|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||8|
|Network||Amazon Prime Video|
|Release||2 June 2023 –|
Deadloch is an Australian crime mystery, black comedy television series created by Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan. The series is set in Deadloch, a fictional town in Tasmania, and stars Kate Box, Madeleine Sami, Alicia Gardiner, and Nina Oyama. Deadloch was produced by Amazon Studios and premiered on Amazon Prime Video streaming platform on 2 June 2023.
The beguilingly sleepy settlement of Deadloch, on Tasmania's coastline, is shaken when the body of a local man turns up dead on the beach. Two female detectives reluctantly take charge of the investigations together: the fastidious senior sergeant Dulcie Collins, and the brash and reckless detective Eddie Redcliffe from Darwin, aided by overeager constable Abby and the dependable Sven. The death coinciding with the town's annual Winter Feastival - a celebration of local arts, cuisine and culture - forces Dulcie and Eddie to cope with each other's drastically opposite investigating styles, and discover what secrets are being hidden in a place struggling to disguise the deep rift that's slowly splitting it and the lives of its residents in two.
Cast and characters
- Kate Box as Dulcie Collins, Senior Sergeant in Deadloch's police force, having demoted herself at the wishes of her wife, Cath.
- Madeleine Sami as Eddie Redcliffe, a detective originally from Darwin, with an unconventional, and at times gratingly obnoxious but sometimes subvertingly inspired, take on police work.
- Alicia Gardiner as Cath York, the possessive wife of Dulcie Collins, with deep relationships with most of the women of the town.
- Nina Oyama as Abby Matsuda, an excitable and enthusiastic, yet diffident, constable.
- Holly Austin as Skye O'Dwyer, the lesbian daughter of Victoria and Sam O'Dwyer, who recently returned to Deadloch to open a restaurant.
- Tom Ballard as Sven Alderman, a gay officer usually handed the less important tasks that allows him to slack on the job.
- Astrid Wells Cooper as Claire Connelly, a therapist and artist residing in Deadloch, and choir leader of the town's women's chorus.
- Duncan Fellows as Ray McLintock, a peculiar town resident, working at Vic's cafe, has a pet donkey, and becomes romantically involved with Eddie.
- Kris McQuade as Victoria O'Dwyer, the wife of long-missing Sam O'Dwyer, who runs a local cafe.
- Shaun Martindale as Phil McGangus, a surly entreprenuer who resents the community of lesbians in Deadloch, and the spokesperson for residents of the town who feel pushed out by its changes in recent years.
- Kartanya Maynard as Miranda Hoskins, an Aboriginal girl who feels less-than-comfortable in Margaret Carruthers pressuring her into a scholarship funded by her.
- Mia Morrissey as Nadiyah Zammit, Skye's wife.
- Naarah as Sharelle Muir, a barmaid with an antagonistic attitude towards police.
- Pamela Rabe as Margaret Carruthers, Deadloch's de facto matriarch, descended from the family that colonised the area and suspiciously enthusiastic about making up for her family's past actions, and lives on a large estate.
- Katie Robertson as Vanessa Latham, the wife of Trent Latham.
- Nick Simpson-Deeks as James King, Deadloch's primary forensic examiner, with a less-than-attentive and misogynistic approach to the job.
- Hayden Spencer as Commissioner Shane Hastings, the sexist and brash boss of Dulcie and Eddie.
- Leonie Whyman as Tammy Hampson, an Aboriginal teenage girl determined to become a pro footballer, and best friend of Miranda Hoskins.
- Susie Youssef as Aleyna Rahme, the town's first female mayor, often in Phil McGangus' crosshairs.
- Harvey Zielinski as Gez Rahme, Aleyna Rahme's skittish husband.
- Harry Radbone as Tom O'Dwyer, the son of Skye and Nadiyah. He is bullied by the local boys for his unique family set-up, and tries to adopt homophobic and sexist attitudes in order to join the football team, offending friends Miranda and Tammy.
- Stephanie Jack as Megan Lang, a pushy local journalist.
- Matt Burton as Jimmy Cook, a down-and-out with a track record of performing lewd acts in public, and good friends with Gavin Latham (the brother of the murder victim found on the beach, Trent Latham).
