Reef Doctors

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Reef Doctors
Genre Drama
Created by Jonathan M. Shiff
Directed by Colin Budds
Grant Brown
Starring Lisa McCune
Matt Day
Rohan Nichol
Richard Brancatisano
Tasneem Roc
Opening theme "Medicine Woman", performed by Billie Jade Hastings
Ending theme "Medicine Woman"
Composer(s) Ricky Edwards
Country of origin Australia
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Jonathan M. Shiff
Julia Adams
Rick Maier
Lisa McCune
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) Jonathan M. Shiff Productions
Distributor ZDF Enterprises
Original network Network Ten (episode 1-2 only)
Eleven (episode 3-13)
Picture format 576i (SDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release 9 June – 7 September 2013

Reef Doctors was an Australian television drama series that premiered on Network Ten on 9 June 2013.[1]


The show revolves around Sam Stewart, the leader of a team of doctors serving the remote Hope Island Clinic.[2] They look after residents of a small island community and neighbouring islands on the Great Barrier Reef, as well as holidaymakers and thrillseekers who visit the area.[3] Sam is a single mother with an unusual interest in venom, hoping to extract the hidden secrets that may have the power to cure fatal diseases.[4]


Reef Doctors is the first non-children's show Jonathan M Shiff has produced. As well as starring in the series, Lisa McCune is a co-producer.[5] Filming commenced on 28 November 2011 in Queensland, around the Great Barrier Reef. Filming finished in April 2012. The series was due to be broadcast from September 2012, but was pushed back to June 2013.[6] [5]

Ratings and reception[edit]

The series received mixed reviews upon its premiere.[7]

The first episode premiered on 9 June 2013 at 6:30pm, attracting low ratings of just 357,000 for Channel Ten. [8]These low figures caused Channel Ten to move the show into a different time-slot, on Fridays at 9:30pm.[9]The show failed to attract reasonable viewing figures in its changed time-slot, and was subsequently moved to Channel Ten's digital channel Eleven from 29 June 2013.[10]



# Title Directed by Written by Original air date Viewers
1"Venom Doc"Colin BuddsJutta Goetze9 June 2013 (2013-06-09)357,000
2"Episode Two"Colin BuddsFiona Wood21 June 2013 (2013-06-21)193,000
3"Episode Three"Colin BuddsMia Tolhurst29 June 2013 (2013-06-29)TBA
4"Episode Four"Colin BuddsSue Hore6 July 2013 (2013-07-06)TBA
5"Episode Five"Colin BuddsJohn Ridley13 July 2013 (2013-07-13)TBA
6"Episode Six"Colin BuddsAnthony Morris20 July 2013 (2013-07-20)TBA
7"Episode Seven"Colin BuddsDeb Parsons27 July 2013 (2013-07-27)TBA
8"Episode Eight"Grant BrownElizabeth Coleman3 August 2013 (2013-08-03)TBA
9"Episode Nine"Grant BrownAnnie Beach10 August 2013 (2013-08-10)TBA
10"Episode Ten"Grant BrownFiona Wood17 August 2013 (2013-08-17)TBA
11"Episode Eleven"Grant BrownMeaghan Rodriguez24 August 2013 (2013-08-24)TBA
12"Episode Twelve"Grant BrownAnthony Morris31 August 2013 (2013-08-31)TBA
13"Episode Thirteen"Grant BrownJutta Goetze7 September 2013 (2013-09-07)TBA


  1. ^ Reef Doctors: Sun, sand and snakes galore | Sydney Morning Herald 16 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013
  2. ^ Sam Dallas Lisa McCune heads up cast of Jonathan M. Shiff's Reef Doctors at, 28 November 2011
  3. ^ David Knox Cameras roll on Reef Doctors at TV Tonight, 28 November 2011
  4. ^ Reef Doctors at Australian Television Information Archive, 26 November 2011
  5. ^ a b Airdate: Reef Doctors | TV Tonight 24 May 2013. Retrieved 4 June 2013
  6. ^ Vickery, Colin (3 September 2012). "Lisa McCune's new series Reef Doctors shelved by Channel 10 until 2013". News Limited. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
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  8. ^ Reef Doctors sinks on debut | The Australian 13 June 2013. Retrieved on 13 June 2013
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