant, Martin Baynton, Adam Fratto
Producers: Rosemary Blight, Ryan Griffen, Angela Littlejohn, Lauren Edwards
Writers: Jon Bell, Jonathan Gavin, Michael Miller
Network: ABC

As a community struggles to co-exist with non-human creatures living amongst them, two estranged brothers find themselves at a crossroads.

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Ricketts Lane

Produced by Sticky Pictures
Producer: Donna Andrews
Director: Craig Melville
Writers: Sammy McMillan, Heath McIvor
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Loyal, eccentric and prone to bursting into song at any given moment, socially inept Sammy J, an incompetent lawyer, and still pining divorcee Randy make unlikely best friends. But their cavalier approach to life sees them shunned by their neighbours and despised by their colleagues so all they have is each other. But when Randy's need to win back his ex-wife clashes with Sammy's push to finally win a case their friendship will be severely tested. Their can't-live-with / can't-live-without each other relationship will be forced to go one way or the other. (6 x 24min)

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Secret City

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Executive Producer: Penny Chapman
Producer: Joanna Werner
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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.

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Tashi

Produced by Buzz Studios
Producer: Jim Ballantine, Barbara Stephen
Writers: Fin Edquist, David Evans, Cleon Prineas
Directors: Serg Delfino, Marc Wasik
Network: Seven Network (first run), ABC (shared runs)

When young Jack is bundled off and sent to stay with distant relatives in a far off land, he has no idea quite how much his life is about to change. (52 x 11 mins)

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Wastelander Panda - The Chronicle of Isaac and Rose

Produced by Madman Entertainment
Producers: Kirsty Stark, Nick Batzias
Director: Victoria Cocks
Writers: Victoria Cocks, Mick Jones, Matt Vesely
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One of the last pandas in the Wasteland, Isaac has grown up with his family serving the Tribe of Legion. After an inexcusable crime sees him banished out into the Wasteland, along with his mother and brother, Isaac sets out to find a young girl; his only chance of reinstating his family to the safety of the Tribe. In the desperate and savage world of the Wasteland, Isaac aligns himself with bounty hunters the Helm Clan. Betrayed by the Clan during a raid, he flees with a young girl, hoping to reach his family before Varrick and her mercenaries track him down. But Rose, his prize, is not what he expects, and Legion may not be the right place for him after all.

Cast: Chantal Contouri, Aaron Schuppan, Marcus McKenzie, Brendan Cowell, Lily Pearl

West Side Story [NZ]

Produced by South Pacific Pictures
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Network: TV3

West Side Story is set in 1970s Auckland, against a backdrop of real-life historical events and will tell the story of legendary safe-cracker and career criminal Ted West, his wife Rita and their son Wolfgang. 6x45min.

Cast: Antonia Prebble, David de Lautour, Esther Stephens, Dan Musgrove, Will Hall, Todd Emerson, Pana Hema-Taylor, Xavier Horan, Sophie Hambleton

Miniseries

Banished

Produced by RSJ Films (UK) and See-Saw Films (Aus)
Executive Producers: Sita Williams, Roxy Spencer, Jimmy McGovern; Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Jamie Laurenson
Producers: Sita Williams
Co-Producers: Brett Popplewell, Simon Hailey
Creator: Jimmy McGovern
Writer: Jimmy McGovern, Shaun Duggan
Directors: Daniel Percival, Jeffrey Walker
Network: BBC First (Aus), UKTV (NZ)

An epic seven part series from award-winning writer/creator Jimmy McGovern loosely inspired by events in the 18th century when Britain established a penal colony on the other side of the world. Filming began in April 2014.

Cast: David Wenham as Governor Arthur Phillip, Joseph Milson as Major Ross, Ryan Corr, Adam Nagaitis, Ewen Bremner, Genevieve O'Reilly, Brooke Harman, Orla Brady, Joanna Vanderham, Myanna Buring, Julian Rhind-Tutt, Russell Tovey

Batavia

Produced by Screentime
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Network: Ten

Based on the historical events of 1629 when a Dutch merchant ship foundered off the coast of Western Australia, Batavia combines sea-faring adventure, the battle of good versus evil, mutiny, ship-wreck, love, lust, criminality, a reign of terror, sexual slavery, natural nobility, survival, retribution, rescue and the birth of the world's first corporation. Based on the Peter Fitzsimon's bestseller. (6 x 60min)

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Catching Milat

Produced by Shine Pty Ltd
Producers: Kerrie Mainwaring, Rory Callaghan
Director: Peter Andrikidis
Writer: Dalton Dartmouth
Network: Seven

Catching Milat tells the true story of how the NSW Police Taskforce Air, and in particular Detective Paul Gordon, tracked down and caught Ivan Milat — the man responsible for the infamous Backpacker Murders. Set against a backdrop of a public alarm, high level government pressure and an international press demanding a result, Catching Milat is a pacy, physiological thriller — a real life whodunit with very real heroes and villains.

