Blue Heelers (season 1)

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Blue Heelers - Season 1
Bh cast1994.jpg
Original cast of Blue Heelers
Country of origin  Australia
No. of episodes 45
Broadcast
Original channel Seven Network
Original run 10 September 1993 –
22 November 1994
Home video release
DVD release date 2 November 2005
Season chronology
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Season 2

The first season of the Australian police-drama Blue Heelers premiered on the Seven Network on 10 September 1993 and aired on Tuesday nights at 7:30 PM. The 45-episode season concluded on 22 November 1994.

The show was a success, and by the end of its 45-episode first season the PJ-Maggie shippers had quickly amassed.

Casting[edit]

Main cast for this season consisted of:

Ann Burbrook was originally cast as Maggie Doyle and Lisa McCune as Roz Patterson but the two swapped roles to avoid being typecast in the future.[1]

William McInnes was originally cast as PJ Hasham and Martin Sacks as Nick Schultz but the two swapped roles because McInnes "looked more like a Schultz".[1]

Roz was written out of the show before season's end, because the producers thought that they could do more with another police character, rather than a civilian. This allowed for the introduction of Adam Cooper to the group.

Semi-regular cast members for this season include:

Notable guest stars for the season included Radha Mitchell,[2] Gerard Kennedy,[3] Kate Keltie,[4] Anne Phelan,[5] Petra Jared,[6] Charles 'Bud' Tingwell,[7] Lois Collinder,[8] Raelee Hill,[9] Libby Tanner,[10] Lois Ramsay,[11] Ian Smith,[12] David Wenham,[13] Rex Hunt[14] and Janet Andrewartha.[15]

Plot[edit]

At the start of the season, we meet young city constable, Maggie Doyle, who is arriving at her posting in the small country town of Mount Thomas. At Mount Thomas police station we also meet the officer in charge, Sergeant Tom Croydon, who runs "his" station with an almost grandfatherly watch over his co-workers. We also meet Constable Wayne Patterson, who we find had a short romance with Maggie while they attended the Victoria Police Academy together; much to Maggie's surprise, he is now married to Roz Patterson. We also meet Senior Constable Nick Schultz, a sarcastic and yet good-hearted cop, and Senior Detective Patrick Joseph "P.J." Hasham, a charismatic and somewhat chauvinistic detective who soon found himself very interested in Maggie. At the local pub, The Imperial, we meet Chris Riley, a local woman who knows all the ins-and-outs of Mount Thomas.

During the season, we see Roz assisting the Heelers and later getting a job at the station as the administration officer. We also see the extent of Roz and Wayne's marriage problems which, when brought to a head when Roz witnesses a shooting over the telephone, results in the end of their marriage and Roz leaving Mount Thomas and returning to her home in Melbourne. This marriage dissolution is a result of many pressure which Roz and Wayne are placed under as a result of Wayne's dangerous job. This includes his being shot and left for dead by two criminals and Roz's somewhat intense jealousy for Maggie. Roz's absence opens up a place for ambitious and contentious young cop, Constable Adam Cooper, whose "breaking-in" at Mount Thomas is anything but smooth, particularly with Wayne who develops quite a disdain for him. Keeping with the theme of family problems, we see how Tom's family problems, including problems with his two daughters, develop. These are only made worse with the death of Tom's wife, Nell, as a result of a car accident. Tom, as a superior police officer, has to learn to deal to separate his personal and professional lives. He is increasingly finding it harder and harder when he has to deal with his friends and family when it is them that have committed offenses. PJ has to deal with an old flame, Hilary Edmunds, when she arrives in town as part of the livestock squad, investigating farming issues in Mount Thomas. Maggie also finds romance in Mount Thomas with shifty detective, Sean Neale, and she has trust issues when she discovers that her beloved boyfriend may in fact be a criminal. Maggie also discovers she has relationship problems with her father, Sergeant Pat Doyle. It is also revealed that Nick is carrying a huge secret: his wife and daughter, as well as half of his family, were killed in a tragic car accident. This is revealed to be the reason Nick joined highway patrol and the reason for his stance against vehicle offences such as speeding and drink driving.

