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SYDNEY SCENE WITH

A DASH OF EXTRA

SPICE

Channel Nine's new series, "Shannon's Mob", weaves thrilling plots from a web of international intrigue against familiar backgrounds of the

Sydney scene.

THEY'VE begun

shooting "Shannon's Mob," the new thriller series to be shown this

year on National Nine

Network.

If the first few episodes are any example it looks like being not only an exciting series with a cosmopolitan flavor, but also a marvellous travel film of Sydney.

A variety of locations in and around the city have

been used and the Harbor

figures prominently. For the first episode "Not Without Incident," the scene switches from an orange orchard at Dural, on the outskirts of Sydney, to the city markets, to a wharf in Balmain, and a boat trip on the Harbor.

Landmarks like the

Opera House, Bridge, city skyline form the background.

"Shannon's Mob" is

being made in color by

Fauna Films for local and

possible overseas distribu- tion. Each hour-long episode will be complete in itself and deal with illegal activities in the community of a political or criminal nature mainly

with international connec- tions.

Right: Greengrocers Mr. and Mrs. Pellini (Diana Perryman and Ron Had drick) are questioned by Guardino, an international agent, about criminal activities in the city markets. A Kings Cross gambling den and a cockroach-infested ter- race house are other set-

tings for this secret society drama.

They are problems that particularly concern the government and "Shannon's Mob" have been given the task of uncovering them.

The "Mob" is an

intelligence organisation headed in Canberra by Dave Shannon who never appears on the screen. Its official

name is Federal Intelligence and Security Control Organisation - FIASCO for

short.

The two undercover

agents assigned to Sydney are astute and daring types

named Andrew Blake

Secret agent Mike Jamieson (Frank Gal- lacher) on board the steamer John Oxley a: Balmain jetty with a

member of the crew

(Anthony Wheeler) in

a scene from the firs:

episode of "Shannon't

Mob."

New Channel Nine series

(Robin Ramsay) and Mike Jamieson (Frank Gallacher). They will have sustaining roles throughout the 26 episodes, supported in each by leading Australian actors and actresses in guest

appearances.

All the scripts are fiction

based on a certain amount of fact. For instance, "Not Without Incident" highlights the opposing views of

Serbian and Croatian

migrants.

An important political visitor from a Balkan country is due to arrive in Sydney by sea. He is being protected by the government.

A crowd of welcoming migrants have hired a boat, the John Oxley, to greet him in mid-Harbor. FIASCO gets wind of a plot to assassinate the VIP, and Mike and Andrew are assigned to

uncover it.

John Oxley is the real

name of the boat. It is an old steamer of 500 tons that was once a Queensland harbor pilot boat. It is tied up at Nicholson Street Wharf, Balmain, an inner city suburb, as an exhibit administered by the Sydney

Cove Waterfront Museum, who lent the boat for the film.

The passengers on the

boat - about 100 men. women, and children - were real migrants, recently arrived in Australia, staying at the South Coogee migrant hostel, and hired as film

extras.

In this episode Tom I arley plays Pillitz, the important visitor.

The second episode, dealing with Mafia-type underground activities, is titled "Nothing Else to

Lose."

Guest actors in this

episode are Diana Perryman

and Ron Haddrick as Mr.

and Mrs. Pellini, frightened Italian greengrocers, and Alexander Hay as an international agent chasing a

crook on the run from the

United States, with the help

of "Shannon's Mob."

Both Robin Ramsay and Frank Gallacher are e\

perienced actors. Robin is perhaps best known to TV viewers as the late Charlie Cousens of "Bellbird."

On stage more recently he has played Pontius Pilate in "Jesus Christ Superstar," and appeared in the Old Tote production of "The Threepenny Opera" at the Sydney Opera House.

Frank has had a good deal of stage experience, and on television has played roles in "Boney" and "Division 4."

- JOYCE BURNARD

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