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Part 10: episodes 451 - 509

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Part 2: Eps 51 - 100
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Part 4: Eps 151 - 200
Part 5: Eps 201 - 250
Part 6: Eps 251 - 300
Part 7: Eps 301 - 350
Part 8: Eps 351 - 400
Part 9: Eps 401 - 450


 

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451. The Last Bastion

Joyce.......Wendy Gilmore
Eric Lamb.......Keith Eden
Normie.......Rob Steele
Slade.......Vernon Weaver
Alma Lamb.......Eve Wynne
Pringle.......Tom Lake
Bergin.......John Proper
Sgt. Baxter.......Ken Webb
Sgt. Wilkie.......Clive Hearne
Post office clerk.......Raymond Simpson
Mrs. Tucker.......Val Jellay

Script.......Vince Moran

Synopsis: Peace loving Eric and Alma Lamb discover that honesty is not always the best policy when they become involved in a brutal murder.

Notes: The Broadcasting Control Board ruled that this episode should not be screened before 8:30 PM.

Airdate:
Brisbane 11/2/75
Toowoomba QLD 13/3/75
Adelaide 24/3/75
Wollongong NSW 14/4/75
Melbourne 13/5/75
Newcastle NSW 14/6/75
Kalgoorlie WA 6/6/78

 


Gary Day, Don Barker, Bud Tingwell and Dennis Grosvenor

452. Do Us All A Favour

Ernie Pickett.......Fred 'Cul' Cullen
Max Pickett.......Max Cullen
Lennie.......Max Gillies
Ma Pickett.......Marion Johns
'Bubbles'.......John Cobley
McKenna.......John Gaden
Rudi.......Ron Challinor
Wally.......David Lamont
Trina.......Lee Tholen
.......Bruce Kerr
.......Lew Luton

Script.......Peter Kinloch
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Edward Ogden

Synopsis: A brother and sister are gunned down hours before they are due to fly out of Melbourne. A key, a missing fur coat, and a remarkable talkative cockatoo all baffle the Homicide squad. Two brothers in the second-hand business run foul of the law when they find the abandoned fur coat which the police need as evidence.

Airdate:
Brisbane 18/2/75
Sydney 11/3/75
Toowoomba QLD 20/3/75
Adelaide 31/3/75
Melbourne 20/5/75
Newcastle NSW 21/6/75
Maryborough QLD 2/8/75

 

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Ep. 452: Max Cullen and Fred 'Cul' Cullen

453. Speaking Ill Of The Dead

Sgt. John Grayley.......Don Reid
Greg Carson.......Lionel Williams
Juliet Stacey.......Julia Blake
Sandra Stacey.......Sue Smithers
Binks.......Telford Jackson
O'Grady.......Neil Thompson
Minelli.......Andrew Grant
Rupert Morgan.......John Gould
McSweeney.......Sam Ramanov
Jake.......Buddy England
Pete.......Patrick James

Script.......George Coote
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Edward Ogden

Synopsis: The quiet country town of Summerton has a rude awakening when its most prominent citizen, Councillor Rupert Morgan, is shot dead. His body is discovered just after the local newspaper editor, Greg Carson, and his close friend John Grayley, the local sergeant of police, are preparing for a day of fishing. When the Homicide team arrive to investigate, they find there is a general hatred of the murdered man throughout the town. And it just happens that Grayson's newspaper is on the verge of publishing a front page expose of the councillor, an unscrupulous man who has been embezzling one-and-a-half-million dollars of council funds. While helping with the police investigation, Carson, who has a reputation of being a good newspaper man, also fights to protect his scoop expose from being used by the big city reporters, who invade Summerton on the trail of the story. Carson is determined to run it, regardless of the man's death. During the investigation, the Homicide team look into Councillor Morgan's private life, including his association with Mrs. Juliet Stacey and her daughter Sandra.

Airdate:
Brisbane 25/2/75
Sydney 18/3/75
Toowoomba QLD 27/3/75
Adelaide 7/4/75
Coffs Harbour NSW 29/4/75
Melbourne 27/5/75
Newcastle 28/6/75
Maryborough QLD 9/8/75

454. Bomb

Dr. Oxley.......Tim Eliott
Insp. James Powell.......Barry McQueen
Kosta Bolevich.......Anthony Voykovitch
Ana Bolevich.......Rena Skovell
Tess Martin.......Nanette Goode
Lancelot Martin.......Sam Ramanov
Dickson.......Roger Neave
.......Irving Reid

Script.......Vince Moran
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Paul Eddey

Synopsis: When a spate of bombings occur, Homicide detectives face a potentially disastrous situation. But when another bomb is found and defused, the contents provide them with a vital clue.

Airdate:
Brisbane 4/3/75
Sydney 25/3/75
Adelaide 14/4/75
Wollongong NSW 5/5/75
Melbourne 3/6/75
Newcastle NSW 5/7/75
Orange NSW 19/7/76

 


Ep. 453: Lionel Williams

455. Pointing To The Moon

Tate.......Jim Simmonds
Brooker.......Maurie Fields
'Turk'.......Stuart Finch
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Policeman.......Peter Ashby
.......Ernie Bourne
.......Les James
.......John Kelly

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......Paul Eddey

Synopsis: Tate, a master of the martial arts, sells his skills in the market place of crime. He is a cold-blooded killer, his motivation is obscure, and his only emotion is pleasure in his work. The Homicide squad have a race against time to get to him before more people are harmed. Tate is eventually captured by Sen. Det. Deegan, who is also quite accomplished at the martial arts.

Notes:
Scriptwriter Jim Simmonds, who holds a black belt in Taekwondo, had been wanting to write a Homicide episode featuring the martial arts for three years. His opportunity came when Dennis Grosvenor, a brown belt in karate, joined the cast. In addition to writing the script, Simmonds choreographed all the fight scenes, and was eventually cast in the role of Tate.

Airdate:
Toowoomba QLD 10/4/75

Adelaide 21/4/75
Wollongong NSW 12/5/75
Coffs Harbour NSW 13/5/75
Melbourne 10/6/75
Maryborough QLD 23/8/75
Canberra 19/7/76
Orange NSW 26/7/76

456. Don't Call Me Steve

Stephen.......Tony Sheldon
Flotso.......Arch Hull
Ben.......Ron Challinor
.......Andrew Sharp
.......Gary Keane
.......Kurt Ludescher
.......Campbell Copelin
.......Roz De Winter
.......Roger Boyce

Script.......Brian Bell
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Edward Ogden

Synopsis: When a solicitor is murdered, a schoolboy leads the Homicide detectives to a deserted cinema and a strange friendship.

Airdate:
Brisbane 18/3/75
Sydney 8/4/75
Adelaide 28/4/75
Wollongong NSW 19/5/75
Coffs Harbour NSW 20/5/75
Melbourne 17/6/75
Maryborough QLD 30/8/75
Canberra 26/7/76

457. Part Of The Furniture

Jack.......Bruce Barry
Charlie.......Robert Bruning
Kevin Jones.......Terry Gill
Irene.......Judith Dick
Paulette.......Rona McLeod
'Holy Joe'.......George Olasz
Jim.......Lloyd Morris
Joe Walsh.......John Preston
Watson.......Vernon Weaver
Woodsy.......Ken Webb
Customer.......Frank Hamilton
.......David John

Script.......David Boutland

Synopsis: The Homicide squad is called in when the wife of a leading gangster is shot. Was it calculated murder, or was the bullet meant for someone else?

Airdate:
Brisbane 25/3/75
Sydney 15/4/75
Adelaide 5/5/75
Wollongong
NSW 26/5/75
Coffs Harbour NSW 27/5/75
Melbourne 24/6/75
Maryborough QLD 6/9/75

 

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Ep. 455: Ernie Bourne and Maurie Fields

 


Ep. 455: Jim Simmonds and Dennis Grosvenor in rehearsals.

