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Issue Details: First known date: 1967-1968... 1967-1968 Contrabandits
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Contrabandits was a fifty-minute procedural series following the Customs Special Branch, an elite group of law-enforcers intercepting contraband in Sydney.

Colin Free was script editor for the series (as well as scripting several episodes).


Moran's Guide to Australian TV Series

Storey, Don. Classic Australian Television (Sighted 13/9/11)

See also:

Musgrove, Nan. 'Contrabandits'. Australian Women's Weekly 4 October 1967, p.17.

'Smuggling Theme of New Series'. Canberra Times 18 September 1967, p.15.


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


form y separately published work icon Cage a Tame Tiger Colin Free , Sydney : ABC Television , 1967 Z1817471 1967 single work film/TV detective crime
— Appears in: Take One : A Selection of Award-winning Australian Radio and Television Scripts 1972; (p. 1-50)

'Convicting Martin "Tiger' Fly, a known Kings Cross drug pedlar, is a personal challenge to Chief Inspector Ted Hallam. While the Customs Special Branch are convinced that Fly is obtaining drugs from merchant seamen, their frequent raids have never actually found him in possession of any drugs. Mardi Shiel is used as part of the investigation that leads to an exotic Chinese dancer, a well-endowed prostitute, and a frightened Melbourne businessman.'

Source: Storey, Don. Classic Australian Television. (Sighted 13/9/11)

Sydney : ABC Television , 1967
form y separately published work icon Target, Smokehouse James Workman , Sydney : ABC Television , 1967 Z1805883 1967 single work film/TV

'In an inner Sydney suburb a notorious opium den continues its flagrant operation, and Chief Insp. Ted Hallam is requested by the Minister to eradicate it at all costs. When an informant is murdered, Customs Special Branch and the police move in on the den in a joint operation.'

Source: Storey, Don. Classic Australian Television. (Sighted 13/9/11)

Sydney : ABC Television , 1967

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Sydney, New South Wales,: ABC Television , 1967-1968 .
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      Extent: 30x50min. episodes; two series (13 episodes in series one, 17 episodes in series two)p.
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