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on 22 February 2014
The Doctor Blake Mysteries is a crime and mystery drama that originates from Australian television. The first series aired there in 2013, and was just released on DVD in the UK. The show was successful enough that it was renewed for a second series.

The show follows the recent "retro" trend of British crime dramas, and set in the 1950s. The primary character is Doctor Lucien Blake, who is a local doctor or physician who also doubles as a "police surgeon," or in other words he also serves as the local coroner or forensic pathologist, etc. As with most police procedurals, there is regular a cast of other characters, and three of them live with Doctor Blake. His residence is also his office, and living with him is his housekeeper, a local district nurse, and one of the police constables. Another recurring character is the police superintendent.

Each episode is an individual case or story, about 55 minutes in length, and there are 10 episodes in total. Dr. Blake is brought by the police to examine the body and the crime scene. The basic premise of the character's personality is that, unlike the police, he never accepts the obvious answer. As the police constable lives in his house, Dr. Blake exploits him to his advantage, and sometimes at odds with the police superintendent. The housekeeper and the nurse also become regularly involved due to their knowledge of the community. There is a lingering attraction between Dr. Blake and his housekeeper, as wells as the local district nurse and the police constable. From a critical point of view, Dr. Blake initiates multiple public controversies that would undoubtedly damage anyone's reputation, especially that of a doctor, but he seemingly survives each unscathed.

The atmosphere of the show is not too serious and not too light, and there is some subtle humor and charm. Many fans of British crime procedurals will find this series an enjoyable view.
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