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Author and dramatist (b.1938)

An internationally acclaimed writer, Tony Morphett has worked the writer or co-writer of 10 telemovies, 9 miniseries, 5 features, hundreds of TV drama episodes and is the recipient of 14 major industry awards. Morphett began his broadcasting career began at ABC radio in the early ‘60s, later moving to ABC-TV where he began by conducting interviews for arts programs like The Lively Arts and Spectrum, including a revealing interview with author Frank Hardy.

In the late 1960s Morphett established himself as one of the leading writers in Australian television and his work since that time has received wide acclaim. One of his best known works in the Seventies was the acclaimed ABC-TV series Certain Women. He took over from Joan Long as Acting President of the Australian Writers' Guild in 1973. He continues working widely in television today with credits including the popular series Blue Heelers and Water Rats.



A Country Practice - Writer
Above the Law – Writer, Story, Creator
Blue Heelers – Writer, Director, Creator
Divas – Director, Creator
The Angel Files - Producer
The Flying Doctors - Writer
Water Rats – Writer, Creator, Executive Story Editor
MDA - writer
Sky Trackers (1994) - creator
Sky Trackers (1990) telemovie - writer
The Dirtwater Dynasty (1988) miniseries - writer
The Shiralee (1988) miniseries - writer
Patrol Boat (1987) - writer
Quest Beyond Time (1984) sci-fi series - writer
Robbery Under Arms (1984) - co-writer, with Graeme Koetsveld
Under Capricorn (1984) - writer
The John Sullivan Story
(1980) - co-writer, with Brian Wright
The Oracle (1979) - co-writer
Roses Bloom Twice
Against The Wind (1978), minieries - writer
The Alternative
(1977) - writer
The Sullivans (1976-80) - writer
Luke's Kingdom (1976) - writer
Power Without Glory (1976) - co-writer|
Ben Hall (1975) - writer
Boney (1974) writer
Linehaul (1973) - writer
Certain Women (1973) - creator, writer
Catwalk (1971) - creator, writer
(1970-71)- co creator (with Glyn Davies), writer
Delta (1969) - writer


Kings in Grass Castles (1997)
Tracks Of Glory (1991) - writer, based on the book by Jim Fitzpatrick
My Brother Tom
The Last Wave (1977) with Peter Weir and Petru Popescu


“Litterbug” (a much-reproduced science-fiction short story about a zany garbage disposal unit that goes awry)
Published in:
- Fantasy & Science Fiction July '69
- The Best from Fantasy and Science Fiction: 19, ed. Edward L. Ferman, Doubleday, 1971
- Science Fiction, ed. Sylvia Z. Brodkin & Elizabeth J. Pearson, McDougal, Littell & Co., 1973
- Beyond Tomorrow, ed. Lee Harding, South Melbourne: Wren, 1976

A Hole in My Ceiling (Hodder & Stoughton, 1985)



PATER Inaugural Award for scriptwriting: "Return of the Hero" - The Flying Doctors

: for Best Drama Script - series/serial "Return of The Hero"

Awgie: - Best Script For A TV Drama for ep. 19 of Delta, 'A Touch Of DFP'.
Note: Morphett was joint winner of the Awgie Award for 'Best Script For A TV Drama Series', shared with John Dingwall for Homicide episode 208 'Everyone Knows Charlie')



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