Buoyed by the success of Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries, this period mystery series starring Craig MacLachlan and Nadine Garner will air on Friday nights from next week.
This series is set in Ballarat in the 1950s and produced by December Media.
The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an original 10-part murder mystery series starring Logie award-winner Craig McLachlan as the maverick country town doctor Lucien Blake. A risk-taker, he’s impulsive and not afraid to upset the status quo.
Set in the late 1950s, the series begins as Dr Blake returns to a place he once called home to take over his deceased father’s medical practice. Everything seems peaceful on the surface, but seething underneath are the age-old passions of a regional town clashing head-on with the tensions and fears of the decade to come.
Haunted by the horrors of war, his own personal loss and changed by his experiences as a POW, the wry, dry, yet very human Dr Blake undertakes his other role as police surgeon with precision and gusto – yet many find his unpredictable and unconventional manner unnerving.
Beside Blake, helping and at times hindering, are his housekeeper Jean (Nadine Garner), her nephew Danny (Rick Donald), a young constable, District Nurse Mattie O’Brien (Cate Wolfe) and Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson (Joel Tobeck).
When a young woman’s body is found floating in the local lake, Dr Blake can’t help digging deeper into the mystery. There is more to the case than meets the eye. He is certain the dead girl – a runaway from a local reform school – was dead before she was dumped in the water. The autopsy proves his theory but finding the killer is more complicated.
In a classic whodunit, Dr Blake sifts through the obvious suspects, before revealing the culprit.
8:30pm Friday February 1st ABC1.