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Seven, Foxtel turn up TV

Six projects going into prod'n

SYDNEY– Production of Australian TV drama is set to boom after a slew of projects was unveiled Thursday by the Seven Network and paybox Foxtel.

Seven has commissioned Liberty and Beyond Prods to make “Through My Eyes,” a four-hour mini based on the disappearance of baby Azaria Chamberlain.

Her mother Lindy Chamberlain, who was jailed for her murder but freed on appeal, claimed a wild dog took the child. Events were dramatized in the Fred Schepisi-directed pic “A Cry in the Dark” starring Meryl Streep. Chamberlain is a consultant in the project.

Burberry Prods will produce for Seven “Last Man Standing,” a drama series about three 20-something males grappling with the complexities of the female species.

John Clarke and Sam Neill will direct “The Murray Whelan Series,” two telepics starring David Wenham as an adviser to a Labor Minister embroiled in political shenanigans. Telepics will be co-funded by Seven and the Film Finance Corp (Daily Variety, July 24).

“Marking Time,” a four-hour mini about the romance between a man and an Afghani refugee is being produced by Southern Star for Foxtel and pubcaster ABC.

“The Cooks” is a 13-episode drama set in rival restaurants that rolls in October. Chapman Pictures is producing for Fox8 and Network Ten.

Also coming to Foxtel is the previously announced “Love Bytes,” a four-part drama about on-line dating. It’s jointly funded by Fox8 and Oz pay channel UKTV, co-produced by Fox World Australia and Shine.

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