AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series

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The AACTA Award for Best Television Drama Series is a television award handed out by the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). It was previously awarded by the Australian Film Institute (AFI), from 1991-2010, and will continue to be presented by the Academy. It is awarded to a dramatic television series of new fewer than five episodes. It can be a series of self-contained stories which can be screened in any order or a number of interweaving and overlapping plots continuing from one episode to the next.[1]

Between 1991 and 2001, only individual episodes were awarded. The award has changed its name several times, and between 1993 and 2001, it became two separate categories; from 1991 to 1992, the award was called Best Episode in a Television Drama, Series or Serial; from 1993 to 2001 the award was split into Best Episode in a Television Drama Series and Best Episode in a Television Drama Serial and; from 1998 to 2001 Best Episode in a Drama Serial was changed to Best Episode in a Television Drama Series (Long). In 2002 the awards was combined to make Best Drama Series.[2]

The award is usually presented to the producer(s) of a series, but between 1991 and 2001, the award went to the producer of a specific episode.[2] Over the years, ABC have won sixteen of twenty-nine awards.[A] Home and Away have won four awards, more than any other television programme. If the Best Episode categories aren't taken into account, then Home and Away's wins are discounted and Love My Way would have the record of three.

Rules[edit]

Potential nominees must submit two episodes from a drama series, which will be judged as a single entry, and a fee of A$1,125. The television program must be produced and broadcast in Australia for free-to-air or subscription television channels, but excludes broadcasts on community television.[1][3]

Winners and nominees[edit]

Best Episode in a Television Drama Series or Serial[edit]

Year Program Network Episode Producer(s)
1991
(34th)
Embassy (series 2) ABC Episode 1: "A Human Dimension" Alan Hardy
Police Rescue (season 1) ABC Episode 2: "Angel After Hours" Sandra Levy and John Edwards
Police Rescue (season 1) ABC Episode 13: "By The Book" Sandra Levy and John Edwards
Boys from the Bush (season 1) Seven Network Episode 8 Jane Scott and Verity Lambert
1992
(35th)
Phoenix (season 1) ABC Episode 13:"Hard Ball" Bill Hughes
Police Rescue (season 2) ABC Episode 2: "Off The Track" Sandra Levy and John Edwards
Embassy (season 3) ABC Episode 10: "Crisis of Confidence" Mark Callan
Phoenix (season 1) ABC Episode 8: "Fond Memories" Bill Hughes
Year Program Network Episode Producer(s)
1993
(36th)
Home and Away[C] Seven Network "Episode #1222" Andrew Howie
1993
(36th)
Phoenix[D] ABC "Under Siege" Bill Hughes
1994
(37th)
The Damnation of Harvey McHugh[E][D] ABC "Hey St Jude" Sue Masters
1994
(37th)
Heartland[E][D] ABC "Episode 7" Bruce Best
Penny Chapman
Phaedon Vass
1995
(38th)
Home and Away[C] Seven Network "Episode #1705" Andrew Howie
Russell Webb
1995
(38th)
Frontline[D] ABC "The Siege" Rob Sitch
Santo Cilauro
Jane Kennedy
Tom Gleisner
1996
(39th)
Home and Away[C] Seven Network "Shane Parrish's Death" Russell Webb
1996
(39th)