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date |
|1||"Episode 1"||Ben Chessell||Kate McLennan||2 June 2023|
|When the body of Trent Latham washes up on the shores of Deadloch, Senior Sergeant Dulcie Collins is thrust back into detective work after deliberately stepping back to forge a more quiet life with her highly-strung wife Cath. Her initial resistance turns into a strong motivation, but is soon impeded by the arrival of Eddie Radcliffe, a radical, unorthodox detective dispatched from Darwin. Her disorganised, lackadaisical approach to the investigation severely grates, both with Dulcie and the victim's family and associates, but a strong conviction about the case that Dulcie rebuffs as nonsense, and an attempt by Eddie to order to wrap the case up quickly, turns out to potentially be plausible, especially when a notable detail about the victim's body comes into play.|
|2||"Episode 2"||Ben Chessell||Kate McLennan & Kim Wilson||2 June 2023|
|With both Latham brothers now dead, both their bodies without tongues, Dulcie is convinced that there is a link between them, and also the circumstances surrounding the death of the town's previous mayor, Rod Dixon, several years ago, who also washed up on the town's shores. However, Eddie is vocally displeased about following Dulcie's theory, and instead interrogates Phil McGangus, a surly local entrepreneur, and drags along people-pleasing constable Abby on a stakeout. Dulcie takes matters into her own hands and oversees a dramatically-flawed exhumation of the mayor's body, while Eddie's behaviour grows more erratic with her next theory about the possible return of a long-disappeared town heavyweight being behind the Lathams' demise... with Dulcie's night out and Eddie's first night temporarily setting up home in his former hideaway both ending in high drama.|
|3||"Episode 3"||Beck Cole||Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan and Christian White||2 June 2023|
|The body of Sam O'Dwyer - missing for five years - appears on the lake shoreline, with the revelation that O'Dwyer's - and the other victims' - tongue was excised prior to death by strangulation throwing Dulcie, who aims to find a criminal profiler, while her frustration grows with Eddie's refusal to acknowledge her serial killer theory. The discovery of blood on the remnants of O'Dwyer's boat sends Eddie's intense obsession with Phil McGangus - and her apparent desperation to ensure the case is closed as soon as possible - into overdrive, ordering mass DNA testing of all male townsfolk. Abby's determination to delve further into the links between all four victims leads to a revelation that completely alters the direction of the case.|
|4||"Episode 4"||Beck Cole||Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan||9 June 2023|
|With Eddie now open to cooperation with Dulcie, and entertaining the serial killer theory, the two begin looking into the family and associates of Rod Dixon, the first victim. Their investigations are upended by the news Sam O'Dwyer was not killed in the same fashion as the other three men, Cath's clinginess and annoyance at Dulcie's reluctance to impart case details that goes beyond police procedure, the relentless probing of a local journalist, the mayor panicking her authority and the respect for her position is being undermined, Abby's disquiet at having to keep information that could prove vital to the case secret, and a discovery that results in the case being reset, its increasingly scattergun focus disturbing Eddie, with dangerous consequences.|
|5||"Episode 5"||Gracie Otto||Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan and Madeleine Sami||16 June 2023|
|The sight of Jimmy Cook's body in a crucifixion-like state on the beach warps the investigation, and puts Dulcie and Eddie firmly in the Commissioner's firing line - ordering them to find a suspect by nightfall, lest they be replaced as the investigating officers. Their sights become set on Mike - the last person to see Jimmy alive, and former officer within Deadloch Police at the time of the botched investigation into Rod Dixon's death - through an interrogation of whom they uncover a secret the town has made him hide for decades, and also the clues to what could be their next suspect, to Dulcie's dismay at even contemplating such a person, as it places her already fraying relationship with an increasingly clingy Cath under strain. Abby's relationship with James also becomes fraught when his hubris begins to harm the investigation, and forces her to perform forensic testing herself.|
|6||"Episode 6"||Gracie Otto||Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan and Anchuli Felicia King||23 June 2023|
|Dulcie becomes torn between her job and her life outside of it, with friend Skye O'Dwyer now firmly the prime suspect. Abby's intuition - despite some gaslighting from fiancé James - helps lead the team to realise any vessel that may have been used to kill Jimmy and then set up his body on the beach could not have been moored on Deadloch's shoreline, with the private Carruthers Island the likely location... with Dulcie's greatest fears confirmed after finding evidence implicating Skye in Jimmy's death - on top of a lack of an alibi for the night of her father's death. Dulcie's conflicts step up a notch when she learns those closest to her have been secluding vital information, and the investigation becomes hugely more complicated when a protest at a Feastival event surfaces more than just simmering town tensions. Meanwhile, Eddie is finally convinced to let her guard down and not let her past haunt her forever, Marina rebuffs Margareta's offer of a scholarship, and Tom betrays a friendship in order to win favour with the homophobic football team.|