458. The Egotist

Jean Page.......Anne Pendlebury
Kevin Watson.......John Hargreaves
George Page.......Syd Conabere
Angie Berry.......Laura Gabriel
Mr. Watson.......Tex Morton
Mrs. Watson.......Moya O'Sullivan
Bob Mathews.......Roy Lyons
Graham Berry.......Hamish Hughes
Frank Watson.......Noel Brady
Stubbs.......Neil Thompson

Script.......Howard Griffiths
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Edward Ogden
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Kevin Watson is a clever and conniving criminal - he has dabbled in petty thievery and assault, but his forte is rape and violence. Watson's amazing string of acquittals has earned him the title of 'the egotist' - but then he gets careless after two innocent people are murdered.

Airdate:
Brisbane 1/4/75
Adelaide 12/5/75
Toowoomba QLD 26/5/75
Wollongong NSW 2/6/75
Coffs Harbour NSW 3/6/75

Melbourne
1/7/75
Maryborough QLD 13/9/75

 

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Ep. 458: Anne Pendlebury, Syd Conabere and Don Barker

459. Starring Joan Kendall

Joan Kendall.......Pamela Stephenson
Russell Craig.......Tony Bonner
Tony Kendall.......Tristan Rogers
Monica Dunn.......Jacqueline Kott
Dr. Andrews.......Simon Chilvers
Policewoman.......Dorothy Bradley
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Sue.......Evelyn Krape
Dr. Gilmore.......Roland Bennett

Script.......Luis Bayonas
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Actress Joan Kendall leads a seemingly normal life with her husband, children and dog. However, medication cushions the pressures of her TV world, and one morning she stabs her husband to death. The Homicide team are confronted by an agonising puzzle - is she using her mental condition as an excuse? Is she as deranged as she now appears to be? Or is she acting out the most cunning role of her career?

Notes: The Broadcasting Control Board ruled that this episode should not be screened before 8:30 PM. It was shown in Adelaide and Brisbane as part of the original run, but in Melbourne and Sydney
it first went to air during a repeat screening of the series, the restriction having caused it to be dropped from the original schedule.

Airdate:
Brisbane 8/4/75
Adelaide 30/6/75
Sydney 18/11/75
Toowoomba QLD 22/12/75
Orange NSW 23/8/76


460. Rage

Suzi Knight.......Elspeth Ballantyne
Ralph Williams.......Colin McEwan
Jim Knight.......Alan Hopgood
Bass.......Rod Densley

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......Paul Eddey
Producer.......Paul Eddey

Synopsis: Jim Knight is a frustrated novelist, who has produced no more than half a page in six months. Taunted with this unpalatable truth by a friend, Knight kills him in a fit of rage, and goes on a spree of drunken violence and destruction. The Homicide team find that Knight, with years of experience as a journalist, is a hard nut to crack with routine interrogation, so they set a complicated trap for him.

Airdate:
Sydney 6/5/75
Toowoomba QLD 2/6/75
Wollongong NSW 9/6/75
Melbourne 8/7/75
Maryborough QLD 20/9/75
Canberra 23/8/76

 

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Ep. 459: Tony Bonner and Pamela Stephenson

461. Long Weekend

Linda Williams.......Noni Hazelhurst
Slim Powney.......Steve Millichamp
Ronnie McDermott.......John Geros
'Gibba' Gibson.......Ray Marshall
Mitchell.......Vernon Wells
Sid Goodwin.......Kevin Manser
Marge Goodwin.......Hazel Campbell
Mrs. Vaughan.......Murielle Salter

Script.......Keith Thompson
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: A chemist is murdered during a break-in, and the two youngsters responsible, Linda Williams and Ronnie McDermott, are forced to hole up in a derelict house. The Homicide squad track them down, but McDermott has acquired a Magnum, and is determined that he won't go to jail.

Notes: The Broadcasting Control Board ruled that this episode should not be screened before 8:30 PM. In Melbourne it was dropped from the original schedule, and first went to air during a subsequent repeat run of the series.

Airdate:
Sydney 13/5/75
Brisbane 19/5/75
Adelaide 26/5/75
Wollongong NSW 16/6/75
Toowoomba QLD 8/12/75
Newcastle NSW 15/5/76
Melbourne 15/6/77

462. You Probably Won't Believe This, But

Ron.......John Cobley
Johnny.......Frank Hamilton
Derro.......Michael Duffield
Brown.......David John

Delivery man.......Clive Hearne
Mrs. Prentis.......Charmion Jacka
.......Roy Lyons
.......Doris Hawkins

Script.......Peter Schreck

Synopsis: The Homicide squad has found clues to a murder, but they can't find a body. After a bizarre search involving several burials, exhumations, tall stories and wild goose chases, Insp. Lawson is decidedly confused, and has no case.

Airdate:
Brisbane 29/4/75
Sydney 20/5/75
Adelaide 2/6/75
Toowoomba QLD 16/6/75
Wollongong NSW 23/6/75
Melbourne
15/7/75
Maryborough QLD 27/9/75

463. The Life And Times Of Tina Kennedy

Betty Kennedy.......Maggie Millar
George Hogan.......Tommy Dysart
Mrs. O'Grady.......Mary Marschall
Doctor.......Adrian Wright
Nurse.......Clare Balmford
Receptionist.......Alison Bird
Barman.......Alan Rowe
Loader.......Jack Brown
Tracey Kennedy.......Sasha Henry
Dawn Kennedy.......Vanessa Carr

Script.......Graham Hurley
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Tina Kennedy, daughter of Betty Kennedy, a pregnant, harassed, aggressive and downtrodden mother, is found to be dead on arrival at hospital, and the explanation for her fatal injuries do not satisfy the doctor.

Notes: Maggie Millar won a Logie Award for Best Individual Acting Performance (1975) and a Sammy Award for Best Actress In A Single TV Performance (1975) for this episode. After the programme, HSV-7 referred anyone with a potential problem to Parents Anonymous, a counselling group, which received several calls as a result.

Airdate:
Sydney 27/5/75
Adelaide 9/6/75
Toowoomba QLD 23/6/75
Melbourne 22/7/75
Newcastle NSW 29/5/76

 

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Ep. 461: Noni Hazelhurst

464. Formula Five

Ric Parsons.......Tony Bonner
Jane Neville.......Mary Ann Severne
Bob Nolan.......Colin McEwan
James Murphy.......Stewart Faichney
Jack Peters.......Anthony Hawkins
Nipper Martin.......Hamish Hughes
Pierre.......Michael Duffield
Sen. Const. Hopkins.......Ron Densley

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Racing driver Casey Burton is killed while testing a new fuel injection device. Homicide detectives have to determine whether it was an accident or murder. There are a host of suspects, but the Homicide squad uncovers the real culprit and his strange motive in a climactic day at Calder Raceway.

Airdate:
Brisbane 13/5/75
Sydney 3/6/75
Adelaide 16/6/75
Wollongong NSW 30/6/75
Melbourne 29/7/75
Maryborough QLD 11/10/75

465. Dog Eat Dog

Bill Sellars.......Jon Finlayson
Blossom.......Betty Bobbitt
Sam Horton.......Jack Perry
Joyce Horton.......Marie Redshaw
Paddy.......James Healey
Luigi Parandello.......Frank Rich
Mary Sellars.......Jan Holister
Blue.......Cash Backman
Pianist.......Lesley Miers

Script.......William Emms
Director.......David Stevens
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Bill Sellars, a big time racket operator, seeks revenge on the person who murdered his wife, but a few things stand in his way, including small time burglar Sam Horton, whose robbery complicates matters and turns out being a lot more trouble than he expected.

Airdate:
Brisbane 8/7/75
Sydney 29/7/75
Adelaide 11/8/75
Melbourne 23/9/75
Orange NSW 23/11/75
Maryborough QLD 6/12/75

 

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Ep. 464: Mary Ann Severne

466. Don't Be Lonely

Carl Menden.......Keith Lee
Rose Harris.......Marion Edward
Jennifer Marriott.......Margaret Cruickshank
Ruth Marriott.......Isobel Harley
Amanda Bracken.......Charmion Jacka
Florence Fraser.......Val Jellay
Annette Howart.......Pauline Charlston
Richard East.......John Bowman

Script.......John Drew
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Homicide detectives investigate a dating service when a body is found in scrubland. Is she the only one or are there more victims to come? Several middle-aged and usually well-off women have disappeared in various cities around Australia, and the only other thing they seemed to have in common was membership of various lonely hearts clubs. Nobody connects these disappearances until a sinister couple posing as brother and sister make a slip in their near perfect strategy for murder.

