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1990s (continued)

The Leaving of Liverpool 1992

Lily and Bert are transported from an orphanage in England to Australia, where their childhoods are stolen from them in so-called 'centres of care’.

Lift Off – A Load of Old Rubbish 1992

EC has minimal facial features and doesn’t talk, communicating through gesture and movement. Children warm immediately to this doll and what it represents.

Lift Off – That’s Not Fair – Part A 1992

Mixes live action, animation, puppetry and fantasy to challenge, intrigue and encourage children to think for themselves.

Lift Off – That’s Not Fair – Part B 1992

Spruikers from the ‘Bonza’ cereal advertisement come out of the TV set to persuade Poss and Kim that buying Bonza will make all their dreams come true.

Round the Twist – Series Two – Nails 1992

This episode is quite different from many others in the Round the Twist series. While it still has lots of humour, it is a rather more serious, romantic and sad story.

Round the Twist – Series Two – Next Time Round 1992

The second series introduced new actors in many key roles but the change of cast didn’t have any impact on the popularity of Round the Twist.

Seven Deadly Sins - Envy 1992

This show invites us to identify with behaviour we would not normally condone. All of the characters in this episode manifest the sin of envy.

Seven Deadly Sins - Pride 1992

This one-off television play is terrific. The script is taut with great dialogue and the performances from Colin Friels and Elizabeth Alexander are stunning.

Blue Heelers – A Woman’s Place 1993

This first episode of Blue Heelers combines police drama with soap elements and introduces us to the show’s key country locations and the central 'family’ of contrasting characters.

Heartbreak High – Series 1 Episode 1 1993

Edgy, fast-paced drama starring a young Alex Dimitriades and set in a multicultural urban high school.

Mabo: An Address to the Nation 1993

In a televised address to the nation, Australian Prime Minister Paul Keating outlines the government’s response to the High Court Mabo decision on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander land rights.

Mother and Son – The Ride 1993

Maggie’s favourite son Robert proposes to take her for a drive. This generous offer is so out of character that Arthur is immediately astonished and suspicious.

The Trouble With Medicine: Conceiving the Future 1993

This is a thought-provoking program about advances in medicine, which we leave in the hands of doctors at our peril.

The Damnation of Harvey McHugh – From Here to Maternity 1994

Amid TV’s throng of lawyers, doctors and cops, public servant Harvey McHugh stands out as an unlikely small screen hero.

The Ferals – An Explosion of Talent 1994

This irreverent puppet-live action series about a mangy group of animals pushes the boundaries of children’s television.

Sky Trackers – Is There Life On Earth? 1994

Shane is not a textbook hero, and while Nikki’s attraction to him because of his scientific brain seems a little improbable, this situation certainly challenges the stereotype.

Bookmark – Tim Winton 1995

Tim Winton discusses the film adaptation of his novel, That Eye, the Sky. So long as the adaptation respects the writing, he’s happy.

Correlli – Rat Tamer 1995

Hugh Jackman and Deborra-Lee Furness star in a drama about a psychologist and her relationships with the staff and inmates of an all-male prison.

Full Frontal – Series 3 Episode 4 1995

This sketch comedy series features early work from performers like Eric Bana and Shaun Micallef.

The Genie From Down Under – It’s my Opal … (and I’ll cry if I want to) 1995

This episode shifts the action to Australia and introduces ‘the tour guide from hell’ and his sneaky nephew, both in pursuit of a magical opal.

Ocean Girl – Series 2, Episode 3 1995

Ocean Girl is a beautiful alien that can swim at extraordinary speed and telepathically communicate with a humpback whale called Charley.

Frontier: Stories from White Australia’s Forgotten War 1996

This documentary is about the continuing war that erupted between white colonists and Indigenous peoples upon first contact.

Masterpiece Special – Judy Davis 1996

My Brilliant Career may have been a successful start to a career, but for Judy Davis it is an unhappy memory of an early experience working in film.

Masterpiece Special – Melvyn Bragg 1996

Melvyn Bragg’s South Bank Show is the longest-running arts TV show in the English-speaking world.

