Catching Milat

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Catching Milat is a two-part Australian television miniseries that screened on the Seven Network, in collaboration with "Screen Australia" on 17 and 24 May 2015.[1] It is based on the book "Sins of the Brother" by Mark Whittaker and Les Kennedy and is loosely based upon the true story of how NSW Police and detectives under "Task Force Air" tracked down and caught serial killer Ivan Milat, who was responsible for the infamous backpacker murders.

Critical Response[edit]

Clive Small, a former assistant police commissioner, retired detective and now author, served as the investigation team head of "Task Force Air". He has criticised the program as a marginally fictionalised account, especially for overstating the role of Detective Paul Gordon.[2][3]

Main cast[edit]


The series was produced by Shine Productions (as Shine Australia, a division of Shine Group), for Network Seven and directed by Peter Andrikidis and produced by Kerrie Mainwaring and Rory Callaghan in the pine forests of south-western Australia.[4] It was written by Dalton Dartmouth.[5]


The first episode aired on 17 May 2015 at 8:50 on the Seven Network.

No. Air date Viewers
Consolidated Viewers
1 Sunday, 17 May 2015 1,387 #2 1,626 #1 [1][6]
2 Sunday, 24 May 2015 1,459 #1 1,686 #1 [7][8]

Home Media[edit]

Catching Milat was Released on DVD and Blu-ray on 25 May 2015 with no bonus content, but the two part series episodes on the DVD run longer than the original aired episodes.[citation needed]


  1. ^ a b "Sunday 17 May 2015". TV Tonight.
  2. ^ Former top cop Clive Small slams Channel 7’s Catching Milat as an insult to the police who caught killer, Daily Telegraph, 18 May 2015 (subscription required)
  3. ^ Small. Clive (25 May 2015) Catching Milat: Truth vs Fiction by Clive Small, head of the Taskforce, Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 18 September 2015
  4. ^ "Catching Milat – Shine Australia". Retrieved 4 May 2015.
  5. ^ "Catching Milat to detail police investigation of infamous backpacker murders". 26 June 2013. Retrieved 10 May 2015.
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  7. ^ "Sunday 24 May 2015". TV Tonight.
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