Cast: Richard Cawthorne, Geoff Morrell, Mal Kennard, David Field

Childhood's End

Produced by Universal Cable Productions
Producers: Jeffrey Hayes, Brett Popplewell
Director: Nick Hurran
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A US science fiction television miniseries filmed in Australia based on the Arthur C. Clarke novel, CHILDHOOD'S END and following the peaceful alien invasion of Earth by the mysterious Overlords.

Deadline Gallipoli (pka: The Gallipoli Story)

Produced by Matchbox Pictures Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Sam Worthington, Penny Win, Michael McMahon, Michael Schwarz, Luca Scalisi
Producers: Penny Chapman, John Schwartz, Jacquelin Perske
Writers: Jacquelin Perske, Shaun Grant, Cate Shortland, Stuart Beattie
Director: Michael Rymer
Network: Foxtel

The story of journalists Charles Bean, Ellis Ashmead Bartlett and Philip Schuler, sent with the troops to Gallipoli in 1915, and how their quest for the truth helped change the war's course - and its legend. Airing 2015

Cast: Sam Worthington as Phillip Schuler, Ewan Leslie as Keith Murdoch, Hugh Dancy, et al

The Doctor Blake Mysteries - series 3

Produced by December Media
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Gallipoli

Produced by Southern Star Entertainment Pty Ltd
Producer: John Edwards, Imogen Banks, Robert Connolly
Writer: Christopher Lee (based on the book by Les Carlyon)
Director: Glendyn Ivin
Network: Nine

The greatest invasion in the history of warfare was to become a diabolical failure — an eight-month siege where the bravery of Anzac troops was squandered. But in doing so a legend, and a nation, were born. To air on the 100th anniversary in 2015. (4 x 2hr)

Cast: Kodi Smit-McPhee, Harry Greenwood, Tom Budge, Sam Parsonson, Lincoln Lewis, Matt Nable, Jeremy Lindsay Taylor, Anthony Hayes, Lachy Hulme, James Callis, Ashleigh Cummings, Travis Jeffery, Dion Williams,

Glitch

Produced by Matchbox Pictures
Executive Producer: Tony Ayres
Producers: Ewan Burnett, Louise Fox
Writers: Tony Ayres, Kris Mrksa, Louise Fox, Giula Sandler
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Network: ABC

A six-part supernatural drama set in the small Victorian town of Rochester which erupts into mayhem when six previously deceased town members suddenly and inexplicably come back to life. Filming began October 2014.

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Hiding

Produced by Playmaker Media
Executive Producers: David Ogilvy, Greer Simpkin
Producers: Matt Ford, David Taylor, David Maher
Writer: Matt Ford
Directors: Shawn Seet, Tori Garrett, Grant Brown
Network: ABC

An eight-part drama series about a Gold Coast criminal enters witness protection, along with his dysfunctional family. He suddenly finds himself in a strange city, with a new name, a new house and a new job — in a university psychology department.

Cast: James Stewart, Kate Jenkinson, Lincoln Younes, Olivia DeJonge, Stephen Curry, Nathan Page, Jodi Gordon, Kim Gyngell, Jacqueline McKenzie

In Your Dreams - series 2

Produced by Southern Star Entertainment in association with T.V Plus
Producer: Noel Price
Director: Ralph Strasser
Writers: Josh Mapleston, John Armstrong, Tim Gooding, Julie Miller
Network: Seven

Sam and Ben are settling back into life in Australia when their eccentric German relatives, Philipp and Lili von Hasenburg arrive unexpectedly. But things suddenly go pear shaped when Philipp is arrested and can't return to Germany. The Australian twins must then make choices that will affect the lives of everyone around them. In production from Nov 2013 to Dec 2014 (26 x 24min)

Cast: Tessa de Josslyn, David Delmenico, Soma Pysall, Jorn Knebel

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

Love Child - series 2

Produced by Playmaker Media
Producers: Tom Hoffie, Tim Pye
Directors: Shawn Seet, Geoff Bennett, Lynn-Maree Danzey
Writers: Cathryn Strickland, Jane Allen, Tim Pye, Tamara Asmar, Christine McCourt
Network: Nine

Series Two of LOVE CHILD begins on the eve of 1970. The final moments of the tumultuous sixties segue into the seventies, a new decade full of promise and rapid social change. Joan Millar, now a qualified obstetrician and the young mothers we have come to love are back in the heart of Kings Cross. We'll continue with them as they fight for their rights, for self-empowerment and for each other in a world changing, but still structured to deny them.

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

Mako Mermaids - series 2 & 3

Produced by Jonathan M Shiff Productions Pty Ltd
Producer: Jonathan Shiff
Writers: Anthony Morris, Michael Joshua, Max Dann
Directors: Evan Clarry, Grant Brown

A new mermaid arrives convinced that Zac is a danger to mermaids everywhere, not realising that there may be another merman in town bent on seizing Mako Island for himself.

