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In a psychiatric hospital, Nurse Violet is brutally stabbed. An inmate is found over her body holding a bloody knife, but Dr Lucien Blake is unsure he is really the culprit and begins an investigation.


Declan Eames


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Craig McLachlan ... Doctor Lucien Blake
Nadine Garner ... Jean Beazley
Rick Donald ... Constable Daniel Parks
Cate Wolfe ... Mattie O'Brien
Joel Tobeck ... Chief Supt Matthew Lawson
John Stanton ... Douglas Ashby
Adam Schmerl ... David Hoyle
Matthew Dyktynski Matthew Dyktynski ... Doctor Kenneth Laine (as Matt Dyktynski)
Paul English ... Doctor Ted Winters
Emily Tomlins Emily Tomlins ... Oriel Vogel
Lara Jean Marshall ... Violet Ashby
Steve Hayden ... Bryn Grymus
Patricia Gaul ... Inmate
Terri Scott Terri Scott ... Inmate
Andrea Sefton Andrea Sefton ... Inmate


The police seem to have an open and shut case after finding 23 year-old Nurse Violet Ashby stabbed to death in the mental hospital where she worked as they also find patient David Hoyle near her holding the knife that killed her. Violet was the daughter of retired senior police officer Douglas Ashby, who was Supt. Lawson's superior for 10 years, and wonders if an earlier complaint against his daughter may be behind the killing. Hoyle is undergoing electroshock treatment at the hospital under the care of Dr. Kenneth Laine and his memory is fuzzy at best. Patient Oriel Vogel paints two pictures of Blake, one light and one dark, which sets him on the path to identifying the killer. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery








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15 March 2013 (Australia) See more »

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Death in the psychiatric hospital
2 April 2018 | 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. It is always fascinating to see a mystery series from outside England and America, and 'The Doctor Blake Mysteries' is one of the better examples.

Unfortunately, 'The Doctor Blake Mysteries' tends to be buried within daytime television scheduling, both on the BBC when first getting into it three or so years ago and on not as much watched channel (i.e. Alibi). It also tends to be aired at a time where most people will be at school or work, for me it was during sporadic periods when not needing to go into music college. The series deserves much better than that when it has consistently been one of the better shows to be aired in the early afternoon.

All the previous episodes are very good to great, the enormous promise continues with "Bedlam" and although the show is not fully settled it was getting better and better generally all the time. "Bedlam" is one of the best episodes of the very solid first season. Everything engages in one of the more twist-filled and richer episodes of the first season.

"Bedlam"", like the rest of the series, is exceptionally well made. The post-war period is beautifully evoked in the sumptuous but also atmospheric settings and scenery and charming costumes and period detail. It is beautifully shot and atmospherically lit, the dark grey-ish tinge being very appropriate and adding much to the overall feel of the episode. It is scored sensitively and the haunting theme tune gets embedded in the brain, while the direction is suitably restrained.

For so early on, the writing is very good with the tone established very well. There is great thought-provoking dialogue that always makes the mystery elements interesting but the atmosphere doesn't ever feel too grim. The story is generally riveting, if at times slow, suspensefully written and you care about having it solved. The solution is not obvious nor is it too complicated, very neat without being too pat. The characters are well written and more than just stereotypes, already Lucien Blake is a fascinating protagonist.

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 character suits him perfectly. All the acting is very good actually, and seldom if ever any less. The relationships between the characters are well worth investing in.

In summary, great. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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