Airdate:
Brisbane 15/7/75
Adelaide 18/7/75
Sydney 5/8/75
Toowoomba QLD 25/8/75
Melbourne 30/9/75
Maryborough QLD 13/12/75
Canberra 22/11/76

467. Rampage

Simon Littlewood.......George Spartels
Julie Kurnow.......Cornelia Frances
Bernie Talmann.......Tony Barry
Ross Donald.......Ken Sparkes
Flatmate.......Karen Corbett
Motel owner.......Barry McQueen
Matron.......Penelope Shelton
Mrs. Newton.......Veronica Heywood
Crime car man.......Rod Densley
Landlady.......Gwynnetth Hughes
Housewife.......Valerie Eastwood
Nutter.......Geoffrey Todd

Script.......Graham Hurley
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Paul Eddey

Synopsis: Three brutal murders and a one-sided love affair combine to present an intriguing case for the Homicide squad.

Airdate:
Brisbane 20/5/75
Sydney 10/6/75
Adelaide 23/6/75
Toowoomba QLD 7/7/75
Wollongong NSW 7/7/75
Melbourne 5/8/75
Maryborough QLD 18/10/75
Renmark SA 16/8/78

 

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Gary Day

468. A Quiet Place

Bernice Anderson.......Olivia Hamnett
Grant Edwards.......Redmond Philips
Rev. Wilson.......Michael Duffield
Mrs. O'Brien.......Davina Whitehouse
Julia Edwards.......Gerda Nicolson
Ronald Bell.......Adrian Wright
Liz Williams.......Wendy Gilmore
Colin Anderson.......Malcolm Steed
Peter Williams.......Peter Stratford
Shopkeeper.......John Gould
Neighbour.......Isobel Harley

Script.......David Boutland
Director.......David Stevens
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford


Synopsis: Julia Edwards and her husband Grant are known as a happy, loving couple. But when Julie is shot while sketching in a cemetery, detectives uncover facts which make them doubt this description.

Airdate:
Brisbane 27/5/75
Sydney 17/6/75
Wollongong
NSW 14/7/75
Melbourne 12/8/75
Maryborough QLD 25/10/75

469. Hear No Evil

Bennie.......Frank Wilson
'Honest' Jack.......Allan Penney
Danny.......Vernon Weaver
Evie.......Rona McLeod
Papadakis.......Apollo Papps
Mrs. Papadakis.......Christine Kaman
Kevin.......Geoffrey Boon
.......Carole Yelland

Script.......Graham Hurley

Synopsis: Is a prominent member of a City Council a straightforward honest man, or is he the instigator of a brutal murder and a savage bashing?

Airdate:
Brisbane 3/6/75
Sydney 24/6/75
Adelaide 7/7/75
Toowoomba QLD 14/7/75
Wollongong
NSW 21/7/75
Melbourne 19/8/75
Maryborough QLD 1/11/75
Kalgoorlie WA 26/9/78

 


Ep. 468: Wendy Gilmore, Charles Tingwell and Olivia Hamnett

470. When The Cat's Away

Tom Kelly.......Simon Chilvers
Cook.......Roy Day
Rita.......Marie Redshaw
Edward Graves.......Alan Bickford
Edna Kelly.......Charmian Jacka
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Photographer.......Frank Lewis
.......Frank Spencer

Script.......Luis Bayonas
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Igor Auzins

Synopsis: When a butcher's wife is found brutally stabbed to death her husband becomes the prime suspect.

Notes: Charles Tingwell does not appear in this episode.

Airdate:
Brisbane 29/7/75
Toowoomba QLD 8/9/75
Sydney 23/9/75
Adelaide 6/10/75
Melbourne 7/10/75
Maryborough QLD 20/12/75
Newcastle NSW 21/8/76

 

471. Charlie

Robbie Meyer.......Lulu Pinkus
Charlie Smith.......Hedley Cullen
Peter Preston.......Christopher Howell
Lily Bains.......Patricia Hill
Dr. Michael Burrell.......Kurt Ludescher
Ethel Smith.......Eve Wynne
Macks.......Campbell Copelin
Sister Peyon.......Marjorie Holt
Little girl.......Ginia New

Script.......John Drew
Director.......David Stevens
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Old Charlie is deeply attached to his mother, and when separated from her, he often gets into trouble with little girls. He is 64 and has been to prison several times for child molesting. When his 82-year-old and very ill mother dies from an overdose of painkillers, the Homicide squad must determine if it was suicide, a mercy killing, or murder. Everything points to Charlie when it becomes obvious he has disappeared, but the case is complicated when it is discovered that a burglary was taking place in the house at the time of the old woman's death.

Notes: Originally titled 'What Would You Have Done?'. Guest actor Hedley Cullen said: "The role of Charlie in Homicide was a beautiful part - most sympathetic. I spent most of the time weeping."
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Airdate:
Sydney 1/7/75
Adelaide 14/7/75
Wollongong
NSW 28/7/75
Melbourne 26/8/75
Maryborough QLD 8/11/75

472. A Room For Improvement

Val Rossitor.......Mary Ann Severne
Jimmy Clark.......Max Meldrum
Det. Snr. Sgt. Nelson.......John Trenaman
Const. Dave Cook.......Mark Randall
Const. Tony Grant.......Rod Densley
Sgt. Geoff Scott.......Barry McQueen
Const. Roger Harris.......Paul Young
Danny Lewis.......David Phillips
Const. Stan Young.......Leighton Watts
Bob Williamson.......Peter Homewood
Sergeant.......Colwyn Roberts

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Igor Auzins

Synopsis: A policeman is killed at a factory break-in, and Homicide detectives uncover a long running feud between an ex-criminal and a police sergeant.

Airdate:
Brisbane 17/6/75
Sydney 8/7/75
Adelaide 21/7/75
Toowoomba QLD 28/7/75
Melbourne 2/9/75
Maryborough QLD 15/11/75

 

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Ep. 471: Hedley Cullen, Director David Stevens and Ginia New

473. Short Cut

Riley.......Gerard Maguire
Mrs. Morton.......Lesley Baker
Barry Fielding.......Greg Apps
Mrs. Riley.......Diana Greentree
Heather Morton.......Petra Stuart-Jones
Chuck Johnson.......Roger Newcombe
Butler.......Bryan Johnson
Ticket seller.......Molly Pettett
Brett Parker.......Vincent Bezzina
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Figure skater Heather Morton is strangled on deserted land near an ice skating rink. Detectives learn that Heather had loved and discarded many boyfriends, and many of these men hated her.

Airdate:
Brisbane 24/6/75
Sydney 15/7/75
Adelaide 28/7/75
Toowoomba QLD 4/8/75
Melbourne 9/9/75
Newcastle NSW 17/7/76

 


Ep. 473: Petra Stuart-Jones and Don Barker

474. Free Enterprise

Geoff Brady.......Harold Hopkins
John Masters.......Anthony Hawkins
Annie Brady.......Jenny Austin
Publican.......Syd Heylen
Removalist.......Telford Jackson
Mrs. Schwartz.......Rena Skovell
Mrs. Stone.......Doris Hawkins
Nurse Williams.......Judy Johnson
Const. Baker.......Leighton Watts
George Levon.......Cash Backman
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......George Miller
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Geoff Brady leads the residents of his street into action to stop a big developer. The response is blatant and brutal - thugs move in, residents cower behind closed doors, and Brady's pregnant wife is bashed so badly that she loses her baby. Brady then takes up a gun against the ruthless real estate developer.

Airdate:
Brisbane 5/8/75
Sydney 19/8/75
Adelaide 8/9/75
Toowoomba QLD 15/9/75
Melbourne 14/10/75
Maryborough QLD 27/12/75

 

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Ep. 474: Harold Hopkins and Gary Day

475. Why All The Fuss

Doug Lambert.......Grigor Taylor
Sue Baxter.......Shirley-Anne Kear
Gerald Rivers.......Anthony Hawkins
Mrs. Rivers.......Roz De Winter
Joe Cook.......Noel Bradey
Doctor.......Barbara Ramsey
Babs.......Billi Hammerberg
Henry Mason.......Adrian Wright
Surgeon.......Ivor Bowyer
Barman.......Peter Homewood
Parks.......Andrew Gilmour
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......John Drew
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Two young men, Lambert and Cook, who have a compulsive hatred of 'poofters', kill Gerard Rivers, a successful homosexual businessman. Insp. Lawson uncovers some strange personal viewpoints and bizarre sexual practices of some well-to-do, respected members of the community.

