Roger Dunn i(20 works by) (a.k.a. Roger MacLeod Dunn; Roger Dunne)
Born: Established: 1939 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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BiographyHistory

Roger Dunn's career as a professional scriptwriter began in the early to mid-1970s with Crawford Productions. Among the earliest shows to include his name in the credits are The Box (1976; The Sullivans (1976-1977), for which he was also script editor; and Skyways (ca. 1979).

In the early 1980s, he adapted children's fiction for film and television. In 1982, he adapted David Burke's novel Come Midnight Monday as the ABC television series Come Midnight Monday. In 1984, with Graeme Koetsveld, he wrote the screenplay for The Fire in the Stone, a feature film adaptation of Colin Thiele's children's story of the same name.

During the 1980s, Dunn also provided episodes for such popular series as A Country Practice (1982-1984), The Flying Doctors (1986), Professor Poopsnagle's Steam Zeppelin (1986), Return to Eden (1986), and Mission: Impossible (1989).

In the 1990s, Dunn wrote episodes for such television series as Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left (1994) Blue Heelers (1997-1999), Thunderstone (1999), and Chuck Finn (1999).

Between 1999 and 2000, he wrote numerous episodes of long-running soap opera Neighbours.

Notes

  • Dunn has also written educational children's books.

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
Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left , 1992 single work film/TV young adult science fiction

On the cold and inhospitable planet of Zyrgon in a galaxy light years away, X's father wins the state lottery for the 27th time in a row. Knowing he will now be severely punished, twelve-year-old X is determined to save her family from jail, and decides to buy a spaceship. The whole family then set off into space, head halfway across the galaxy, and turn left. They land on an even stranger planet: Earth.

1992 winner AWGIE Awards Children's Award Adaptation
A Country Practice , 1981-1994 series - publisher film/TV

Set in a small, fictional, New South Wales country town called Wandin Valley, A Country Practice focused on the staffs of the town's medical practice and local hospital and on the families of the doctors, nurses, and patients. Many of the episodes also featured guest characters (frequently patients served by the practice) through whom various social and medical problems were explored. Although often considered a soap opera, the series was not built around an open-ended narrative; instead, the two one-hour episodes screened per week formed a self-contained narrative block, though many of the storylines were developed as sub-plots for several episodes before becoming the focus of a particular week's storyline. While the focus was on topical issues such as youth unemployment, suicide, drug addiction, HIV/AIDS, and terminal illness, the program did sometimes explore culturally sensitive issues, including, for example, the Aboriginal community and their place in modern Australian society.

Among the show's principal characters were Dr Terence Elliott, local policeman Sergeant Frank Gilroy, Esme Watson, Shirley Dean Gilroy, Bob Hatfield, Vernon 'Cookie' Locke, and Matron Margaret 'Maggie' Sloan. In addition to its regularly rotating cast of characters, A Country Practice also had a cast of semi-regulars who would make appearances as the storylines permitted. Interestingly, while the series initially targeted the adult and older youth demographic, it became increasingly popular with children over the years.

1992 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1986 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1985 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series
1984 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Series