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May 13 and 14, 2007 (ABC)
On April 7th 1998, at 11.30pm under the cover of darkness and in total secrecy, security men wearing balaclavas, carrying batons and leading dogs, invaded the docks of every port in Australia and forcibly ejected the entire unionised workforce. The subsequent stand off between the head of Patrick Stevedores Chris Corrigan and the wharfies, lawyers and unionists who oppose him will divide the nation.
Starring: Jack Thompson, Colin Friels, Justine Clarke, Rhys Muldoon, Lucy Bell, Geoff Morrell, Daniel Frederiksen, Dan Wyllie, Anthony Hayes, Justin Smith, Helen Thomson
Dec 2007 - Jan 2008 (SBS)
A miniseries about the investigations of the Major Crime Squad in Metropolitan Sydney. It is the story of two detectives - one a Muslim, the other Anglo-Australian, and the battle between them for survival. In a post 9/11 world, it is also a metaphor for the fear that exists between East and West when two men search for love, approval and forgiveness, as their destinies collide.
Aired: March 23, 2008 (Ten)
Set in the scenic Blue Mountains, west of Sydney, Emerald Falls mixes warm and idiosyncratic characters into a complex, plot-driven mystery. Seduced by the smell of eucalyptus, and against her ex-husband's advice, Joni Ferguson buys an almost-derelict bed and breakfast and moves there with her 15-year-old son Zac. The murder mystery that unfolds a year after their arrival becomes a surprising catalyst for new understanding between mother and son.
Starring: Georgie Parker, Catherine McClements, Tom Green, Geoff Morrell, Oliver Ackland, Ella Scott Lynch, Vince Colosimo, Rhys Muldoon, Heather Mitchell, Leon Ford, Andrew McFarlane
Gumnutz: A Juicy Tale
Aired: December 24, 2007
The hero of GUMNUTZ is Claude, a neurotic numbat who is forced to save his uncle's juice factory from the clutches of the villainous Hot Shot Charlie, a crafty fox. Claude has help from his feisty friend Peppa, a fellow numbat and through their adventures they learn the importance of friendship, family and responsibility.
Voice cast: Ian Bliss, Jamie Croft, Ines Vaz De Sousa, Rachel King, Keith Scott, Shane Withington
Joanne Lees: Murder in The Outback
March 12, 2007 (Ten)
This telemovie follows the dramatic story of Joanne Lees, from the night in July 2001 when she stumbled from the edge of the Stuart Highway into the path of an oncoming road train. Driver, Vince Miller, was sure he had killed her but when he stopped and inspected, he found her alive, small, pale and very, very scared. And so follows a dramatic true story, climaxing in the trial of the man accused of abducting Lees and murdering her boyfriend.
Starring: Joanne Froggatt, Richard Carter, Bryan Brown, John Wood, Laurence Breuls, Asher Keddie, Tom Long
The King: the Story of Graham Kennedy
May 20, 2007 (TV1)
The King is the story of Graham Kennedy, Australia's first and greatest home grown TV superstar. It traces his rise and rise, from working class Balaclava kid, through radio, TV, film, and back to TV again. But against this backdrop of professional success it also tracks Kennedy's personal tragedies the loneliness, the unrealised ambitions and the terrible pressures of being a gay celebrity in the 1950s and 60s. But The King is not just about a man - it's also the story of the birth of television, a cultural phenomenon that has helped define a nation, and make us who we are today.
Starring: Stephen Curry as Graham Kennedy, Garry McDonald as Nicky Whitta, Shaun Micallef as Colin Bednall, Steve Bisley as Harry M. Miller, Stephen Hall as Bert Newton, Jane Allsop as Noeline Brown, Bernard Curry as John Wesley
Sun, October 7 - Nov 18, 2007
Dr Kate McDonald (Rachel Ward) is married to the small farming community of Paringa, where she's been the vet for 15 years. For most of that time she's been hiding a secret, and as a result, refuses to allow anyone to get close to her. Needless to say, she has problems keeping an assistant, something she desperately needs.
Starring: Rachel Ward, Victoria Thaine
Valentine's Day tells the story of Ben Valentine who drifts into the small Victorian country town of Rushworth. He quickly finds himself in trouble with the law. As a famous Aussie Rules footballer fallen on hard times, he is given 200 hours of community service coaching the town's 'no-hoper' football team. But is he in fact who he seems to be?
Starring: Rhys Muldoon, Michael Tuahine, Anita Hegh, Freya Stafford, Roy Billing, Terry Norris, Bruce Kerr, Steve Rodgers, Jacinta Stapleton, Lulu McClatchy, Patrick Harvey, Marley Sharp, Adam Zwar, Simon Lyndon, Nathan Bocskay, Donal Forde, Nikolai Nikolaeff, Frances Hutson, Judy Johnson, Andrew S Gilbert, Luke Ryan, Louise Siversen, Victoria Eagger, Andrew Blackman, Steve Kimm, Warwick Sadler, Rob Disckson
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