|7||"Episode 7"||Ben Chessell||Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan and Kirsty Fisher||30 June 2023|
|With six more victims recovered from the lake, Dulcie and Eddie are initially puzzled by the lack of a link between these latest victims and the previous, until Abby leads them to believe the killings are motivated by all the victims' past record of violence against women, and questioning dutifully begins on the O'Dwyers, their friends and associates. Their queries uncover a family secret hidden for years, but don't believe they are implicated, bailing them shortly before a car almost kills a group of protesting men, led by Phil McGangus, who then takes charge in ordering an evacuation of all remaining men in Deadloch. Commissioner Hastings, irate at the decision to let the clear suspect in his eyes go - Skye O'Dwyer - takes charge of the investigation, orders the arrest of the questioned women, and presents evidence ostensibly proving they are behind the killings. However, new forensics convinces Dulcie and Eddie that the killer is not a woman - and there's a fox amongst the chickens on the bus full of men speeding out of town...|
|8||"Episode 8"||Ben Chessell||Kate McCartney & Kate McLennan||7 July 2023|
|Dulcie and Eddie are shut out of the case, but together with Abby and Sven secretly continue their investigations outside of Hastings' purview. A naked, bloody, and tongue-less Phil McGangus' arrival back in Deadloch sparks Hastings to concoct a theory that Skye is currently in charge of the bus full of men, and has kidnapped them, taking them to the mainland. Dulcie and Eddie's own work results in the bus being found - crashed over a cliff; evidence, though, proves it was empty at the time, and that one of the men aboard instead hijacked the bus, and has taken the men somewhere secluded, sending the team up into the mountains. There, Eddie is informed something about her past that reshapes her entire outlook on life, while back in Deadloch, the women, locked up all day, receive some home truths about each other. Meanwhile, Miranda and Tammy learn Margaret has not been entirely truthful about who in the family was to blame for the refusal to return Carruthers Island to their Aboriginal tribe.|
Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan are the show runners and producers of the series. "The Kates", as they are nicknamed, were inspired to write a comedy from a set-up similar to that of the UK series Broadchurch after they both watched the series, so much so the working title of the project was Funny Broadchurch. Actress Nina Oyama told the Sydney Morning Herald: “The show is first and foremost a crime show, because of the way it’s laid out, and the way people will keep returning to it will be for the crime-based and mystery-based reasons... But it’s also very funny.” There was also an intention in the production to subvert some of the typical genre tropes, and reverse who are usually considered the victims in society. There is a sub-plot of a First Nations storyline around local teenagers played by Leonie Whyman and Kartanya Maynard.
It was written by McCartney and McLennan along with Kim Wilson, Christian White, Anchuli Felicia King, Kirsty Fisher, and Madelaine Sami. Production on the series got underway in February 2022. Directors on the series included Ben Chessell, Gracie Otto, and Beck Cole. Production is by Andy Walker for Prime Video, Guesswork Television, and OK Great Productions, with Fiona McConaghy as co-producer. McCartney, McLennan, Kevin Whyte, and Tanya Phegan were executive producers. The score was written by Amanda Brown.
The series was received positively. On the review aggregator website Rotten Tomatoes, 100% of 21 critics' reviews are positive, with an average rating of 7.5/10. The website's consensus reads: "An irreverent twist on the crime procedural, Deadloch's addictive mixture of mystery and mordant humor makes most of its corpse-strewn competition look comparably stiff."
In a favourable response from Luke Buckmaster of The Guardian, he gave the series four out of five stars, and praised creators Kate McCartney and Kate McLennan – "They are moving into the next phase of their career, with Deadloch, a narratively richer series that’s dark and dramatic, and often also very funny." In a positive review from Pemi Bakshi of Grazia magazine said that, "the eight-part series blends humour and commentary to bring us a wickedly entertaining take on the detective show genre." In a somewhat more mixed review for website Screen Hub, Stephen A. Russell gave a rating of three stars out of five and commented that "While Deadloch’s far from dead on arrival, its enervating lack of structural ambition did kill a lot of the buzz I had going in."
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