The Feds (miniseries)

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The Feds is a series of Australian television films starring Robert Taylor, which were first broadcast on the Nine Network 1993-1996.

The Feds revolves around the activities of the Australian Federal Police, who protect the national interests from crime in Australia and overseas. Nine telemovies were produced in the series.

Regular cast[edit]

The Feds (pilot)[edit]

The Feds
Directed by David Caesar
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by John Reeves
Vince Moran
Music by Bruce Rowland
Cinematography Joseph Pickering
Edited by Bill Murphy
Release date
20 September 1993[1]
Running time
100 mins

A barrister and a brain surgeon suspected of fraud are tracked down by the Feds.

The film was shot 1 March - 2 April 1993 on location in Melbourne, Canberra and Hong Kong.[2]

Cast actors:

The Feds: Terror[edit]

Terror
Directed by Donald Crombie
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Graeme Farmer
Ian McFadyen
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography David Foreman
Release date
30 August 1995[1]
Running time
100 mins

When a former Australian Prime Minister dies, Dave Griffin and Jo Moody become a part of the security operations for the state funeral. A report of missing plastic explosives from the Defence Laboratory and a lead received by the German Police are the first inklings there could be a plot to assassinate one of the heads of state who will be attending the funeral service. Assisted by the mysterious Jurgen Dietermann from German Security, the Feds raid a terrorist hide-out in search of the plastic explosives. When the raid proves to be unsuccessful, the state funeral is in danger of being cancelled.

Guest actors:

The Feds: Obsession[edit]

Obsession
Directed by Donald Crombie
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Jan Sardi
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography David Foreman
Edited by Bill Murphy
Release date
12 October 1994[1]
Running time
91 mins

A Family Court Judge's wife is critically injured when a bomb explodes outside their home. The Federal Police believe a deranged bomber with a grudge against the court is on the loose and begin their man-hunt. Help comes from an unlikely source when Cal Woods, a former Federal Police Officer, compelled to leave the force in disgrace, offers information. He claims to know the person responsible. But Jo Moody has dealt with Cal Woods before.

Guest actors:

  • Jerome Ehlers as Cal Woods
  • Denis Moore as Justice Fairweather
  • John Jacobs as Phil O'Leary
  • Stephen Whittaker as Glen Warrender

The Feds: Abduction[edit]

Abduction
Directed by Michael Pattinson
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Vince Moran
Graeme Farmer
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography David Foreman
Edited by Neil Thumpston
Release date
7 June 1995[1]
Running time
87 mins

The two children of Suzi Plummer, the divorced wife of Idris Karya, an army officer of a prominent Indonesian military family, vanish while on an access visit with their father. Fearing an international incident, the Federal Police are pressured to find the children before they are taken out of the country. Dave Griffin, a divorced father, is moved by the pleas of Suzi, who has long feared her former husband would try to take the children back to Indonesia to live with his mother, Sarminah. But Jo Moody feels the case is more complex and even suspects the children's mother of being involved.

Guest actors:

The Feds: Seduction[edit]

Seduction
Directed by George Ogilvie
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Everett de Roche
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography Roger Dowling
Edited by Denise Haratzis
Release date
5 July 1995[1]
Running time
90 mins

When a Central American judge is murdered while investigating evidence against a Colombian drug lord, Julio Blanco, The Feds join forces in an international effort against Mr. Cocaine. Dave Griffin and Jo Moody travel to Mexico to persuade Brandy, the discontented Australian consort of Blanco, to return with them to Australia to give evidence. But Blanco gets wind of Dave's mission and he is forced to flee the country at night with Brandy, leaving Jo to make her own way home.

Guest actors:

  • Peta Toppano as Brandy
  • Petru Gheorghiu as Mendosa
  • Jonathan Elsom as Justin
  • Peter McCauley as Chad
  • Carlos Sanchez as Lopez
  • Richard Moss as Senator North
  • Alberto Vila as Julio Blanco

The Feds: Suspect[edit]

Suspect
Directed by Michael Pattinson
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Jan Sardi
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography Roger Dowling
Edited by Neil Thumpston
Release date
22 February 1995[1]
Running time
85 mins

Feeling lonely and sorry for himself after taking his kids home from a day out, Dave Griffin meets an attractive young girl in a bar who is about to turn his world upside down. When the girl, Niki Webster, is found strangled the next day, Dave becomes the chief suspect and is subsequently suspended from the force. Working to prove his innocence, Dave discovers that Niki was seen in the bar with a man with a ponytail just before she 'picked up' Dave. He is certain he was set up. But when the bruise on the girl's neck is matched to Dave's distinctive belt buckle, Chief Inspector Beckwith is out of his hide.

