Centers on homicide detective odd couple, Tessa Vance, and her partner Steve Hayden. Shot in Sydney, Australia, the show was known for portraying gripping crime drama, while displaying the grittier side of urban Sydney.

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 Det. Tessa Vance (31 episodes, 1997-2000)
Peter Mochrie ...
 Det. Steve Hayden (31 episodes, 1997-2000)
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 Det. Sen. Serg. Lance Fisk (31 episodes, 1997-2000)
Glenda Linscott ...
 Dr. Imogene 'Tootsie' Soamses (31 episodes, 1997-2000)
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 Const. Dee Suzeraine (31 episodes, 1997-2000)
Gary Day ...
 Det. Insp. Malcolm Thorne (31 episodes, 1997-2000)
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Centers on homicide detective odd couple, Tessa Vance, and her partner Steve Hayden. Shot in Sydney, Australia, the show was known for portraying gripping crime drama, while displaying the grittier side of urban Sydney.

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Det. Steve Hayden: [after being locked in a cool room] I never thought we'd end up like this, Tess. Of course, you realise I wouldn't do this for Thorne.
Det. Tessa Vance: Me either.
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Wrongly done by!
2 November 2005 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I found the Australian cop show Murder Call an intriguing one to watch. Although Murder Call had a small cast, it often had great scripts and captivating "who done its". The show, which stared Peter Mochrie as Detective Steve Hayden and Lucy Bell as Tessa Vance, ran for three seasons – from 1997 to 1999 (although some of its last episodes were shown in 2000).

Homicide detectives, Steve and Tessa solved crimes which were all out of the ordinary. Their strategies in solving these crimes were on a contrary, as Steve was a by-the-book cop, whilst Tessa had an unusual method, using her intuition to solve the crimes (which got her results).

Like many shows on TV, the chemistry between the two main characters in Steve and Tessa was great to watch. And also like many other TV shows, the pair never got together in a romantic sort of way. Although, in the very first episode, "Ashes to Ashes", it was made obvious that the pair cared about each other, when they were locked in a cool room together. Thinking that they were going to die, Steve and Tessa huddled together in an attempt to stay warm. Of course, in the end, they were fine. And their nosy colleague, Constable Dee Suzeraine (played by Jennifer Kent) wanted to know all about their 'experience'. "Come on, Steve. We're talking last moments on the planet here. How'd the two of you keep warm?" It was sad to see an interesting show get axed, and while it didn't have many fans, Murder Call continues to be a favourite of mine.


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