Police Rescue

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Police Rescue
Police Rescue
Also known as Police Rescue – Gefährlicher Einsatz (Germany)
Polizia Squadra Soccorso (Italy)
Sydney Police (France)
Záchranáři (Czech Republic)
Written by Christopher Lee
Debra Oswald
Philip Cornford
Directed by Peter Fisk (1989-1993)
Michael Carson (1991–1993)
Scott Hartford-Davis (1995–1996)
Starring Gary Sweet
Sonia Todd
Steve Bastoni
John Clayton
Tammy MacIntosh
Belinda Cotterill
Jeremy Callaghan
Doug Scroope
Steve Bisley
Frank Holden
Marshall Napier
Tim McKenzie
Peter Browne
Ada Nicodemou
Salvatore Coco
Leah Purcell
Composer(s) Martin Armiger
Garry Hardman
Country of origin Australia
United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 61 + pilot
Production
Executive producer(s) Penny Chapman
Kim Williams
Errol Sullivan
Producer(s) John Edwards
Sandra Levy
Editor(s) Various
Location(s) New South Wales, Australia
Cinematography Steve Arnold
Russell Bacon
Stephen Windon
Running time 50 min.
90 min. (pilot)
Production company(s) Australian Broadcasting Corporation
British Broadcasting Corporation
Southern Star Xanadu
Distributor Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Picture format PAL (576i)
Audio format Stereophonic
First shown in Australia
Original run 15 March 1989 (1989-03-15) – 22 November 1996 (1996-11-22)

Police Rescue was an Australian television series which originally aired on ABC TV between 1989 and 1996. It was produced by ABC and Southern Star Xanadu in association with the BBC.[1]

Apart from the 61 episodes, there was a 90-minute pilot episode (first screened in 1989) as well as a feature film in 1994, starring Zoe Carides.

The series dealt with the New South Wales Police Rescue Squad based in Sydney and their work attending to various incidents from road accidents to train crashes. The show was very well received for the first four series, however a decline in ratings by the commencement of the 1996 series saw the cancellation of the show, following an almost epitaph in the final three episodes.

Police Rescue was shown in the United Kingdom and aired on Sky One, in the Czech Republic as Záchranáři on TV Nova, in parts of Italy as Polizia Squadra Soccorso on T9, in France on TF1 as Sydney Police, in Germany on VOX as Police Rescue – Gefährlicher Einsatz, in Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Denmark on the United Kingdom-based TV3, and in the Republic of Ireland on RTÉ.

Major cast[edit]

  • Sergeant Steve "Mickey" McClintock - (Gary Sweet) (1989–1996)
  • Senior Constable/Sergeant Georgia Rattray - (Sonia Todd) (1989–1996)
  • Constable/Senior Constable Yiannis "Angel" Angelopoulos - (Steve Bastoni) (1990–1996)
  • Senior Sergeant Peter "Ridgy" Ridgeway - (Tim McKenzie) (1989–1990)
  • Inspector Bill Adams - (John Clayton) (1989–1996)
  • Sergeant Fred "Frog" Catteau - (Marshall Napier) (1989–1992)
  • Constable Trevor "Sootie" Coledale - (Peter Browne) (1989–1990)
  • Constable Percy "Ptomaine" Warren - (Doug Scroope) (1989–1993)
  • Senior Sergeant Kevin "Nipper" Harris - (Steve Bisley) (1992–1995)
  • Sharyn Elliott - (Belinda Cotterill) (1992–1994, 1996)
  • Constable Kathy Orland - (Tammy MacIntosh) (1992–1995)
  • Constable Brian Morley - (Jeremy Callaghan) (1992–1995)
  • Senior Sergeant Glenn "Spider" Webb - (Frank Holden) (1994–1996)
  • Anastasia Skouras - (Ada Nicodemou) (1994–1995)
  • Constable Joe Cardillo - (Salvatore Coco) (1995–1996)
  • Constable Tracy Davis - (Leah Purcell) (1995–1996)
  • Constable Lorrie "Flash" Gordon (Zoe Carides) (1994 feature film)

Recurring minor cast[edit]

In mid-1989, Southern Star Xanadu broadcast the pilot episode of Police Rescue via the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. The 90-minute telemovie established the background of the protagonist of the series, Sergeant "Mickey" McClintock. Several issues were raised in the pilot, such as women's discrimination, sexism and street violence. The plot evolved around the entrance of the first woman member to the Police Rescue Squad, Constable Georgia Rattray and then the search for a missing boy in Sydney's sewer system.[2]

The telemovie was well received and spawned the series of Police Rescue, which carried on shortly after the pilot.

