The First Detectives 

The First Detectives is a period detective feature drama. Although the interleaved story lines are fictitious they are all based in historical and scientific fact and the Leads were real-life characters.


Wayne Gibbon

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Updated: 3 September 2018
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Credited cast, sorted by IMDb STARmeter:
Zoe Carides ... Ms Browne
David Franklin ... Vidocq
Gary Boulter ... Charles Fields
Cathy Burnside ... Ruth (as Catherine Tilly)
Alexandra Octavia ... Kate Browne
Steve Aaron-Sipple ... Detective Williams
James Liotta ... Hablot Browne
Michael L. Ballard Michael L. Ballard ... Valville
Guy Williams ... John Atkinson / Maggs
James Aroussi James Aroussi ... Young Vidocq
Zachary Gorman Zachary Gorman ... Young Field
Aaron Beck ... Wilson
Jared Scott-Mills Jared Scott-Mills ... Justice Jarvis
Mark Turpin Mark Turpin ... Constable Rolfe / Coroner / French Miller


It is the mid-1800s and the streets of London are lawless. Three "Detective" friends Vidocq, Field and Hablot Brown return from Southport proud of themselves for saving Louis Napoleon from arsenic poisoning. They are joined on their steam train journey back to London by their friend Police Matron Ruth Atkinson and her young son Johnny how have been to an aunt's funeral in Liverpool. Whilst there Ruth has heard about a human trafficking ring with a route through Europe to Constantinople apparently led by a foreign diplomat, London Beadle and corrupt policemen. Disguising herself as an expectant unwed mother Ruth uncovers a terrible case of "baby farming" whereby women pay for their illegitimate children to be cared for by seemingly respectable women only for them to die at a young age of starvation, sickness or simply murdered to save the money. Written by Rick Morgan

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Crime | Drama







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Box Office


AUD 550,000 (estimated)
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