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Hawke

Sunday, July 18, 2010 (Ten)
Ratings: 1.606 million viewers
Producer: Richard Keddie
Director: Emma Freeman
Writer: Glen Dolman

The story of Bob Hawke — australia's most loved Prime Minister as he faces his greatest challenge: a battle within his own party. As he fights for his life, we discover his incredible transformation from a hard-drinking womanising trade union leader into a visionary world leader. For a man who once sacrificed his family to his job, he must now rely solely on his friendships and allegiances to defeat his challenger and remain in power.

Starring: Richard Roxburgh, Rachael Blake, Asher Keddie, Felix Williamson

Panic at Rock Island

NZ: Tue, February 01, 2011
Produced by
Producers: Tony Tilse, Rosemary Blight
Director: Tony Tilse
Writer: Matt Ford

A deadly virus is discovered on an island in Sydney Harbour playing host to a summer music festival

Starring: Grant Bowler, Vince Colosimo, Damian Walshe-Howling, Jessica Tovey, Dee Smart, Simone Kessell, Anna Hutchinson

Sisters of War

Sunday, November 14, 2010 (ABC1)
Ratings: 0.807 million viewers
Produced by Pericles Films in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia, Screen Queensland and Film Victoria
Producer: Andrew Wiseman
Director: Brendan Maher
Writer: John Misto

In January 1942, the Japanese war machine thundered across South East Asia. In its path lay a tiny Papuan mission station, Vunapope. Here a handful of Australian nurses took refuge along with 84 wounded Australian soldiers. Abandoned by their commanding officers, they were left to face the Japanese alone. Sisters of War is inspired by the true story of two extraordinary Australian women: Lorna Whyte, an army nurse, and Sister Berenice Twohill, a Roman Catholic nun from country New South Wales who was stationed at Vunapope.

Starring: Claire van der Boom as Sister Berenice Twohill, Sarah Snook as Lorna Whyte, Khan Chittenden as Len, Anna Volska as Sister Cordula, Gerald Lepkowski as Bishop Scharmach, Susie Porter as Kay Parker

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Spies and Lies [New Zealand]

Monday, November 15, 2010 (TVOne)
Producer/Director: Simon Bennett
Screenplay: Dave Armstrong

1942. New Zealand is at war. Times are desperate. The Japanese invasion seems imminent. At this perilous moment, confidence trickster Syd Ross completes his sentence and is released from Waikeria Prison. He makes a phone call and soon finds himself in front of Prime Minister Fraser. Syd tells a tale of sabotage and assassination, of a Nazi plot to take over New Zealand. Fraser contacts Major Folkes, head of the Security Intelligence Bureau. Folkes seizes on Ross story and gives Ross a new identity as well as a car, money and accommodation at The Grand in Rotorua. Ross is to gather evidence on the Nazi plot. As he does so, Folkes puts together a secret dossier, embroidering Ross lies and building a picture of a country in extreme danger. Based on the book The Plot to Subvert Wartime New Zealand by Hugh Price. (90min)

Cast: Antony Starr as Syd Ross, John Sessions as Major Folkes, Kelson Henderson, Ingrid Park, Eddie Campbell, Ian Mune, Peter Hambleton, James Beaumont; Steven Lovatt, Antonia Prebble, Cameron Rhodes, Roz Turnbull, John Leigh

Underbelly Files: Tell Them Lucifer was Here

February 07, 2011 (Nine)
Ratings: 1.377 million viewers
Produced by Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers: Peter Gawler, Elisa Argenzio
Director: Shawn Seet
Writer: Peter Gawler

Telemovie dramatising the 1998 murders of Victorian police officers Gary Silk and Rod Miller.

Starring: Todd Lasance, Brett Climo, Jane Allsop, Paul O'Brien, Greg Stone, Jeremy Kewley, Dimitri Baveas, Annie Jones

Underbelly Files: Infiltration

February 14, 2011 (Nine)
Ratings: 1.114 million viewers
Produced by Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers: Peter Gawler, Elisa Argenzio
Director: Grant Brown
Writer: Graeme Koetsveld

Chronicles the story of Victorian cop Colin McClaren, who infiltrated the local Calabrian mafia and risked his life daily.

Starring: Sullivan Stapleton, Jessica Napier, Valentino del Toro, Tottie Goldsmith, Glenda Linscott, Henry Nixon

Underbelly Files: The Man Who Got Away

February 21, 2011 (Nine)
Ratings: 1.015 million viewers
Produced by Screentime Pty Ltd
Producers: Peter Gawler, Elisa Argenzio
Director: Cherie Nowlan
Writer: Kris Mrksa

Recounts the incredible tale of British-Australian drug smuggler David McMillan, the only man ever to escape from Bangkok's Klong Prem prison — The Bangkok Hilton.

Starring: Toby Schmitz, Claire van der Boom, Jeremy Sims, Aaron Jeffery, Nicholas Eadie, Brendan Cowell, Freya Stafford, Josh Lawson, John Orcisk, William Zappa, Heather Mitchell, Deirdre Rubenstein

Wicked Love: The Maria Korp Story

Sunday, February 28, 2010 (Nine)
Ratings: 1.297 million viewers (3rd)
Director: Ian Watson
Writer: Ellie Beaumont

Behind the shocking headlines, the true story of how an explosive love triangle got out of control and became one of Australia's most notorious criminal cases.

Cast: Rebecca Gibney, Vince Colosimo, Maya Elliott [Maya Stange], Jessica Tovey, Matthew Latham, Patricia Holt, Lynette Curran, John Sheerin, Brandon Burke, Clarissa House, Elena Carapetis, Nathan Page, Ben Oxenbould, Penni Gray, Tessa Wells, Jillian Webber, Paul Winchester, Danny Rey-Conde, Nathy Gaffney, Marc Mennes, Chad Richards, Sarah Bishop, Dale Sinden, Daniel Simpson, Paul Hudson, Jo Chipperfield, Louise Williams, Adam Stewart, Martin Curtis, Robert Zavadszky, Renae Berry, Simonne Kranz, Sue Honeybrook, Nicque Misa, Maelin Anthony, Brittney Beynon, Jag Bentley, Nekeisha Vos, Stella Barahona