Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome
Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome is a 1985 Australian post-apocalyptic action film directed by George Miller and George Ogilvie, distributed by Warner Bros. and written by Miller and Terry Hayes. In this sequel to Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Max is exiled into the desert by the corrupt ruler of Bartertown, Aunty Entity, there encounters an isolated cargo cult centred on a crashed Boeing 747 and its deceased captain; the film is the third installment in the Mad Max film series and the last with Gibson as Max Rockatansky. The series was given a fourth installment in 2015 with Mad Max: Fury Road, starring Tom Hardy in the title role. In post-apocalyptic Australia, Max Rockatansky crosses the desert in a camel-drawn wagon when he is attacked by a pilot named Jedediah and his son in a Transavia PL-12 Airtruk, stealing his wagon and belongings. Continuing on foot, Max follows their trail to the seedy community of Bartertown. Refused entry because he has nothing to trade, Max is brought before the founder and ruler of Bartertown, the ruthless Aunty Entity.
She offers to resupply his equipment if he completes a task for her. Aunty explains that Bartertown depends on a crude methane refinery powered by pig feces, run by a dwarf called Master and his giant bodyguard Blaster. "Master Blaster" holds an uneasy truce with Aunty for control of Bartertown. Aunty instructs Max to provoke a confrontation with Blaster in Thunderdome, a gladiatorial arena where conflicts are resolved by a duel to the death. Max enters the subterranean Underworld refinery area to size up Master Blaster and befriends Pig Killer, a convict sentenced to work for slaughtering a pig to feed his family. Max finds his stolen vehicle in Master/Blaster's possession and is forced to disarm his own booby-trapped engine. Here he discovers that although Blaster is exceptionally strong, he is hypersensitive to high-pitched noises, which disorient and incapacitate him. Accusing Master of the theft of his vehicle, Max provokes him into demanding justice for the insult by entering Blaster into a Thunderdome duel with Max.
Blaster dominates the duel. Poised to kill Blaster, he refrains after discovering that Blaster has Down Syndrome and is mentally disabled. Max refuses to kill confronts Aunty for deceiving him, thus exposing her plot. Master unaware of this arrangement to kill Blaster, is furious and vows to shut down the refinery and, by extension, Bartertown. Aunty has Blaster killed, Master imprisoned, Max exiled, he sent off in a random direction through the wasteland. When his mount perishes in a sinkhole, Max frees presses on. Near death, Max is found by a desert dweller named Savannah Nix, who hauls him back to her home, "Planet Erf", a primitive community of children and teenagers who live in an oasis; the children, survivors of a crashed Boeing 747, were left by their parents who went to find civilization. They believe Max to be the flight captain, G. L. Walker, returned to fix the aeroplane and fly them to civilization. Max denies this and insists that they remain in the relative safety of the oasis, knowing that the only "civilization" within reach is Bartertown.
Some of the children, led by Savannah, leave anyway, determined to find the prophesied "Tomorrow-morrow Land." Max stops them by force, but another tribe member, sets them free during the night and leaves with them. Their leader, Slake M'Thirst, asks Max to go after them, he agrees, taking a few of the children with him to help, they are unable to save one of the children from a sinkhole. With no supplies left, they are forced to head for Bartertown; the group sneak in via an underground entrance, with Pig Killer's help, free Master and escape in a train-truck, destroying Bartertown's methane refinery in the process. Aunty leads the Imperial Guards in pursuit, running their weird postmodern cars, catching up to the train. Max's group slows them down while Scrooloose hijacks one of the pursuing vehicles, which happens to be Max's stolen vehicle; the group comes across Jedediah and his son, Max coerces Jedediah into helping his group escape with their aeroplane. Max uses his vehicle to clear a path through Aunty's men, allowing the aeroplane to take off and escape, leaving him at Aunty's mercy.
