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 Budds Jutta Goetze 9 June 2013 (2013-06-09) 357,000
2 "Episode Two" Colin Budds Fiona Wood 21 June 2013 (2013-06-21) 193,000
3 "Episode Three" Colin Budds Mia Tolhurst 29 June 2013 (2013-06-29) TBA
4 "Episode Four" Colin Budds Sue Hore 6 July 2013 (2013-07-06) TBA
5 "Episode Five" Colin Budds John Ridley 13 July 2013 (2013-07-13) TBA
6 "Episode Six" Colin Budds Anthony Morris 20 July 2013 (2013-07-20) TBA
7 "Episode Seven" Colin Budds Deb Parsons 27 July 2013 (2013-07-27) TBA
8 "Episode Eight" Grant Brown Elizabeth Coleman 3 August 2013 (2013-08-03) TBA
9 "Episode Nine" Grant Brown Annie Beach 10 August 2013 (2013-08-10) TBA
10 "Episode Ten" Grant Brown Fiona Wood 17 August 2013 (2013-08-17) TBA
11 "Episode Eleven" Grant Brown Meaghan Rodriguez 24 August 2013 (2013-08-24) TBA
12 "Episode Twelve" Grant Brown Anthony Morris 31 August 2013 (2013-08-31) TBA
13 "Episode Thirteen" Grant Brown Jutta Goetze 7 September 2013 (2013-09-07) TBA


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