Unusual methods, incredible results
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.
Season 4 Episodes
Episode 1 | The Open Road
It's 1960 and Dr Lucien Blake returns home to find Ballarat hosting a very public stopover in a cross-country, endurance motor race - and a very suspicious death. Chief Superintendent Lawson is seriously injured and retires. Blake recognises his growing feelings for Jean and he takes his mothers engagement ring from his study. A new reporter taken on at the local paper, The Courier, is Lawson's niece Rose Anderson.
Episode 2 | Golden Years
Two businessmen/brothers announce plans for a theme park to glorify Ballarat's goldrush past. The following morning one brother is found dead in the local baths. Doctor Blake soon realises the death is suspicious. Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle replaces Lawson. Mattie O'Brien leaves Ballarat for a new post at St Bartholomew's hospital, London. Blake borrows Jean's engagement ring from her first marriage to have his mother's engagement ring resized.
Episode 3 | Lucky Numbers
A kidnapping involving the winners of the first ever state lottery leads Blake into a shady world of greed and envy. Solving the case provides Blake with the opportunity to finally propose to Jean just as Mei Lin, Blake's wife presumed dead, arrives at the front door.
Episode 4 | Against the Odds
A jockey dies the morning after a big win. Carlyle is in debt to a bookmaker who is one of the suspects. Blake's household is strained with Jean and Mei Lin under the same roof. Mei Lin leaves to stay in a hotel and Blake puts the engagement ring away.
Episode 5 | The Price of Love
When a soldier is killed during a routine training exercise, Doctor Blake investigates soldiers and their wives involved in a promiscuous circle of swapping partners. When another soldiers separated wife is found dead and a woman working in the army laundry cannot be found another motive surfaces being investigated by Blake's old commanding officer, Major Derek Alderton, who seems reluctant to co-operate.
Episode 6 | A Difficult Lie
When a reporter's body, Terry Reynolds, is discovered on the 18th hole at the local golf course, Blake is called in to investigate Reynolds who had enemies at the golf course and the newspaper The Courier. Rose helps to uncover the secrets Reynolds had amassed and a secret of her editor Edward Tyneman. An article in The Courier about Mei Lin's return strains further Blake and Jean's relationship.
Episode 7 | For Whom The Bell Tolls
A fireman, Cec Drury's brother, falls from the Ballarat Fire Station bell tower in front of Mei Lin. What appears to be a suicide turns into a murder investigation of his colleagues who were all attending a fire. Rose brings pictures to Jean of Mei Lin arguing with Major Alderton and Jean overhears him threatening her. Mei Lin confesses to Blake that Alderton had been using her and threats against their daughter to get at Blake.
Episode 8 | The Visible World
Blake's takes a pistol to the Ballarat observatory to meet Major Alderton who tries to blackmail Blake into returning to the army with Mei Lin for service in the growing Indo-China war. As the sky darkened during the eclipse Alderton is stabbed in front of Blake. When a knife is found in Mei Lins's room Blake is arrested. From his cell Blake has to solve the murder before he is taken to Melbourne by the Special Branch and then Mei Lin confesses.