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Above The Law

Offbeat, energetic, and definitely different, Above The Law is a new Australian series taking viewers inside the lives and loves of a group of young city dwellers who all have one thing in common – an address.

The Metro is a funky inner city block where there are as many stories as there are apartments, where a cafe and a community police station make up the ground floor, and where the penthouse (and indeed most of the building) is owned by a corrupt businessman who enjoys the irony of living "above the law".

Created by veteran Australian television writer Tony Morphett (Blue Heelers, Water Rats) and wife Inga Hunter, Above The Law invites the viewer into a "vertical village" where a host of colourful characters form firm friendships and relationships based on humour, respect, love and lust.

When "Vegas" Pete Murray is sent to jail, his unsuspecting daughter Olivia (Alyssa-Jane Cook) is forced to move into The Metro. While she confronts her father's murky past, she finds herself struggling to control his empire, and learning to live with the other inhabitants of The Metro.

"Unlike most Australian dramas, which are based around the grand traditions of police, doctors, hospitals or lawyers, Above The Law is more people than job based, although it does combine elements of those other genres," says co-executive producer Hal McElroy.

"And so the key to a show like this is the characters, and if you create good characters you can get good actors. And we've certainly got both. The point of difference with Above The Law is that it's about a group of people whose only unifying quality is that they live or work in the same building," says co-executive producer Di McElroy. "And when you assemble a groups of characters who have their own separate agendas and they all react and connect to each other in different ways, watch the sparks fly."

Pulling no punches in its content and dialogue, Above The Law is bound to surprise its audience with its forthrightness, say the McElroys. "It's controversial, energetic, funny, outrageous, contemporary, complex, and in-your-face. We set out to do something completely different," says Hal McElroy, "And it worked."

Alyssa-Jane Cook as Olivia Murray 
Scott Burgess as Bill Peterson
Bridie Carter as Debbie Curtis
Jolyon James as Con Stavros
Dasi Ruz as Vicki Giovanelli 
Nicholas Bishop as Matt Bridges 
Kristy Wright as Belinda Clarke 
Teo Gebert as Skeez Giovanelli
Meme Thorne as Sunny Rodriguez