Episodes[edit]

Rescue Pilot Movie

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
0 0 "Rescue" 15 March 1989
The 90-minute telemovie established the background of the protagonist of the series, Sergeant "Mickey" McClintock. Several issues were raised in the pilot, such as women's discrimination, sexism and street violence. The plot evolved around the entrance of the first woman member to the Police Rescue Squad, Constable Georgia Rattray and then the search for a missing boy in Sydney's sewer system.

Season 1

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
1 1 "Mates"
2 2 "Angel After Hours"
3 3 "LPG"
4 4 "The Cosmic Lightbeam"
5 5 "Mad Dog"
6 6 "Saturday Night"
7 7 "Reunion With Snake"
8 8 "Raid"
9 9 "One for Dad"
10 10 "Hostage"
11 11 "Up a Tree"
12 12 "Saving The Princess"
13 13 "By the Book"

Season 2 (1992)

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
1 14 "The Right Stuff"
2 15 "Off the Track"
3 16 "The Hard Way"
4 17 "The Big Canary"
5 18 "Judgement Day"
6 19 "Stakeout"
7 20 "Sugar"
8 21 "With a Vengeance"
9 22 "Reasons to Live"
10 23 "From This Day Forward"
11 24 "Angel's Devils"
12 25 "The Real Meaning"
13 26 "Heartbeat"

Season 3 (1993)

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
1 27 "Lifeline"
2 28 "Wild Goose Chase"
3 29 "On a Roll"
4 30 "Prodigal Daughter"
5 31 "The Loaded Boy"
6 32 "Good Buddy"
7 33 "Rush Hour"
8 34 "Speeding"
9 35 "Lift Sixteen"
10 36 "Whirlwind"
11 37 "Cold Snap"
12 38 "Double Illusion"
13 39 "The Last to Know"

Police Rescue: The Movie (1994)

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
Movie Part 2 "Rescue" 17 March 1994

Season 4 (1995)

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
1 40 "On the Outer"
2 41 "Conduct Endangering Life"
3 42 "Wrong Side of the Road"
4 43 "Something's Got to Give"
5 44 "Guardian Angel"
6 45 "Double Jeopardy"
7 46 "Crossing the Line"
8 47 "Damage Control"
9 48 "Public Mischief"
10 49 "Breaking Strain"
11 50 "The Sharp End"
12 51 "Rescue Me"
13 52 "Wild Card"

Season 4 (1995)

Number
in series
Number
in season
Title Original air date
1 53 "The Ultimate"
2 54 "Nobby's Place"
3 55 "The Getting of Wisdom"
4 56 "The River"
5 57 "The Ship"
6 58 "Flash the Descent"
7 59 "The Holliman Kid"
8 60 "Tomorrow Never Knows"
9 61 "The Only Constant"

Video and DVD releases[edit]

In 1993, ABC Television released selected episodes from Series 1 and Series 2 on VHS format. The 1989 pilot episode was released the previous year.

In early November 2006, WarnerVision announced the release of complete Series 1. In Australia it was released on 24 November 2006. The four disc "collector's box set" included all thirteen episodes from Series 1, including the 90-minute pilot episode as bonus material. Series 2 and 3 were released on 9 April 2007. They contain episodes 14 to 39, devoid of any bonus features or extras. Series 4 and 5 were released in a two part DVD set on 9 July 2007. All Seasons of Police Recuse are NOW out of Print On DVD.

DVD name Ep # Discs Region 4 (Australia) DVD Special Features
Season One 13 4 November 26, 2006 90-minute Pilot Episode
Season Two 13 4 April 9, 2007 None
Season Three 13 4 April 9, 2007 None
Season Four (DVD Name Season 4 Part 1 & 2) 11 3 July 9, 2007 None
Season Five (DVD Name Season 4 Part 2) 11 3 July 9, 2007 None

References[edit]

  1. ^ Police Rescue – By the Book
  2. ^ Ed. Scott Murray, Australia on the Small Screen 1970-1995, Oxford Uni Press, 1996 p130

External links[edit]