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Cody is a series of six Australian telemovies starring Gary Sweet, which were made for the Seven Network in 1994 and 1995.[1] Sweet played the title character Cody, an unconventional police detective,[2] described by Screen Australia as a "larrikin cop, on the trail of crimes".[3]

Cody
GenreDrama
Written byGarry Disher, Christopher Lee
Directed byAndrew Prowse
StarringGary Sweet, Heather Mitchell, Robert Mammone
Theme music composerMartin Armiger
No. of episodes6
Production
Producer(s)John Edwards, Sandra Levy
Running time90 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Xanadu
Release
Original networkSeven Network
Original release1994 –
1995

PlotEdit

Cody (Gary Sweet) is a Sydney-based police detective with Fiorelli (Robert Mammone) as his partner and Inspector Genevieve Simmonds (Heather Mitchell) as their superior.[4] In September 1994 Sweet described the title character to Nicole Leedham of The Canberra Times as "kind of risky and dangerous and pretty ruthless ... [he] ain't that much fun, I mean he's fun to play but he's not that much fun as a guy. He's not your barrel of laughs".[4]

In the first episode, Cody: A Family Affair (1994), the detective investigates a diamond-smuggling gang and poses as a dealer. He also searches for a missing teenager.[4][5] In the second episode, Cody: The Tipoff (1994), Cody's childhood friend Mack (Gary Waddell) provides a tip about a burglary in progress. Mack later turns up dead and Cody investigates another friend Jimmy Catter (Frankie J. Holden).[6][7] In the third episode, Cody: Bad Love (1994), they investigate stolen art work leading to a gallery run by an attractive French artist, Claudia (Rebecca Rigg).[8][9]

In the fourth episode, Cody: The Burnout (1995), includes Stella (Alexandra Fowler). In the fifth episode, Cody: Wrong Stuff (1995), the squad hunts a drug dealer (Mark Owen-Taylor). In the sixth episode, Cody: Fall from Grace (1995), an apparent suicide leads to Sam Wolfe (Bill Hunter).

CastEdit

EpisodesEdit

Season OneEdit

No.TitleOriginal air date
1"Cody: A Family Affair"2 October 1994 (1994-10-02)
the detective investigates a diamond-smuggling gang and poses as a dealer. He also searches for a missing teenager.
2"Cody: The Tipoff"1994 (1994)
Cody's childhood friend Mack (Gary Waddell) provides a tip about a burglary in progress. Mack later turns up dead and Cody investigates another friend Jimmy Catter (Frankie J. Holden).
3"Cody: Bad Love"1994 (1994)
They investigate stolen art work leading to a gallery run by an attractive French artist, Claudia (Rebecca Rigg).

Season TwoEdit

No.TitleOriginal air date
4"Cody: The Burnout"1995 (1995)
...
5"Cody: Wrong Stuff"1995 (1995)
The squad hunts a drug dealer (Mark Owen-Taylor).
6"Cody: Fall from Grace"1995 (1995)
An apparent suicide leads to Sam Wolfe (Bill Hunter).

Home mediaEdit

It was announced by Via Vision Entertainment in March 2019 that they would be release the collection of Cody on DVD in two Collections.

DVD name Format Ep # Discs/Tapes Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Cody Collection One DVD 3 3 3 April 2019 None Via Vision Entertainment & Madman Entertainment
Cody Collection Two DVD 3 3 5 June 2019 None Via Vision Entertainment & Madman Entertainment

Available At (National Film and Sound Archives)Edit

Season Title Episodes NFSA Content Available For Viewing
Cody: Season 01 03/03 Episodes 01,02,03 (Format: Tape)
Cody: Season 02 03/03

DOCUMENTS

Cody: The Burnout (Script)

IMAGES:

Head and Shoulders Publicity Portrait Of Gary Sweet

Set Of Production and Publicity Shots

Episodes 01,02,03 (Format: Tape)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Gary Sweet was nominated for a Silver Logie as Most Popular Actor for the episode, Cody: The Burnout.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Telemovies and Miniseries". Australian Television Information Archive (Tony Zuk). Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970–1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p28
  3. ^ "Cody". Retrieved 20 October 2013 – via Aust Lit.
  4. ^ a b c Leedham, Nicole (26 September 1994). "The Guide: An Unconventional Cop". The Canberra Times. p. 29. Retrieved 20 October 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  5. ^ McManus, Max (26 September 1994). "TV Movies: Cody: A Family Affair (1990): 8:30pm (Prime)". The Canberra Times. p. 30. Retrieved 20 October 2013 – via National Library of Australia.
  6. ^ Leedham, Nicole (27 February 1995). "Not Always a Fair Cop". The Canberra Times. p. 32.
  7. ^ "Cody III: The Tipoff". The Spellbinder Castle. Retrieved 20 October 2013.
  8. ^ Sibley, David (5 June 1995). "TV Movies: Cody: Bad Love (1994) 8:30pm (Prime)". The Canberra Times. p. 2 Section: The Guide – via National Library of Australia.
  9. ^ "Cody II: Bad Love". The Spellbinder Castle. Retrieved 20 October 2013.