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Vic Gordon ...
 Sgt. Bert Kennedy / ... (228 episodes, 1971-1976)
Paul Cronin ...
 Sen. Const. Gary Hogan (228 episodes, 1971-1976)
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 Det. Sgt. Vic Maddern / ... (192 episodes, 1971-1975)
Tom Richards ...
 Sen. Det. Steve York / ... (132 episodes, 1972-1976)
Grigor Taylor ...
 Sen. Det. Alan Curtis (99 episodes, 1971-1973)
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Policing in a small rural town ...early 70's popular in its day

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There was an initial discrepancy over the title of the library music used as the theme tune - the record from which it was obtained had "Project In Operation" as the title on its label, but "Industry On the Move" as the title on its cover. The website of the music's publisher, DeWolfe Music, concurs with the record label in titling the tune "Project In Operation". See more »

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Project In Operation
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Composed by Jack Trombey
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One of Australia's best television classics
1 December 2003 | by (Adelaide, Australia) – See all my reviews

I recall back in the early 1970's when this show was screened late at night, we all waited anxiously to watch. This was a police drama set in a Australian country town called "Matlock" and had a blend of great Australian artists, which was the rural analogy of the other great Australian classic police drama series "Homicide" in terms of quality. These two television series would have to be amongst Australia's best television series ever presented. Even by today's standards these two series would rank very highly, when compared to the blandness that most modern television series offer. These two series displayed what great results could be achieved with a limited budget and a well planned goal.

Artists such as Michael Pate (who also starred in earlier American movies), Grigor Taylor and Paul Cronin (later recognised in another Australian classic series " The Sullivans") displayed a great performance in their collaboration as police officers. Grigor Taylor would always remind me of the Australian David McCallum. I am very surprised that he did not progress to become a more popular icon of Australian television, or abroad. He was one of my favourite Australian artists, without overlooking any of the others. I enjoyed all the episodes that I was fortunate to watch as they were simple, straight forward and exciting. What I found unique about this police drama was that at the end of the episodes, when the criminals were caught, you could hear an audio narrated conclusion of their fates and their convictions, which I have never seen in any other police drama to my knowledge. The musical score was also great and like that of "Homicide", it alone enticed you to want to watch. Sadly, I only saw one repeat of this series and enjoyed it as much as I did the first time. Australian television series at it's very best




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