Reception[edit]

The show quickly had an average Rating of 2.5 Million and going to 3.5 million at its peak

The writers and Southern Star didn't expect the show to really go anywhere but it quickly amassed to being a #1 Hit series for a number of years up unto 2003-2004 where the drama shows were beginning to fall down in ratings because The CSI franchise became more popular than Drama shows sense 2001. Which cause the shows cancellcation in 2006 the show had 510 episodes out of the thirteen seasons and 12 years sense it aired.

Awards[edit]

Episodes[edit]

DVD Season # Episode # Title Director(s) Writer(s) Original airdate (Aust.)
1 001 "A Woman's Place" Mark Callan Tony Morphett 10 September 1993 (1993-09-10)

Maggie Doyle, new cop in town, convinces a local girl to press rape charges against her violent boyfriend.

First Appearances of Sergeant Tom Croydon, Christine Riley, Detective Senior Constable Patrick Joseph Hasham, Constable Margaret Doyle, Senior Constable Nicholas Schultz, Constable Wayne Patterson and Roz Patterson
1 002 "Doing It Tough" Gary Conway Peter Kinloch 25 January 1994 (1994-01-25)
Wayne experiences his first autopsy and Tom is forced to press charges against a friend's daughter.
1 003 "Why Give People Rights?" Paul Moloney John Upton 1 February 1994 (1994-02-01)
Maggie and PJ lock horns when a local activist is shot dead.
1 004 "Wives" Judith John-Story Anne Brooksbank 8 February 1994 (1994-02-08)
Roz gives PJ information leading to the arrest of a client's husband and a retired cop looks set to become a permanent thorn in Tom's side.
1 005 "Waiting for Apples" Alister Smart Graeme Koetsveld 15 February 1994 (1994-02-15)
An annual racing event brings an array of colourful characters to Mount Thomas.
1 006 "Apprehended Violence" Gary Conway Greg Haddrick
Tony Morphett
22 February 1994 (1994-02-22)
The discovery of an abandoned child raises painful memories for Nick.
1 007 "Life After Death" Paul Moloney Ted Roberts 1 March 1994 (1994-03-01)
Seventeen year old Clare Brady is involved in a fatal car accident.
1 008 "Domino Effect" Judith John-Story Tony Morphett 8 March 1994 (1994-03-08)
Shock waves surge through Mount Thomas when Wayne is shot by a couple of criminals.
1 009 "Diary Entry" Julian McSwiney Tony Morphett 15 March 1994 (1994-03-15)
Wayne returns to work after the shooting, and a local drug dealer is exposed.
1 010 "Visions Splendid" Gary Conway John Upton 22 March 1994 (1994-03-22)
Maggie and Wayne investigate the harassment of an elderly lady, and Roz lands a job at the station.
1 011 "Abandoned" Paul Moloney Anne Brooksbank 26 March 1994 (1994-03-26)
A baby is found abandoned in Mount Thomas and causes more trouble than imagined.
1 012 "Damaged Goods" Judith John-Story Howard Griffiths 5 April 1994 (1994-04-05)
The wife of a solicitor is arrested for shoplifting, and Tom risks his reputation to help a friend.
1 013 "Armed and Dangerous" Steve Mann Peter Kinloch 15 April 1994 (1994-04-15)
A spate of armed robberies brings the Special Response Squad to Mount Thomas.
1 014 "Reunion" Gary Conway Tony Morphett 19 April 1994 (1994-04-19)
Chris is shocked to find her supposedly dead ex-husband very much alive.
1 015 "Family Ties" Alister Smart Ysabelle Dean 26 April 1994 (1994-04-26)