Masterpiece Special – Robyn Davidson 1996

Masterpiece specials rely on the strength of the interviews, which can hold an audience especially if the interviewer is someone of the calibre of Andrea Stretton.

Masterpiece Special – Salman Rushdie 1996

Andrea Stretton interviews Salman Rushdie, whose latest book has been written under the threat of a death sentence.

McLeod’s Daughters 1996

The McLeod’s Daughters telemovie about independent women running a rural Australian property inspired the later successful TV series.

Message Stick – Blacktracker 1996

A tribute to Aboriginal tracker Alexander Riley, a sergeant in the NSW Police Force and a recipient of the King’s Medal in 1943.

The Silver Brumby – Friends of the High Country 1996

This episode features a rich drama of ancient rivalries, a brewing leadership struggle between two strong males, budding star-crossed lovers and treacherous spies.

Water Rats – Dead in the Water 1996

This feature-length pilot packs in more action, location shoots and story strands than a standard episode of Water Rats.

Yindi: The Last Koala? 1996

A young koala is rescued from danger, but the whole species is still threatened.

Australian Story – Since Adam Was a Boy 1997

Adam Sutton, horse wrangler and rodeo rider, is a quintessential cowboy: fearless, fun-loving and homosexual. The biggest risk he ever took was revealing his sexuality.

Halifax f.p. – Afraid of the Dark 1997

A forensic psychiatrist finds she has to solve a petrol station shooting without getting too personally involved.

Li’l Elvis and the Truckstoppers – Caught in a Trap 1997

Li’l Elvis wants to be a normal kid, not an Elivis impersonator, but his mother is aghast, 'What about your fans, what about the bank, what about the king!’

Masterpiece Special – Robert Hughes 1997

Art critic and writer Robert Hughes describes self-doubt as part of the creative process, for critics as well as artists and writers.

Masterpiece Special – Wole Soyinka 1997

Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka talks about his early life in Nigeria. He now lives in exile and misses the smells, sounds and textures of his native land.

Media Watch – Series 9 Episode 1 1997

In this vintage Media Watch Story, presenter Stuart Littlemore thoroughly enjoys demolishing a couple of journalists from the Seven Network.

Murder Call – Black Friday 1997

Murder Call’s take on the crime genre combines a slick look and feel with offbeat story-lines that hark back to the clue-puzzle tradition of fictional sleuths.

Petals – A Boot Full of Petals 1997

Petals is an animated series for preschool children which revolves around the adventures of five tiny flower ‘petals’ who live at the bottom of an overgrown garden.

Raw FM – What You Can 1997

A series revolving around community youth radio station 99.9 Raw FM and the young people who run it.

Skippy Adventures in Bushtown – Trouble in Bushtown 1997

The creative look of this 2D animation is signature Yoram Gross with flat, bright, clean-lined characters laid over muted pencil-drawn backgrounds.

Tabaluga – The Last One of His Kind 1997

With an eclectic mix of animals and accents from around the world, Tabaluga is a very international looking and sounding series.

What’s Your Poison? – Ecstasy 1997

For young people of an age where drugs and alcohol are likely to be on offer, this is a no-nonsense examination of the pros and cons of taking ecstasy.

Wildside – Series 1 Episode 1 1997

The raw style of Wildside is characterised by intense, semi-improvised performances, observational camerawork and sometimes frenetic editing.

Crash Zone – The Dream Team 1998

While the technology now looks a bit dated, at the time this was an edgy, high-tech series about five kids with a dream job – testing video games after school.

The Games – Series 1 Episode 8, Rural and Environment 1998

In mockumentary style, The Games charts the progress of the fictitious Logistics and Liaison Division of SOCOG in the run-up to the Sydney Olympics.

Good Guys Bad Guys – Car Wars 1998

A crime series set in a drycleaners.

Heartbreak High – Series 7 Episode 210 1998

Stolen goods, lawn bowls and a séance feature in this final episode of the groundbreaking 1990s teen drama.

SeaChange – One of the Gang 1998

A high-powered city lawyer moves to a sleepy coastal town after her life implodes.

Stingers – Ratcatcher 1998

The first episode of Stingers wastes no time setting up its premise, diving straight into the action, allowing us to get to know the characters as the crime story unfolds.

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