Notes: Rescheduled by ADS-7 in Adelaide to a later timeslot (9.00 PM) due to the 'poofter bashing' subject matter. In Melbourne it was not shown as part of the original screening, and was eventually aired during a repeat run. The title is taken from a statement by a youth actually charged with a crime of this type.

Airdate:
Sydney 22/7/75
Brisbane 22/7/75
Toowoomba QLD 1/9/75
Adelaide 16/9/75

476. The Gladstone Home For Wayward Girls

Cheryl Sutherland.......Lesley Yeomans
Doreen Johnson.......Dorothy Bradley
Danny Simmons.......Kevin Howard
Angela Mitchell.......Hilda Scurr
Miss Murphy.......Georgie Sterling
Vern Fraser.......Robert Forza
Robert 'Sparrow' Fraser.......John Geros
Sgt. Laurie Henderson.......Roy Lyons
Const. Fred Mason.......Vernon Wells
Const. Jim.......Leighton Watts
Neighbour.......Nanette Goode

Script.......David Stevens
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Danny Simmons is spending a few days in the country with his maiden aunt, Miss Murphy, who is living in what was formerly a home for wayward girls with two other old ladies. Her 17-year-old maid, Cheryl, is having affairs with most of the local boys, until someone curtails her immorality with a fatal dose of strychnine. Danny Simmons finds himself in an awkward position - Cheryl's body was found at his door, and soon a similar attempt is made on his life.

Notes: Bud Tingwell does not appear in this episode, and Don Barker appears in only one scene. Most of the episode is carried by Gary Day and Dennis Grosvenor.

Airdate:
Brisbane 1/7/75
Adelaide 4/8/75
Toowoomba QLD 11/8/75
Sydney 26/8/75
Melbourne 16/9/75
Maryborough QLD 29/11/75

477. The Start Of Something

Belinda King.......Lesley Yeomans
Jacko Johnston.......Bill Hunter
Mary Brown.......Judith Dick
Gary Brown.......Gary Keane
Betty Hall.......Penelope Shelton
Margaret.......Sheila Florance
Photographer.......Doug Bennett
Alice Harris.......Brenda Beddison
Young housewife.......Joanne Kloster
Elsa.......Doris Hawkins
Mrs. Phillips.......Mary Ward
Chemist.......Clive Hearne

Script.......David Boutland
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: The Homicide squad investigates the murder of an unknown woman in a city park. When they find out the identity of the woman they learn very little about the murderer - she had met him for only a moment seconds before her death. Detectives face a puzzling case as they realise the reason for the murder is locked in the killer's mind.

Airdate:
Sydney 9/9/75
Adelaide 22/9/75
Toowoomba QLD 29/9/75
Melbourne 4/11/75
Maryborough QLD 10/1/76
Canberra 27/12/76
Orange NSW 3/1/77

 

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Ep. 475: Noel Bradey and Charles Tingwell

478. Wipe-Out

Prue Clancy.......Susan Hannaford
Jane Clancy.......Natalie Bate
Kevin Gallagher.......Ross Thompson
Jeff Byrnes.......Craig Ashley
Don Leyton.......Nevil Thurgood
Sen. Const. George Tyler.......Clive Hearne
Bert Ransom.......Keith Kaye
Joe Mundowski.......Kurt Beimel
Mrs. Leyton.......Moira Farrow
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Parole officer.......Max Bruch

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Igor Auzins

Synopsis: A farmer is killed by a hitch-hiker, and police suspect an itinerant surfer. Homicide detectives have a difficult task searching for the killer along Victoria's surfing coastline with it's many communities and remote beaches.

Notes: Scriptwriter Jim Simmonds cast this story as a cautionary tale for would-be hitch-hikers following several hitch-hiking murders in Queensland. First television role for Susan Hannaford, whose next major part was as Kitty in The Sullivans.

Airdate:
Brisbane 12/8/75
Melbourne
28/10/75
Newcastle
NSW 4/9/76
Toowoomba QLD 22/9/75
Maryborough QLD 3/1/76
Orange NSW 27/12/76

479. Command Performance

Brenda Lukins.......Mercia Dean-Johns
Russell Knight.......George Spartels
Jack Chambers.......Gus Mercurio
Nathan Ellis.......Tony Sheldon
Mrs. Ellis.......Pauline Charlston
Mrs. Knight.......Janne Coghlan
Photographer.......Paul Whyte
Parker.......John O'Donnell
Sally Parker.......Ginny Geraghty
Householder.......Max Davidson
Shopkeeper.......Jack Perry
Customer.......Rod Ferguson

Script.......Graham Hurley
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: A talented young pianist, Nathan Ellis, and his possessive mother are walking their dog in an industrial area of the western suburbs, when they stumble across the remains of a vague acquaintance. Investigations lead to a drug user and reveal that Nathan was being blackmailed and abused by the dead man.

Airdate:
Brisbane 2/9/75
Toowoomba 13/10/75
Sydney 18/10/75
Melbourne 18/11/75
Maryborough QLD 24/1/76
Canberra 10/1/77
Orange NSW 17/1/77

 

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Ep. 478: Craig Ashley and Natalie Bate

480. Who Saw Them Die?

Max Reed.......John Wood
Dr. Paul Hinch.......Peter Cummins
Mrs. Martin.......Natalie Raine
Josh Harltey.......Edmund Pegge
Ed Meyers.......Ross Skiffington
Ted Bains.......Michael Duffield
Mrs. Bains.......Kay Taylor
Bob Hart.......John Murphy
Jerry Paxton.......James Chesworth
Scotty.......Alex Porteous
Newsreader.......Brian Naylor
Forensic man.......David John
Forensic assistant.......Robynne Bourne
Barman.......Tom de Ville
Police photographer.......Frank Lewis

Script.......John Drew
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: An HSV-7 news crew covering a story on pollution discover two bodies near the Maribyrnong River. The Homicide squad not only have to find the killer, but also establish the identity of the people killed. Forensic tests come to nothing, but an appeal to the public results in a positive identification - a husband and wife thought to have been on holidays. Their killer is the husband's father, and his motive has strange religious overtones.

Notes: Scriptwriter John Drew had a middle and an end to this story, but did not quite know how to start it, as it called for the discovery of two bodies in an area where no-one would normally go. The solution was to use a news team doing a story on pollution. Newsreader Brian Naylor appears as himself.


Airdate:
Brisbane 9/9/75
Sydney 11/10/75
Adelaide 20/10/75
Toowoomba QLD 20/10/75
Melbourne 25/11/75
Maryborough QLD 31/1/76
Canberra 17/1/77
Orange NSW 24/1/77

 

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Ep. 480: David John, Dennis Grosvenor and Robynne Bourne

481. Rattles

Helen Green.......Briony Behets
Anna Petrelli.......Maria Mercedes
Sydney Green.......Frank Gallagher
Jack O'Brien.......John Orcsik
Aldo Petrelli.......David Bookalil
Libby.......Leonie Bradley
Steve.......Alan Hardy
Mechanic.......Greg Smith

Script.......Luis Bayonas
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: A dishonest second-hand car dealer is run down late at night, and he thinks someone is trying to kill him. Prime suspects include a dissatisfied customer and his wife's lover.

Airdate:
Brisbane 26/8/75
Sydney 16/9/75
Adelaide 29/9/75
Wollongong NSW 13/10/75
Melbourne 11/11/75
Maryborough QLD 17/1/76
Newcastle
NSW 1/10/76
Canberra 3/1/77
Orange NSW 10/1/77

482. I Had A Dream

Mary Callaghan.......Arna-Maria Winchester
Jan Holt.......Lesley Yeomans
Freddie Mackay.......Alan Penney
Diana Holt.......Alison Bird
Don Sanderson.......Peter Stratford
Lucy.......Faye Hinrichsen
Mrs. Callaghan.......Val Jellay
Mrs. Holt.......Elizabeth Wing
Douglas.......Bobby Bright

Script.......Keith Thompson
Director.......Paul Eddey
Producer.......Paul Eddey
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Homicide detectives investigate the death of a burnt out, but still young drug addict, who was an ex-student leader wanted for the bombing of an Army installation in 1968. Two girl accomplices have eluded capture, one hiding out in Perth, the other in Fiji. One of the girls, Mary, is involved in a copper smuggling operation, and Det. Sgt. White and Sen. Det. Redford, who have been sent to Fiji to apprehend her, wait behind a Fijian police stake-out before they can move in on their girl.

