Michael Joshua has worked as a television script-writer since at least the early 1980s, when he scripted the Canadian telemovie A Matter of Cunning (co-written with American script-writer Robert Mann and directed by Alan Erlich.
By 1984, however, Joshua was writing for Australian television, with scripts for Prisoner, for which he wrote between 1984 and 1986. Joshua then moved on to The Flying Doctors (1987-1988) and Home and Away (1988-1989).
In the 1990s, Joshua wrote for long-running soap opera Neighbours (1994-1995) and judicial drama State Coroner (1998), but also began what would be a long-running and extensive involvement with Jonathan M. Shiff Productions, Australian television's most prolific producer of young-adult speculative-fiction television. Joshua wrote for Ocean Girl between 1994 and 1997, as well as acting as script editor for the series. He followed this with scripts for Thunderstone, Horace and Tina, and Pirate Islands, while also working as associate story editor on Thunderstone; story consultant, story editor, and script editor on Cybergirl(2001); and associate story editor on Wicked Science (2006).
He was also script editor for the twenty-six episodes of Parallax, a Western Australian produced children's fantasy program.
Since 2000, Joshua has contributed scripts to Something in the Air (2002), short-lived soap opera Headland (2006), and animated fantasy series Legend of Enyo (2010), as well as co-writing the short film Awkwardness with Nicole Klein.
'When fifteen year-old Zac goes camping on Mako Island, he has no idea his every move is being monitored by real-life mermaids Sirena, Nixie and Lyla, whose job it is to ward off trespassers. When he comes into contact with the magical waters of the Moon Pool on the night of a full moon, Zac is given a taste of Mako's powers, waking the next day to discover he has been granted fin-like feet and the power to control water…causing all sorts of trouble for Sirena, Nixie and Lyla.'
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.
A daily television drama series set in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Erinsborough, Neighbours chronicles the lives of the residents of Ramsay Street. The series initially revolved around three families: the Ramsays (at number 24 Ramsay Street), the Robinsons (at number 26), and the Clarkes (at number 28). The scope of the series has since broadened to include new Ramsay Street familes.