Drama series set in outback Australia about aboriginal policeman Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. Based on the books by Arthur Upfield.
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2   1  
1973   1972  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
James Laurenson ...  Detective Inspector Bonaparte / ... 26 episodes, 1972-1973
Kate Fitzpatrick ...  Constable Alice McGorr / ... 13 episodes, 1973
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Storyline

A Police Officer, who is also Aboriginal, arrives in outback central Australia from a big city. He begins to solve local major crimes. Not only through his intelligence, as he is highly educated, but also using skills he has learnt from his Aboriginal culture. Written by Tim Kerr-Thomson

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Crime

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There was controversy as the result of the fact that James Laurenson, a white man, was hired to play Inspector Bonaparte. However, the producers had mounted a search for a mixed-race Aborigine and had not been able to find one despite many weeks of searching. Even more ironically, James Laurenson was Tasmanian, and his ancestors had killed off the last aboriginal Tasmanian centuries earlier. See more »

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Referenced in Gulpilil: One Red Blood (2002) See more »

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Unusual and sometimes gritty cop series
11 January 2020 | by asthomas1963See all my reviews

The previous reviewer can't have seen it. Somewhat off-beat drama that aired late at night on UK's ITV networks. The aboriginal dancing wasn't performed by Laurenson, but by Australian native actor David Gulpilil on the end titles. And, yes, there was a racist theme running through it all. A lost atmosoheric aussie gem that needs revisiting.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1972 (Australia) See more »

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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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