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Born: Established: 1922 ;
Gender: Male
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1 form y separately published work icon Phoenix Five PHX5 John Warwick , Peter Schreck , Frederick C. Folkard , Ted Ager , ( dir. David Cahill ) Frenchs Forest : Artransa Park Studios Channel 7 ABC Television , 1970 Z1812590 1970 series - publisher film/TV children's adventure science fiction

As with its predecessors, The Interpretaris and Vega 4, Phoenix Five took its name from the spaceship that was the show's focus: the flagship of Earth Space Control, with a two-man, one-woman team, assisted by their computeroid, Karl. The show had two primary villains. For the first thirteen episodes, the villain was Zodian (the evil scientist of Vega 4, now re-cast and with a newly blue skintone), who sought galactic domination from his base on Zebula 9, with the support of his twin computers, Alpha and Zeta. When Zodian was captured, he was replaced as villain by Platonus, assisted by a computer called Tommy.

Rather than following a single story arc as its predecessors had, Phoenix Five was a series of self-contained stories, allowing the script writers to move freely around the galaxies, and explore whichever crisis the crew happened to come across.

Soourece: Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series and Don Storey's Classic Australian Television (Sighted: 6/10/2011)

1 form y separately published work icon Vega 4 John Warwick , ( dir. John S. Edwards ) Sydney : Artransa Park Studios , 1968 Z1810199 1968 series - publisher film/TV children's science fiction Vega 4 is Earth Space Control's new, untested spaceship that has capabilities surpassing those of the Interpretaris. As with the Interpretaris, Vega 4 has a crew of four - two men, a woman, and a robot. An evil scientist from Galaxy Five threatens the Earth. The crew of the Vega 4 must stop him.
Source: Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series; TV EYE Classic Australian Television
1 form y separately published work icon Adventures of the Seaspray David Seidler , Bill Strutton , William Manville , Robert Mansfield , John Pinkney , Eddie Davis , John Sherman , Colin Free , John Warwick , ( dir. Joe McCormick et. al. )agent Sydney : Pacific Film Productions ABC Television , 1967 Z1831458 1967 series - publisher film/TV

New Zealand-born producer Roger Mirams followed his earlier children's television programs The Terrific Adventures of the Terrible Ten and The Magic Boomerang with this ship-based adventure series, which, as Don Storey points out in his Classic Australian Television, was one of 'three Australian half-hour adventure series [that] were set on boats' during the first twenty years of Australian television.

Adventures of the Seaspray followed the adventurers of a widowed journalist who is raising his three children on a schooner in the South Pacific (aided by a Fijian crew member, Willyum).

According to Moran, in his Guide to Australian TV Series, 'The 26 half-hour stories have all the adventure material that children love - haunted islands, rescues, shipwrecked sailors, hidden treasure, smugglers and primitive tribes all filmed in exotic Pacific locations.'

Storey concurs with this analysis, and adds

Seaspray was notable for several achievements, apart from a high standard of production. It was filmed on location in an international setting; it was the first Australian television show to be filmed in colour since the 1955 series The Adventures of Long John Silver (made before Australia had television); it was the first co-production with an overseas company; and it had a Fijian native in a lead role, the first Australian series to give such prominence to a non-white person.

1 8 form y separately published work icon Skippy Lee Robinson , Dennis Hill , Ross Napier , Ted Roberts , Joy Cavill , Lee Robinson , Denys Burrows , Ed Devereaux , Moya Wood , Carol Odell , Joan Levy , Rae Glasser , Warren Glasser , James Workman , Tony Booth , J. Benn Darrow , Dennis Hill , Creswick Jenkinson , Michael Wright , Maureen Walsh , Scotty Denholm , Suzanne Baker , Peter Finnane , Peter Kay , Kay Keavney , John McCallum , Will Pryor , Ron Taylor , Margaret Trist , John Warwick , Rene Devereaux , Alex McDonald , Phyllis McLean , Ron McLean , Richard Raper , Stephen Rhodes , Martyn Sanderson , Valerie Taylor , Albie Thoms , Alan Veitch , Brian Wright , Stewart A. Fist , Bill Lambert , Harry Woollerton , ( dir. Eric Fullilove et. al. )agent 1966 Australia : Nine Network Fauna Productions , 1968-1970 Z1624851 1966 series - publisher film/TV

Set in the fictional Waratah National Park (NSW), the Skippy series focuses largely on the adventures of a young boy, Sonny Hammond, and his intelligent pet kangaroo, Skippy. Sonny is the youngest child of Head Ranger Matt Hammond. Matt was left a widower in his early forties when his wife Mary died not long after Sonny was born. Other principal characters are Sonny's older brother Mark, Flight Ranger Jerry King (the park's helicopter pilot), and Ranger Clancy Merrick, the teenage daughter of another park ranger.

1 form y separately published work icon The Decision John Warwick , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1966 7106721 1966 single work film/TV

'When public opinion collides with private beliefs in a small town, the result is a tragedy of intolerance that destroys.'


[Television guide], The Canberra Times, 19 September 1966, p.16.

1 form y separately published work icon The Final Factor John Warwick , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1966 7106417 1966 single work film/TV

'Many lives are at stake while giants of the engineering world struggle for supremacy.'


[Television guide], The Canberra Times, 25 July 1966, p.14.

1 form y separately published work icon Daphne Laureola John Warwick , Australia : Australian Broadcasting Commission , 1965 7119974 1965 single work film/TV

A modern version of the Apollo and Daphne story, adapted by Australian script-writer John Warwick from the play by Scottish dramatist James Bridie.

2 1 form y separately published work icon Rusty Bugles John Warwick , 1964 (Manuscript version)11649998 11649990 1964 single work film/TV war literature Adapted for television from Sumner Locke Elliot's play, Rusty Bugles is set in an ordinance camp in the Northern Territory in 1944. The men are neither in nor out of the war. A cross section of Australian soldiers go through boredom, the news of infidelities at home, endless hope for leave - all coloured by unquenchable humour and optimism.