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Darwin's Lost Paradise

Year: 2009
An Australia/Germany co-production
Produced by Chapman Pictures Pty Ltd, Monaco Films, Films a Trois
Executive Producer: Emmanuel Laurent
Producers: Penny Chapman, Werner Vennewald, Emmanuel Laurent
Directors: Katharina von Flotow, Hannes Schuler
Writers: Jan N. Lorenzen, Katharina von Flotow

To commemorate 200 years since the birth of Charles Darwin, this two-part series combines dramatic reconstruction of Charles Darwin's voyage around the globe from 1831 to 1836. His scientific observations culminated in the publication of the 'Theory of Evolution' in 1859. Well-known contemporary scientists illustrate Darwin's research procedures and evaluate them in light of their own investigations. The series sets out to show that Darwin's extraordinary precision and methodology remain for today's researchers in the fields of biology, geology and zoology. (2 x 52min)

Cast: Hugo Weaving (Narrator),

A Model Daughter - The Killing Of Caroline Byrne

Wed, November 04, 2009 (Ten)
1.059 million viewers (12th)
Produced by Screentime Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Des Monaghan, Greg Haddrick, Rick Maier
Producer: Karl Zwicky
Writer: Peter Gawler
Director: Tony Tilse

In 1995 model Caroline Byrne's body was recovered from the Gap in Sydney: did she jump or was she pushed? A true-crime story from the makers of Underbelly. Based on Robert Wainwright's book The Killing Of Caroline Byrne: A Journey to Justice

Starring: Garry McDonald as Tony Byrne, David Lyons as Gordon Wood, Cariba Heine as Caroline Byrne, Tiriel Mora as Rene Rivkin, Gyton Grantley as Andrew Blanchette, Heather Mitchell as June Dally-Watkins, Terry Serio as Paul Jacob, Lewis Fitz-Gerald as Gary Jubelin, Indiana Evans as Kylie Watson, Sarah Chadwick as Andrea Byrne, Dieter Brummer as Sgt Mark Powderly, Benn Welford as Const. Craig Woods, Brandon Burke as Brian Wyver, Bill Young as Rod Cross, Rel Hunt as Peter Byrne, et al


Sunday, April 12, 2009 (SBS)
164,000 viewers
Produced by Big and Little Films
Prodrucers: Michael McMahon, Tony Ayres and Belinda Chayko
Director: Tony Ayres
Writer: Belinda Chayko

Julia is a young mother trying to come to terms with the loss of her newborn to SIDS. While her husband Peter throws himself into work to cope with the tragedy, Julia becomes more despairing and isolated from the world around her. Recognising that she needs a distraction, her sister-in-law suggests that Julia accompany her to the Detention Centre where she volunteers as an advocate for detainees. Julia reluctantly accepts the offer, and while there, meets Amir Farshchi, a young Iranian asylum seeker. Amir claims to be a student persecuted by the Iranian authorities, but the Department of Immigration disputes his identity. Amir is severely depressed, suicidal and close to deportation. Julia is immediately drawn to his vulnerability and throws herself obsessively into his case - much to the disapproval of her in-laws and husband Peter, whose tolerance is tested by the growing closeness between the young detainee and his wife.

Starring: Claudia Karvan, Osamah Sami, Andy Rodoreda, Beverley Dunn, Neil Melville, Sue Jones

Three Acts of Murder

Sunday, June 14, 2009 (ABC1)
975,000 viewers (12th)
Producer: Sue Taylor
Director: Rowan Woods
Writer: Ian David

Just because you give someone the idea for a murder, does that make you responsible for the crime? Crime writer Arthur Upfield (Robert Menzies) believed he was looking for the perfect plot. But when his friend Snowy Rowles (Luke Ford), used the same idea to murder three men, Upfield is forced to confront his own role in their deaths. Set in the early years of the Great Depression, this is the true story of two men whose chance conversation takes their lives down very different paths. Arthur Upfield went on to become one of Australia's most successful crime writers, profiting from the publicity of the murder trial. Snowy Rowles was found guilty and executed at the age of 26.

Starring: Robert Menzies, Luke Ford, Nicholas Hope, Anni Finsterer, Bille Brown, Emma Booth, Bill McCluskey