Jean Blake is drawn into the investigation of several bizarre murders whose only connection seems to be a series of articles recently published in The Courier about Ballarat's most infamous... See full summary »
A British inspector is transferred to Saint-Marie's police department, but he hates the sun, sea and sand. The series follow his investigations into murders on the island. Later series see another British DI head the investigative team.
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 »
This series takes the history of its setting very seriously, the costumes are top notch and if the "murder of the week" genre is a bit overused, I think this is one of its best manifestations on TV. I find the acting top-notch, which makes characters very easy to love or dislike (and the cast is quasi-exclusively Australian). Some have complained about how slow it can be, I think it's a welcome change from testosterone-fueled action series and it suits the character profiles much better. There's a very distinct atmosphere to this show, a bit different but very appealing in my opinion and I would recommend it to pretty-much anybody.
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