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John Upton John Upton i(A14764 works by) (a.k.a. John James Upton)
Born: Established: 23 Aug 1939 ; Died: Ceased: 19 Jan 2017 Burwood, Ashfield - Burwood area, Sydney Inner West, Sydney, New South Wales,
Gender: Male
Heritage: American
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John Upton was a graduate of the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS) and wrote extensively for television and stage. His television scripts include Palace of Dreams, Rafferty's Rules, Butterfly Island, Neighbours, Prisoner, Cop Shop, The Restless Years and Special Squad.

Upton was president of the Australian Writers' Theatre from 1981-1986, an organisation established by playwrights to promote Australian plays and help train young playwrights.

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Awards for Works

Not Ending It i "You see the light, you navigate the wide", 2015 single work poetry
— Appears in: Award Winning Australian Writing 2015 2015; (p. 227-228)
2014 winner Kitchen Table Poets All Poetry Competition
form y separately published work icon Blue Heelers ( dir. Mark Callan et. al. )agent 1994 Sydney Australia : Hal McElroy Southern Star Seven Network , 1994-2006 Z1367353 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
form y separately published work icon E Street ( dir. Rod Hardy et. al. )agent Network Ten Westside Film & Television , 1989-1993 7210561 1989 series - publisher film/TV

A one-hour soap opera focusing on life in a gritty inner-city suburb.

1992 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
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