List of The Doctor Blake Mysteries episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for the Australian television drama mystery programme, The Doctor Blake Mysteries. As of 25 March 2016, 36 episodes of The Doctor Blake Mysteries have aired.[1]

Series overview[edit]

Series Episodes Originally aired
First aired Last aired
1 10 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05)
2 10 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07) 11 April 2014 (2014-04-11)
3 8 13 February 2015 (2015-02-13) 3 April 2015 (2015-04-03)
4 8 5 February 2016 (2016-02-05) 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25)

Episodes[edit]

Series 1 (2013)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date Australian viewers
(million)
1 1 "Still Waters" Andrew Prowse Stuart Page 1 February 2013 (2013-02-01) 1.176 (Overnight)[2]

It's 1959 and Doctor Lucien Blake has returned to rural Ballarat to take over his deceased father's medical practice. He has also taken on the role of police surgeon. A woman is found floating dead in Lake Wendouree, and it's discovered that things may not be exactly as they seem when the good Doctor Lucien Blake decides to dig a little deeper. (See Note below)


Guest cast: John Wood, Penne Hackforth-Jones and Ryan O'Kane
2 2 "The Greater Good" Declan Eames Stuart Page 8 February 2013 (2013-02-08) 0.935 (Overnight)[3]

The day before ANZAC day Doctor Lucien Blake runs into a number of old army colleagues who are in town to find two army deserters, but there is no time to catch up and share old memories as Doctor Blake is called away to investigate the horrific death of a morgue attendant.


Guest cast: Neil Pigot, Ben Anderson and Chloé Boreham
3 3 "Death of a Travelling Salesman" Ian Barry Stuart Page & Chelsea Cassio 15 February 2013 (2013-02-15) 1.131[4]
When a travelling salesman dies in a car accident, police blame alcohol. Dr Blake concludes that the victim was not drunk and died before the crash of very unusual causes.
4 4 "Brotherly Love" Andrew Prowse Stuart Page 22 February 2013 (2013-02-22) 1.095[5]

A delirious prisoner on death row tells Dr Lucien Blake that he is innocent of the police shooting for which he is soon to hang. Dr Blake pulls out all stops to uncover the truth.


Guest cast: Daniel Daperis and Sara Gleeson
First appearance of Joy McDonald
5 5 "Hearts and Flowers" Ian Barry Stuart Page 1 March 2013 (2013-03-01) 1.088[6]

When the Begonia Festival's head judge is found burnt to death in his own glasshouse, all eyes turn to two feuding contestants.


Guest cast: John Wood, David Whiteley, Tony Nikolakopoulos, Alinta Chidzey, and Michael Bishop
6 6 "If the Shoe Fits" Andrew Prowse Stuart Page 8 March 2013 (2013-03-08) 1.021[7]

The death of a migrant factory foreman looks like an industrial accident. Dr Blake digs deeper revealing a string of crimes and the ugly side of post war Australia. Meanwhile Jean receives a proposal.


Guest cast: John Wood, Sara Gleeson and Jacek Koman
7 7 "Bedlam" Declan Eames Chris Corbett 15 March 2013 (2013-03-15) 0.836 (Overnight)[8]

A psychiatric inmate is found, murder weapon in hand, at the scene of a brutal murder. The inmate also confesses but is this case as neat as it appears?


Guest cast: John Stanton, Matthew Dyktynski and Lara Jean Marshall
First appearance of Chief Supt. Douglas Ashby
8 8 "Game of Champions" Ian Barry Stuart Page 22 March 2013 (2013-03-22) 0.948[9]

Doctor Lucien Blake is drawn into the new world of television when contestants of a successful TV quiz show start dying.


Guest cast: John Wood and Nicholas Bell
9 9 "All That Glitters" Andrew Prowse Tim Pye 29 March 2013 (2013-03-29) 0.969[10]
A prospector announces to a crowded pub that he has struck gold and is later found dead at the bottom of his mine shaft. The location of the murder triggers distressing war memories for Dr Blake.
10 10 "Someone's Son, Someone's Daughter" Ian Barry Jane Allen 5 April 2013 (2013-04-05) 1.045[11]

The suicide of Ballarat Hospital's first female doctor shocks the community. Dr Lucien Blake suspects foul play and sets out to find the murderer amongst the staff and board of the hospital.