Notes: Segments filmed on location in Fiji.

Airdate:
Brisbane 23/9/75
Sydney 30/9/75
Toowoomba QLD 27/10/75
Melbourne 2/12/75
Maryborough QLD 7/2/76
Orange NSW 31/1/77

 

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Ep. 481: David Bookalil, Maria Mercedes and Briony Behets

483. Out Of Step

Brett Chilton.......Tony Bonner
Georgina Watson.......Marilyn Vernon
Gary Saunders.......Patrick Ward
Karl Arnsen.......Jon Finlayson
Margaret Lennox.......Mary Ward
Frank Vaughan.......Norman Kaye
Diana Farmer.......Diana Greentree
Dorothy Saunders.......Joan Letch

Script.......Brian Bell
Director.......Paul Eddey
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: A local ballet company is thrown into confusion when its temperamental leading dancer, Brett Chilton, is shot and wounded after a party. Detectives learn that everybody in the ballet company hated Chilton, and there are half a dozen suspects with motives for the attack. Chilton then confuses the issue by pretending to know who the guilty party is, and uses his narrow escape to destroy the careers of those around him.

Airdate:
Brisbane 30/9/75
Sydney 25/10/75
Adelaide 3/11/75
Toowoomba QLD 3/11/75
Melbourne 9/12/75
Maryborough QLD 14/2/76
Orange NSW 7/2/77

484. Spools And Clocks

Kevin Straker.......Terry Gill
Eddie Cahill.......Tom Farley
Josef Stepanov.......Colin Drake
Mama Stepanov.......Esme Melville
Anton Rubek.......Mark Hollis
Lou Hines.......Norman Kaye
Paul Quinn.......Mike Ferguson
Ruth Clayton.......Elaine Baille
Arch Benson.......Telford Jackson
Lou Haines.......Norman Kaye
Gilchrist.......Norman Hodges
Norma Franks.......Leila Hayes
Charlton.......Bill Bennett
Photographer.......Rod Ferguson
Film truck hi-jacker.......Cecily Polson
Film truck driver.......Don Crosby

Script.......Peter Kinloch
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: An elderly cinema projectionist witnesses the killing of a man on a parking station. He is only too willing to help the police in their investigation, which results in tragedy for himself.

Notes: Scenes from Ryan episode 18 'Fibber The Dancing Galah' are used in a cinema film sequence.

Airdate:
Sydney 1/11/75
Adelaide 10/11/75
Toowoomba QLD 10/11/75

Melbourne 23/12/75
Maryborough QLD 21/2/76
Orange NSW 14/2/77

 


Dennis Grosvenor

485. The Sniper

Francesca Carlotti.......Maria Mercedes
Jerry Fraser.......John Paramour
Policewoman Daker.......Judi Ferrier
Nurse.......Vivienne Grayson
Frank Stevens.......Peter Stratford
Aunt Mari.......Isobel Harley
Dr. Ian Scott.......Norman Kaye
Mrs. Gaines.......Nanette Goode
Frank Stevens Jnr.......John Williams
Gino Carlotti.......Alex Ciobo
Maria Carlotti.......Rena Skovell
Watson.......Danny Sandor
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Chairman.......Marcel Cugola

Script.......John Drew
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: 26-year-old Jerry Fraser is is friendly with 16-year-old Francesca Carlotti, who is unaware that he is a psychopath. Her Italian father disapproves of their friendship and Fraser kills Francesca and her parents. Fraser then has vivid hallucinations in which he still sees the girl.

Notes: Guest actor Maria Mercedes described this episode as "terrifying and bizarre - like a Hitchcock thriller. The ending is hair-raising".
134 An earlier black-and-white episode had a similar title: 'The Snipers', episode 76.

Airdate:
Brisbane 14/10/75
Sydney 4/11/75
Adelaide 17/11/75
Toowoomba QLD 17/11/75
Melbourne 30/12/75
Orange NSW 21/2/77

486. I Thought I Could've Died

Debbie Brent.......Colleen Hewett
Max Brent.......Max Cullen
Henry Curtin.......Ron Haddrick
Helen.......Joanne Moore
Drake.......Dave Allenby
Neville Clauscen.......Peter Homewood
Brian Goodman.......Matthew King
Carlson.......David Bradshaw
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Junk man.......Roy Day
Marty.......Telford Jackson

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......Simon Wincer
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Max Brent, owner of a theatre restaurant, with his wife Debbie and partner Drake hold up a bank, and one of them kills a teller. The restaurant is in financial difficulties, and the bank manager confesses that they planned the robbery. Later, Debbie leaves Max for Drake, and so Max tampers with the brakes in their car.

Notes: The role of Debbie Brent was specially written for Colleen Hewett. "It wasn't my biggest part," said Colleen, "but it was the most important one to me because I've always wanted to play the role of a bitch."
135

Airdate:
Brisbane 21/10/75
Sydney 11/11/75
Melbourne 6/1/76
Adelaide 5/3/76
Traralgon VIC 20/1/76
Orange NSW 28/2/77

 


Gary Day

487. Party Games

Patty Bourke.......Lyndall Rowe
Psychiatrist.......Cecily Polson
James Reynolds.......Sean Scully
Sally Anderson.......Anne-Marie Wiles
Gordon O'Keefe.......Russell Thompson
Louise Kent.......Barbara Ramsey
Grim.......Bob Harrison
Mrs. Clarke.......Beverley Dunn
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Paul Clarke.......Chris Gray

Script.......Graeme Koetsveld
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: A young man is shot to death and Patty Bourke immediately confesses. Police find that she was a member of a pro-Nazi party and suspect a political motive. Patty tells a psychiatrist her feelings towards the party and her motives for the murder. Detectives visit the party headquarters and question the leader, James Reynolds, and discover that several other murders have taken place.

Airdate:
Sydney 18/11/75
Melbourne 13/1/76
Brisbane 24/1/76
Traralgon VIC 27/1/76
Orange NSW 7/3/77

488. Sanguma

Mrs. Lovejoy.......Olivia Hamnett
Gordon Lovejoy.......Ron Haddrick
Jocelyn Healey.......Cindy Wright
Geoff Healey.......Jeremy Higgins
Collins.......Malcolm Steed
Sally Perkins.......Elaine Baille
Secretary.......Lisa Lee-Atkinson
Receptionist.......Marnie Randall
Pathologist.......Edward Rosser
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......Graham Hurley
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Gordon Lovejoy's return to Australia after running a trading post in New Guinea has its problems - his wife threatens to leave him and he kills his sister-in-law in a drunken rage. When he is found dead at the airport, police believe it was suicide. However, an autopsy reveals a rare New Guinean poison which is used as a method of murder in the highlands.

Airdate:
Sydney 9/12/75
Melbourne 20/1/76
Brisbane 31/1/76
Adelaide 19/3/76
Newcastle NSW 19/11/76
Orange NSW 14/3/77

 

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Ep. 487: Charles Tingwell, Don Barker and Barbara Ramsey

489. Outside Chance

Dave Coburn.......Danny Adcock
Frank Hunter.......Peter Noble
Cecil Hunter.......Bobby Bright
Vince Jolly.......Howard Eynon
Johnny Harris.......James Healey
Jack Mahoney.......Alan Bickford
Archie.......Bob Harrison
Max.......Paul Young
Solicitor.......Earl Francis

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford
Script Editor.......Don Battye

Synopsis: During a game of cards, a man is shot dead and the other three players claim it was an accident. Sen. Det. Redford works in his own time to find evidence that he was murdered.

Notes: Some incidental music is from Skyhooks album ‘Living In The 70’s’.

