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The Doctor Blake Mysteries

Doctor Lucien Blake discovers that things may not be exactly as they seem when he returns home to take over his father's medical practice.


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In 1959, after decades away from his native Australia—studying medicine in Scotland, serving in World War II and living in China—Blake returns to his rural hometown to run his late father’s medical practice. But life does not remain peaceful for long, as the inquisitive and erudite Blake finds himself drawn into the quest to solve murders that confound local law enforcement.

Episode Descriptions

Season 1

Many years have passed since Dr Blake first returned home from war to run his father's old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. There's a new chief superintendent who doesn't approve of Blake's unorthodox methods, and despite the pathologist solving the crimes which have confounded the police, he is determined to get rid of Blake for good. Even dependable Jean, his housekeeper and assistant, is thinking of leaving town as her own past comes back to haunt her. Amid the upheaval the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet as he tries solving his own mother's mysterious death.


Still Waters

It’s 1959 and Doctor Lucien Blake has once again returned to rural Ballarat to take over his deceased father's medical practice. He has also taken on the role of police surgeon. A woman is found floating dead in Lake Wendouree, and it’s discovered that things may not be exactly as they seem when doctor Lucien Blake decides to dig a little deeper.



The Greater Good

The day before ANZAC day Doctor Lucien Blake runs into a number of old British army colleagues who are in town to find two army deserters, but there is no time to catch up and share old memories as Doctor Blake is called away to investigate the horrific death of a morgue attendant.



Death of a Travelling Salesman

When a travelling salesman dies in a car accident, police blame alcohol. Dr Blake concludes that the victim was not drunk and died before the crash of very unusual causes.



Brotherly Love

A delirious prisoner on death row tells Dr Lucien Blake that he is innocent of the police shooting for which he is soon to hang. Dr Blake pulls out all stops to uncover the truth.



Hearts and Flowers

When the Begonia Festival’s head judge is found burnt to death in his own glasshouse, all eyes turn to two feuding contestants.



If the Shoe Fits

The death of a migrant factory foreman looks like an industrial accident. Dr Blake digs deeper revealing a string of crimes and the ugly side of post war Australia. Meanwhile Jean receives a proposal.



Bedlam

A psychiatric inmate is found, murder weapon in hand, at the scene of a brutal murder. The inmate also confesses but is this case as neat as it appears?



Game of Champions

Doctor Lucien Blake is drawn into the new world of television when contestants of a successful TV quiz show start dying.



All That Glitters

A prospector announces to a crowded pub that he has struck gold and is later found dead at the bottom of his mine shaft. The location of the murder triggers distressing war memories for Dr Blake.



Someone’s Son, Someone’s Daughter

The suicide of Ballarat Hospital’s first female doctor shocks the community. Dr Lucien Blake suspects foul play and sets out to find the murderer amongst the staff and board of the hospital.



Season 2

Having returned from Singapore after being reunited with his daughter, Doctor Lucien Blake arrives back in Ballarat only to be faced with some of the most challenging crimes he’s ever had to unravel. He is also forced to say goodbye to some old friends and welcome some interesting newcomers into his life. Throughout the series, Blake is swiftly drawn into the world of rock and roll, local politics, the arts and the Catholic Church, among others. Blake is as cunning as ever as he cleverly untangles crimes to get to the truth. Again, nothing is sacred and no-one is safe.


The Heart of the Matter

Dr Blake returns back home from China and is thrown straight into a murder investigation after the newly elected mayor of Ballarat is discovered dead at the bottom of the town hall steps.



The Food Of Love

Doctor Blake must unravel the murder of an up-and-coming rock’n’roll star, after he collapses in front of his fans at a sell-out performance.



A Foreign Field

Doctor Blake struggles to discover the identity of an unknown man and uncover the mystery of who may have killed him.



Smoke And Mirrors

When a body plunges from the Colonists’ Club onto the street below, Blake is thrown into a case that takes him far beyond an accident or even a possible suicide.



Crossing The Line

Cinema patrons are shocked when a fire breaks out in the projection booth during a packed screening of Hitchcock’s Vertigo.



Mortal Coil

When a second body is found in a coffin, Doctor Blake has to work out how it got there and who killed this unwanted guest and that’s just the start of it.



The Silence

When a Ballarat school Principal is found dead, Blake and Lawson find themselves back at the school where they first met as boys.



The Ties Of The Past

Art student and life model, Vanessa Mackay, is brutally killed and her keys are used to steal a painting from the Ballarat Art Gallery. But what is the real motive?

