The news follows excellent ratings and Craig McLachlan receiving a Silver Logie nomination as Most Outstanding Actor. Last week the show was the third-highest rating show on ABC1 at 938,000 viewers.
ABC Head of Fiction Carole Sklan says, “Craig McLachlan has proven to be perfectly cast as the good Doctor and he has acquired a legion of new and old fans. December Media constantly surprise with the originality and authenticity of the murders and mysteries that they are able to conjure up. We’re looking forward to more!”
December Media Executive Producer Tony Wright says “I am totally delighted that the ABC wants to push ahead with developing the third series. We look forward to being able to reward our large, consistent and loyal audience with more episodes of The Doctor Blake Mysteries.”
The drama from December Media also airs on BBC1 in the UK, around Europe, New Zealand and negotiations are currently in progress with the PBS network in the United States.
But the news also comes at a time when no future for Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries has been clarified by the ABC, despite a Gold Logie nomination for Essie Davis and the show nominated for Most Popular Drama.
The season final of Doctor Blake airs this Friday at 8.30pm on ABC1.