Four members of the infamous Hennessey clan are acquitted of the shooting of two policemen in a bungled bank heist. Melbourne is shocked as brothers Mal and Steve, along with brother-in-law Darren Mack and friend Ken Hardy, walk free.




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Series cast summary:
Chris Haywood ...  Michael Kidd 25 episodes, 1994-1995
Simon Westaway ...  Peter Faithful 25 episodes, 1994-1995
Jeremy Kewley ...  Vic Manoulis 25 episodes, 1994-1995
Felix Nobis Felix Nobis ...  Rob Griffin 23 episodes, 1994-1995
Pauline Terry-Beitz Pauline Terry-Beitz ...  Shirl Hennessey 21 episodes, 1994-1995
Louise Siversen Louise Siversen ...  Glenda De Bono / ... 18 episodes, 1994-1995
Brett Swain ...  Mal Hennessey 16 episodes, 1994-1995
Leon Teague Leon Teague ...  Steve Hennessey 13 episodes, 1994-1995
Leverne McDonnell Leverne McDonnell ...  Jan Murray 13 episodes, 1994-1995
Belinda McClory ...  Kirsty Nichols / ... 13 episodes, 1994-1995
Christopher Lee Christopher Lee ...  Griffo 13 episodes, 1994-1995
Tracy Mann ...  Tina Bertram / ... 12 episodes, 1994-1995
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Follows the bitterly fought prosecutions of a notorious criminal family, the Hennesseys, from the viewpoints of the family, the police and, in particular, the lawyers, prosecutors, barristers and judges involved in all aspects of the story. Written by mycroftmy

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Release Date:

1 September 1994 (Australia) See more »

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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An absolute classic
8 April 2010 | by craigw-11See all my reviews

15 years on, this show continues to set the bar higher than any other courtroom/crime drama can achieve. No gratuitous sex, violence, bad language etc. Both the main plot and the "cameo" plots are brilliantly carried out, highlighting both the majesty and the failures of the justice system.

Simon Westaway again plays Peter Faithful from Pheonix, and again is a love-hate character. The Hennesseys are a great characterisation of a certain Melbourne family (and where real life has more recently imitated fiction) One of the all time Aust classics and with Phoenix represent the zenith of police/court/crime drama - no dramatics, just great plots and story lines. Thankfully it is now on DVD and is still brilliant

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