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East West 101

East West 101
Logo of East West 101
Created bySteve Knapman
Kris Wyld
Directed byPeter Andrikidis
StarringDon Hany
William McInnes
Susie Porter
Aaron Fa'aoso
Gerald Lepkowski
Daniela Farinacci
Renee Lim
Composer(s)Guy Gross
Country of originAustralia
Original English
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes20
Steve Knapman
Kris Wyld
Original networkSBS One
Picture format576i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 December 2007 -
1 June 2011
External links

East West 101 was a drama series airing on the SBS network. The series was produced and created by Steven Knapman and Kris Wyld, the team behind other drama series such as Wildside and White Collar Blue. It ran from 2007-2011, having three series.

East West 101 was set around the Major Crime Squad in metropolitan Sydney. It was based upon the experiences of actual detectives in a crime unit in Sydney's western suburbs.[1] It was filmed on location, in Sydney suburbs such as Auburn, Bankstown, Redfern, Chinatown and Maroubra.

The series was made by SBS with the Film Finance Corporation of Australia and the New South Wales Film and Television Office. It has been sold to Israel and other countries in the Middle East. The second season finished airing on 24 November 2009, and a third season was announced and filmed in 2010. It began airing on SBS One on 20 April 2011.[1] The DVD of the third season was released on 4 May 2011.[2]

The title is a double entendre, referring both to the clash of cultures between the Western world and the Eastern world, and the fact that in Sydney (and several other Australian cities) the eastern suburbs are largely affluent and Anglo-Saxon, while the western suburbs are of a lower socio-economic status and have large Middle Eastern populations.


Supporting cast

Past cast

  • Dimitri Giameos as Ali El Babb (Season 1)
  • William McInnes as Detective Sergeant Ray Crowley (season 1)
  • Gerald Lepkowski as Agent Richard Skeritt (season 2)


See also List of East West 101 episodes

Season one

The first season centered around two detectives, Zane Malik (Don Hany), a Muslim and Ray Crowley (William McInnes), an Anglo-Australian, who are pitted against each other in a struggle for respect. They try to balance work with their own cultural and religious beliefs, which results in tension between cultures, egos and workmates.[3] Recurring stories throughout the season include Malik's search for the man who shot his father and Crowley's struggle with his son's death. The cast also included Susie Porter as Inspector Patricia Wright, Aaron Fa'aoso as Detective Sonny Koa, Daniela Farinacci as Detective Helen Callas and Renee Lim as Jung Lim. Zane's father, Rahman Malik, is played by Taffy (Toffeek) Hany, the real life father of Don Hany.[4]

Season two

In season two, detective Malik is caught up in the aftermath of a car bomb which has killed two men, and heralded the arrival of NSO Agent Richard Skeritt (Gerald Lepkowski). The attack seemingly has links to a Muslim terrorist threat that they work to uncover. Meanwhile, Patricia Wright navigates her tumultuous relationship with her family, including her unpredictable brother, Craig (Gyton Grantley) and father, Mick (Richard Carter). Helen Callas, heavily pregnant, Sonny Koa and Jung Lim also return, investigating crimes that cross cultural boundaries in Sydney's multicultural inner west.

Season three

Following a deadly armored bank transport robbery by a highly organized team, Malik's wife Amina and son Amir are involved in a seemingly unrelated car accident. After Amir dies of an undetected aortic dissection, Malik takes the accident investigation personally.


Australian ratings

Season Timeslot Season Premiere Season Finale Viewers
1st Thursday 8:30pm 6 December 2007 10 January 2008 331,300[5]
2nd Tuesday 8:30pm 13 October 2009 24 November 2009 153,400[6]


AACTA Awards

Australian Directors Guild Awards

Year Category Nominee Series Result Ref
2008 Best Direction Television Mini Series Peter Andrikidis
Won [9]

Australian Writers Guild Awards

Year Category Nominee Series Result Ref
2008 Television Mini Series - Original Kristen Dunphy, Michael Miller, Kris Mrksa, Michelle Offen and Kris Wyld
Won [10]
2009 Vanessa Bates, Kristen Dunphy, Michael Miller, Michelle Offen, David Ogilvy and Katherine Thomson

APRA-AGSC Screen Music Awards

Year Category Nominee Series Result Ref
2008 Best Music for a Mini-Series or Telemovie Guy Gross
Won [11]

Equity Awards

Year Category Nominee Series Result Ref
2011 Most Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Cast
Won [12]

Logie Awards


  1. ^ a b Knapman Wyld Television Archived 30 August 2007 at the Wayback Machine homepage.
  2. ^ "East West 101 - Series 3 - Shop Online for Movies, DVDs in Australia". Fishpond.com.au. Retrieved 2011.
  3. ^ SBS's East-West 101 bridges the cultural divide Archived 23 July 2008 at the Wayback Machine. IF.com.
  4. ^ East West 101 Archived 10 December 2007 at the Wayback Machine. Knapman Wyld Television Pty Ltd.
  5. ^ East West 101 Series 1 Episode Guide (Ratings). Australian Television information archive.
  6. ^ East West 101 Series 2 Episode Guide (Ratings). Australian Television information archive.
  7. ^ "AACTA - Past Winners - 2000-2010 - 2008". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 2012.
  8. ^ "AACTA - Past Winners - 2000-2010 - 2009". Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts (AACTA). Retrieved 2012.
  9. ^ "Australian Directors Guild Announces 2008 ADG Awards Winners" (PDF). Australian Directors Guild. 25 September 2008. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 April 2013. Retrieved 2012.
  10. ^ "41st Annual AWGIE Awards - Winners List". Australian Writers' Guild. Retrieved 2012.
  11. ^ "Equity Awards 2011: Winners announced". Equity Foundation. Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). 29 April 2011. Archived from the original on 28 December 2011. Retrieved 2012.
  12. ^ "Australian television ensembles honoured by their peers". Equity Foundation. Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance (MEAA). Archived from the original on 10 April 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ Full list of Logie nominees, The Daily Telegraph, 7 April 2008.
  14. ^ Staff (2 May 2010). "2010 Logie Awards: Full list of winners". Herald Sun. The Herald and Weekly Times. News Limited (News Corporation). Retrieved 2012.

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