Guest cast: John Wood and Sara Gleeson
Last regular appearance of Constable Daniel Parks

Series 2 (2014)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date AUS viewers
(millions)
11 1 "The Heart of the Matter" Declan Eames Stuart Page 7 February 2014 (2014-02-07) 1.117

Blake returns from Shanghai just as the mayor of Ballarat is murdered. Blake and Superintendent Lawson have to tread carefully among the mayor's many enemies. When Blake's friend, Joy, is also found dead in the same place it becomes personal. A new senior constable Charlie Davis, believed by the Lawson to have been sent by Melbourne to report back on himself and Blake's activities.


Guest cast: John Wood and Sara Gleeson
First regular appearance of Constable Charlie Davis and last appearance of Joy McDonald
12 2 "The Food of Love" Declan Eames Pete McTighe 14 February 2014 (2014-02-14) 1.011

Bobby Lee, lead singer of a rock and roll group, dies in an alley, of a single stab wound, outside Ballarat's concert hall amongst his fans. Blake investigates his fans including a pub owner's 16 year old daughter with a vivid imagination, another fanatical female fan, other band members and a preacher with a violent past who hates the devil's music. Mattie spends the day in a cell after assaulting senior constable Davis.


Guest cast: Cameron Daddo
13 3 "A Foreign Field" Lee Rogers Marcia Gardner 21 February 2014 (2014-02-21) 1.034

The body of a man is found dead by a tree having been there overnight. The autopsy reveals he had been poisoned by cyanide and his clothes have no labels. The last person to be seen with the man was a blonde woman. When his wife appears they believe they have his name but she becomes a suspect, as a blonde, when further investigation reveals the man had multiple identities and lovers. Together with a coded message, which Blake tries to decode, a soviet agent is suspected and a retarded peeping tom may hold a clue. A new pathologist Alice Harvey joins the Ballarat medical team.


Guest cast: Edwina Wren, Sibylla Budd and Mark Casamento
First regular appearance of Dr. Alice Harvey
14 4 "Smoke and Mirrors" Lee Rogers Chelsea Cassio 28 February 2014 (2014-02-28) 1.111
Two seemingly unrelated incidents; the president of the local flying club falling to his death from the balcony of the Colonists Club but with massive internal injuries and a police constable injured in a hit and run. Tobacco smuggling seems to be the connection but the two local pilots have alibis and the only airworthy plane was on the ground. Senior constable Davis falls foul of Superintendent Lawson.
15 5 "Crossing The Line" Pino Amenta Chelsea Cassio 7 March 2014 (2014-03-07) 1.020
When the projectionist dies in a fire in his projection room at the cinema it soon becomes apparent he was murdered. Blake finds in the projectionist room highly flammable 16mm film partially destroyed. A bill found on the dead man for a four poster bed delivered to a derelict mansion owned by Patrick Tyneman's son. Restoring some of the film reveals a pornographic film and Mattie knows one of the participants. Jean has a possible suitor in a fireman who was in the cinema and tried to save the projectionist's life.
16 6 "Mortal Coil" Pino Amenta Stuart Page 14 March 2014 (2014-03-14) 1.002
At a funeral under the weight, the pallbearers drop the coffin, and it bursts open to reveal two bodies. The second body is of an itinerant scrap metal dealer shot in the head. Blake knew the man and using his horse and cart retraces his route to an abandoned shed and evidence of another murder. Lawson and Davis are perturbed by Blake's erratic behaviour that has come to Melbourne's attention. Blake and Lawson dig up another body which leads to a search for a third.
17 7 "The Silence" Declan Eames Pete McTighe 21 March 2014 (2014-03-21) 1.101
The headmaster of the local school is found dead in his office from a blow to the head but the excessive bleeding and enlarged spleen reveal rat poison as a contributing factor. Lawson suspects the deputy headmaster who bullied him at the same school which they attended as youngsters. Blake looks to how the poison was administered and the women involved with the headmaster when a more sinister reason emerges with two siblings at the school.
18 8 "The Ties of the Past" Declan Eames Marcia Gardner 28 March 2014 (2014-03-28) 1.069
We see her hauntingly beautiful smile at the beginning of the show. Is the young woman an object of art or an artist in her own right? Several claim to be her lover, but how was she treated? Blake sees specters of his past at home and at the crime scene. He is called upon to open a door that had been long locked. As the show ends he sits, seemingly contented, in front of a fire that has not been lit for many years. Doors that have been opened cannot be closed again, however, and Dr. Blake must face that his mother’s relationship to the world was more complicated than his younger self could have supposed. This show is critical in understanding his personal quest in the third season.
19 9 "The Sky is Empty" Ian Barry Chelsea Cassio 4 April 2014 (2014-04-04) 1.083
A is for adultery, B is for Bees, C is for Covetousness, D is for Dead. How has Father Mortenson died? Who had motive? Lawson is preoccupied, but why? How many lapsed Catholics find their way to Church? Does Blake feel guilt for his abandonment?
20 10 "An Invincible Summer" Ian Barry Stuart Page 11 April 2014 (2014-04-11) 1.060
Most of the wealthy and philathropic Dennison family is found gunned down, apparently at their breakfast, at the same time the race that opens the show is taking place. Things may not be what they seem.

