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BiographyHistory

Australian television script-writer.

Awards for Works

Winners and Losers 2011 series - publisher film/TV

'The series looks at the lives of four best friends bound together by their shared experience of being 'the losers' in high school. Now ten years later the women are about to become winners, but at what cost?'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 2/12/2013)

2012 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
Packed To The Rafters 2008- series - publisher film/TV 'Meet Dave and Julie Rafter - just your average Australians with three grown-up children. On the eve of their twenty-fifth wedding-anniversary it seems they're at last about to have the house to themselves. Offspring Rachel, Ben and Nathan have all developed into well-rounded and out-going, if exceptionally different and complex, individuals, with a raft of their own conflicts and dilemmas. But home can seem a very welcome refuge when unforeseen problems loom.'

Source: Australian Television Information Archive website, http://www.australiantelevision.net/
Sighted: 02/05/2011
2013 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2012 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
2011 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Miniseries or Telemovie
2011 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama 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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