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Sea Patrol
Sea Patrol Logo.jpg
Genre Crime drama
Adventure
Created by Hal and Di McElroy
Starring Kirsty Lee Allan
John Batchelor
Saskia Burmeister
Conrad Coleby
Matthew Holmes
Danielle Horvat
Josh Lawson
David Lyons
Lisa McCune
Nikolai Nikolaeff
Jay Ryan
Kristian Schmid
Ian Stenlake
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor
Composer(s) Les Gock
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 5
No. of episodes 68 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Hal McElroy
Di McElroy
Jo Horsburgh
Producer(s) Julie Forster
Editor(s) Marcus D'Arcy
Location(s) Queensland
New South Wales
Camera setup Single camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) McElroy All Media
Broadcast
Original channel Nine Network
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original run 5 July 2007 (2007-07-05) – 12 July 2011 (2011-07-12)
External links
Website
2008 Sea Patrol cast

Sea Patrol is an Australian television drama that ran from 2007 to 2011, set on board HMAS Hammersley, a fictional patrol boat of the Royal Australian Navy (RAN). The series focuses on the ship and the lives of its crew members.

Despite similarities in setting and content, this series is not a follow-on to the 1979 series, Patrol Boat. At the start of the second season, Sea Patrol saw an upgrade from the Fremantle class to a newer Armidale class boat.[1]

The first season debuted on 5 July 2007 on the Nine Network, who invested $15 million into the programme.[2] The second season of Sea Patrol, titled Sea Patrol II: The Coup, aired in 2008, while the third season, Sea Patrol: Red Gold, aired in 2009. The fourth season aired in 2010 in a new 16-episode format, with no main theme or continuous storyline running throughout, unlike the first three seasons.

The fifth season of Sea Patrol, "Damage Control", began airing in 2011 and consisted of 13 episodes. The Nine Network has confirmed that this was to be the final season, due to reliance on government rebates that expire after 65 episodes. Completion of series five brings the total episode count to 68 episodes.[3]

Premise[edit]

All seasons of Sea Patrol have consisted of standalone episodes dealing with serious breaches of Australian law, such as illegal fishing, asylum seekers and other problems the RAN encounter on typical patrols. The premiere of each season usually introduces a larger event which is expanded on and connected as the season goes on, before being resolved in the finale. This format, however, with a storyline running throughout the season, was absent in season 4.

The first season's premiere began with the introduction of Bright Island, which was positioned as a type of mystery island, and the death of a marine biologist. Over the duration of the season, the CO and some of the crew became suspicious and later entwined in a conspiracy involving water containing a deadly toxin.

The second season, known as Sea Patrol II: The Coup, revolved around insurgents on the fictional Samaru Islands attempting to overthrow the current government, and a group of Eastern European mercenaries and smugglers who near-fatally stabbed Charge, tried to kill XO and are in cahoots with the insurgents and Samaruan constabulary.

The third season, known as Sea Patrol III: Red Gold, began with the death of Josh "ET" Holiday, fiance of Nicole "Nikki" (Nav) Caetano and a crew member of HMAS Hammersley during the first two seasons. The investigation of this death ran throughout the season.

The fourth season, known as Sea Patrol IV: The Right Stuff, returned with most principal cast members, with the exception of Pete "Buffer" Tomaszewski, Nicole "Nikki" (Nav) Caetano, Billy "Spider" Webb and Commander Steven 'Steve' Marshall.

The fifth season, known as Sea Patrol V: Damage Control, was the final season and began with a suicide bombing in an overseas bar.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

Actor Character Rank Position Tenure Episodes
Ian Stenlake Mike "CO" Flynn, CSC, RAN Lieutenant Commander Commanding Officer Series 1–3 001–068
Commander Series 4–5
Lisa McCune Kate "XO" McGregor, RAN Lieutenant Executive Officer Series 1–5 001–068
John Batchelor Andy "Charge" Thorpe, MBA Chief Petty Officer Chief Engineer Series 1–5 001–068
Matthew Holmes Chris "Swain" Blake, CV Petty Officer Coxswain/ Medic Series 1–5 001–068
Kristian Schmid Robert "RO" Dixon Leading Seaman Radio Operator Series 1–5 001–068
Saskia Burmeister Nicole (Nikki) "Nav" Caetano, RAN Lieutenant Navigator Series 1–3 001–039
Jeremy Lindsay Taylor Pete "Buffer" Tomaszewski Petty Officer Boatswain Series 1–3 001–039
Jay Ryan Billy "Spider" Webb Seaman Boatswain's Mate Series 1–3 001–039
David Lyons Josh "ET" Holiday Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Series 1–3 001–027
Josh Lawson Toby "Chefo" Jones Able Seaman Chef/Assistant Medic Series 1 001–013
Kirsty Lee Allan Rebecca "Bomber" Brown Able Seaman Chef/Assistant Medic Series 2–4 014–055
Nikolai Nikolaeff Leo "2Dads" Kosov-Meyer Leading Seaman Electronics Technician Series 3–5 028–068
Conrad Coleby Dylan "Dutchy" Mulholland, MG Petty Officer Boatswain Series 4–5 040–068
Danielle Horvat Jessica "Gap Girl" Bird Seaman Gap Year later Chef/Assistant Medic Series 4–5 040–068
Dominic Deutscher Ryan White Midshipman Junior Officer Series 4–5 053–068

