Piers Hobson began working as a script-writer in the mid 1990s, with long-running soap opera Neighbours, for which he wrote at least eighteen episodes between 1994 and 1996. In 1997, he wrote six episodes for Western Australia-based producer Paul Barron's fantasy series The Gift, and followed this with a number of scripts for police procedural Blue Heelers between 1999 and 2000.
Since then, however, Hobson has specialised in children's television series. He was one of the few Australian script-writers to work on Australian-Canadian co-production Guinevere Jones (2002), in which the reincarnated Queen Guinevere flees to Melbourne with her traumatised mother and must learn magic to protect herself from the forces threatening her. Hobson's episode, 'Warwe and Mineer', fused the essentially European mythos of Arthurian legend with mythology drawn from Indigenous Australian cultures.
He also contributed at least two episodes to The Saddle Club (2001 and 2003) and three episodes to inter-dimensional fantasy series Parallax (2004), as well as writing episodes of drama series The Sleepover Club (2003); fantasy series Wormwood (2007), based on the work of Paul Jennings; and science-fiction series Stormworld (2009), another Australian-Canadian co-production.
Screen Australia also suggests that he was a contributor to series two of Chuck Finn, but production of the series was truncated by the unexpected bankruptcy of Paul Barron's production company.
'Based on the popular books by Rose Impey, this comedy-drama series features five 12-year-old girls on their quest for identity, individuality, belonging, family, friendship and how to have the most fun while trying to deny the existence of boys.'
Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 3/12/2013)
2007nominatedAFI Awards—Best Children's Television Drama
A character-based television drama series about the lives of police officers in the fictitious Australian country town of Mt Thomas, this series began with the arrival of Constable Maggie Doyle (Lisa McCune) to the Mt Thomas station in the episode 'A Woman's Place'. Doyle and avuncular station boss Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon (John Wood) were the core characters of the series until the departure of Lisa McCune.
Immensely popular for a decade, Blue Heelers was cancelled in 2006 after thirteen seasons. The announcement was front-page news in Australia's major newspapers including The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney's Daily Telegraph, The Herald Sun and The Age in Melbourne, and Brisbane's Courier Mail.
On June 8, 2006 Ross Warneke wrote in The Age:
'It's over and, to be perfectly blunt, there's no use lamenting the demise of Blue Heelers any more. When the final movie-length episode aired on Channel Seven on Sunday night, 1.5 million Australians tuned in, a figure that was big enough to give the show a win in its timeslot but nowhere near big enough to pay the sort of tribute that this writer believes Heelers deserved after more than 500 episodes.It is unlikely there will be anything like it again. At almost $500,000 an hour, shows such as Blue Heelers are quickly becoming the dinosaurs of Australian TV.'
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