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The Doctor Blake Mysteries - Series 1 2013

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Doctor Blake, a keeper of secrets, a solver of mysteries. The Doctor Blake Mysteries is an original, period murder mystery series, starring Craig McLachlan as the maverick town doctor Lucien Blake ‚ a risk-taker, he‚s impulsive and not afraid to upset the status quo. Doctor Lucien Blake left Ballarat as a young man. But now, he finds himself returning, to take over his dead father‚s medical practice. And one of the unwanted duties his father left him is the on-call role of police surgeon. Set in the old gothic gold rush town of Ballarat in 1959. The wealth that built its grand architecture long gone - but not the mysteries, murder and deceit that linger beneath the surface of its faded glory.

Starring:
Craig McLachlan
Rental Formats:
DVD

Product Details

Discs
  • Doctor Blake Mysteries, The - Series 1 - Disc 1 ages_12_and_over
  • Doctor Blake Mysteries, The - Series 1 - Disc 2 ages_12_and_over
  • Doctor Blake Mysteries, The - Series 1 - Disc 3 ages_12_and_over
Runtime 9 hours 10 minutes
Starring Craig McLachlan
Director Declan Eames, Andrew Prowse, Ian Barry
Genres Drama
Studio SPIRIT ENTERTAINMENT
Rental release 9 December 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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Forget Australian soaps if that is what you think Oz TV is all about. This is superb - set in the late 1950's this show is a cross between Foyles War and Endevour Morse, but with the local doctor solving the crimes as a police surgeon. Fantastic acting all-round with characters you will love - an era when things were more gentler and polite - or at least that is the perception of things as they keep a stiff upper lip and maintain dignity despite the horrors of coming out of the 2nd world war. This is prime time TV in Australia and I can't understand why the BBC in the UK put it in a weekday afternoon slot. This should be shown prime-time in the UK as well. Watch and be thoroughly enthralled.
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If you want a well acted and put together series then this is for you. Craig McLachlan has matured into a very good actor indeed. He portrays Dr Lucien Blake as a gentle caring doctor whose past traumas gives him greater insight to the troubles of others. He is well supported by the rest of the cast. Nadine Garner is a revelation as Jean Beazley - she can convey a thought with just a look. As for Joel Tobeck, he is ideal as the Chief Supt - strict but determined to do the job well. I have just two minor niggles - not the actor or actress playing the parts but with the parts themselves. One is the way the young district nurse is portrayed. She is quite abrasive at times and obviously has a certain amount of disdain for the people she works with. It is a pity as the actress Cate Wolfe is far nicer than this. The other is the young policeman played by Rick Donald. Why do young police men have to be portrayed as being very immature? Rick Donald is good at doing this while showing that there is a mature intelligent man underneath. The programme evokes a time when things were a lot slower and in many ways more interesting. It reminds me a little of the wonderful 'House' but with more kindness and humour. The stories are interesting and keep you guessing up to the end. I can not understand why the BBC hid this programme in the early afternoon spot. Although it should not be a surprise seeing how they hid the wonderful 'Indian Doctor' in the same spot!!! I cannot wait for series two!!!
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I wasnt going to bother watching this when it was on tv, but im so glad i did, got completely hooked on it. Fab stories, fab acting, fab location. This has to be one of the best things that has been on tv for ages, but the Aussies do make great programmes. Cant wait for series 2.
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The main character in these DVDs is an Australian Doctor who has clearly seen more than any man would wish, has lost his family during a Japanese invasion of Singapore and worked with the army for a long time. His reputation precedes him and lends weight to his requests, as does his status as only doctor of a small town near Melbourne. The time is in the 1950s, I believe, and the characters are all believable and likeable - even some of the villains. It is a pleasant journey into another time and place with a bit of a mystery to be resolved by a person one trusts. Nice way to while away an hour.
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I have always been attracted to Australian films but never their TV Series. Their productions have either been of a high international standard
or extremely poorly executed, much the same as Afrikaans films and TV Series in South Africa. Well, we now have ITV on premium DSTV
and they have been showing the 'The Dr Blake Mysteries' and what a marvelous surprise.

I have not looked forward to the next episode of a TV Series or enjoyed them so much since Inspector Morse, Frost and 1st series of Foyle's War.
Set in the historical mining town of Ballarat in Victoria State, Australia and actually filmed on site in the beautifully preserved historical part of Ballarat, this series has everything. Each episode is a self contained unit and well crafted with acting of the highest caliber, excellent photography
and musical score(enhancing the series) together with strict attention to detail of the period just after the 2nd World War.

Lucien Blake played by Craig McLachlan, the Doctor who returns to Ballarat under a cloud of mystery to take over his Father's practice and who
is a risk taker and shrewd detective defying the strict protocol of the time, is superb as are all the characters, whom one gets to know with all their foibles and cannot wait to see them again in the next episode. The period just after the war is so well captured with the so well mannered Doctor capturing the spirit of the age together with his housekeeper extraordinaire.

I shall not say more and spoil the TV feast you will enjoy when you see it on TV or purchase it(which i shall do to view again at my leisure). I have now seen Series 1 @ 2 and cannot wait for Season 3 to be screened. It is a mystery that BBC did not see fit to show this as Prime Time Television as it is up there with best. Well done Australian TV for an excellent production.
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The Doctor Blake Mysteries is absolutely brilliant and Craig McLachlan is the perfect person to play the doctor. A mix between Murdoch Mysteries and Diagnosis Murder, set in 1950's Australia in Ballarat. This series had me hooked from the beginning and can't wait for the next series of this fantastic programme. Glad that it is out on dvd, could watch it again and again.
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