Aunty spares his life, having come to respect him, departs to make good on her vow to rebuild Bartertown. Jedediah flies the children to the coast, where they discover the nuclear-devastated ruins of Sydney. Years the children have established a small society of themselves and other lost wanderers in the ruins. Savannah, now leader of the group, recites a nightly story of their journey and the man who saved them, as Max, still alive in the desert, wanders on to places unknown. Mel Gibson as "Mad" Max Rockatansky, a former MFP officer and lone warrior. Max roves the desert aimlessly, his existence based around self-survival. Tina Turner as Aunty Entity, the ruthless, determined ruler of Bartertown. Entity is a glamorous, Amazon-like figure who recognises a strength of character in Max, hopes to exploit him to gain sole control of Bartertown from Master. Despite her brutality and Bartertown's chaos, Entity is an intelligent, cultured woman, who holds a hope of one day rebuilding society to its former glory.
In regard of the character, Miller said, "We needed someone whose vitality and intelligence would make her control over Bartertown credible. She had to be a positive character rather than a conventional evil'bad guy.' We had worked on the script with in mind. But we had no idea if she'd be i
Cop Shop is an informal term for a police stationCop Shop is a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between 28 November 1977 and 23 July 1984. It comprised 582 one-hour episodes; the show revolved around the everyday operations of both the uniformed police officers and the plain-clothes detectives of the fictional Riverside Police Station. It took a significant interest in the private lives of the characters. While many Crawford Productions police dramas combined videotaped interiors with location footage shot on 16mm film, Cop Shop was shot on video, including external scenes. Two one-hour episodes were broadcast each week and featured a specific police investigation and a guest cast whose stories formed a self-contained narrative block. Alongside this the ongoing narratives of the regular characters continued in longer, more open-ended soap opera-style story threads; this same soap opera-drama series hybrid format was used in the series Skyways, A Country Practice and Carson's Law.
After a run of seven years, the show completed taping its last episode on 22 December 1983 and the final episodes were screened in the first half of 1984. Cop Shop won many awards including Logie Awards for most popular series and most popular actors, with Peter Adams and Paula Duncan winning multiple times; the show won a number of other industry awards. During its long run, many of Australia's new and established actors appeared in the show; the first 26 episodes of the series are available on DVD as Volume 1 and were released on 28 April 2017. Guest stars in the first volume include Judith McGrath, Amanda Muggleton, Lois Ramsey, Debra Lawrance, Adrian Wright, Steve Bisley, Margaret Nelson, Allan Penney, Suzy Gashler, Bill Hunter, Carillo Gantner, Harold Hopkins, Christine Amor, Sue Devine, Andrew McKaige, Briony Behets, Peter Stratford, Kit Taylor, Vincent Ball, Michael Long, Noel Trevarthen, David Waters, Lisa Aldenhoven, Tommy Dysart, Maurie Fields, Tom Richards, Gary Day, Veronica Lang, Terry Gill, Shane Porteous, Moya O'Sullivan, Edward Howell, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Carole Yelland.
Volume 2 containing episodes 27-52 was released on 1 August 2017 and features Diane Craig, Kerry Armstrong, Shane Porteous, Penny Ramsey, Mercia Deane-Johns, Carillo Gantner, Celia de Burgh, Mary Ward, Lisa Aldenhoven, Shane Bourne, Jacqui Gordon, Christine Amor, Anne Charleston, Ross Skiffington, Paul Young, Peter Stratford, Colette Mann, Tom Richards, Jeanie Drynan, Queenie Ashton, Gerda Nicolson, Serge Lazareff, Anthony Hawkins, Leila Hayes, Maurie Fields, Sean Scully, Brian Wenzel, Kate Sheil, Carl Bleazby, Charles Tingwell, Cecily Polson, Tom Oliver, Ian Smith, Kirsty Child, Gerard Maguire, John Frawley, Simon Chilvers, Elspeth Ballantyne, Roger Oakley, Telford Jackson, Babs Wheelton, Bruce Kerr, Lulu Pinkus. Volume 3 containing episodes 53-78 was released on 27 November 2017 and features Maggie Millar, Andrew McKaige, Don Barker, Carmen Duncan, Roger Oakley, Leila Hayes, Briony Behets, Belinda Davey, Susanne Haworth, Sheila Florance, John Diedrich, Patsy King, Gerard Maguire, Anthony Hawkins, Peter Aanensen, Adrian Wright, Esme Melville, Tommy Dysart, Elspeth Ballantyne, Monica Maughan, Kenneth Goodlet, George Spartels, Julia Blake, Rod Mullinar, Ronald Korosy, Bryon Williams, Henri Szeps, Peter Gwynne, Stefan Dennis, Peter Curtin, Carmel Millhouse, Carl Bleazby, Stuart Finch, Lulu Pinkus, Peter Ford, Stewart Faichney, Rosie Sturgess, Judith Dick, Kim Krejus, Joan Letch and Bruce Kerr.
