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The Body Corporate

Year: 1981
Produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Producer: Eric Taylor
Writer: Robert Caswell
Director: Eric Taylor

The Body Corporate meetings at the Excelsior home units have run reasonably smoothly for some time, until the arrival of ex-cabinet minister Sir Arthur Tustain and his wife, Lady Rosemary. Sir Arthur decides that God has sent him there to serve the people once again, but he only manages to upset the existing harmony.The one person to see through Sir Arthur and his motives is school teacher, Aaron Fox.

Cast: Leonard Teale, Mervyn Drake, Jeanie Drynan, Betty Lucas

Runaway Island

Aired: January 1981 (Seven)
Produced by Grundy Organisation
Executive Producer: Ian Holmes
Producer: Roger Mirams
Writer: Paul Wheelahan
Directors: David Stevens, Frank Arnold, Howard Rubie

Australia 1830. Jemma and Jamie McCloud are left behind on their father's farm with their aunt Agatha. Lachlan McCloud sails to England to ask the government to do something about the corruption in New South Wales. While he's away aunt Agatha sells the farm and the two children are left homeless. Jemma and Jamie are told that their father drowned at sea. They meet Red Tom and Nipper and are determined to find their father's will.

Cast: Miles Buchanan as Jamie McLeod, Simone Buchanan as Jemma McLeod, Beth Buchanan as Nancy, Rodney Bell as Red Tom, Julian Gillespie as Nipper, Cornelia Frances as Agatha McLeod

Sara Dane

Year: 1981
Produced by South Australian Film Corporation for Network Ten Australia
Writer: Alan Seymour
Director: Gary Conway, Rod Hardy

A rags to riches story set in convict Australia. Sara is possessed of a fiercely independent spirit. To this is added physical beauty, driving ambition, business acumen and the courage to win through despite almost impossible odds. Sara beings the story in rags as part of the human cargo packed below the decks in a convict transport ship. She ends it as one of the richest and most powerful figures in the developing Australian colony of New South Wales. (8 x 1hr)

Cast: Juliet Jordan, Harold Hopkins, Barry Quin, Brenton Whittle, Sean Scully, Damon Herriman