Airdate:
Sydney 2/12/75
Melbourne 27/1/76
Brisbane 7/2/76
Adelaide 26/3/76
Newcastle NSW 26/11/76
Orange NSW 21/3/77

490. Poppet

Kenelly.......Tony Wager
Belinda.......Bethany Lee
Nancy.......Cornelia Frances
Inspector.......Clive Hearne
Mrs. Lofthouse.......Elizabeth Wing
Mrs. Lawson.......Marnie Randall
Sergeant.......Bob Horsfall
Librarian.......Moira Farrow
.......Geoffrey Booth

Synopsis: Homicide detectives are puzzled when a man confesses to the murder of his wife after the Coroner has already passed a verdict of death by misadventure.

Airdate:
Melbourne 5/2/76
Brisbane 14/2/76
Adelaide 2/4/76
Sydney 30/4/76

 

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Ep. 489: Peter Noble, Howard Eynon and Danny Adcock

491. The Whole Of The Law

Allan Guthrie.......John Waters
Joan Thompson.......Judy McBurney
Terry Jenkins.......Bruce Kerr
Laura Guthrie.......Linda George
John Price.......David Ravenswood
Nora Jenkins.......Lesley Baker
Mrs. Anderson.......Charmion Jacka
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Policeman.......Keith Halliwell

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Murder on a lonely country road leads police to suspect that devil worship is involved.

Notes: First television acting role for singer Linda George.

Airdate:
Sydney 6/2/76
Melbourne 12/2/76
Traralgon VIC 17/2/76
Brisbane 21/2/76
Adelaide 9/4/76
Newcastle
NSW 10/12/76
Orange NSW 4/4/77
Wollongong NSW 24/1/78

492. Wrong End Of The Gun

Dino.......Alex Ciobo
Angela.......Arianthe Galani
Lou Vardi.......Alberto Villa
Benson.......Nick Callan
Webb.......Hamish Hughes
Byrnes.......Peter Felmingham
Couch.......Bruce Kilpatrick
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder
Smudger.......Frank Hamilton

Synopsis: Hard-working, law-abiding Lou Vardi opens up his fruit shop early in the morning. While carrying in vegetables just delivered, a passing car slows, and Vardi is shot dead. Two gunmen terrorise migrant shop owners, and Det. Deegan becomes personally involved when, off duty, he helps his local milk bar proprietor defy a criminal. Deegan then faces suspension and an assault charge.

Airdate:
Sydney 13/2/76
Melbourne 19/2/76
Wollongong NSW 23/2/76
Traralgon VIC 24/2/76
Brisbane 28/2/76

 

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Ep. 491: John Waters and Dennis Grosvenor

493. Double Take

Jenny.......Jane Clifton
Clerk.......Joanne Moore
Young.......Bowen Llewellyn
Manager.......Neil Thompson
Mrs. Clark.......Lyn Flanagan
Mrs. Carter.......Brenda Beddison
Carter.......Roly Barlee
James Clark.......Michael Carmen
Teller.......Laughlan McDonald
Accountant.......Jack Mobbs
.......Peter Ashby
.......James Danton

Synopsis: An armed robbery develops into murder when one of the two bandits panic, leading police on a trail of violence as they desperately try to escape.

Airdate:
Sydney 20/2/76
Melbourne 26/2/76
Wollongong
NSW 1/3/76
Brisbane 6/3/76

494. House To House

Patrick Bain.......David Cameron
Mathews.......Martin Vaughan
Mrs. Parsons.......Mary Ward
Robert Sullivan.......Paul Young
Mrs. Sullivan.......Leila Hayes
.......Jerry Thomas
.......Ronald Korosy
.......Elizabeth Ryan

Script.......Luis Bayonas
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Don Battye

Synopsis: Police start a frantic search when a girl is brutally attacked and another is found murdered in a girl's hostel.

Airdate:
Sydney 27/2/76
Melbourne 4/3/76
Wollongong NSW 8/3/76
Brisbane 13/3/76

 

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Charles 'Bud' Tingwell and Gary Day

495. Antique Murders

Josephine Baxter.......Robyn Gibbes
Mario.......Luigi Villani
David McAlister.......Adrian Wright
Det. Sgt. Wally Peterson.......Garry Meadows
Little Arthur Crosby.......John Smythe
Chrissie.......Lulu Pinkus
Policewoman.......Kristine Kaman
Derro.......Ken Webb
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......Keith Thompson
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Antique dealer Barry Coles is found dead by childcare nurse Josephine Baxter, who looks after his son Mathew. Robbery looks like the motive until the Gaming Squad's flamboyant, garrulous Sgt. Peterson turns up fresh evidence.

Airdate:
Sydney 5/3/76
Melbourne 11/3/76
Wollongong NSW 15/3/76
Orange NSW 9/5/77


496. 8MM

Margaret Bateson.......Carole Yelland
James.......Mark Albiston
John Smith.......George Spartels

Mrs. James.......Pauline Charlston
Manager.......David Ravenswood
Agent.......Gwynneth Hughes
Garage proprietor.......Roy Day
Jane.......Bethany Lee
Attendant.......Alan Stone
.......John Murphy

Script.......Michael Harvey
Director.......Andrew Swanson
Producer.......Don Battye

Synopsis: Margaret Bateson is found murdered beside her car in the country, and her camera wrecked. Attractive and shy, she had no friends or family. She was touring Victoria on two weeks holiday, and when last seen was alone. A roll of processed 8MM film from a home movie camera which arrives at her flat provides the only clue to her movements.

Airdate:
Melbourne 18/3/76
Wollongong NSW 22/3/76
Sydney 7/5/76
Orange NSW 3/10/77

 

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Ep. 495: Garry Meadows, John Smythe and Don Barker

497. On The Run

David Taylor.......John Hargreaves
Sandie Stewart.......Margaret Nelson
Peter Barkworth.......Vincent Gil
Const. McCullock.......Peter Cavanagh
Const. Ron Clarke.......John Bowman
Michael Stewart.......Jack Karlson
Sgt. Ian Hutchinson.......Colin Taylor
Const. Mark Hollis.......Matthew King
Larry Miller.......Bob Charlton
Jim Macks.......Jack Perry
Dr. Hinch.......Janet Lord
Ted.......Terry Trimble
Landrover driver.......Keith Halliwell
Constable.......Rodney Ferguson

Script.......John Drew
Director.......Kevin Dobson

Synopsis: Two escaped criminals, armed and dangerous, kill one man and take a young woman hostage. They head for mountain country, and the Homicide detectives are involved in an extensive manhunt.

Notes: Planned as a 90 minute episode. Second of two episodes titled 'On The Run', the other being episode 304.

Airdate:
Wollongong NSW 24/5/76
Sydney 4/6/76
Albury
NSW 8/11/76
Melbourne 14/12/76
Orange NSW 10/10/77

498. The Graveyard Shift

Rose.......Mercia Dean-Johns
Ron.......Syd Conabere
Frank.......Jerry Thomas
Peter.......Peter Dick
Anne.......Penelope Shelton
Mrs. Griffiths.......Roz De Winter
.......Geoff Collins
.......Bruce Beck

Synopsis: In the early hours of the morning, a police patrol discovers the body of a man hanging over the wall of a park dunny. When the victim is identified as a man recently acquitted of a rape charge, detectives suspect revenge as the motive. For Det. Sgt. White, it not only interrupts his sleep, but aggravates a cold he is suffering.

Airdate:
Sydney 19/3/76
Melbourne
25/3/76
Wollongong NSW 29/3/76
Brisbane 3/4/76
Adelaide 4/6/76
Orange NSW 17/10/77

 

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Ep. 497: John Hargreaves and Margaret Nelson

499. Two Days At Echo Gorge

Cheryl Dewhurst.......Barbara Llewellyn
Alison Dewhurst.......Ingrid Mason
Martin Russell.......David Cameron
Billy Palmer.......John Diedrich
Ida Dewhurst.......Judith Fisher
Sen. Const. David Brown.......John Orcsik
Prison Governor.......Richard Butler
Terry Phillips.......John Bishop
Prison officer 1.......Denzil Howson
Prison officer 2.......Terry Mountain
Prison officer 3.......Roger Boyce

Script.......Keith Thompson
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford
Production Manager.......David Lee


Synopsis: A prison escapee murders a prison officer and takes three hostages - but are they hostages? Martin Russell had been a model prisoner at a training prison - a quiet, ineffectual boy from the country, patiently serving the remaining 15 months of his sentence. All that changes when his girlfriend Alison visits and tells him she is breaking off their relationship - she has found another bloke. Martin becomes a desperate man, and a massive police search is mounted.