Cast: Surichai Romruen, Dominic Deutsher, Ivy Latimer, Lucy Fry, Kerith Atkinson

Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries - series 3

Produced by Every Cloud Productions
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Molly

Produced by M4 Entertainment
Executive Producers: Michael Gudinski, Mark Morrissey
Producer: John Molloy
Director: Kevin Carlin
Writers: Matt Cameron, Liz Doran
Network: Seven

At a time when Australia was finding her voice, Molly Meldrum helped us find the music.

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The Principal

Produced by Essential Media & Entertainment
Producer: Ian Collie
Writers: Kristen Dunphy, Alice Addison
Director: Kriv Stenders
Network: SBS

A gritty adult drama that revolves around a high school in Sydney's tough south-west where life's lessons are more often handed down on the streets than in the classroom. Production begins November 2014.

Cast: Alex Dimitriades, et al

The Secret River

Produced by Ruby Entertainment
Producers: Stephen Luby, Mark Ruse
Writers: Jan Sardi, Mac Gudgeon
Director: Daina Reid

In 1810, emancipated English convict William Thornhill stakes a claim on 100 acres of land on the remote Hawkesbury River in New South Wales, only to find that a clan of Aboriginal people also lay claim to the land, as they have done since time immemorial. (2 x 90min)

Cast: Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Sarah Snook, Lachy Hulme, Trevor Jamieson, Tim Minchin, Genevieve Lemon

Wentworth - series 3

Produced by FremantleMedia Australia
Producer: Amanda Crittenden
Directors: Kevin Carlin, Catherine Millar, Pino Amenta, Steve Jodrell, Dee McLachlan
Writers: Marcia Gardner, Pete McTighe, John Ridley, Tim Hobart
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Cast: Danielle Cormack, Nicole da Silva, Pamela Rabe, Kate Atkinson, Celia Ireland, Shareena Clanton, Aaron Jeffery, Robbie Magasiva, Katrina Milosevic

Winter

Produced by
Producers: Sarah Smith, Chris Martin-Jones
Director: Lynn Hegarty
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Network: Seven

A six-part thriller TV series based on the telemovie THE KILLING FIELD, starring Rebecca Gibney and Peter O'Brien as Detective Sergeant Eve Winter and Detective Inspector Lachlan McKenzie, Eve's former boss and love interest. Together, they must solve the chilling murder of young 23-year-old mother at a fishing town south of Sydney.

Cast: Rebecca Gibney, Peter O'Brien, Matt Nable

Telemovies

Arrowhead

Producers: Jesse O'Brien, Gabe Berghuis, Christian D'Alessi
Director: Jesse O'Brien
Writer: Jesse O'Brien
Network: TV1

A tale of survival set amongst the distant stars. Kye is a prisoner of war caught between two armies that he doesn't believe in. When offered an opportunity for freedom, Kye sets out on one last rescue mission, only to become stranded on a desert moon when his ship — the Arrowhead — crash lands. Kye has to learn to survive when we discovers a new life form that will challenge his very body and soul.

Cast: Dan Mor, Aleisha Rose Groth, Mark Redpath, Shaun Micallef

Dogstar Christmas in Space

Produced by Media World Pictures
Producer: Colin South
Director: Scott Vanden Bosch
Writers: Philip Dalkin, Doug MacLeod
Network: Nine

In space, no one can hear you open your presents.

Gina v Rose: The House of Hancock (pka: Gina)

Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder
Producers: Michael Cordell, Claudia Karvan and Paul Bennett
Writers: Katherine Thomson
Director: Mark Joffe
Network: Nine

Telemovie profiling the world's richest woman Gina Rinehart and the Hancock/Rinehart dynasty. The plot follows the public feud between Gina and her father Lang Hancock's second wife Rose Lacson, her struggle to rebuild the company following her father's death, and her recent battles with her children over their multi-billion dollar inheritance.

Cast: Mandy McElhinney, Sam Neill, Peta Sergeant, et al

Monster Beach

Produced by Bogan Entertainment Solutions
Producer: Bruce Kane
Director: Patrick Crawley
Writers: Bruce Kane, Patrick Crawley, Shane Krause, Shayne Armstrong
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A 1x70' special that tells the story of two brothers who are packed off on holiday to stay with their uncle, but run into trouble with the local community who turn out to be monsters.

Cast: Rove McManus, Steven Hall, Jacquie Brennan

Promise Me

Produced by Blackfella Films
Executive Producers: Sally Riley, Erica Glynn
Producers: Darren Dale and Miranda Dear
Director: Rachel Perkins
Writer: Steven McGregor
Network: ABC

The REDFERN NOW telemovie explores the question, how is it possible to maintain a sense of identity and culture in a changing world? How does one maintain a sense of community with the encroachment of other interests, demographics, businesses? It will explore the complexities of contemporary urban blackfellas dealing with these issues. And the conclusion will be yes, the community remains despite the challenges, and there is hope.

Cast: Deborah Mailman, Wayne Blair, Rarriwuy Hick, Lisa Flanagan, Kelton Pell, Kirk Page, Anthony Hayes, Daniella Farinacci, Genevieve Lemon