The Sky Is Empty

When the old parish priest is found dead, Doctor Blake needs to unravel the secrets and lies of parishioners in order to get to the truth.

An Invincible Summer

When members of a wealthy, much respected Ballarat family are discovered brutally murdered in their own home, the town demands justice.

Season 3

In 1959, after decades away from his native Australia—studying medicine in Scotland, serving in World War II and living in China—Blake returns to his rural hometown to run his late father’s medical practice. But life does not remain peaceful for long, as the inquisitive and erudite Blake finds himself drawn into the quest to solve murders that confound local law enforcement.


Episode 1

When a Ballarat Boys College schoolboy-rower wins a race on Lake Wendouree, only to seemingly drown after being ceremonially tossed in the lake, Doctor Blake is called upon to try and determine just what happened to the boy.



Episode 2

Tragedy strikes when a local farmer is found dead at the bottom of a cow pen at the Ballarat Agricultural Fairgrounds. Locals blame livestock for accidentally trampling the man but Doctor Blake isn’t convinced. Why was the victim in the pen in the first place?



Episode 3

Remember, remember, the fifth of November… It’s cracker night in Ballarat, and Mattie is present when spirited social worker Emma Keneally brings a small group of Aboriginal children from the local orphanage to enjoy the bonfire and the fireworks.



Episode 4

Tensions are stirred when police forcibly break up a group of students celebrating the Eureka stockade anniversary in Ballarat, Mattie amongst them. Later emotions soon spill over once again at the pub. 



Episode 5

Famed Australian actress Jacqueline Maddern arrives in Ballarat for a one off performance at a charity dinner in the Colonists Club. Up on stage beside Jean she dazzles the crowd and then moment’s later collapses, dead.



Episode 6

A patient is rushed into Ballarat Hospital at dawn, urgently requiring a life-saving operation. Paramedics and doctors race into theatre… where they find one of their best surgeons already lying dead on the operating table, his throat cut.



Episode 7

When local business owner Henry King dies in suspicious circumstances at the Royal Hotel, Blake is assigned the case, along with the newly returned Chief Inspector Matthew Lawson.



Episode 8

When local magistrate Neville Franklin is found poisoned in his home, an enraged, unstable Edward Tyneman is found at the scene. Blake and Lawson do their best to investigate the case, no thanks to Superintendent Munro who for reasons of his own is withholding evidence and not allowing other officers full access to the crime scene. And with the gloves now off with Blake and Lawson, he is looking for any excuse to fire them both.

Season 4


The Visible World

Everyone gathers at Ballarat Observatory to view the eclipse. In the darkness there is a commotion, and standing over a body as the lights are turned on is none other than Dr Lucien Blake. The finger of suspicion falls on him - even Frank has no option but to put him in the cells, and Blake has his toughest case yet to find another suspect and prove his innocence.



For Whom The Bells Toll

A firefighter falls from the bell tower of the Ballarat fire station. While it initially looks like a suicide, Blake suspects foul play, but he can't find the evidence to prove it. At home, even now Mei Lin has moved out, things remain complicated.



A Difficult Lie

Frank is playing 18 holes on Ballarat golf course when another club member, a local newspaper reporter, turns up dead in one of the bunkers. Frank and Blake soon discover there is a lot more to local politics than meets the eye.



The Price of Love

At Ballarat military base a soldier is killed on a routine training exercise. Investigating the tragedy, Blake comes face to face with the new base commander, his old nemesis Major Derek Alderton.



Against the Odds

An experienced jockey dies on the track when his horse throws him during practice. It doesn't take long to discover evidence of foul play, so Blake and Frank begin asking around Ballarat's shady bookmakers. Meanwhile Blake has problems of his own at home dealing with the repercussions of Mei Lin's unexpected arrival.



Lucky Numbers

When a lottery winner is kidnapped and held to ransom, Blake uses his keen instincts and personal touch to sift through the suspects. But there's something else on his mind as well.



Golden Years

A local businessman is found drowned in the swimming baths right after the grand unveiling of his plans for a local theme park about the Ballarat gold rush. Realising the death is suspicious, Blake begins untangling the victim's complicated personal life. And after Matthew's sudden departure, there's another chief superintendent to get to know.



The Open Road

Ballarat is hosting a stage of a prestigious cross-country motor race. When a mechanic is found dead underneath one of the cars, it's clear foul play is involved. Under pressure for the race to go ahead in a couple of days, Blake and Lawson must investigate quickly, but unfortunately they run into some trouble down at the motor yard.

Previous Seasons of The Doctor Blake Mysteries

 

Season 1

 

Season 2

 

Season 3