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The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Family Portrait (2017)

Three murders, two weddings and a funeral - life's never been straightforward for Doctor Lucien Blake and Jean. So why would anything change now?


Ian Barry


George Adams (creator), Paul Jenner (story editor) | 2 more credits »




Cast overview, first billed only:
Craig McLachlan ... Doctor Lucien Blake
Nadine Garner ... Jean Beazley
Joel Tobeck ... Chief Supt Matthew Lawson
Rick Donald ... Danny Parks
Charlie Cousins ... Charlie Davis
Anna McGahan ... Rose Anderson
Belinda McClory ... Alice Harvey
John Wood ... Patrick Tyneman
Lee Beckhurst Lee Beckhurst ... Edward Tyneman
Jenny Seedsman Jenny Seedsman ... Susan Tyneman
David Whiteley ... Bill Hobart
Ian Rooney ... Cec Drury
Veronica Thomas ... Harriet Dunne
Michael Cormick Michael Cormick ... Milton Dunne
Donnie Baxter ... Brian Underwood


Edward Tyneman's wedding night ends in his murder. Blake's aunt Dorothy, estranged from the Blakes since his father married, asks him to track down her granddaughter, Catherine Lucas. Jean's nephew Danny Parks, police officer in Melbourne, helps in Ballarat to solve the murder. In Melbourne, Blake goes to Catherine's address and discovers a dead woman in the cellar. The Melbourne police determine her cause of death and her true identity. Edward's father Patrick cannot bear the loss of his son and pulls strings to get Blake re-instated with the police, believing he will find the murderer of his son. Tyneman has high blood pressure. Milton Dunne, father of Harriet, Edward's new bride, is found murdered by a blow to the head. Investigations in Melbourne reveal that Milton was not Harriet's father; they were partners in scams of older people living in nursing homes. In the course of that, they met Catherine, who was quite ill. Milton killed Harriet's sister Evie, leaving her to die in ...

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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This was originally the pilot episode that happened before season 1 episode 1 Still Waters See more »


Follows The Doctor Blake Mysteries (2013) See more »

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30 November 2017 | by phill_emma-33072See all my reviews

This has been such a great television series, so it was no wonder that the TV movie was such a joy to watch. With more than a couple of surprises along the way. Its beautifully shot and well written as usual, with a fantastic cast of old and new faces. Its always great to see Craig and Nadine in their role's, and along with Joel Tobeck who is fantastic. I would have loved to have seen more of Peggy and Brian too. Looking forward to more of this in the future. Well done to a great team.

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12 November 2017 (Australia) See more »

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