Meg Mappin began working in television in the late 1990s. Prior to this, she completed two play scripts: Double Storeys was presented as a play reading at La Mama, Melbourne, and Mappin presented a reading of I Started Stealing Biscuits (by invitation) at the Second International Conference of Women Playwrights (Toronto, Canada). No publication of the play scripts has been traced.
In 1999 and 2000, Mappin worked as script editor for police drama Blue Heelers. She also worked as a storyliner for long-running soap opera Neighbours, before moving to rival soap opera Home and Away, where she was a regular script-editor between 2002 and 2004. In 2004, she wrote for both McLeod's Daughters and Stingers; for the latter, she was also script editor.
'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
'Inspired by true events, Stingers reveals the shadowy and ambiguous world of undercover cops — people with covert lives and constantly changing identities. They are police who defeat crime from within the criminal world — always without a badge and frequently without protection. The series follows the lives of the operatives as they befriend and betray those on the other side of the law. For these select few, it is a deadly way of life.The undercover cops of Stingers are a unique breed. They must juggle their own lives — love, laughter, family and humanity — with the tension of the criminal personas they adopt in their passion for justice.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 7/6/2013)
Home and Away is a television serial created by Alan Bateman and produced by the Seven Network. The idea for the series came to Bateman (then head of drama at Seven) after he stopped to buy ice-creams in a small country town in southern NSW. While chatting to some locals, he learned that the town was unhappy about plans to build a home for foster kids from the city. At that time, Channel Seven was still smarting from its decision to let Neighbours go to the Ten Network, where it had become hugely popular, and was looking to create another series to rival its success. Bateman saw in the idea that became Home and Away the potential for plenty of storylines and conflict by having streetwise city kids being relocated to a small regional environment,
In the beginning, the series focused on Pippa and Tom Fletcher, who, being unable to have children of their own, decide to become foster parents. When Tom is retrenched from his city job, the couple buy the rundown Summer Bay Caravan Park and move there with their five foster children. Soon after arriving, they also take in troublesome Bobby Simpson.
The series debuted in January 1988 with an hour-long telemovie. Although this rated well, the series itself took some while to develop an audience. Having learned their lesson from the Neighbours debacle, Network Seven gave its new show time, and its ratings gradually increased. As with Neighbours, the Home and Away series and performers became very popular in the United Kingdom.