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The Doctor Blake Mysteries 

Dr Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man. But now he finds himself returning, to take over not only his dead father's medical practice, but also his on-call role as the town's police surgeon.
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Series cast summary:
Craig McLachlan ...  Doctor Lucien Blake 44 episodes, 2013-2017
Nadine Garner ...  Jean Beazley 44 episodes, 2013-2017
Charlie Cousins ...  Charlie Davis / ... 34 episodes, 2014-2017
Joel Tobeck ...  Chief Supt Matthew Lawson / ... 32 episodes, 2013-2017
Belinda McClory ...  Alice Harvey 32 episodes, 2014-2017
Cate Wolfe ...  Mattie O'Brien 30 episodes, 2013-2016
John Wood ...  Patrick Tyneman 22 episodes, 2013-2017
David Whiteley ...  Sergeant Bill Hobart / ... 20 episodes, 2013-2017
Timothy Quabba Timothy Quabba ...  Ned Simmons / ... 18 episodes, 2013-2017
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A doctor is a war veteran who was at the fall of Singapore, suffering trauma from war memories. He begins solving crimes. Written by CK

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Australia

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English

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February 2013 (Australia) See more »

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Ballarat, Victoria, Australia See more »

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December Media See more »
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In March 2017, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation announced that they were canceling The Doctor Blake Mysteries and the fifth season would be its last. This was despite the fact that it was consistently their highest-rated Australian-made program. Star Craig McLachlan (Dr Lucien Blake) said in an interview with Australian reporters Prue Bentley and Tony Allan that the network never told him the reasoning behind their decision: "The biggest disappointment was trying to find the logic in it. I'm not blowing smoke up the show's derriere when I say that when the numbers are crunched, it is the most popular global drama on Australian television. The decision didn't make sense. When you're on a good thing, stick to it. The current regime at the ABC, they had their reasons [but] I don't understand them and it's never been articulated to me what their thinking is." See more »

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Riveting Australian detective drama series
11 August 2015 | by TheLittleSongbirdSee all my reviews

The Doctor Blake Mysteries may not quite be among my favourite shows of all time, but it's a riveting series that keeps getting better and one of the better detective drama shows in recent years. Unfortunately, it's buried within BBC's daytime television scheduling and aired at a time where most people will be at school or work, and the show deserves better than that.

The post-war period is beautifully evoked in the sumptuous but also atmospheric settings and scenery and charming costumes and period detail. The series is beautifully shot and atmospherically lit, the dark grey-ish tinge being very appropriate and adding much to the overall feel of the series. The episodes are scored sensitively and the haunting theme tune gets embedded in the brain, while the direction is suitably restrained but the crimes and solutions sometimes have a genuine eeriness.

Writing is consistently good, with great thought-provoking dialogue that always makes the mystery elements interesting but the atmosphere doesn't ever feel too grim. The story lines, apart from moments of slow pacing in the first season, are so riveting, with suspensefully written cases that you care about getting solved, that one can't wait for the next episode. The solutions are never too obvious either, nor are they too complicated. The characters are well-written and are more than just stereotypes (although it took me a while to get used to Munro, who is the complete opposite of Lawson in a not-so-good way), Lucien is a fascinating title character.

Craig McLachlan is superb in the role as well, quite possibly his best role and certainly the best acting he's ever done. He seemed an unlikely choice at first, but the characters suits him perfectly. All the acting is very good actually, and seldom if ever any less.

All in all, a riveting series that deserves better treatment scheduling-wise. 9/10 Bethany Cox


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