Duggan (TV series)

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Genre Drama
Written by Donna Malane
Marion McLeod
Directed by John Laing
Yvonne Mackay
Starring John Bach
Fiona Mogridge
Toby Leach
Theme music composer Gareth Farr
Country of origin New Zealand
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production company(s) Gibson Group
Communicado Productions
Original network TVNZ
Original release 1 October 1997 – 1 September 1999

Duggan was a TVNZ police drama from 1997, featuring New Zealand actor John Bach as Detective Inspector John Duggan and Fiona Mogridge as Ruth Duggan. Unlike other New Zealand police drama series, Duggan was produced as a series of one-off programmes, akin to British crime series of the time such as Inspector Morse and Midsomer Murders. In all, 13 episodes were made between 1997 and 1999.


Duggan follows the investigations of John Duggan, an initially retired Police Detective Inspector who becomes involved in various murder investigations near his home in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of the South Island of New Zealand. As such, the show mainly takes place in the Sounds, Picton and Wellington.

Having retired from his job after the death of his wife, he is initially reluctant to resume his police work. However he is convinced back in the first telefeature, Death in Paradise. Through the show he works to uncover complex murder plots against the backdrop of small-town New Zealand in the late 1990s.

Ironically, production of the series was briefly delayed by a major real-life crime, the 1998 New Years Day murder of Ben Smart and Olivia Hope.

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