Airdate:
Sydney 26/3/76
Melbourne 1/4/76
Wollongong
NSW 5/4/76
Adelaide 11/6/76
Toowoomba QLD 29/12/76
Orange NSW 24/10/77

 

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Ep. 499: Barbara Llewellyn

500. Home After Dark

Angela Lawrence.......Yoni Prior
Danny Mitchell.......Neil McColl
Freddie Jones.......John Cousins
Nicko.......John Bowman
Heather.......Dianne Wilson
Cheryl.......Jane Clifton
Carol.......Elizabeth Ryan
Mrs. O'Brien.......Myra Healey
Betty White.......Marie Elliott
Denise.......Julie Greg
Janice.......Michelle Greg
Doctor.......Andrew Gilmour

Script.......David Stevens
Director.......David Stevens
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford
Production Manager.......David Lee

Synopsis: Teenagers Heather and Danny, too young to get married and spurned by their parents when Heather becomes pregnant, flee to the city to get an abortion. They see a backyard abortionist, but things go wrong and they come to the attention of the Homicide squad, already investigating a series of dangerous hotel-room abortions which have maimed young girls. Sgt. White becomes deeply involved in the case because the girls who suffered are not much older than his own daughter.

Notes: Don Barker nominated this episode as his favourite: "It's a sensitive study of abortion. For the first time, we get an insight into Harry's family and what motivates him." 136

Airdate:
Melbourne 8/4/76
Wollongong
NSW 12/4/76
Traralgon VIC 20/4/76
Sydney 28/5/76
Adelaide 18/6/76
Orange NSW 31/10/77

 

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Ep. 500: Charles Tingwell and Yoni Prior

501. Bunny

Bunny Rogers.......Kate Fitzpatrick
Lenny Concho.......Serge Lazareff
Lou Fisher.......Norman Hodges
Stella Fisher.......Lenore Somerset
Johnny Bird.......James Chesworth
'Spike' Dawson.......David Bookallil
Jack Petersen.......Ken Webb
Ted Garfield.......Charles Gilroy
Nurse.......Vivienne Grayson
Police constable.......Frank Spencer
Woman customer.......Robin Stott
Snooker player 1.......Jack Mobbs
Snooker player 2.......Bill Stevenson

Script.......John Drew
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Don Battye

Synopsis: Bunny Rogers was once a prostitute, and in those days she had been arrested many times by a young policeman, Det. Redford. Bunny is now in trouble as her husband, Lenny Concho, is involved in counterfeiting and Bunny is caught in the middle. When her friend is murdered by Lenny, she turns to Redford for help, knowing she will be the next target. Following a fight, Redford ends up in hospital with multiple wounds. For Bunny, the next few days are a nightmare as she is hunted by a crazed and desperate man. The police battle to get to the killer before he gets to Bunny and murders her as he has done to others who got in his way.

Airdate:
Wollongong
NSW 19/4/76
Shepparton VIC 22/4/76
Sydney 21/5/76
Adelaide 25/6/76
Melbourne 21/12/76
Orange NSW 7/11/77

502. Third Generation

Trevor Price.......Robert Bruning
Eric Dowling.......Reg Gorman
Greg Ferguson.......Chris Haywood
Harvey Lowe.......Alan Penney
Tony Ferguson.......Michael Duffield
Mrs. Mac.......Gwynneth Hughes
Lisa Andrews.......Geraldine Turner
Jess Kendall.......Keith Kaye
'Chick' Wentworth.......James Chesworth
Charlie.......Keith Dunkley
Ambrose.......Fred Ford
Derro.......George Walsh

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Greg Ferguson, 21, is studying to be a doctor, but his father and grandfather were criminals. Greg and his father, Tony Ferguson, move in different circles in different cities. But Tony is dying, and comes to Melbourne to settle an old score, and blackmail an inheritance for his son - but he is murdered in the process. Greg feels that he has no choice but to avenge his father's death - even at the cost of his own life. He arms himself with a rifle and hunts down the man he believes was responsible for the murder - and the Homicide team races to stop him.

Notes: 90 minute episode.

Airdate:
Melbourne 21/10/75
Sydney 30/1/76
Traralgon VIC 10/2/76
Adelaide 12/3/76
Toowoomba QLD 16/2/77
Orange NSW 14/11/77
Wollongong NSW 9/2/78

 

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Ep. 501: Kate Fitzpatrick and Serge Lazareff

503. Leader Of The Pack

Kim Clayton.......Ingrid Mason
Luke.......Ivor Kants
Rosalind Clayton.......Olivia Hamnett
Derek Clayton.......Ray Marshall
Jonah.......Bobby Bright
Benjie.......Felix Tonto
Zoe.......Judith Woodroffe
Leo Fowler.......Reg Evans
Geoff Bradshaw.......Bruce Kilpatrick
Pensioner.......Charles Norman
Waiter.......Leigh Luxmore
Miss Robinson.......Doreen Ashley-Brown

Script.......Tom Hegarty & Vince Moran
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Luke, the fanatical leader of a religious cult, kidnaps Kim Clayton, daughter of a newspaper magnate, after her 18th birthday party. Police investigations are hampered when her father tries to pay the $100,000 ransom himself.

Notes: 90 minute episode. HSV-7 screened this episode as a special while the series was in recess.

Airdate:
Sydney 9/4/76
Melbourne 25/6/76
Adelaide 21/8/76
Orange NSW 21/11/77
Wollongong NSW 31/1/78

 


Ep. 503: Ingrid Mason and Ivor Kants

504. Stopover

Gordon Haynes.......Jon English
Denny Connell.......Tony Bonner
Susan Brice.......Carla Hoogeveen
Elly Sullivan.......Katie Sheil
Wendy.......Cheryl Rixon
Alex Robertson.......David Vallon
Insp. George Beatty.......Neil Thompson
Marion Stewart.......Betty Bobbitt
Det. Insp. Leo Scofield.......John Drew
Frank Lowther.......Michael Duffield
Marie.......Michelle Hunt
Airport worker.......David John
News reader.......Brian Naylor
Irene Beatty.......Marjorie Holt
Busker.......Gordon Girdwood
Customs officer.......Barbara Jungwirth
Police officer 1.......Keith Halliwell
Police officer 2.......Peter Dixon
The Haynes group:
Guitar.......Tony Naylor
Saxophone.......Brian Fitzgerald
Keyboard.......Rex Bullen

Script.......Keith Thompson
Director.......Igor Auzins
London Director.......Gary Conway
Producer.......Igor Auzins
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: Denny Connell, a member of Gordon Haynes' pop group, is murdered by drug overdose on arrival at Tullamarine Airport. Haynes is a 30-year-old pop star whose career has been a succession of hits and crashes. He has been written off many times but has come back - only to crash again. Many motives and suspects emerge, and Inspector Lawson goes to London to investigate, where he liaises with Inspector Scofield of Scotland Yard. A few twists are in store before the Homicide squad finally unravel the solution.

Notes: 2 hr. 30 min. movie, originally intended as a standard episode, then as a 90 minute episode. Some scenes were filmed on location in London, England. The original title was 'Paying My Dues To The Blues'. The Homicide title does not appear, nor does the stock opening. This episode won a Sammy Award for Best TV Play (1976), Keith Thompson won a Sammy Award for Best Writer - TV Play (1976), and Igor Auzins won a Sammy Award for Best Direction - TV (1976). First acting role by Jon English; the soundtrack music is from his album 'It's All A Game', and the theme tune of the episode, 'Turn The Page', became a top 40 hit. HSV-7 Melbourne screened this episode as 'Stopover: Australian Movie Special' in the Monday night movie timeslot (Homicide was in recess at the time). ATN-7 Sydney and BTQ-7 Brisbane screened it as a normal part of the Homicide run.

