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Maureen Sherlock Maureen Sherlock i(A51246 works by)
Born: Established: 1951 ;
Gender: Female
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Actor, children's book author, playwright, and script-writer.

As an actor, Maureen Sherlock has been a member of the Circle Theatre Company (with which she performed around Australia), The Stage Company at the Adelaide Festival Centre (with which she toured to Brisbane, Perth, and the Edinburgh Festival), and the State Theatre Company of South Australia. Her television work includes roles in News Free Zone, The River Kings, The Shiralee, Robbery Under Arms, MDA, Blue Heelers, Something in the Air, Wilfred, and Kath & Kim.

As a novelist, Sherlock has published four children's books.

As a playwright, she has written several comedy caberet shows, including Alzheimer's The Musical: A Night to Remember!, Tragic at their Age, Molls, Housewives' Playtime, and Don't Touch Me There. She has also collaborated with Rob George on the stage plays Percy & Rose and Lovers & Haters.

As a script-writer, she has written for children's fantasy television programs Wormwood and Chuck Finn, as well as for Blue Heelers and for animated children's programs Gasp!, The DaVincibles, and The Woodlies.

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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
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