Series 3 (2015)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date AUS viewers
(millions)
21 1 "King of the Lake" Pino Amenta Michael Harvey 13 February 2015 (2015-02-13) 1.174
A 17 year old champion rower drowns after being thrown into the lake in celebration of a win. Blake is unhappy with the way the extremely fit boy drowned so quickly and with alcohol in his lungs. The boy's obstructive, domineering father with heart trouble hampers the investigation and the boy's recent phobia about the colour yellow may be the key to solving the mystery. Blake offers lodgings to Charlie Davis and in clearing the room finds a medical file on his own mother.
22 2 "My Brother's Keeper" Pino Amenta Pino Amenta 20 February 2015 (2015-02-20) 1.063

The death of a farmer trampled to death in his own cattle pens and a misidentification leads to problems for Blake when Superintendent Ashby is dismissed and replaced by Superintendent Munroe, who is determined to rein in Blake or dismiss him as police surgeon.


First regular appearance of Chief Superintendent Munroe
23 3 "This Time and This Place" Fiona Banks Michael Miller 27 February 2015 (2015-02-27) 1.156
A young woman is shot dead at a Bonfire Night celebration and the police arrest an Aboriginal boy holding a gun in his hand. Blake realises the murder is not that simple and is forced to challenge the racist bias of both the police and the whole town but the evidence clears then condemns the boy. Jean receives a letter that her son's wife is expecting a baby. Blake writes to his daughter in China.
24 4 "By the Southern Cross" Fiona Banks Roger Monk 6 March 2015 (2015-03-06) 1.103
Communist agitators, friends of Mattie from university, descend on Ballarat to cause trouble when a government minister, Mattie's father, is speaking. One of the agitators is found dead and Blake seeks evidence to corroborate forensic evidence on the body. Mattie suspects Charlie is spying on Blake for Superintendent Munroe. Blake is shocked to discover from one of his mother's friends that she died of a diabetic coma.
25 5 "A Night to Remember" Karl Zwicky Jeff Truman 13 March 2015 (2015-03-13) 1.117
When a famous actress is murdered at a charity event at the Colonist's Club, it really does become a Night to Remember.
26 6 "Women and Children" Karl Zwicky Stuart Page 20 March 2015 (2015-03-20) 1.012
A murder in the hospital leads Blake into a maze of sexual politics and revenge.
27 7 "Room without a View" Declan Eames Chelsea Cassio 27 March 2015 (2015-03-27) 1.077
Why does Dr Blake decide to spend the night in the same hotel room where he found a drunken business owner dying just a few hours earlier? How could it be murder if the room was barricaded from within? Who profits from the sale gone bad? Does everyone have a sordid, alcohol-soaked past? Is anyone who They seem to be? Will alcohol continue betraying the mighty and fortifying the weak? Can any escape its influence? Who will keep his or her job? Who will resign? Not all who wander are lost. Not all the proper are upright.
28 8 "Darkness Visible" Declan Eames Stuart Page 3 April 2015 (2015-04-03) 1.205

While investigating the murder of a local magistrate, Dr Blake realises the answers to this crime are inextricably linked with the death of his mother 40 years earlier. A new housekeeper comes as Jean leaves to be with her son. Will the doctor realize all that he has lost and might lose?


