During her extensive career in Australian television Denise Morgan was involved as a writer, script editor and producer on some of Australia's most successful drama series. Among her early credits were shows from the mid to late-1970s, including Matlock Police (1976), Solo One(1976), Young Ramsey (1977-78), Chopper Squad (1978-79) and Prisoner (1979-81), which she also helped develop.
During the 1980s Morgan worked on Holiday Island (1981), Taurus Rising (1982), A Country Practice (1982), Five Mile Creek (1983), Home and Away (1988) and The Flying Doctors (1986-91). Her screenplay for the 1985 telemovie An Indecent Obsession - based on Colleen McCullough's novel of the same name, was also nominated for an Australian Film Institute (AFI) "Best Screenplay" award in 1985. Morgan's credits since 1990 include Phoenix (1992), Water Rats (1996-2000), Murder Call (1997-99), Medivac (1998), Stingers (1999), McLeod's Daughters (2003-05) and All Saints (2002-09).
In addition to her role as writer Morgan has been engaged as Script Editor for Young Ramsey, Water Rats, McLeod's Daughters and as Associate Script Producer for All Saints. Morgan was also Script Editor for the critically acclaimed 2004 feature film Somersault, and acted as story editor for Blue Heelers in 1994.
'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)
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.
Water Rats is an Australian police television series which was broadcast on the Nine Network between 1996 and 2001. The series was based around the men and women of the Sydney Water Police who fight crime across Sydney Harbour and surrounding locales. The show was set on and around Goat Island in Sydney Harbour.