Airdate:
Brisbane 28/10/75
Toowoomba QLD 29/12/75
Sydney 14/5/76

Melbourne
7/6/76
Orange NSW 28/11/77

505. Daddy's Gone A-Hunting

Chris Clark.......Katie Sheil
John Clark.......Graeme Blundell
Prostitute.......Cheryl Rixon
Caretaker Fay.......Ernie Bourne
Judith Clark.......Moira Farrow
Charles Clark.......Reg Gillam
Jack Kelly.......Peter Williamson
Dave.......Jeffrey Booth
Tony Vella.......John Geros
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......Peter Schreck
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: When a wealthy businessman opens an office door, he triggers a booby trap and is killed in the explosion. Police suspect that he was being blackmailed, but investigations reveal that he was actually doing the blackmailing. A search for a mystery man reveals that he doesn't exist, and suspicion falls on a member of the businessman's family.

Airdate:
Traralgon VIC 27/4/76
Sydney 11/6/76
Adelaide 2/7/76
Melbourne 28/12/76
Orange NSW 5/12/77

 

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Ep. 504: Katie Sheil, David Vallon, Tony Bonner and Michelle Hunt

 

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Ep. 504: Bud Tingwell and John Drew in London.

506. Shark Pack

Gail Perry.......Julieanne Newbould
Nick Perry.......Vic Gordon
Kurt Lang.......Vincent Gil
John Mason.......Frank Wilson
Doug Mason.......Gil Tucker
Con Campbell.......Howard Eynon
'Whip' O'Toole.......Geoff Richardson
Ruth Mason.......Elizabeth Kirkby
Corky Barnes.......Keith Kaye
Constable.......Ken Webb

Script.......Keith Hetherington
Director.......George Miller
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford
Production Manager.......David Lee

Synopsis: Con Campbell, leader of the ‘Sharks’ bike gang, and two other bikies force Doug Mason off a quarry edge to his death. Investigations reveal that Mason was a drug pusher, and Campbell's sister died as a result of the use of drugs supplied by Mason.

Airdate:
Wollongong
NSW 3/5/76
Shepparton VIC 6/5/76
Sydney 18/6/76
Adelaide 9/7/76
Melbourne 4/1/77
Orange NSW 12/12/77

507. Accident

Cliff.......Serge Lazareff
Jenny.......Kay McFeeter
Arthur.......Owen Weingott
Ernie.......Luigi Villani
Ryan.......Norman Hodges
Meg.......Diana Greentree
Paperboy.......Michael Barclay
Tolley.......Malcolm Phillips

Synopsis: A murder victim was aware of the identity of his attacker, and there are no signs of a struggle. Det. Sgt. White faces death when the killer takes him hostage.

Airdate:
Wollongong
NSW 10/5/76
Shepparton VIC 13/5/76
Sydney 25/6/76
Adelaide 28/8/76
Wagga Wagga NSW 27/12/76
Melbourne 11/1/77
Newcastle NSW 27/5/77
Orange NSW 19/12/77

508. Gone Fishing

Peter Mahoney.......Terence Donovan
Kay Powell.......Joanne Moore
John Powell.......Peter Aanensen
Bert Pratt.......Grant Dodwell
Doctor.......Peter Stratford
Const. Alf Miller.......Neil Thompson
Nurse.......Robynne Bourne
Doug Bennett.......Gary Morrison
Heather Powell.......Terri Aldred
Mrs. Mahoney.......Babs Wheelton
Constable.......Don Smibert

Script.......Jim Simmonds
Director.......Igor Auzins
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford
Production Manager.......David Lee


Synopsis: A picnic in the country for a teenage couple ends in rape and murder. Sgt. White becomes so involved in the case that Insp. Lawson orders him to take time off. But Harry follows the case through, as he is convinced he knows the perpetrator.

Airdate:
Wollongong NSW 17/5/76
Sydney 2/6/76
Albury NSW 3/1/77
Orange NSW 26/12/77

 

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Ep. 506: Julieanne Newbould and Howard Eynon

509. The Last Task

Inspector David Mackay.......Leonard Teale
Hettie.......Jacki Weaver
Kate Holsworth.......Jill Perryman
Belinda.......Cheryl Rixon
Yvette.......Judy McBurney
Lucas.......Max Bruch
'Hercules' Hart.......Mark Colombani
Oscar Pike.......Telford Jackson
Ron Peterson.......Frankie Davidson
Ian Spence.......Cash Backman
Greg Watkins.......Robert Schroeder

Script.......Vince Moran
Director.......Kevin Dobson
Producer.......Don Battye
Executive Producer.......Ian Crawford

Synopsis: A takeover bid by a massage parlour boss leads to the death of a rival in a car explosion. Fearing for her own life and business, parlour manager Kate Holsworth turns to the only cop she can trust - Inspector David Mackay, who returns to the Homicide squad to assist in the investigation.

Notes: Features former cast member Leonard Teale reprising his role of Sgt. (now Insp.) David Mackay.

Airdate:
Wollongong
NSW 31/5/76
Sydney 9/7/76
Shepparton VIC 29/7/76
Melbourne 25/1/77
Orange NSW 2/1/78

 

MISCELLANEOUS ITEMS:

Covet Thy Neighbour

.......Briony Behets
.......Judy Morris
.......John Waters
.......Tony Bonner
.......Tristan Rogers
.......Gabrielle Hartley
.......Peter Stratford

Script.......Peter Schreck

Synopsis: A 14-year-old girl, 'Lolita', who had seduced a number of men and then blackmailed them, is murdered at a 'switched on' society party.

Notes: Production of this episode was halted in June 1975 before completion at the request of HSV-7. Under their contract with Crawfords, HSV had the right to 'peruse and reject' episodes, and in this case they exercised that right. Some sources suggested the reason Seven did so was because the episode was considered unsuitable for a 7:30 PM timeslot. (Some researchers have incorrectly concluded that this was an episode that remained incomplete when the series was cancelled. This episode was scrapped in June 1975 and many other episodes were made subsequently - the series cancellation was not announced until August 1975 and production ceased in December 1975.)


BLUEY - Episode 39 'Son Of Bluey'

Det. Sgt. Harry White.......Don Barker
Det. Sgt. Bluey Hills.......Lucky Grills
Det. Gary Dawson.......John Diedrich
Sgt. Monica Rourke.......Gerda Nicolson
Reg Truscott.......Terry Gill
Assistant Commissioner.......Ken Goodlet
Jenny.......Lynette Curran
Doug Stewart.......Gerard Kennedy
Joey Raven.......Serge Lazareff
Rhoda Lewis.......Elspeth Ballantyne
Matron.......Marion Edward
Sister.......Judy Jack
Sgt. Taylor.......Syd Bell
Police photographer.......Keith Halliwell
Doctor.......Laurie Dobson

Script.......Vince Moran & Tom Hegarty
Director.......Gary Conway
Producer.......Julian Pringle

Synopsis: When Bluey is shot by criminals, it becomes a case for Homicide, and Det. Sgt. Harry White takes up the investigation. Not satisfied with progress, Det. Gary Dawson conducts his own investigation, 'Bluey' style, much to the annoyance of Sgt. White.

Notes: The final episode of the Bluey series, featuring Don Barker in a reprise of his Homicide role of Det. Sgt. Harry White.

Airdate:

Brisbane 22/6/77
Sydney 30/6/77
Newcastle NSW 27/8/77
Melbourne 31/12/77

Homicide ...30 Years On

Narrator.......John Wood
Presenters.......John Wood & Lisa McCune

Script.......David Lee & Jan Bladier
Producers.......David Lee & Jan Bladier
Executive Producer.......John Kearney

Synopsis: A documentary special commemorating the 30th anniversary of Homicide, featuring clips from episodes, behind-the-scenes 'goofs', and interviews with regular cast, crew and guest actors.

Notes: Released on VHS video
(Visual Entertainment Group VEG 003).

Airdate:
Melbourne 18/10/94
Sydney
18/10/94

 

 

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Ep. 509: Leonard Teale and Charles Tingwell

 

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Ep. 509: Cheryl Rixon and Jacki Weaver

133. TV Times, Aug 30, 1975.
134. Melbourne Listener In-TV, June 14, 1975.
135. South Australia TV Guide, June 14, 1975.
136. TV Times, Jan 24, 1976.