A science fiction series set in early 1990s, but from the perspective of the late 1990s. The plot is centred around the character of Douglas Hardy (Robert Coleby), a computer genius who was... See full synopsis »
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Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ...  Boyd Mackiel unknown episodes
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A science fiction series set in early 1990s, but from the perspective of the late 1990s. The plot is centred around the character of Douglas Hardy (Robert Coleby), a computer genius who was cryogenically frozen in 1979 after an assassination attempt by corrupt politicians, notably politically rising star Dakin (John Meillon) and his ruthless supporter Boyd Mackiel (Vincent Ball).

Twelve years on, in a fictional 1991, Hardy is revived from his cryogenic preservation as medical science has advanced to be able to prevent his death from the attempted aassination. Still recovering, Hardy sets out to seek his revenge on those who sought to have him killed. He finds that the world has moved on in twelve years, and he has to adjust. He also discovers that his enemies now wield even greater political power and criminal influence.

Hardy is force to keep on the run to avoid bing silenced once and for all. He seeks ways to become a public figure without putting himself at risk, appearing on a new...

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Australia

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English

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12 March 1980 (Australia) See more »

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(12 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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This is a well-thought-out SF thriller set in what was then the near future. Very Orwellian in tone and style.
26 May 2006 | by straker2See all my reviews

Douglas Hardy, (Robert Colby) is frozen and revived, some years into the future after apparently being killed in the present. He discovers that Daiken (Aussie screen legend John Meillon) a politician he was trying to expose as corrupt, has become Premiere of NSW in the years that Hardy was frozen in cryo sleep. Hardy becomes a fugitive, hunted by a ruthless henchman called MacKeil (Vincent Ball) and tries to get to Daiken to stop what he suspects is a plot to overthrow the Australian Government. Memorable black-clad motorcycle cops called Zen Men are featured to add to the Orwellian flavour of this piece of futuristic political intrigue. Ball's character is interesting...he resorts to brain washing tricks and even dies and gets resurrected at one point...in the final episode, he commits suicide by running himself over with his own sleek black futuristic sports car, using a remote control box.

The final twist was a total reversal of expectations...sadly, the ABC in their wisdom have never allowed this clever show to see the light of day again...a DVD release might be nice! Unless like their other great SF series Andra, they have wiped the masters...


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