Skyways (TV series)
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|Created by||Terry Stapleton
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||188|
|Production company(s)||Crawford Productions|
|Original network||Seven Network|
|Original release||9 July 1979 – 27 July 1981|
Production and casting
The series, which aired from 1979 to 1981, was set at the fictional Pacific International Airport and dealt with the lives of the pilots, airline staff and management team who worked there.
Skyways was mainly taped in a television studio where, in many interior-set scenes, Colour Separation Overlay created the illusion of a bustling airport with taxiing planes outside the window. Many of the exterior scenes were shot on location at Melbourne Airport.
The show's regular cast members included Tony Bonner as airport manager Paul MacFarlane, later replaced by Gary Doolan (Gerard Kennedy). Tina Bursill played glamorous and ruthless assistant manager Louise Carter. Bill Stalker, played head of airport security Peter Fanelli, an ex-detective. When Skyways ended Fanelli was moved to Crawford police procedural Cop Shop, while Brian James' character George Tippett was transplanted to Holiday Island.
Kylie Minogue and Jason Donovan roles
An early storyline featured a lesbian flight attendant (Judy Morris) unsuccessfully attempting to seduce a colleague (Deborah Coulls) who revealed she was heterosexual. Morris' character was soon afterwards stabbed to death in the shower as part of a murder-mystery storyline.
The series screened across Europe during the mid-80's on Sky Channel which would later become Sky One. It also aired in the UK on Astra Satellite channel Lifestyle during 1990 at 1.00 p.m Monday to Friday.
- Skyways on IMDb
- Aussie Soap Archive: Skyways
- Crawford Productions
- Skyways at the National Film and Sound Archive
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