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
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
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: The Movie
Directed by Michael Carson
Produced by John Edwards
Sandra Levy
Written by John Edwards
Sandra Levy
Debra Oswald
Starring Gary Sweet
Zoe Carides
Steve Bastoni
Jeremy Sims
John Clayton
Tammy MacIntosh
Jeremy Callaghan
Belinda Cotterill
Cate Blanchett
Rel Hunt
Sonia Todd
Music by John Clifford White
Cinematography Russell Bacon
Edited by Christopher Spurr
Distributed by United International Pictures
Release dates
17 March 1994 (1994-03-17)
Running time
94 min.
Country Australia
Language English
Box office A$658,814

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]

Pilot (1989)[edit]

Directed by Peter Fisk
Produced by John Edwards
Sandra Levy
Written by Everett De Roche
Cinematography Steve Windon
Southern Star International
Distributed by ABC
Release dates
Running time
90 mins

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.

Series 1 (1991)[edit]

For the first thirteen episodes, Police Rescue sustained the same cast as the 1989 pilot, with the addition of Constable Yiannis "Angel" Angelopoulos, who would stay with the show for the duration. This series also allowed the character of Constable Percy "Ptomaine" Warren to have a most active role, especially in the episodes LPG and The Cosmic Lightbeam. For the subsequent series, Ptomaine had relatively minor roles. In addition, this series was the only one to portray Mickey McClintock's wife, Des, played by Kerry Armstrong. The episodes are as follows:

  • Mates
  • Angel After Hours
  • LPG
  • The Cosmic Lightbeam
  • Mad Dog
  • Saturday Night
  • Reunion With Snake
  • Raid
  • One for Dad
  • Hostage
  • Up a Tree
  • Saving The Princess
  • By the Book

Series 2 (1992)[edit]

The character of Sergeant Fred "Frog" Catteau departed the show following the episode Judgement Day. The following episode, Stakeout, saw the introduction of Constable Brian Morley. Special guest stars in this series included Russell Crowe in The Right Stuff and Rebecca Cartwright in Reasons to Live. Although not explicitly explained, Georgia Rattray achieved promotion in this series from 1st Class Constable to Senior Constable to replace the position (in the squad) of Constable Trevor "Sootie" Coledale (Series 1). It was also not explained in the show why Constable Trevor "Sootie" Coledale and Senior Sergeant Peter "Ridgy" Ridgeway had departed. The commencement of the second series had Senior Sergeant Kevin "Nipper" Harris replacing Ridgy, with Nipper remaining with the show until halfway through Series 4. This was also the case for the new characters of Constable Kathy Orland and Brian Morley. The episodes of Series 2 are as follows:

  • The Right Stuff
  • Off the Track
  • The Hard Way
  • The Big Canary
  • Judgement Day
  • Stakeout
  • Sugar
  • With a Vengeance
  • Reasons to Live
  • From This Day Forward
  • Angel's Devils
  • The Real Meaning
  • Heartbeat

Series 3 (1993)[edit]

This series saw the continuation of the cast from the end of Series 2. In addition, there was an increase of guest stars; some of which were relatively unknown at the original time of broadcast. Stars included Cate Blanchett in The Loaded Boy, Jeffrey Walker in Rush Hour, Frankie J Holden in Good Buddy and Martin Sacks in Prodigal Daughter. Viewers also saw the last of Angel's wife in On a Roll, despite her mentioning later on in the series. This series also showed the pinnacle of Mickey and Georgia's relationship. Episodes of Series 3 include:

  • Lifeline
  • Wild Goose Chase
  • On a Roll
  • Prodigal Daughter
  • The Loaded Boy
  • Good Buddy
  • Rush Hour
  • Speeding
  • Lift Sixteen
  • Whirlwind
  • Cold Snap
  • Double Illusion
  • The Last to Know

Series 4 (1995)[edit]

Nipper departed from the series following the episode Wrong Side of the Road in order to spend more time with his family and take over on his sister's farm. The position was filled by Senior Sergeant Glenn "Spider" Webb, a replacement which has often been described as the "beginning of the end" of Police Rescue.[by whom?] Sharyn, the receptionist, was also temporarily replaced without explanation by Anastasia Skouras (Ada Nicodemou), who seemed to play an almost identical role to Sharyn. This was also the final series for characters Kathy and Brian, with a highly dramatic departure at the end of the episode Wild Card. Special guests included Judith McGrath in Wrong Side of the Road as well as Miranda Otto and Delta Goodrem in On the Outer. The episodes for Series 4 are as follows:

  • On the Outer
  • Conduct Endangering Life
  • Wrong Side of the Road
  • Something's Got to Give
  • Guardian Angel
  • Double Jeopardy
  • Crossing the Line
  • Damage Control
  • Public Mischief
  • Breaking Strain
  • The Sharp End
  • Rescue Me
  • Wild Card

Series 5 (1996)[edit]

The final series had only nine episodes, in comparison to the thirteen of the previous four series. With brand new cast members to fill the roles of the two junior squad members, the series began to take a new direction, adopting an almost soap opera style of show . The final three episodes acted as an epitaph for the major cast members, with the final episode acting as the final word of Police Rescue.[vague] The episodes of this series include:

  • The Ultimate
  • Nobby's Place
  • The Getting of Wisdom
  • The River
  • The Ship
  • Flash the Descent
  • The Holliman Kid
  • Tomorrow Never Knows
  • 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


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

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