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Television script-writer.

Coulter began working as a script-writer for the Grundy Organisation in the mid-1980s; he was both script-writer and storyliner for Prisoner between 1985 and 1986, and contributed scripts to Richmond Hill in 1988. He followed this in 1990 with work on Col'n Carpenter, where he worked alongside such script-writers as Chris Anastassiades, Kate Langbroek, Doug MacLeod (who also produced the program), and Rob Menzies. In the same year, Coulter wrote scripts for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation's Embassy (set in the fictional South-East Asian country of Ragaan), Crawford Productions' The Flying Doctors, and the Seven Network's Home and Away, for which he wrote at least eleven episodes in 1990 and 1991.

In 1992, Coulter wrote additional material for the British television documentary Unsolved Mysteries of WWII, written by Andrew Aitken and Dave Flitton.

Other programs for which Coulter wrote in the 1990s include Law of the Land (1993), The Adventures of the Bush Patrol (1996), G.P. (for which he wrote at least nine episodes between 1993 and 1996), The Gift (1997), Driven Crazy (1998), State Coroner (1997-1998), Medivac (1998), and Chuck Finn (1999).

Since 2000, he has written for children's fantasy television programs Horace & Tina (2001) and Wormwood (2007).

Crawford Productions' staff page lists Coulter as an assistant director from 1981, but does not note when he stopped working for the company or which programs he worked on.

Awards for Works

Blue Heelers 1994 series - publisher film/TV crime

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.'

1998 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1997 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
Home and Away 1988 series - publisher film/TV

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.

2015 winner Logie Awards Best Drama
2014 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1998 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1996 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1995 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1994 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1993 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1991 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
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