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An Accidental Soldier

Sunday, September 15, 2013 (ABC1, 8:30)
Ratings: 667,000 viewers (12th)
Producers: Kylie du Fresne, Sue Taylor
Director: Rachel Ward
Writer: Blake Ayshford

Based on the book Silent Parts by John Charalambous, An Accidental Soldier follows the wartime story of a baker in the ANZAC service corps who makes an extraordinary decision and finds an unexpected love with a grieving farm wife who tries to protect him from the war that has shattered both their lives.

Cast: Dan Spielman, Marie Bunel, Julia Zemiro, Bryan Brown

Better Man

Thu, July 25 & Aug 01, 2013 (SBS)
Produced by FremantleMedia Australia, Bravado Productions
Executive Producer: Jason Stephens
Producers: Stephen Corvini, John Wild
Director: Khoa Do
Writer: Khoa Do

Exactly how much risk would you take to save your brother? For Van Nguyen the answer was whatever it takes, and the devastating consequence of his attempt to traffic heroin from Cambodia to Australia via a change of planes in Singapore was that the 396 grams of drugs that he was discovered carrying was enough to incur the death penalty — 26 times over.

Cast: Jordan Rodrigues, Remy Hii, David Wenham, Bryan Brown, Claudia Karvan, Hien Nguyen


Sunday, May 26, 2013 (ABC1)
Ratings: 0.927 million viewers
Produced by Clock End Films Pty Limited
Producer: Nigel Odell
Director: Dean Murphy
Writer: Robert B Taylor

Set against the backdrop of the early eighties, Cliffy retraces the extraordinary journey of 61-year-old Cliff Young from famously training in gumboots among cow paddocks through the epic six day period of an ultra marathon and his emergence as Australia's most unlikely sporting hero.

Cast: Kevin Harrington, Roy Billing, Anne Tenney, Martin Sacks, Gyton Grantley, Stephen Curry, Joan Sydney

Outlaw Michael Howe, The

Sunday, December 01, 2013 (ABC1)
Produced by Cordell Jigsaw Zapruder and Outlawed Films
Producer: Nial Fulton
Director: Brendan Cowell
Writer: Brendan Cowell

In 1815 a young convict leads a wretched guerrilla army of outlaws, deserters and bushmen in open rebellion against the morally corrupt government on the notorious prison settlement of Van Diemen's Land. As their numbers grow by the day, Michael Howe's gang threaten to overrun the colony. An epic story of love and betrayal, The Outlaw Michael Howe will chronicle the astonishing true story of the man who pushed Australia to the brink of civil war. Based on the book Michael Howe: the Last and Worst of the Bushrangers of Van Diemen's Land

Cast: Damon Herriman, Mirrah Foulkes, Rarriwuy Hick, Matt Day, Darren Gilshenan, Pip Miller, Brendan Cowell

Paper Giants: The Magazine Wars

June 2 & 9, 2013 (ABC1)
Ratings (pt 1): 0.846 million viewers
Ratings (pt 2): 0.756 million viewers
Produced by Southern Star John Edwards
Producers: John Edwards, Mimi Butler
Writers: Justin Monjo, Keith Thompson
Director: Daina Reid

Paper Giants: Magazine Wars is the story of the Golden Years of the glossies, of the 'battle' waged by Nene King (Mandy McElhinney) and Dulcie Boling (Rachel Griffiths) from the rival Packer and Murdoch empires to make their publication the number one seller in Australia. Both women were supremely talented. All stops were pulled out to sell their magazines. 'Camilla-gate', 'Squidgy-gate', the Fergie toe sucking photos - no story was off limits. The boundaries of journalism were stretched like never before. Filled with humour, tragedy and outrageous tactics, Paper Giants: Magazine Wars charts the rise of cheque-book journalism in Australia from 1987-97; the age of celebrity power and Princess Di; of the paparazzi and AIDS; of media moguls, and two remarkable women who helped make them.

Cast: Rachel Griffiths, Mandy McElhinney, Rob Carlton, Angus Sampson, Khan Chittenden, Caren Pistorius, Lucy Bell, Socratis Otto, William Zappa, Alexander England, John Wood, Steve Rodgers, Sean Taylor, Rodger Corser.

Power Games: The Packer-Murdoch Story

Sunday, Sept 08/15, 2013 (Nine)
Ratings (1): 793,0000 viewers (8th)
Ratings (2): 773,0000 viewers (9th)
Produced by Southern Star Entertainment
Producers: John Edwards, Jodi Matterson
Writer: Samantha Winston
Director: Geoff Bennett

Spanning 1960 to 1972, this is the true story of Australia's most iconic media dynasties. In 1960 ambitious young Rupert Murdoch takes on Sir Frank Packer in a media war that will change the world.

Cast: Lachy Hulme, Patrick Brammall, Luke Ford, Alexander England, Maeve Dermody, Heather Mitchell, Anne Looby, Mirrah Foulkes, Hamish Michael, Nicholas Bell, Lewis Fitz-Gerald, Alan Dukes, David Roberts, Stephen Leeder, Alan Dearth, Bruce Myles, Kathryn Beck, Kim Knuckey

Top Of The Lake

Aired: March 2013
Produced by See-Saw Films Pty Ltd
Executive Producers: Jane Campion, Sharon Menzies
Producers: Emile Sherman, Iain Canning, Philippa Campbell
Directors: Jane Campion, Garth Davis
Writers: Jane Campion, Gerard Lee

A 12-year-old girl is found chest deep in the freezing waters of a South Island lake. She's five months pregnant and when asked who the father is she insists: "No one". Then she disappears. Detective Robin Griffin's obsessive search for Tui unravels both Robin and the compromised town of Laketop. (6 x 60min)

Cast: Elizabeth Moss, Peter Mullan, Holly Hunter, David Wenham