Volume 4 containing episodes 79-104 was released on 29 January 2018 and features Peta Toppano, John Diedrich, Rebecca Gilling, Tom Oliver, Lynn Rainbow, Val Jellay, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Ernie Bourne, Joanne Samuel, Steve Bisley, Sigrid Thornton, Ian Gilmour, Julia Blake, Billie Hammerberg, Liddy Clark and Betty Bobbitt. Volume 5 containing episodes 105-130 was released on 13 April 2018 and features Mel Gibson, Judith McGrath, John Diedrich, John Walton, Ian Gilmour, Graham Rouse, Joanne Samuel, Ken Snodgrass, Monica Maughan, Peter Ford, George Spartels, Deborah Coulls, Jacqui Gordon, Jeff Ashby, Cornelia Frances, Lulu Pinkus, Terry Gill, Sandy Gore. Maggie Millar, Gerard Maguire, Christine Amor, Alan Hopgood, Roger Oakley, Denzil Howson, Bethany Lee, John Wood, Alex Porteous, Briony Behets, Kevin Summers. Volume 6 containing episodes 131-156 was released on 16 July 2018 and features Diane Craig, Sean Scully, Maurie Fields, Shane Porteous, Shane Bourne, Irene Inescort, Adrian Wright, Olivia Hamnett, June Salter, Stefan Dennis, Richard Moir, Kim Deacon, Fay Kelton, Gary Day, Terry Gill, Kit Taylor, Belinda Giblin, Gerard Maguire, Ian Smith, Brian Hannan, Gus Mercurio, Peter Ford, Harold Hopkins, Candy Raymond, Alan Hopgood, Jeff Ashby, Liddy Clark, Debra Lawrance, John Diedrich, Billie Hammerberg, Veronica Lang, Lulu Pinkus, Kevin Summers, Bunney Brooke, Vic Gordon, Joan Letch, Rod Mullinar.
Volume 7 containing episodes 156-182 was released on 28 September 2018 and features Judith McGrath, Diane Craig, Lulu Pinkus, Kevin Summers, Bunney Brooke, Sean Scully, Vic Gordon, Maurie Fields, Rod Mullinar, Joan Letch, Terry Gill, Denise Drysdale, Richard Moir, Terry McDermott, Peter Felmingham, Jan Friedl, Ian Gilmour, Kirsty Child, Ken Goodlet, Carl Bleazby, Debra Lawrance, Pepe Trevor, Tom Richards, Patrick Phillips, Robyn Gibbes. Cop Shop was screened in a twice weekly format on Monday and Thursdays at 20.30 in Sydney and Melbourne. At various stages of the series each city was either a week ahead or behind the other or at the same stage; the series changed nights in Sydney to Wednesdays and Thursdays and Thursdays and Fridays. It was screened as a two hour weekly block in both cities on Mondays in Melbourne and Thursdays in Sydney; the final 36 episodes screened in a late night 23.30
The Wiggles are an Australian children's music group formed in Sydney, New South Wales, in 1991. Since 2012, the group members are Anthony Field, Lachlan Gillespie, Simon Pryce, Emma Watkins; the original members were Field, Phillip Wilcher, Murray Cook, Greg Page, Jeff Fatt. Wilcher left the group after their first album. Page retired in 2006 due to ill health and was replaced by understudy Sam Moran, but returned in 2012, replacing Moran. At the end of 2012, Page and Fatt retired, were replaced by Gillespie and Watkins. Cook and Fatt retained their shareholding in the group and all three continued to have input into its creative and production aspects. Field and Fatt were members of the Australian pop band The Cockroaches in the 1980s, Cook was a member of several bands before meeting Field and Page at Macquarie University, where they were studying to become pre-school teachers. In 1991, Field was inspired to create an album of children's music based upon concepts of early childhood education, enlisted Cook and Fatt to assist him.
