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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Cast

Series cast summary:
Lucy Bell ...  Det. Tessa Vance 38 episodes, 1997-2000
Peter Mochrie Peter Mochrie ...  Det. Steve Hayden 38 episodes, 1997-2000
Geoff Morrell ...  Det. Sen. Serg. Lance Fisk 38 episodes, 1997-2000
Glenda Linscott Glenda Linscott ...  Dr. Imogene 'Tootsie' Soamses 38 episodes, 1997-2000
Jennifer Kent ...  Const. Dee Suzeraine 38 episodes, 1997-2000
Gary Day Gary Day ...  Det. Insp. Malcolm Thorne 38 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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Drama | Crime | Thriller

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Australia

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English

Release Date:

11 August 1997 (Australia) See more »

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Haasteena murha See more »

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Runtime:

(56 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Whilst the show was still garnering high ratings, high budget demands of the series and location fees were the reason behind the show being canceled. See more »

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Det. Steve Hayden: Maybe he's a drag queen ... or a rock star. Mick Jagger wears makeup ... he looks dead.
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"Cue Lucy's Puzzled expression..."
26 September 2010 | by feralladybugSee 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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