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form y separately published work icon Dynasty series - publisher   film/TV  
Adaptation of Dynasty Tony Morphett , 1967 single work novel
Issue Details: First known date: 1970... 1970 Dynasty
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The Australian Broadcasting Commission (ABC) produced the critically acclaimed, award-winning series Dynasty between 1970 and 1971. Dynasty--which bears no relation to the 1980s' American series of the same name--was developed from Tony Morphett's novel and later television play.

The series explores the intrigues and conflicts of powerful media family the Masons who, through the Mason Corporation Board, publish The Standard newspaper and own the television station MSN Channel 6. Head of the family and chairman of the board Jack Mason is a newspaperman like his father. And, again like his father, he is an old-style autocratic owner-publisher, determined to retain control of all aspects of his empire.




  • Award-winning and individually published episodes in this series are included on AustLit.


form y separately published work icon Cry Me a River Tony Morphett , Australia : ABC Television , 1970 Z1622180 1970 single work film/TV Peter Mason brings controversial American singer Jeannie Reed to Australia to make a TV special for Channel 6. He is determined to protect his show by avoiding sensational newspaper stories. Australia : ABC Television , 1970
form y separately published work icon Paper of the People John Dingwall , Australia : ABC Television , 1970 Z1361000 1970 single work film/TV
— Appears in: Close-Up : Scripts from Australian Television's Second Decade 1971; (p. 107-149)
John Mason challenges his father's policy for Mason family newspaper The Standard, wanting to allow roundsmen both by-lines and the opportunity to write their own stories in their own style. However, Jack Mason believes that only he has the right to decide what will or will not be printed.
Australia : ABC Television , 1970
form y separately published work icon The Killing Ground Tony Morphett , Australia : ABC Television , 1971 Z1622145 1971 single work film/TV

Franki Halliday, a staff reporter on the Masons' newspaper, returns to Australia after spending three months as a prisoner of the Viet Cong and begins to write about her harrowing experiences. As her story unfolds, the Masons realise that some parts might be unsuitable for publication. However, Franki is determined to tell all, including the fact that she is pregnant to one of her captors.

Australia : ABC Television , 1971

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First known date: 1970


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