They began touring to promote the album, became so successful, they quit their teaching jobs to perform full-time. The group augmented their act with animal characters Dorothy the Dinosaur, Henry the Octopus, Wags the Dog, as well as the character Captain Feathersword, played by Paul Paddick since 1993, they travelled with a small group of dancers, which grew into a larger troupe. The group's DVDs, CDs, television programs have been produced independently since their inception, their high point came in the early 2000s. The group was formally consolidated in 2005, they were listed at the top of Business Review Weekly's top-earning Australian entertainers four years in a row, earned A$45 million in 2009. In 2011, the worldwide recession hit The Wiggles; the Wiggles have enjoyed universal approval throughout their history, their music has been played in pre-schools all over the world. They have earned several Platinum, Double Platinum and Multi-Platinum records, as well as sold 23 million DVDs and 7 million CDs, have performed, on average, to one million people per year.
The group has earned multiple Australasian Performing Rights Association and Australian Recording Industry Association Music Awards. Anthony Field and Jeff Fatt were members of The Cockroaches, a Sydney pop band known for their "good-time R&B material" and several singles recorded by independent labels during the 1980s. In 1988, Field's infant niece, the daughter of Cockroaches founder and band member Paul Field, died of SIDS, the group disbanded. Anthony Field enrolled at Macquarie University in Sydney to complete his degree in early childhood education, stated that his niece's death "ultimately led to the formation of Wiggles". Murray Cook "a mature-aged student", was the guitarist in the pub rock band Bang Shang a Lang before enrolling at Macquarie. Greg Page, a roadie for and sang with The Cockroaches during their final years, had enrolled in Macquarie to study early childhood education on Field's recommendation. Field and Page were among 10 men in a program with 200 students. In 1991, while still a student, Field became motivated to use concepts in the field of early childhood education to record an album of music for children.
The album was dedicated to Field's niece. A song he wrote for The Cockroaches, "Get Ready to Wiggle", inspired the band's name because they thought that wiggling described the way children dance. Like a university assignment, they produced a folder of essays that explained the educational value of each song on the album, they needed a keyboardist "to bolster the rock'n'roll feel of the project", so Field asked his old bandmate Fatt for his assistance in what they thought would be a temporary project. The group received songwriting help from John Field, Anthony's brother and former bandmate, from Phillip Wilcher, working with the early childhood music program at Macquarie. After contributing to their first album, hosting the group's first recording sessions in his Sydney home, appearing in a couple of the group's first videos, Wilcher left the group and went into classical music; the group reworked a few Cockroaches tunes to better fit the genre of children's music. Anthony Field gave copies of their album to his young students to test out the effect of the group's music on children.
To promote their first album, The Wiggles filmed two music videos with the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and created a self-produced, forty-minute-long video version. Finances were limited, so there was no post-production editing of the video project, they used Field's nieces and nephews as additional cast, hired the band's girlfriends to perform in character costumes. Cook's wife made their first costumes, they visually checked the performance of each song. The Cockroaches' former manager, Jeremy Fabinyi, became the group's first manager. Using their previous connections, he negotiated with the ABC to air their TV show and to help them promote their first recording; the album cost A$4,000 to produce and it sold 100,000 copies in 1991. Field and Cook got teaching jobs, while Page finished his degree, so they could on
Hi-5 (Australian band)
Hi-5 are an Australian children's musical group, formed in 1998 in association with the children's television series of the same name. The group is composed of five performers who entertain and educate preschool-aged children through music and play. Helena Harris and Posie Graeme-Evans created Hi-5 as a Nine Network television series, which premiered in 1999; the original members were Kellie Crawford, Kathleen de Leon Jones, Nathan Foley, Tim Harding and Charli Robinson. Four of their albums reached the top 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart, It's a Party, Boom Boom Beat, It's a Hi-5 Christmas and Hi-5 Hits; this line-up had been phased out by the end of 2008, following de Leon Jones, who went on maternity leave in 2006. The membership has since changed several times, the group employs a roster of temporary performers for touring purposes; the brand has produced music albums, worldwide tours and merchandise. The appeal of the group overseas has led to international versions; the television series features puppet characters Chatterbox and Jup Jup, who are included in the group's live stage shows.
