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Roger Dunn Roger Dunn i(A47568 works by) (a.k.a. Roger MacLeod Dunn; Roger Dunne)
Born: Established: 1939 Melbourne, Victoria, ;
Gender: Male
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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.

Most Referenced Works


  • Dunn has also written educational children's books.

Awards for Works

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
1999 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
form y separately published work icon Halfway Across the Galaxy and Turn Left ( dir. Rod Hardy et. al. )agent 1992 Melbourne Australia : Crawford Productions Seven Network , 1994 Z1028716 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
form y separately published work icon Neighbours 1985 Australia : Reg Grundy Enterprises FremantleMedia Australia , 1985-2022 Z1367509 1985 series - publisher film/TV

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.

1990 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1989 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Series
1988 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Program
1987 winner Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Program
2019 nominated Logie Awards Most Outstanding Drama Series
2019 nominated Logie Awards Most Popular Drama Program
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