Last appearances of Douglas Ashby and Chief Superintendent Munroe

Series 4 (2016)[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
series
Title Directed by Written by Original air date AUS viewers
(millions)
29 1 "The Open Road" Declan Eames Stuart Page 5 February 2016 (2016-02-05) 1.142

It's 1960 and Dr Lucien Blake returns home to find Ballarat hosting a very public stopover in a cross-country, endurance motor race - and a very suspicious death. Chief Superintendent Lawson is seriously injured and retires. Blake recognises his growing feelings for Jean and he takes his mothers engagement ring from his study. A new reporter taken on at the local paper, The Courier, is Lawson's niece Rose Anderson.


Last regular appearance of Chief Superintendent Lawson and first appearance of Rose Anderson
30 2 "Golden Years" Declan Eames Pete McTighe 12 February 2016 (2016-02-12) 1.091

Two businessmen/brothers announce plans for a theme park to glorify Ballarat's goldrush past. The following morning one brother is found dead in the local baths. Doctor Blake soon realises the death is suspicious. Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle replaces Lawson. Mattie O'Brien leaves Ballarat for a new post at St Bartholomew's hospital, London. Blake borrows Jean's engagement ring from her first marriage to have his mother's engagement ring resized.


First appearance of Chief Superintendent Carlyle
31 3 "Lucky Numbers" Fiona Banks Paul Oliver 19 February 2016 (2016-02-19) 1.098
A kidnapping involving the winners of the first ever state lottery leads Blake into a shady world of greed and envy. Solving the case provides Blake with the opportunity to finally propose to Jean just as Mei Lin, Blake's wife presumed dead, arrives at the front door.
32 4 "Against The Odds" Fiona Banks Stuart Page 26 February 2016 (2016-02-26) 1.125
A jockey dies the morning after a big win. Carlyle is in debt to a bookmaker who is one of the suspects. Blake's household is strained with Jean and Mei Lin under the same roof. Mei Lin leaves to stay in a hotel and Blake puts the engagement ring away.
33 5 "The Price of Love" John Hartley Chelsea Cassio 4 March 2016 (2016-03-04) 1.088
When a soldier is killed during a routine training exercise, Doctor Blake investigates soldiers and their wives involved in a promiscuous circle of swapping partners. When another soldier's separated wife is found dead and a woman working in the army laundry cannot be found another motive surfaces being investigated by Blake's old commanding officer, Major Derek Alderton, who seems reluctant to co-operate.
34 6 "A Difficult Lie" John Hartley Paul Jenner 11 March 2016 (2016-03-11) 1.081
When a reporter's body, Terry Reynolds, is discovered on the 18th hole at the local golf course, Blake is called in to investigate Reynolds who had enemies at the golf course and the newspaper The Courier. Rose helps to uncover the secrets Reynolds had amassed and a secret of her editor Edward Tyneman. An article in The Courier about Mei Lin's return strains further Blake and Jean's relationship.
35 7 "For Whom The Bell Tolls" Ian Barry Sarah Lambert 18 March 2016 (2016-03-18) 1.018
A fireman, Cec Drury's brother, falls from the Ballarat Fire Station bell tower in front of Mei Lin. What appears to be a suicide turns into a murder investigation of his colleagues who were all attending a fire. Rose brings pictures to Jean of Mei Lin arguing with Major Alderton and Jean overhears him threatening her. Mei Lin confesses to Blake that Alderton had been using her and threats against their daughter to get at Blake.
36 8 "The Visible World" Ian Barry Stuart Page 25 March 2016 (2016-03-25) 1.059
Blake takes a pistol to the Ballarat observatory to meet Major Alderton who tries to blackmail Blake into returning to the army with Mei Lin for service in the growing Indo-China war. As the sky darkened during the eclipse Alderton is stabbed in front of Blake. When a knife is found in Mei Lins's room Blake is arrested. From his cell Blake has to solve the murder before he is taken to Melbourne by the Special Branch and then Mei Lin confesses.

Note[edit]

Episode one Still Waters was dedicated in memory of Kathryn Seabrook, a young actress who committed suicide.

References[edit]

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