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Doctor Blake Mysteries, The (ABC 2013, Craig McLachlan, Nadine Garner)

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Crime drama series The Doctor Blake Mysteries takes us back to the 1950’s when Doctor Lucien Blake returns to his home town of Ballarat after 30 years away. He has come back to take over his late father’s medical practice and to also take on the role of Ballarat’s police surgeon. This of course gives him ample opportunity, in best Quincy style, to get a little bit too involved in the solving of the murders he is working with the police on.

As the series progresses we learn that Blake had practiced medicine in Scotland and London before joining the army and serving in the Far East. It was here that Blake married a Chinese woman with whom he had a child, they both died at the fall of Singapore. Meanwhile Blake is struggling to settle into his new role, helped and hindered in equal measure by his housekeeper/receptionist Jean Beazley. By the fourth series Lucien has fallen in love with Jean.

There is a huge amount of period charm on display in the series, Craig McLachlan in something of a change of pace for him, is excellent as the somewhat world weary Blake. In fact even the production team were unsure whether he would be the right man for the role with series creator George Adams saying “we auditioned the usual cast of suspects (older actors) and I had one particular guy I was leaning towards when I heard that Craig, who was in Los Angeles, knew about the show and wanted to do a test. Craig brought a physicality to Blake that no-one else had shown. He had a lightness and a quirkiness that we wanted to capture.”

production details
Australia / ABC – December Media / 36×60 minute episodes / Broadcast from 1 February 2013

Creators: George Adams, Tony Wright / Music: Dale Cornelius / Producer: George Adams / Executive Producers: Tony Wright, Carole Sklan, Christopher Gist

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Craig McLachlan as Doctor Lucien Blake
Nadine Garner as Jean Beazley
Cate Wolfe as Matilda “Mattie” O’Brien
Joel Tobeck as Chief Superintendent (later Chief Inspector) Matthew Lawson
Rick Donald as Constable Daniel Parks (Season 1)
Charlie Cousins as Constable (later Sergeant) Charlie Davis (From Season 2-)
Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey (From Season 2-)
John Wood as Patrick Tyneman
Craig Hall as Chief Supt William Munro (Season 3)
John Stanton as Douglas Ashby (Seasons 1–3)
David Whiteley as Sergeant Bill Hobart
Ian Rooney as Cec Drury
Rodger Corser as Chief Supt Frank Carlyle (From season 4-)
Anna McGahan as Rose Anderson (From season 4-)

Doctor Blake Mysteries

Season One 1 February – 5 April 2013
1. STILL WATERS
2. THE GREATER GOOD
3. DEATH OF A TRAVELLING SALESMAN
4. BROTHERLY LOVE
5. HEARTS AND FLOWERS
6. IF THE SHOE FITS
7. BEDLAM
8. GAME OF CHAMPIONS
9. ALL THAT GLITTERS
10. SOMEONE’S SON, SOMEONE’S DAUGHTER

Season Two 7 February – 11 April 2014
1. THE HEART OF THE MATTER
2. THE FOOD OF LOVE
3. A FOREIGN FIELD
4. SMOKE AND MIRRORS
5. CROSSING THE LINE
6. MORTAL COIL
7. THE SILENCE
8. THE TIES OF THE PAST
9. THE SKY IF EMPTY
10. AN INVINCIBLE SUMMER

Season Three 13 February – 3 April 2015
1. KING OF THE LAKE
2. MY BROTHER’S KEEPER
3. THIS TIME AND THIS PLACE
4. BY THE SOUTHERN CROSS
5. A NIGHT TO REMEMBER
6. WOMEN AND CHILDREN
7. ROOM WITHOUT A VIEW
8. DARKNESS VISIBLE

Season Four 5 February – 25 March 2016
1. THE OPEN ROAD
2. GOLDEN YEARS
3. LUCKY NUMBERS
4. AGAINST THE ODDS
5. THE PRICE OF LOVE
6. A DIFFICULT LIE
7. FOR WHOM THE BELLS TOLL
8. THE VISIBLE WORLD

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Above The Law (Channel 10 2000, Nicholas Bishop, Scott Burgess)

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Crime drama series Above The Law detailed life for the residents of an apartment complex which features a police station on the ground floor.

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NICHOLAS BISHOP as Matt Bridges
SCOTT BURGESS as Bill Peterson
KIRSTY WRIGHT as Belinda Clark
MEME THORNE as Sunny Rodriguez
BRIDIE CARTER as Senior Constable Debbie Curtis
ALYSSA JANE COOK as Olivia Murray
TEO GILBERT as Skeez
JOLYON JAMES as Constable Stavros

crew details
Creators: Tony Morphett, Inga Hunter
Script Editor: Christine Milligan
Producers: Hal McElroy, Rocky Bester
Executive Producers: Hal McElroy, Di McElroy

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 10 – Columbia Tristar
Duration: x50 minute episodes
Aired From: 2000

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Murcheson Creek (Channel 9 1976, Mark Edwards, Rowena Wallace)

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In one off thriller Murcheson Creek Andrew Murcheson returns to his home town to take over his father’s medical practice (the town being named Murcheson Creek in honour of his family.) He begins an affair with an old flame Karen Fields and also finds himself stirring up secrets that should have stayed buried after trying to settle his father’s accounts.

cast
Mark Edwards as Dr Andrew Murcheson
Rowena Wallace as Karen Fields
Abigail as Donna Lewis
Sandra Lee Paterson as Dr Myfanwy Mckenna
Gordon Mcdougall
Lew Luton
Philippa Baker
Dennis Miller
Anne-Louise Lambert
John Orcsik

crew details
Director: Terry Bourke
Writer: Robert Caswell
Producer: Ross Hawthorn
Executive Producer: Bill Harmon

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 9 – Cash Harmon
Duration: 1×90 minute episode
Aired From: 1976

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Australian Gangster (Channel 7 2018)

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Australian Gangster is a crime drama that will have a distinctly modern vibe. No real plot details have been released as yet but it’s being talked of a grand tale of crime in Western Sydney where glitz and glamour vie with drugs and laundered money. The behind the scenes crew have impressive pedigrees – it’s been written by Gregor Jordan (of Two Hands fame) and Romper Stomper author Malcolm Knox.

Producer John Edwards said “Just as Two Hands was an oblique take on a familiar form a generation ago, Australian Gangster will be a genre-bending crime drama series – confronting, affronting, touching and often laugh-out-loud crazy.”

Filming will begin early next year in and around Sydney.

crew details
Writer: Gregor Jordan, Malcolm Knox
Producers: Dan Edwards, John Edwards
Director: Daina Reed

production details
Country: Australia
Network and Production Companies: Channel 7 – Roadshow Rough Diamond – Screen Australia – Create NSW – Red Arrow International
Duration: Not sure as yet
Aired From: In production

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