This series was about the wide variety of cases dealt with by the Criminal Investigation and Uniform branches at Melbourne's fictional Yarra Central police station.




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Series cast summary:
Gerard Kennedy ...
 Det. Sgt. Frank Banner / ... (301 episodes, 1969-1975)
Chuck Faulkner ...
 Det. Snr. Sgt. Keith Vickers / ... (301 episodes, 1969-1975)
Frank Taylor ...
 Sgt. Scotty MacLeod / ... (301 episodes, 1969-1975)
Terence Donovan ...
 Sen. Det. Mick Peters / ... (301 episodes, 1969-1975)
Patricia Smith ...
 WPC Margaret Stewart / ... (239 episodes, 1969-1974)
Ted Hamilton ...
 Const. Kevin Dwyer / ... (227 episodes, 1969-1974)


This series was about the wide variety of cases dealt with by the Criminal Investigation and Uniform branches at Melbourne's fictional Yarra Central police station.

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95 Montague street South Melbourne Melbourne Victoria was the fictious yarra central police station building location. Today it has been pulled down and a new modern building is put up in it's place. On the Buildings a police station plaque was put up on the wall at the front entrance during filming of some series Episodes,Also the Studio Side Entrance in Jago Street Richmond of Channel 9 was used as South Yarra Central. a replica of the Actual St Kilda Police stations charge desk and Upstairs CIB including a picture hanging on the wall, corridors and doorways were created at GTV channel nine for the series. See more »


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A classic police drama set in Yarra Central Police Station, Melbourne
1 February 2007 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I am so disappointed that I have to wait till 3 am (to 4am) to watch repeats of this old Australian police drama series. It is just as entertaining now as it was back then. We return back to black & white colour and the slower pace of Australian life in Melbourne. It is so cool to see the cars and fashion of the late 60's and early to mid 70's and the genuine Aussie characters, many of whom having appeared in other Aussie shows. It is also fun to note and compare the changes in law today. The cops really make this show. I enjoy watching these repeats so much, and as I said earlier, disappointed at the late 3 am start. It would be a lot better deal if the money-hungry "Quizmania" was scrapped and Division 4 brought forward to the 12 to 12.30 am time slot. With 300 by 50 minute episodes this series would be very welcome on DVD. I hope other viewers feel the same. Perhaps we might see a DVD release in the future.

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