Guest actors:

The Feds: Deception[edit]

Deception
Directed by George Ogilvie
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Graeme Farmer
John Reeves
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography David Foreman
Edited by Denise Haratzis
Release date
15 March 1995[1]
Running time
95 mins

A dear friend of Jo Moody's, Tammy Warren, is killed during an undercover operation. Jo decides to seek revenge by taking on her dangerous assignment in the drug world. Jo gets herself known at the club where Tammy was working and meets Judy Taylor, who is supplied with drugs by her boyfriend, a drug courier. But when both Judy and the boyfriend are murdered, Jo escalates her attempts to discover what really happened to Tammy.

Guest actors:

The Feds: Vengeance[edit]

Vengeance
Directed by Michael Offer
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Tony McDonald
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography David Foreman
Edited by Bill Murphy
Release date
29 November 1995[1]
Running time
94 mins

For years, Superintendent Dave Griffin has been chasing John Dyer, a major drug dealer with half of the social world, from businessmen to perhaps even Federal Police, on his payroll. Dyer has forever remained untouchable; now Dave is set to even the score. With Detective Sergeant Jo Moody, Dave uses Arianna, a druggie and part-time dealer. Offered her freedom, she instigates a buy/bust. But when Dyer sniffs out Arianna's betrayal, he has her killed. In response, Commander Rainer Bass organises a joint task force with the state police. Ed Bishop, a dynamic cop, and Annie Fleming, a meticulous analyst, assist Dave.[3]

Guest actors:

The Feds: Deadfall[edit]

Deadfall
Directed by Donald Crombie
Produced by Jan Mernell
Written by Tony McDonald
Alison Nissellee
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography David Foreman
Edited by Neil Thumpston
Release date
23 October 1996[1]
Running time
91 mins

The Organisation of Federal Emergency Services is the most advanced and highly equipped rescue and safety organisation in the country. After a joint exercise with The Feds, the head honcho of OFES, Gerry Lehman, disappears, possibly murdered. When an audit reveals a $47 million discrepancy in the OFES accounts, Superintendent Dave Griffin oversees the investigation. Detective Sergeant Jo Moody is the spearhead, out in the field. She already has a bond with Gil McPherson, one of Gerry's young 'gladiators'. Gil hints that Gerry's a spook, tied up with the nation's intelligence services. Enter Hauptkommissar Jurgen Dietermann, who believes Gerry Lehman may be Gerhard Klemberg, wanted in Germany for industrial theft during the 1970s. Though he can't immediately prove the link, he's determined to uncover the truth.[4]

Guest actors:

The Feds: Betrayal[edit]

Betrayal
Directed by Chris Thomson
Produced by Jan Marnell
Written by Alison Nisselle
Music by Nerida Tyson-Chew
Bruce Rowland (title theme)
Cinematography Roger Dowling
Edited by Denise Haratzis
Release date
24 July 1996[1]
Running time
91 mins

An undercover Fed is murdered. A ruthless investigation follows. Rainer Bass is drummed out of the force, charged with major corruption offences. The Feds are shell-shocked. Jo Moody refuses to believe it, but she's quickly disillusioned. They're up against the most capable crim of all: their old boss, head to head. Stripped of his badge and gun, Rainer visits his old haunts. He meets Daniel "Mac" McIntyre, commercial pilot and dodgy mate of Rainer's since they served together in 'Nam. Mac drags Rainer out of his self-pity, and offers to cut him in on his next lucrative shipment of illegally smuggled native birds. The Feds watch their every movement, in liaison with Hauptkommissar Jurgen Dietermann, in Munich.[5]

Guest actors:

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j "The Feds". Australian Television Information Archive. Retrieved 17 February 2001. 
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p 57
  3. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p 159
  4. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p 38-39
  5. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p 13

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