Hi-5 were one of Australia's highest paid entertainment entities, placing in the Business Review Weekly's annual list several times, earning an estimated A$18million in 2009. The members of Hi-5 do not hold equity, their albums have been certified by the Australian Recording Industry Association as double platinum and gold. By 2004, the original line-up had received five consecutive ARIA Music Awards in the same category, Best Children's Album, a then-record. By that time they had received three Logie Television Awards for Most Outstanding Children's Program. Foley stated. Hi-5 broke into the Southeast Asian market after the brand was sold by the Nine Network to Malaysian-based group Asiasons in 2012. Hi-5 were formed in 1998 in Australia as a children's musical group. Television producer Helena Harris, who had worked on Bananas in Pyjamas, co-created Hi-5 as a concept for a new television show, she and co-producer Posie Graeme-Evans developed the series as preschool entertainment, incorporating educational trends with a pop music appeal, using music and movement to capture the attention of children.
Featuring five performers, the cast are intended to act as older siblings of viewers, rather than adults teaching children. The name of the group was derived from the high five gesture. Harris stated that her inspiration for Hi-5 came from living in England, where she realised she could develop a show with universal appeal, with accessible themes such as family and animals. Harris strove to incorporate items of current interest to engage with the children and keep them interested in the show. Harris recalled watching pop group, the Spice Girls, who she believed were dancing moves of a standard which preschoolers could replicate; the creators saw the need for "life-affirming" television for maturing preschoolers, found that most children learned from shows which incorporated movement and song. After auditions for the group in June 1998, the television pilot for Hi-5 was produced in mid 1998, with the original cast consisting of Kellie Crawford, Kathleen de Leon Jones, Nathan Foley, Tim Harding and Charli Robinson, who were aged between 18 and 24 at the time of filming.
After being commissioned and filmed, the series first aired in April 1999. The corresponding debut album and Jive with Hi-5, was released in September by Sony Music and reached No. 33 on the ARIA Albums Chart. The group toured around Sydney in their first year. Harris modelled the group on the fast-paced nature of contemporary music videos, which children seem to enjoy; the educational theories incorporated were blended with music and entertainment, with the band's work being designed to have multiple layers and cater for a wide range of ages in the audience, while being aimed at those aged 2–8. Harris explained that Hi-5 was a television series, but the music itself had the ability to stand alone, she expected that the series would become formatted into international versions, however was so confident with the original cast that the Australian series was sold overseas instead. Hi-5 had initial success throughout the early years, winning the 2000 Logie Award for Most Outstanding Children's Program, ARIA Award for Best Children's Album for Jump and Jive with Hi-5.
Hi-5 continued to film one television series and record one music album each year, with their releases receiving album accreditations. Four of their albums reached the top 10 on the ARIA Albums Chart, It's a Party, Boom Boom Beat, It's a Hi-5 Christmas and Hi-5 Hits. Hi-5 toured nationally every year, with sell-out concerts in venues such as the Sydney Opera House; the quintet's production of Hi-5 Alive won the 2002 Helpmann Award for "Best Children's Stage Show". In 2001 and occasions earlier, the members stated that they did not expect that Hi-5 would become so successful. Robinson explained. Crawford described the band as "a pop group for kids". In 2002, Crawford and Foley entered a romantic relatio
Prisoner (TV series)
Prisoner, is an Australian soap opera set in a fictional women's prison, called Wentworth Detention Centre, located in the fictitious Melbourne suburb of Wentworth. The change of title for overseas broadcasts was brought about by a copyright injunction through television production company ITC Entertainment, who thought the title was too similar to their program entitled The Prisoner; the series was produced by the Reg Grundy Organisation. It aired on Network Ten, which broadcast 692 episodes between February 27, 1979, December 11, 1986; the series was filmed at the Network Ten Melbourne Studios at Nunawading and on location. It was planned as a 16-part stand-alone series; the show was viewed in numerous countries. In the United Kingdom, it was shown twice in its entirety—first from 1988–1995 on ITV, again from 1997–2001 on Channel 5; the show launched various spin-offs, including tie-in novels. Prisoner was created by Reg Watson, who had produced the British soap opera Crossroads from 1964 to 1973 and would create Australian soaps The Young Doctors and Daughters and Neighbours.
