Canal Road (TV series)

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Canal Road
Genre Drama
Starring Paul Leyden
Diana Glenn
Brooke Satchwell
Charlie Clausen
Peta Sergeant
Patrick Brammall
Alyssa McClelland
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13 (list of episodes)
Producer(s) Susan Bower
Original network Nine Network
Original release 16 April – 13 December 2008
External links

Canal Road is an Australian television drama series on the Nine Network. The series was produced in-house, under producer Susan Bower, in collaboration with writers Sarah Smith, John Ridley and Dave Warner, and directed by Kevin Carlin. It was filmed at Channel Nine’s GTV Studio 11 and on location in and around Melbourne. The series reportedly cost A$10 million to produce.[1]

The 13-part series went to air from 16 April 2008. The series debuted to mixed critical reception and only average ratings, which were further eroded when the series was moved to a later timeslot.[1] Nine removed Canal Road from its schedules after the seventh episode, which drew in only 360,000 viewers;[2] however the eighth episode was still made available online. Nine aired the remaining episodes during August and December 2008.[3][4][5]

Canal Road was released on DVD on 4 August 2008 in Australia.


Canal Road is a medical and legal advisory centre where the lives of inner-city professionals and their patients entwine in a story of mystery and intrigue. At the heart of the series are the tragic deaths of the wife and son of central character Spencer MacKay. Spencer is the centre’s psychiatrist who is confronted by the killer of his loved ones and sets out on a journey of revenge which will implicate friends, workmates and his darkest demons.[6]


The cast of Canal Road.

Internet downloads[edit]

Since 1 April 2008, full episodes of Canal Road were offered as a free download as part of ninemsn's "Catch Up TV" service, with new episodes made available before their broadcast on Nine.[8] In order to view them a third-party video player must be downloaded, which includes advertisements in the file and disables the ability to skip the ads.

Episodes were later made available for purchase through the iTunes Store.[9]

Episode list[edit]

No. Title
01 "Episode 01"
Dr McKay's world is thrown into turmoil when the man responsible for killing his wife and son comes back into his life.
02 "Episode 02"
Holly, a Parole office, is being stalked by one of her clients and suspects Jack Logan.
03 "Episode 03"
Olivia's personal and professional lives collide when a troubled former friend, Bianca, re-enters her life.
04 "Episode 04"
Steve attempts to land himself a high-profile case but his plans backfire when he falls into his old habits and has sex with a client and her mother.
05 "Episode 05"
Holly finds herself increasingly involved in Jack's criminal life, which compromises her position as a parole officer.
06 "Episode 06"
Bridget's life spirals out of control when she is arrested for vandalism, evicted from home, and is left owing money to everyone, including her drug dealer.
07 "Episode 07"
Skye's world is rocked when her sister, Tanya, is found murdered.
08 "Episode 08"
A young clairvoyant, who claims the voices of the deceased instructed her to kill her father, starts channeling the voice of Spence's wife.
09 "Episode 09"
Dr Spence is shocked when he learns that the man who admitted having an affair with his wife was lying to cover something up.
10 "Episode 10"
Although claiming her relationship is over, Holly plans to break her convicted robber boyfriend, Jack, out of jail.
11 "Episode 11"
Skye becomes infuriated when she learns that the person who murder her sister still hasn't been caught by the police.
12 "Episode 12"
When Bridget falls ill, some suspect her drug-using party lifestyle is to blame. As her symptoms worsen, however, Bridget becomes convinced that her flatmate, Diana, is trying to poison her.
13 "Episode 13"
Convinced that he has solved the mystery of his wife and son's murder, Spence feels free to explore a relationship with an ex-patient, Diana. Diana is later revealed to be the serial killer.


Episode No. Airdate Time Ratings
(5 capital cities)
Timeslot rank Overall nightly rank
1.01 Wednesday 16 April 2008 21:30 – 22:30 1,089,000 1st 12th
1.02 Wednesday 23 April 2008 21:30 – 22:30 811,000 3rd 20th
1.03 Wednesday 30 April 2008 22:30 – 23:30 433,000  ? 28th
1.04 Wednesday 7 May 2008 22:30 – 23:30 386,000  ?  ?
1.05 Wednesday 28 May 2008 22:30 – 23:30 372,000  ?  ?
1.06 Wednesday 4 June 2008 22:30 – 23:30 308,000  ?  ?
1.07 Wednesday 18 June 2008 22:30 – 23:30 360,000  ? 42nd
1.08 Sunday 10 August 2008 22:30 – 23:30 259,000
1.09 Tuesday 12 August 2008 22:30 – 23:30 340,000
1.10 Wednesday 13 August 2008 22:30 – 23:30 345,000
1.11 Wednesday 20 August 2008 22:30 – 23:30 306,000
1.12 Friday 5 December 2008 22:45 – 23:45 288,000
1.13 Saturday 13 December 2008 22:30 – 23:30 TBA

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