The show was about crimes and cases actioned by the Victorian (Australia) homicide squad, with many cases based of real cases.
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Complete series cast summary:
Leonard Teale ...
 Det. Sgt. David Mackay / ... 360 episodes, 1965-1977
George Mallaby ...
 Det. Peter Barnes / ... 268 episodes, 1966-1973
John Fegan ...
 Insp. Jack Connolly / ... 205 episodes, 1964-1970
Alwyn Kurts ...
 Insp. Colin Fox / ... 185 episodes, 1968-1973
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The show was about crimes and cases actioned by the Victorian (Australia) homicide squad, with many cases based of real cases.

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20 October 1964 (Australia)  »

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(509 episodes)

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(1964-1971)| (1972-)

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4:3
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The original film unit consisted of only four crew members: a cameraman, a grip, Director Ian Jones and Assistant Director David Lee. They would travel to the various locations in two cars: a station wagon loaded with equipment, and the police car for use in the scenes, which carried props and limited wardrobe in the boot. As there was no outside sound, all the film scenes for an episode could be completed in two days. There were no lights, only reflectors and a couple of battery lights, so consequently night filming was rare. See more »

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Victory
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Performed by The New Concert Orchestra
Composed by James Reichardt
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One of Australia's earliest and best television series
27 November 2003 | by See all my reviews

This was one of my very first recollections of an Australian television series. It was a police drama involving elegant dressed detectives, stationed in the city headquarters,investigating serious crimes (mainly murders), which is probably where it gets the name "HOMICIDE". The first pilot to the series was debut before I was born back in 1964, hence I cannot comment on what I haven't seen. I recall later episodes and when I heard the opening score (being a well composed classic) at a much later age, it rang a bell to when I was probably four or five years old. Firstly, it was made on a shoe string budget and I later discovered that most of the actors also played their own stunts. It has a blend of great Australian actors and most of them would later be noticed on other Australian television.

What made this television series special in my humble opinion, is recalling that most of the episodes that I saw were all urban based, being something very very rare for Australian television, as most of Australian television is always based on the outback, unfairly giving an international image of Australians as only rural in nature (hoping not to offend anyone here). This is one feature of Australian television that really annoys me, and the portraying of a one sided image of Australian life does not do Australian culture much justice, especially, ignoring the fact that there are also skyscrapers and densely populated cities. The series "HOMICIDE" did try to fill in this Australian picture. By the same token, anyone who enjoyed this series would also enjoy the rural counterpart "MATLOCK POLICE", being in my humble opinion the rural equivalent of 'HOMICIDE" - and also amongst Australia's very best television. This would have to be amongst Australia's earliest and sadly the very best of Australian television series.


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