Recurring cast[edit]

Actor Character Tenure
Bisley, SteveSteve Bisley Commander Steven 'Steve' Marshall Series 1–3
Budd, SibyllaSibylla Budd Dr. Ursula Morrell Series 1
Cahill, DajanaDajana Cahill Carly Walsman Series 2
Coleby, RobertRobert Coleby Lang Calwell Series 3
Dale, AlanAlan Dale Ray Walsman Series 2
Davey, DitchDitch Davey Captain Jim Roth, CV Series 2, 5
Harper, TyeTye Harper Seaman John 'Jaff' Jaffah Series 1
Gilfedder, EugeneEugene Gilfedder Finn McLean Series 2
Grillini, MirkoMirko Grillini Emile/Malcom 'Mal' Scarpia Series 3, 5
Ehlers, JeromeJerome Ehlers Peter Series 4
Bastoni, SteveSteve Bastoni Steve Coburn Series 4
Tiernan, RayRay Tiernan Zhenya Series 2
Stewart, JamesJames Stewart Zan Series 2
Taylor, SeanSean Taylor Wessel Berkelman Series 4
Caruso, RenaiRenai Caruso Madelaine Cruise Series 5
Lynes, MartinMartin Lynes Richard 'Rick' Gallagher Series 1
Edwards, AnthonyAnthony Edwards Viktor Series 2
Campbell, TimTim Campbell Harry Edwards Series 4
MacIntosh, TammyTammy MacIntosh Commander Maxine 'Knocker' White Series 4, 5
McDonough, BlairBlair McDonough Matt Robsenn Series 3
Buchanan, AndrewAndrew Buchanan Campbell Fulton Series 2, 3
Morrell, GeoffGeoff Morrell Lieutenant Commander Jack Freeman Series 2
Napier, JessicaJessica Napier Simone Robsenn Series 3
Garvey, DamienDamien Garvey Carl Davies/Sgt Wild Series 1, 5
Graham Moore Warrant Officer Ed Gray/Technician/Agent Smith Series 3, 4, and 5
O'Neill, MorganMorgan O'Neill Lieutenant Darryl Smith Series 1
Stollery, ChristopherChristopher Stollery Federal Agent Gregory 'Greg' Murphy Series 1
Strahovski, YvonneYvonne Strahovski Federal Agent Martina Royce Series 1
Tan, PearlPearl Tan Federal Agent Alicia Turnball Series 1

Production[edit]

Origins[edit]

"Every hour of every day in all weathers young men and women of the Royal Australian Navy Patrol Boat Service battle the elements and the odds to defend Australia's borders and enforce its economic zone. They provide security, support, and relief for the world's largest island..".[4] Each episode of Sea Patrol, from the third season begins with the words "Honour – Honesty – Courage – Integrity – Loyalty", which are the Royal Australian Navy Values.

This series shows the gender and cultural diversity of the Navy, and deals with contemporary issues such as illegal fishing, boat people, drug-running, immigration, and people-smuggling, and have an underlying mystery that runs throughout the series.

Ships[edit]

HMAS Hammersley alongside at HMAS Waterhen. Portraying vessel unknown.

The first season featured two real Fremantle class patrol boats, whose appearances were conflated to become HMAS Hammersley (PTF 202).[1] HMAS Wollongong was used for filming in Sydney, while HMAS Ipswich was used for six weeks of filming off Dunk Island in Queensland.[5] Hammersley serves under the fictional naval command structure of "NAVCOM", and was decommissioned during the final episode of the first season. HMAS Kingston (PTF 205), a second fictional Fremantle class boat, is mentioned in several episodes and appears in the ninth episode: Kingston shares her pennant number with real patrol boat HMAS Townsville.

