The writer of more than fifty episodes for the television serial Sons and Daughters (1984-87), Greg Haddrick also wrote episodes for The Flying Doctors around the same period. He later contributed scripts to such series as All Together Now (1991), Blue Heelers (1994), Mirror Mirror (1995), Home and Away (1988-96) and All Saints (1998).
Since 2000 Haddrick has been a scriptwriter for The Magic Pudding (2000 feature film), My Husband My Killer (2001 telemovie), MDA (2002-03), the telemovies The Society Murders (2006), The Informant (2008) and False Witness (2009). Between 2008 and 2010 he also collaborated with Felicity Packard and Peter Gawler to write episodes for the trio of Underbelly series (based on the 2004 true crime book Leadbelly: Inside Australia's Underworld Wars by John Silvester and Andrew Rule). Haddrick also produced 18 of the episodes.
Janet King is an Australian television drama series which first aired on ABC1 in 2014. It was created as a spin-off from the 2011 legal drama Crownies.
'An 8-hour legal/political thriller that is a spin-off of Crownies featuring Marta Dusseldorp reprising her role of Crown Prosecutor Janet King. The series will look at the dilemmas of a contemporary woman who returns to work after a year's maternity leave and is flung into a shocking prosecution that involves layers of intrigue played out at the highest levels of power. Janet King's case leads her through some astounding twists and revelations that impact on her life on every level.'
Source: Australian Television Information Archive. (Sighted: 7/4/2014)
With gun crime in the suburbs causing great concern, the state government establishes a Royal Commission to look into the problem following the death of Todd Wilson and appoints Janet King to head it. Give the power to become investigators, King and her team are allowed to raid premises, interrogate persons of interest and have police seconded to them. King believes that solving Wilson's murder might uncover what's fuelling the violence.
Janet confronts a hornet’s nest of illegal gambling, organised crime and money laundering while tracking the tragic death of a young sports star. What begins as a spot betting investigation soon unmasks elite professional sportsmen and women and their connection to the shadowy underbelly of performance enhancing drugs, match fixing, kickbacks and, ultimately, murder.
Based on the non-fiction book Brothers in Arms by Lindsay Simpson and Sandra Harvey, Bikie Wars is a dramatised account of the events leading up the 1984 Milperra massacre, a shoot-out between members of the outlaw motorcycle gang the Comancheros and the Bandidos, a group formed from a splinter group of former Comancheros: the massacre left 7 people dead and 28 wounded, and led to 63 murder convictions, 147 manslaughter convictions, and significant changes to NSW gun laws.
'The cops were bent and the crims were cool. And together they ran the most exciting street in Australia. Strippers, gamblers, gunmen, dealers, bouncers, bagmen - they all came to the Golden Mile.
'A smart and sexy young Kim Hollingsworth, smiling teenage Kings Cross identity Johnny Ibrahim, the Bayeh Brothers, Trevor Haken, Chook Fowler ... the Golden Mile was their playground, and they played like there was no tomorrow.
'Then, in 1995, 'tomorrow' came and the Wood Royal Commission cleaned out the Black Empire within the NSW Police. But it left behind a mess that took years of mayhem to bring under control.
'Underbelly: The Golden Mile is the story of the excesses of the empire, the collapse of the empire, the chaos that followed, and the ultimate victory of strong and honest police ... seen through the eyes of some of the most sexy, charming, corrupt and deadly people of the time.'