Inspired by the British television drama Within These Walls, the show was conceived as a 16-episode series, with a pilot episode bearing the working title "Women Behind Bars". Its storylines focused on the lives of the prisoners and, to a lesser extent, the officers and other prison staff; when the initial episodes met an enthusiastic reception, it was felt that Prisoner could be developed into an ongoing soap opera. The early storylines were developed and expanded, with assistance from the Corrective Services Department; the show's themes radical, included feminism and social reform. Prisoner began in early 1979 with the advertising slogan, "If you think prison is hell for a man, imagine what it's like for a woman"; the series examined how women dealt with incarceration and separation from their families, the common phenomenon of released inmates re-offending. Within the prison, major themes were interpersonal relationships, power struggles and rivalries; the prisoners became a surrogate family, with self-styled "Queen Bea", Bea Smith and the elderly "Mum" Brooks emerging as central matriarch figures.
Several lesbian characters were introduced on the show, including prisoner's Franky Doyle, (played by Carol Burns and Judy Bryant, as well as corrupt and sadistic officer Joan Ferguson. Characters and story exposition were often'retconned' in order to expand potential storylines. There was a men's prison "next door" to Wentworth, but it was never mentioned again after the early episodes. Barnhurst was a co-ed prison, soon becoming a women's facility, its security status varied with it being described as an'open prison farm' by the end of the run. Although Blackmoor Prison was described as a brand new, state-of-the-art maximum-security prison, it was depicted as a Victorian-era workhouse when seen. Wentworth was variously described as either new or built during World War II, with aged infrastructure. During the show's run, several recurring characters were played by multiple actors. Meg Morris' son and stepdaughter, Marty Jackson and Tracey Morris, were each played by multiple different actors - Ronald Korosy, Andrew McKaige & Michael Winchester as Marty, Sue Devine & Michelle Thomas as Tracey.
In the closing year, Nicki Paull's character Lisa Mullins was taken over by Terrie Waddell. Viewers' introduction to the Wentworth Detention Centre featured the arrival of two new prisoners, Karen Travers and Lynn Warner. Travers was charged with murdering her husband in a crime of passion after he was found in-bed with another woman, whilst Warner insisted she was innocent despite her conviction for the abduction and attempted murder of a child. Both women were sent to the prison's maximum-security wing, where they were horrified by their new surroundings. Karen, was confronted with a former lover— in prison doctor Greg Miller — and was sexually harassed by violent lesbian cellmate Franky Doyle. Lynn was ostracised by the other prisoners because of her crime and terrorised by Bea Smith who burnt her hand in the laundry's steam press in one of the series' most iconic early scenes. Other, less volatile prisoners included elderly, garden-loving Jeanette "Mum" Brooks, incarcerated for the euthanasia of her husband who had terminal cancer, teddy-clutching misfit and childlike Doreen Anderson, alcoholic former cook recidivist Lizzie Birdsworth, who poisoned a group of shearers and seductive prostitute Gladys "Marilyn" Mason, who seduced prison electrician Eddie Cook.
The prison officers included firm-but-fair well-heeled governor Erica Davidson. Early episodes featured a high level of violence: Lynn Warner's press burning.
All Saints (TV series)
All Saints is an Australian television medical drama that first screened on the Seven Network on 24 February 1998. Set in the fictional All Saints Western General Hospital, it focused on the staff of Ward 17 until its closure in 2004, when the focus changed and began following the staff of the Emergency Department, it was produced by John Holmes alongside MaryAnne Carroll and Di Drew. The final episode aired on 27 October 2009. All Saints follows the lives of the staff at All Saints Western General Hospital; until its closure in 2004, the show focused on the staff in Ward 17. Known as the "garbage ward" as it took all the overflow from the other wards, Ward 17 was run by compassionate nun, Sister Terri Sullivan, her staff included her nurses Connor Costello, Von Ryan, Bronwyn Craig, Jared Levine and Stephanie Markham and her ward clerk Jaz Hillerman. Luke Forlano and Peter Morrison were doctors who worked with Terri and her staff. Ben Markham was an ambulance officer who worked with Luke, despite their rivalry.
