Barbara Bishop Barbara Bishop i(A132742 works by)
Gender: Female
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Bishop's earliest scripts were for House Rules (1988), a series about a Melbourne housewife who becomes a member of parliament. She followed this with the script for All the Rivers Run II (1990), co-written with Vince Moran, and then with scripts for series two and three of Embassy (1991-1992), the ABC's series about the Australian embassy in the fictional South-East Asian country of Ragaan. In 1992, she co-wrote (with American script-writer/dramatist Mark Troy) the American slasher film Zipperface.

Since Zipperface, however, all Bishop's scripts have been for Australian television. In the 1990s, she produced scripts for such widely ranging programs as children's adventure Ship to Shore (1993), Jonathan M. Shiff Productions' young-adult ecological science-fiction series Ocean Girl (1994) and Thunderstone (1999), children's fantasy series The Gift (1997), and crime dramas Janus (1995) and State Coroner (1997-1998).

Her work since 2000 has been similarly varied, with scripts for Seachange-style adult drama Something in the Air (2000-2001), Jonathan M. Shiff Productions' teen science-fiction series Cybergirl (2001), crime drama Marshall Law (2002), children's series The Saddle Club (2003), drama series Headland (2005), and soap opera Home and Away (2006).

Screen Australia also notes her as one of the contracted writers for series two of Chuck Finn, before the program was truncated by the financial collapse of the production company.

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Janus 1994-1995 series - publisher film/TV crime

'It's a story about justice...and the corruption of justice. JANUS is about the lawyers, police, judges and magistrates who work with a very imperfect system. The focus of our story will be the new Director of Public Prosecutions Officer, taking over the handling of all Committals for trial - the first sweeping changes recommended by the Janus Taskforce Committee.'

Source: Screen Australia. (Sighted: 3/5/2013)

1995 winner Logie Awards Most Outstanding 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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