The fate of a small boy hangs in the balance due to a maze of untruths.
1 016 "Theft" Chris Langman Anne Brooksbank 3 May 1994 (1994-05-03)
Wayne is accused of theft and his future at the station hangs in the balance.
1 017 "Meat is Hung, Men are Hanged" Steve Mann Everett De Roche 10 May 1994 (1994-05-10)
The return of a convicted child killer could have grave consequences for Mount Thomas.
2.1 018 "Conduct Unbecoming" Gary Conway Ray Harding 17 May 1994 (1994-05-17)
PJ meets his match when an old flame comes to town to solve a cattle duffing problem.
2.1 019 "Good Cop, Bad Cop" Alister Smart Tony Morphett 24 May 1994 (1994-05-24)
The Blue Heelers are worried that Tom may be transferred back to Melbourne.
2.1 020 "The Final Season" Chris Adshead Tim Gooding 31 May 1994 (1994-05-31)
Wayne's hero comes to Mount Thomas and finds it hard to live up to his reputation.
2.1 021 "Payback" Steve Mann Judith Colquhoun 7 June 1994 (1994-06-07)
Nick is destined to lose another relationship when his girlfriend knocks down someone and is accused of attempted murder.
2.1 022 "Sex, Lies and Videotapes" Gary Conway Patrick Edgworth 14 June 1994 (1994-06-14)
Tom's mate Charles Turner embezzles $10,000 from the football club's funds.
2.1 023 "Men in Her Life" Riccardo Pellizzeri Tony Morphett 21 June 1994 (1994-06-21)
When Maggie's reputation is on the line, her father comes to Mount Thomas to help sort it out.
2.1 024 "A Bird in the Hand" Richard Sarell Ysabelle Dean 28 June 1994 (1994-06-28)
The team discover an animal smuggling scheme going on in Mount Thomas.
2.1 025 "Missing" Steve Mann Anne Brooksbank 5 July 1994 (1994-07-05)
Bill Mason follows up leads to the disappearance of his son, Paul, four years earlier.
2.1 026 "Day in Court" Mark Piper Justin Glockerla
Stephen Measday
12 July 1994 (1994-07-12)
Maggie has her first day in court presenting evidence and she's got butterflies.
2.1 027 "Nowhere to Run" Riccardo Pellizzeri Susan Hore 19 July 1994 (1994-07-19)
A young girl is found dead, and her housemates are suspected of involvement.
2.1 028 "Consequences" Richard Sarell John Upton 26 July 1994 (1994-07-26)
Inspector Faulkner investigates a local man who is selling inferior carcasses as quality meat.
2.1 029 "A Matter of Trust" Steve Mann Anne Brooksbank 2 August 1994 (1994-08-02)
Roz is personally involved in a domestic case.
2.1 030 "Necessary Force" Mark Piper Tony Morphett 9 August 1994 (1994-08-09)

Roz hears a shooting over the telephone and Wayne's marriage breaks down when Roz leaves to go back to Melbourne.

Final regular appearance of Roz Patterson
2.1 031 "Bitter Harvest" Riccardo Pellizzeri Justin Glockerla
Alan Hopgood
16 August 1994 (1994-08-16)
When a rape occurs in Mount Thomas, PJ thinks he knows who the culprit is.
2.1 032 "Crazy Like a Fox" Alister Smart John Lord
Tony Morphett
23 August 1994 (1994-08-23)
A brother and sister feuding, An antique store owner is accused of receiving stolen goods and Nick is offered a bribe while on duty.
2.1 033 "Old Dogs, New Tricks" Steve Mann Rachel Lewis 30 August 1994 (1994-08-30)
Some strange going ons at an old people's home leads to an unexpected culprit.
2.1 034 "Labour of Love" Mark Piper Ysabelle Dean 6 September 1994 (1994-09-06)

Wayne Patterson and the new recruit, Adam Cooper, have a personality clash.