Cap from the Armidale class HMAS Hammersley

When the first season was being filmed, it was predicted that later seasons would replace Hammersley with the newer Armidale class patrol boat.[1] Subsequent seasons have used an Armidale class ship, also named HMAS Hammersley, with the hull number 82.[6] For Season 2, footage from two ships was conflated to represent Hammersley: 42 of the 86 days of the series filming were spent aboard HMAS Broome, with later pick-up filming aboard HMAS Launceston.[6]

Locations[edit]

Reception[edit]

Before Sea Patrol aired, it was one of the most highly anticipated programmes in Australia, partly due to the episode budget of over A$1 million, twice that of other Australian dramas.[7] Sea Patrol also marked the return of Lisa McCune to television acting.

Sea Patrol received mixed but generally positive reviews. The first season received an average 1.5 million viewers, which dropped during the early part of season two before returning to 1.5 million viewers for the final five episodes.

Many critics claim that the scripts are not well written and that the actors are not given the opportunity to shine.[8]

I don't really get Sea Patrol... the general gist of it leaves me somewhat cold.

—Marieke Hardy, [8]

Australian Greens Senator Sarah Hanson-Young mistook the fictional program for a documentary. [9]

Michelle Over, a reviewer for militarypeople.com.au, scored the first episode a disappointing 6.5 out of 10. Over also predicted that the series would begin jumping the shark at episode 5, primarily due to a lack of quality scripts and an unlikeness to the real life of a Navy officer.[10]

Shortly after the series began, the Royal Australian Navy created "The Real Sea Patrol", an interactive website about the activities and personnel on board the Australian patrol boat HMAS Larrakia, designed as a promotional and recruiting tool to capitalise on the series.[11]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Logie Awards[edit]

Year Nominee Award Result
2008 Lisa McCune Most Popular Personality on Australian Television Nomination
2008 Lisa McCune Most Popular Actress Nomination
2008 David Lyons Most Popular New Male Talent Nomination
2009 Kirsty Lee Allan Most Popular New Female Talent Nomination

Media information[edit]

Broadcast history[edit]

Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release
Season premiere Season finale Region 4
1 13 5 July 2007 4 October 2007 17 October 2007
2 13 31 March 2008 23 June 2008 6 November 2008
3 13 18 May 2009 27 July 2009 1 October 2009
4 16 15 April 2010 29 July 2010 19 August 2010
5 13 26 April 2011 12 July 2011 4 August 2011

DVD releases[edit]

Season Date Released # Of Episodes # Of Discs Special Features
Sea Patrol – The Complete Series 1 17 October 2007 13 4 Slipcase Packaging
Sea Patrol II: The Coup – The Complete Series 2 6 November 2008 13 4 Slipcase Packaging
Sea Patrol III: Red Gold – The Complete Series 3 1 October 2009 13 4 Slipcase Packaging
Sea Patrol IV: The Right Stuff – The Complete Series 4 19 August 2010 16 4 None
Sea Patrol V: Damage Control - The Complete Series 5 4 August 2011 13 4 None

Internet download[edit]

From 1 April 2008, full episodes of Sea Patrol were offered as free download, as part of ninemsn's catch-up TV service. This download required a third-party player, advertisements were contained in the downloaded files, and the episodes were programmed to be unplayable after the season finished airing. Due to geolocational IP blocking, the ninemsn service may not be available outside Australia.

The second season of Sea Patrol was released on the Australian iTunes Store on 25 June 2008.

The first season of Sea Patrol was made available in the United States on the streaming video website Hulu in 2009[12] and the second season was made available in 2012 .[13] In early January 2013, season 3, 4, & 5 was released on Hulu

International distribution[edit]

According to an April 2007 Nine Network press release, international rights to the series "in over 100 territories" were sold to Sparrowhawk Media by Nine Network's international distribution representative, Portman Film and Television. This deal gave Sea Patrol the ability to be seen on various international versions of the Hallmark Channel.[14] As a part of this initial deal, either one or both of the first two seasons of Sea Patrol were seen on Hallmark Channels in many territories throughout the world. Some of the 61 countries in which these early seasons aired on Hallmark included: the United Kingdom, Serbia, Belgium, Indonesia, India, Russia, Italy, South Africa, Mexico, Vietnam, and Palau.[15] In Germany, the series aired since 2011 on Das Vierte.[16] And since 2014 on the new channel Ebru TV.

