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The Cake Man

Year: 1976
Produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Producers: Lynn Bayonas, Douglas Sharp, Robert J Merritt, Marta Ninaus
Writer: Robert J Merritt
Director: Douglas Sharp

A social issue drama centred around the plight of an Aboriginal family on a country mission station. The 'Cake Man' is sent to give Aboriginal children the same opportunities as white children. He tells them of how he was blinded by wicked men and could not tell the difference between black and white, and how he came to recover his sight.

Cast: Brian Syron, Justine Saunders, Edward Phillips, Neil Fitzpatrick, Hugh Keays-Byrne, Graham Rouse, Ray Marshall, Terry Jowett

Do I Have To Kill My Child?

Year: 1976
Produced by CID Productions
Executive Producer: Anne Deveson
Producers: Janet Isaac, Tim Read
Writers: Anne Deveson, Donald Crombie
Director: Donald Crombie

A disturbing drama about a young mother who bashes her baby. The woman is lonely, cannot cope with her domestic responsibilities, and does not want her third baby. She desperately needs help, but her mother, husband, doctor, neighbour and clinic sister do not understand - until the baby ends up in hospital with a fractured skull.

Cast: Jacki Weaver, Brendon Lunney, Willie Fennell, Michele Jarman, Nerida Clark, Jeremy Letts, Betty Lucas

Murcheson Creek

Year: 1976
Produced by Cash Harmon Productions
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Writer: Robert Caswell
Director: Terry Bourke

Dr Andrew Murcheson, a successful young specialist, arrives for a visit to Murcheson Creek, an isolated river town built by his grandfather. He discovers that his father, the town doctor, has suddenly died. The locals expect Andrew to take over his father's practice, and he is forced into a confrontation.

Cast: Mark Edwards, Sandra Lee Paterson, Abigail, Gordon McDougall, Phillipa Baker, Lew Luton, Rowena Wallace, Keith Lee, Cornelia Frances, Dennis Miller

Polly My Love

Year: 1976
Producer: Eric Porter
Writer: Ted Roberts
Director: Peter Maxwell

The story is based in Australia in 1830 and centres around Polly, the daughter of the inn-keeper of Kings Head Tavern.

Cast: Jacki Weaver, Scott Lambert, Hugh Keys Burns, Max Phipps, Ted Ogden, Dianna Davidson, Sally McMasters, Robert Bruning, Pauline Duncan