Murder Call

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Murder Call
Main cast
Created by
Country of originAustralia
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes56
Producer(s)Peter Askew
Production location(s)Sydney
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Entertainment
Original networkNine Network
Original release11 August 1997 –
9 October 2000

Murder Call is an Australian television series, created by Hal McElroy for the Southern Star Entertainment and broadcast on the Nine Network between 1997 and 2000. The idea to the series was born from books of the Tessa Vance series by Jennifer Rowe: Suspect/Deadline and Something Wicked. Both books were integrated as episodes in the TV series.


With a young high-tech 1990s feel and just a touch of 1940s retro charm, Murder Call follows a classic clue–puzzle plot, combining mystery, action and suspense, spiked with humour, romance and a touch of the bizarre.

The series deals with the cases confronted by an unconventional team of homicide detectives, Tessa Vance and Steve Hayden. Backing them up are:

  • The boss – Inspector Malcolm Thorne
  • Pathologist – Dr Imogen Soames
  • Forensic officer – Dr Lance Fisk (Ph.D.)
  • Crime scene photographer – Constable Dee Suzeraine


Murder Call was filmed in Sydney and unlike a lot of shows based in Sydney, often shot the less spectacular side of the city. The exterior of the Homicide station was filmed at Ashington House (formerly AFT House/Delfin House), on O'Connell Street in Sydney.

The cast[edit]

Notable guest stars[edit]

Season One[edit]

Season Two[edit]

Season Three[edit]


Murder Call ran for three seasons and produced 56 episodes. For more information see List of Murder Call episodes.

Season Episodes Originally aired Network
Season premiere Season finale
1 16 11 August 1997 23 November 1997 Nine Network
2 20 7 July 1998 24 November 1998
3 20 21 April 1999 9 October 2000

Home media[edit]

It was announced by Via Vision Entertainment in March 2019 that they would be releasing the complete collection of Murder Call on DVD.

Title Format Episodes Discs Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Murder Call Season 01 DVD 16 3 3 April 2019 None Via Vision Entertainment
Murder Call Season 02 DVD 20 5 5 June 2019 Murder Call: Deadline Via Vision Entertainment
Murder Call Season 03 DVD 21 5 4 September 2019 TBA Via Vision Entertainment

Available At (National Film and Sound Archives)[edit]

Season Title NFSA Content Available For Viewing
Murder Call (Season 01) DOCUMENTS

Drawings Of The Floor Layout Design For Sets.

Promotional Coaster


Series Poster


Episodes 01 and 07

Episode 01 (Format: Disc)

Episode 07 (Format: Tape)

Murder Call (Season 02) Murder Call: Deadline
Murder Call (Season 03)

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