Murder Call (1997–1999)

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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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Lucy Bell ...
 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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Dr. Imogene 'Tootsie' Soamses: [to Tessa] Just because you and Steve work well together, don't expect anyone else to appreciate it. If Thorne thinks his rationalisation of assets is working, he'll have you all flying solo.
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"Cue Lucy's Puzzled expression..."
26 September 2010 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

I liked 'Murder Call'.It was a well crafted,workaday police procedural,except it had one flaw that drove me MAD.Each week Detective Tessa Vance (Lucy Bell) & Detective Steve Hayden(Peter Mochrie) would join forces to solve a grisly murder. Trouble was,the writers seemed to forget that the mark of any good TV police duo is balance- that each should have strengths and weaknesses that contribute to solving the case.Poor old Det.Steve NEVER got to solve the case.Instead of the two of them compiling the clues into a solid block of evidence,each case seemed to be solved by the same maddening plot device: in the final 10 minutes of the show Tessa would stare out to middle distance,have a flash of inspiration and then run to tell Steve of her brainstorm.I watched 2 series of this infuriating show and waited in vain for a single episode in which Steve would be the one to crack the case:he never did.The device got so bad,that every week at 10.20 pm(the show began at 9.30) I would say,"Only 10 minutes to go.Time for Lucy's puzzled expression." I knew it wasn't just me seeing this when a local comedy show parodied it for the very same reason.Clearly 'Murder Call' was in dire need of a good script editor to pick up on these things. A shame,as Mochrie,Bell & cast all gave charming,confident performances.It's too bad it's format wasn't re-tooled to iron out this issue.A good show killed by a lazy plot device.


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