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 Ian Barry, Declan Eames, Andrew Prowse
Genres Drama
Studio ITV DVD
Rental release 9 December 2013
Main languages English
Hearing impaired subtitles English

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76 of 77 people found the following review helpful By fred wheeler on 7 Dec 2013
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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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38 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Lynsey on 12 Dec 2013
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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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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By H. J. Ash on 12 Jan 2014
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An interesting 'Whodunnit' series set in 1950s Australia. Thoroughly enjoyed it and the various main characters. Eagerly waiting next series!
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By BettyB on 24 Dec 2013
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This is a really entertaining and interesting series. The setting, acting and storylines are all first rate and, as another reviewer commented, the BBC missed a chance by putting this in a daytime slot. It is far better than most of the stuff which fills the evening schedules. Looking forward very much to series 2.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Love English Programs on 26 Dec 2013
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The mystery, humor, compassion, calm pace, great acting, and interesting story lines has made this program one of my favorites. I was browsing UK sites to determine if there is a season 2, when it will be released, etc. - and I kept bumping into reviews such as "this picture is too dark - too slow paced". All I can say, is if you are interested in a crack paced franctic flashing unimpressive mystery, check out most of the American programs. I live in the USA, and I watch primarily UK and Australian DVD's. I stopped all cable / TV subscription over a decade ago - 500 channels, and nothing worth watching.

Regardless, Dr. Blake mysteries definitely has class and quality - plus a rich sense of humor and caring. For the many who are behind creating and acting in this, you "got it right". Hope to have years of enjoyment with this program.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By Ann Williams on 21 Dec 2013
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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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Cosy Zoe on 1 April 2014
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By kmcd on 22 Feb 2014
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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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