Frontline[D] ABC "Keeping Up Appearances" Rob Sitch
Santo Cilauro
Jane Kennedy
Tom Gleisner
1997
(40th)
Neighbours[C] Network Ten "Episode #2842" Peter Dodds
1997
(40th)
Home and Away Seven Network "The Earthquake" Russell Webb
1997
(40th)
Neighbours Network Ten "Episode #2911" Peter Dodds
1997
(40th)
Frontline[D] ABC "Epitaph" Rob Sitch
Santo Cilauro
Jane Kennedy
Tom Gleisner
1997
(40th)
Frontline ABC "The Shadow We Cast" Rob Sitch
Santo Cilauro
Jane Kennedy
Tom Gleisner
1997
(40th)
Good Guys Bad Guys Nine Network "One Point Eight Million Reasons to Change Your Name: Part 1" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Ros Tatarka
1997
(40th)
Good Guys Bad Guys Nine Network "One Point Eight Million Reasons to Change Your Name: Part 2" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Ros Tatarka
1998
(41st)
Home and Away[C] Seven Network "Episode #2197" Russell Webb
1998
(41st)
All Saints Seven Network "Give and Take" Jo Porter
1998
(41st)
All Saints Seven Network "Revelations" Jo Porter
1998
(41st)
Home and Away Seven Network "Episode #2413" Russell Webb
1998
(41st)
Wildside[D] ABC "Episode 16" Steve Knapman
1998
(41st)
Blue Heelers Seven Network "Collateral Damage" Ricardo Pillizzeri
1998
(41st)
Good Guys, Bad Guys Nine Network "Dog People" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
John Wild
1998
(41st)
SeaChange ABC "Stormy Weather" Sally Ayre-Smith
1999
(42nd)
All Saints[C] Seven Network "Head to Head" Jo Porter
1999
(42nd)
Home and Away Seven Network "Episode #2646" Russell Webb
1999
(42nd)
Neighbours Network Ten "Episode #3388 " Peter Dodds
1999
(42nd)
Neighbours Network Ten "Episode #3389 " Peter Dodds
1999
(42nd)
Wildside[D] ABC "Episode 59" Steve Knapman
1999
(42nd)
SeaChange ABC "Law and Order" Sally Ayre-Smith
1999
(42nd)
SeaChange ABC "Manna From Heaven" Sally Ayre-Smith
1999
(42nd)
SeaChange ABC "Playing With Fire" Sally Ayre-Smith
2000
(43rd)
All Saints[C] Seven Network "Valley of the Shadows: Part 1" Jo Porter
2000
(43rd)
All Saints Seven Network "Dead On Time" Jo Porter
2000
(43rd)
Something in the Air ABC "Movers and Shakers" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Ros Tatarka
2000
(43rd)
Something in the Air ABC "We Will Remember Them" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Ros Tatarka
2000
(43rd)
Grass Roots[D] ABC "The Whole Year" John Eastway
2000
(43rd)
Grass Roots ABC "Late July 4.00pm to 10.30pm" John Eastway
2000
(43rd)
Grass Roots ABC "Late September" John Eastway
2000
(43rd)
SeaChange ABC "Hungi Jury" Sally Ayre-Smith
2001
(44th)
Something in the Air[C] ABC "That One Defining Moment" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Alan Hardy
2001
(44th)
All Saints Seven Network "The Sign" Di Drew
2001
(44th)
Something in the Air ABC "Into Thy Hands" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Alan Hardy
2001
(44th)
Something in the Air ABC "Living in the Past" Roger Le Mesurier
Roger Simpson
Alan Hardy
2001
(44th)
SeaChange [D] ABC "I Name Thee Bay of Pearls" Sally Ayre-Smith
2001
(44th)
The Games ABC "Solar" John Clarke
Ross Stevenson
Mark Ruse
2001
(44th)
Love Is a Four Letter Word ABC "Split" Rosemary Blight
Tim Pye
2001
(44th)
SeaChange ABC "Half Life" Sally Ayre-Smith
2001
(44th)
The Secret Life of Us Network Ten "The Butterfly Effect" John Edwards, Amanda Higgs

