Television script-writer, script executive, script editor, and producer.
Anthony Ellis has worked as a script-writer since at least the mid-1980s, when he contributed scripts to the television series The Flying Doctors. He also began writing scripts for long-running soap opera Home and Away in 1988: he wrote at least thirty episodes for the series between 1988 and 2008.
His scripts in the 1990s include episodes of The Miraculous Mellops (1991), The Adventures of Skippy (1992), Ship to Shore (1994), Snowy River: The McGregor Saga (1996), Water Rats (1996), Blue Heelers (1996-1997), Big Sky (1997), Mirror, Mirror II (1997-1998), and All Saints, for which he wrote at least eleven episodes (1998-2003).
He also worked as a script and story editor for television series in this period, including as script editor for Family and Friends, written by Greg Haddrick and Dave Worthington (1990), as script and story editor for Mirror, Mirror (1995), and as script editor for Mirror, Mirror II (1997).
However, his script-writing was curtailed as he moved into a regular position as network script executive on a wide range of television programs, including Foreign Exchange (2004), The Sleepover Club (2006-2007), Mortified (2006-2007), Lockie Leonard (2007), McLeod's Daughters (2005-2006), and Packed to the Rafters (2008-2009).
'Connor becomes Acting NUM when Steph is uncharacteristically late for the morning shift. Anxiety mounts as the morning wears on.
'Ben and Bron, meanwhile, arrive on the scene of a terrible car smash to discover with horror that Steph is the critically injured driver of one of the cars. Bron is forced to take command of on-site medical assistance as Ben becomes paralysed by fear and anguish. His anger erupts in violence against the bewildered drunken driver of the other car and he has to be pulled off by the arresting police. Relieved by the Police Rescue Squad and a second team of paramedics, Ben sits with his wife, coaxing her to remain conscious, urging her to hang on.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 25/6/2013)
One of Australia's highest rating dramas, All Saints is a Logie Award-winning Australian medical drama set in the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital in suburban Sydney. The stories originally focused on the nursing staff of Ward 17 run by Nursing Unit Manager Terri Sullivan. It was sometimes referred to as the 'garbage ward' because it took the overflow of patients.
In 2004 Network Seven producers overhauled the series in an effort to increase the show's gradually dwindling audience. They achieved this by closing down Ward 17 and transferring some of the staff to the Emergency Department managed by Frank Campion. Several other new lead characters were also introduced. The changes also saw the storylines begin to focus more on the lives of the doctors and nurses.
Another significant change to the series came in early 2009 when the producers introduced the Medical Response Unit. Central to this development was the helicopter which took doctors to rescue situations outside the hopsital and which in turn brought patients to the All Saints Emergency Department. The show's name was also changed at this time to All Saints: Medical Response Unit. The increased production costs created by having scenes shot on location played a part, however, in the series being cancelled mid-year. The series ended with the Emergency Department and Medical Response Unit teams having a dinner to farewell the last remaining original character, Von Ryan on her final day at All Saints.
All Saints was popular in many countries including the United Kingdom, Ireland, Belgium and Iran.