Bronwyn left Ward 17 and became an ambulance officer at the end of 1998 but returned to the ward full-time at the end of season 3. After the death of Dr. Mitch Stevens and the departure of Bron Craig in 2003, the producers decided to do something in response to considerable drop in ratings and to prolong the life of the series. In February 2004, John Holmes told The Age journalist Debi Enker that All Saints would be undergoing "major surgery" when the focus shifted from Ward 17 to the Emergency Department, he stated that while four familiar faces will be leaving, new characters will be introduced to fill the void. Holmes recalled a statement that he made in May 2003 in which he said, "we were seeing the scripts and watching episodes and we were feeling that there was a little bit of a sameness in it. We started to think,'Don't know about this. Sixth year. Maybe we've had a few too many people through the door of Ward 17 on a trolley and had the'Hi, I'm Von, I'm your nurse. Room Three, thanks Sterlo.'"
After tossing up between cancelling the show and using it as the foundation of a spin-off series and Lee decided to rejuvenate the show by changing the setting. Ward 17 would close and the show would be relocated to the Emergency Department; as a result of the shift, several cast members decided to leave the show. Paula Morgan, Luke Forlano, Alex Kearns and Sterling McCormack were all written out of the show. Former Always Greener star John Howard signed a three-year deal and was added to the cast as the cranky head of Emergency, Dr. Frank Campion. Other new faces included Wil Traval as Dr. Jack Quade, Mark Priestley and Natalie Saleeba as nurses Dan Goldman and Jessica Singleton and Alexandra Davies as ambulance officer Cate McMasters. In 2009 another attempt to stem the softening ratings and add a bit of excitement to the series, Seven Network executives decided to rejuvenate again, introducing a medical response unit to deal with tricky rescues which involved a helicopter going to remote locations to rescue patients who needed assistance.
They would bring those patients back to the ED and the staff there would assist in their treatment. Along with the addition of the new "department" the show was renamed to All Saints: Medical Response Unit, the introduction of Mirrah Foulkes and the new MRU proved to lift the ratings but levelled out at where they were prior to the revamp. In June 2009, after months of rumours that the cancellation of All Saints was imminent, a spokeswoman from the Seven Network informed The Daily Telegraph that the episode order had been trimmed. Season twelve of All Saints would screen 24 episodes instead of the usual 40 episodes and that production would cease in August instead of November. In July 2009 one month after the first announcement, Tim Worner, Seven's Director of Programming at the time announced that All Saints had been cancelled, he told Michael Idato of the Sydney Morning Herald, "All Saints is a show which Seven and viewers have loved. However, an audience shift and increased production costs are behind this tough decision."
He informed Idato that the episode order trim had been reverted and the season would complete a 37 episode order, finishing on episode 493. It was reported after the announcement that since the introduction of the MRU in 2009 it inflated the cost of each episode to $500,000. Many people still argue as to why the MRU was introduced in the first place or should have been removed instead of axing the show if the network was wanting to cut costs. In the Feb/Mar 2010 GQ magazine in 2010, Tim Worner said, but it was the right call at the time and we have two new drama projects in development." On 20 April 2004, episode 265, "Brave New World" aired, which saw the introduction of John Howard's character, Frank Campion. It was the first episode to be set in the Emergency Department; this episode attracted lots of controversy. One patient came into the triage and tried to get help. On, Nelson heard a phone ring coming from the patient and asked him to turn off the phone, it was hinted that he had been using the phone to masturbate and it had gotten stuck in his rectum.
The end of the episode saw Frank go introduce himself to Terri, recovering from heart surgery. During a heated argument about staff members, Frank blatantly said to Terri, "if you use your influence with your previous