Best Television Drama Series[edit]

Year Program Network Producer(s)
2002
(45th)
Kath & Kim (series 1) ABC Mark Ruse
All Saints (season 5) Seven Network Di Drew
MDA (series 1) ABC Greg Haddrick
The Secret Life of Us Network Ten John Edwards and Amanda Higgs
2003
(46th)
MDA (series 2) ABC Denny Lawrence
Grass Roots (series 2) ABC John Eastway
Stingers (series 6) Nine Network Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson and John Wild
The Secret Life of Us (series 3) Network Ten Amanda Higgs
2004
(47th)
Stingers (series 8) Nine Network Roger Le Mesurier, Roger Simpson and John Wild
McLeod's Daughters (season 4) Nine Network Susan Bower and Posie Graeme-Evans
MDA ABC Denny Lawrence
White Collar Blue (series 2) Network Ten Steve Knapman and Kris Wyld
2005
(48th)
Love My Way (series 1) Fox8 John Edwards and Claudia Karvan
All Saints (season 8) Seven Network Maryanne Carroll
Blue Heelers (season 12) Seven Network Gus Howard and David Clarke
MDA (series 3) ABC Denny Lawrence
2006
(49th)
Love My Way (series 2) W John Edwards, Claudia Karvan and Jacqueline Perske
All Saints (season 9) Seven Network MaryAnne Carroll
Blue Heelers (season 13) Seven Network Gus Howard and David Clarke
McLeod's Daughters (season 6) Nine Network Posie Graeme-Evans and Karl Zwicky
2007
(50th)
Love My Way (series 3) Showtime John Edwards and Claudia Karvan
All Saints (season 10) Seven Network MaryAnne Carroll and Bill Hughes
Dangerous Fox8 John Edwards and Imogen Banks
2008
(51st)
Underbelly Nine Network Greg Haddrick and Brenda Pam
City Homicide (series 2) Seven Network MaryAnne Carroll
Rush (series 1) Network Ten John Edwards and Mimi Butler
Satisfaction (series 1) Showcase Andrew Walker and Roger Simpson
2009
(52nd)
East West 101 (season 2) SBS One Kristine Wyld and Steve Knapman
Packed to the Rafters (season 1) Seven Network Jo Porter
Satisfaction (season 2) Showcase John Edwards and Mimi Butler
Underbelly: A Tale of Two Cities Nine Network Greg Haddrick and Brenda Pam
2010
(53rd)
Rush (series 3) Network Ten John Edwards and Mimi Butler
The Circuit (season 2) SBS Ross Hutchens and Colin South
Spirited (series 1) W John Edwards, Claudia Karvan and Jacqueline Perske
Tangle (season 2) Showcase John Edwards and Imogen Banks
2011
(1st)
East West 101 (season 3) SBS One Steve Knapman and Kris Wyld
Offspring (season 2) Network Ten John Edwards and Imogen Banks
Rake ABC1 Ian Collie
Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh
Spirited (series 2) W Claudia Karvan and Jacquelin Perske
2012
(2nd)
Puberty Blues Network Ten John Edwards and Imogen Banks
Rake (season 2) ABC1 Ian Collie, Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh
Redfern Now ABC1 Darren Dale and Miranda Dear
Tangle (season 3) Showcase John Edwards and Imogen Banks
2013
(3rd)
Redfern Now (series 2) ABC1 Darren Dale and Miranda Dear
Offspring (season 4) Network Ten John Edwards and Imogen Banks
Serangoon Road ABC1 Paul Barron and Nick North
Wentworth (series 1) Soho Jo Porter and Amanda Crittenden
2014
(4th)
The Code ABC Shelley Birse, David Maher and David Taylor
Janet King ABC Karl Zwicky and Lisa Scott
Puberty Blues (season 2) Network Ten John Edwards and Imogen Banks
Rake (series 3) ABC Ian Collie, Peter Duncan and Richard Roxburgh
2015
(5th)
Glitch ABC Tony Ayres, Louise Fox and Ewan Burnett
Love Child (season 2) Nine Network Tom Hoffie
Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries (series 3) ABC Deb Cox and Fiona Eagger
Wentworth (season 3) SoHo Jo Porter and Amanda Crittenden
2016
(6th)
Wentworth (season 4) SoHo Pino Amenta and Jo Porter
The Code ABC David Maher, David Taylor, Shelley Birse, Diane Haddon
Jack Irish ABC Ian Collie, Andrew Knight
Rake ABC Ian Collie, Peter Duncan, Richard Roxburgh

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

A^ : In 1993, and then from 1995 to 2001, the award was split into two categories: Best Episode in a Television Drama, Series or Serial and Best Episode in a Television Drama Serial (the latter was changed to Best Episode in a Television Drama Series (Long) in 1998). This means that two awards were presented for both categories each year, bringing the total of awards presented to twenty-nine.[2]
B^ : Awarded for Best Episode in a Television Drama, Series or Serial.[2]
C^ : Awarded for Best Episode in a Television Drama Serial (1993–1997). The category then changed to Best Episode in a Television Drama Series (Long) (1998–2001).[2][4]
D^ : Awarded for Best Episode in a Television Drama Series.[2]
E1 2 : The Damnation of Harvey McHugh and Heartland were joint winners for Best Episode in a Television Drama Series at the 1994 awards.[5][6]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b "Rule Eight - Special Conditions for Television Programs". 2011 AFI Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute. Archived from the original on 8 August 2011. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f "AFI Award Winners Feature Categories 1958-2009". Australian Film Institute. 2009. Archived from the original on 7 March 2011. Retrieved 3 May 2010. 
  3. ^ "2011 AFI Awards Materials Checklist". 2011 AFI Awards Rule Book. Australian Film Institute. Retrieved 2011-07-03. 
  4. ^ French, Lisa; Poole, Mark (2009). Shining a Light: 50 Years of the Australian Film Institute. Australian Teachers of Media. p. 194. ISBN 1-876467-20-7. 
  5. ^ "John Cundill writing credits". Up the Tibier. Retrieved 2011-06-27. 
  6. ^ "Darren Jonusas editing credits". Jonusas.com. Retrieved 2011-06-28. 

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