First Appearance of Constable Adam Cooper
2.1 035 "Escape Route" Chris Martin-Jones Judith Colquhoun 13 September 1994 (1994-09-13)
A car crash victim turns out to be a battered wife. Adam falls for Maggie.
2.1 036 "Adverse Possession" Riccardo Pellizzeri John Coulter
Justin Glockerla
20 September 1994 (1994-09-20)
A farmer stands to lose his land due to an ancient law.
2.2 037 "The Folly of Youth" Steve Mann Susan Hore 27 September 1994 (1994-09-27)
Two missing girls cause suspicion to be placed in an unfair direction when looking for suspects.
2.2 038 "Face Value" Mark Piper Hugh Stuckey 4 October 1994 (1994-10-04)
A car accident involving a priest puzzles the team.
2.2 039 "Suspicion" Chris Martin-Jones Anne Brooksbank 11 October 1994 (1994-10-11)
A drug raid goes wrong and suspicion is rife among the Heelers as to whose fault it was.
2.2 040 "Without Intent" Riccardo Pellizzeri Peter Gawler 18 October 1994 (1994-10-18)
A carpet shop is ram-raided and a body goes missing from a funeral parlour during a B & S ball.
2.2 041 "Family Matters" Steve Mann David Allen 25 October 1994 (1994-10-25)
An over zealous young security guard's accusations lead to a much more interesting suspect than first thought and a young girl comes into the station highly distressed.
2.2 042 "The First Stone" Mark Piper Tony Morphett 1 November 1994 (1994-11-01)
Nick is involved in a murder investigation that could spell the end of his career.
2.2 043 "Skin Deep" Chris Martin-Jones Ysabelle Dean 8 November 1994 (1994-11-08)
A stabbing proves hard for the Heelers to handle when racism becomes involved.
2.2 044 "Luck of the Draw" Riccardo Pellizzeri Cassandra Carter 15 November 1994 (1994-11-15)
Tom's wife, Nell, is killed in a car accident.
2.2 045 "Damage Control" Gary Conway Judith Colquhoun
Michaeley O'Brien
22 November 1994 (1994-11-22)
Maggie's boyfriend is suspected of being on the take when a horse racing-ring is discovered.


DVD release[edit]

The Complete First Season
Bh dvd1.jpg Set Details Special Features
  • Episodes 1 - 17
  • 17 Episodes (765 Mins.)
  • Episodes 1 - 17
  • 6-Disc Set
  • Full Frame
  • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Slipcase Packaging
  • Photo Gallery (On Disc 1)
Release Dates
 Australia
2 November 2005[16]

References[edit]

General
Specific
  1. ^ a b IMDb. Blue Heelers trivia. Retrieved 1 April 2008.
  2. ^ "A Woman's Place". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 1. 10 September 1993.
  3. ^ "Wives". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 4. 8 February 1994.
  4. ^ "Apprehended Violence". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 6. 22 February 1994.
  5. ^ "Life After Death". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 7. 1 March 1994.
  6. ^ "Diary Entry". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 9. 15 March 1994.
  7. ^ "Reunion". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 14. 19 March 1994.
  8. ^ "Meat Is Hung, Men Are Hanged". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 17. 10 May 1994.
  9. ^ "Day in Court". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 26. 12 July 1994.
  10. ^ "Nowhere to Run". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 19. 19 July 1994.
  11. ^ "Old Dogs, New Tricks". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 33. 30 August 1994.
  12. ^ "Labour of Love". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 34. 6 September 1994.
  13. ^ "The Folly of Youth". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 37. 27 September 1994.
  14. ^ "A Matter of Trust". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 29. 2 August 1994.
  15. ^ "The First Stone". Blue Heelers. Season 1. Episode 42. 1 November 1994.
  16. ^ Idato, Michael. Blue Heelers - Season 1 - DVD Review, Sydney Morning Herald, 14 January 2007.