Later in 2007, NBC Universal Global Networks bought Sparrowhawk.[17] In 2008, NBC Universal Global Networks extended its inherited commitment to Sea Patrol by purchasing series three of the program from Digital Rights Group, a subsidiary of Portman.[18] Despite being a US-based company, as of 2009, NBC Universal is yet to broadcast the series in the United States. Instead, Sea Patrol has had limited availability in America through the broadband provider Hulu, arranged directly by Digital Rights Group.[19]

In the year 2012, "Sea Patrol" has established a cult following in various countries.YouTube watched counts go up by thousands each month. In the USA this is from Hulu.com viewers watching season 1, which is readily available on Hulu.com, then wanting access to seasons 2-5. Seasons 2-5 are available from individual users who have uploaded them to youtube.com. Unfortunately, The German partner of NBC Universal distribution; "Das Vierte" has falsely blocked episodes or clips from Seasons 2-5 from being shown in the USA over youtube.com with the "This video contains content from "Das Vierte", who has blocked it in your country on copyright grounds." This is interesting since Das Vierte is the channel for German usage. This is a false blockage as Das Vierte is only entitled to distributed content in the EU, and would not be licensed regarding any US showings of NBC-Universal properties.

International markets[edit]

Language Market Title Seasons Channels Airdates Notes
(English) Canada "Sea Patrol" Showcase [20]
(French) Canada "Patrouille des Mers" Séries+ [21]
(English) United Kingdom "Sea Patrol" 1-5 Universal Channel (UK and Ireland)
(German) Germany "Sea Patrol" 1-5 Das Vierte 6 July 2011 – 22 February 2012 [22][23]
(English) New Zealand "Sea Patrol" 1-5 Prime
(French) Switzerland "Patrouille des Mers" 1-3 RTS1
(English) United States "Sea Patrol" 1-5 Hulu
(Spanish) United States "Patrulla en Altamar" V-me
(English) Belgium "Sea Patrol" 1-5 één
(French) Belgium "Sea Patrol, Patrouille des mers" 1-5 RTBF 2013 [24]
(Spanish) Spain "Sea Patrol" 1-5 LaSexta 2013 Multicast in English
(English) The Netherlands "Sea Patrol" 1-5 13th Street and Hallmark Channel

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Rollings, Barry (5 October 2006). "Navy's starring role". Navy News (Volume 49, Number 18). Retrieved 8 January 2007. 
  2. ^ Murdoch, Alex. "TV Bosses Bank Local", The Courier-Mail, 9 October 2006
  3. ^ http://www.mediaspy.org/report/2010/10/25/sea-patrol-to-finish-next-year/?utm_source=sidebar&utm_campaign=sidebar&utm_medium=navlink
  4. ^ "Sea-Patrol.com". Retrieved 8 January 2007. 
  5. ^ Barry, Rollings (2 November 2006). "Ipswitch switches over". Navy News. Retrieved 30 May 2007. 
  6. ^ a b Idato, Michael (31 March 2008). "All ship shape". SydneyMorningHerald.com.au, Entertainment (TV and Radio) section. p. 2. Retrieved 10 April 2008. 
  7. ^ Warnecke, Ross. Australian television drama in strife with loss of its most successful product, The Herald Sun, 14 January 2006.
  8. ^ a b Hardy, Marieke. Sea Patrol just too wet, The Age, 30 August 2007.
  9. ^ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moJ7j86MyWw.  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ "Sea Patrol Review – disappointing Launch for Channel 9". 
  11. ^ "The Real Sea Patrol". 
  12. ^ "Sea Patrol". Hulu. Retrieved 30 April 2010. 
  13. ^ "Sea Patrol". Hulu. Retrieved 16 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Nine Network's Sea Patrol Snapped Up by Hallmark Channel to Air in Over 100 Territories Throughout the World". pblmedia.com.au. 19 April 2007. p. 1. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  15. ^ A full list of countries in which Sea Patrol is available as of August 2009, can be found here. Clicking on any country will allow searching of that country's schedule for air dates.
  16. ^ "Sea Patrol on Das Vierte". 
  17. ^ "NBC Universal agrees to buy Sparrowhawk Media". reuters.com. 28 August 2007. p. 1. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  18. ^ "More Portman Drama for NBC Universal Global Networks". digitalrightsgroup.co.uk. 13 October 2008. p. 1. Retrieved 19 August 2009. [dead link]
  19. ^ "List of Digital Rights Group shows on Hulu". hulu.com. Retrieved 19 August 2009. 
  20. ^ Showcase, Sea Patrol
  21. ^ Series+, Patrouille des mers
  22. ^ Michael Brandes (18 May 2011). "Das Vierte zeigt "Sea Patrol" als TV-Premiere". Wunschliste. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  23. ^ "Das Vierte zeigt australische Action-Serie "Sea Patrol"". Blickpunkt: Film. 18 May 2011. Retrieved 18 May 2011. 
  24. ^ RTBF ( Belgian national french TV) website, [1]

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