Rush (2008 TV series)

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GenrePolice procedural
Created byJohn Edwards
Christopher Lee
StarringRodger Corser
Callan Mulvey
Claire van der Boom
Josef Ber
Nicole da Silva
Ashley Zukerman
Jolene Anderson
Kevin Hofbauer
Antony Starr
with Samuel Johnson
and Catherine McClements
Composer(s)Stephen Rae
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Editor(s)Rodrigo Balart
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Entertainment
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576p (SDTV)
1080p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release2 September 2008 (2008-09-02) – 17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
External links

Rush is an Australian television police drama that first screened on Network Ten in September 2008.[1] Set in Melbourne, Victoria, it focuses on the members of a Police Tactical Response team. It is produced by John Edwards and Mimi Butler for Endemol Australia, which was branded as the Southern Star Group during production of the series.

In late October 2011, text phrasing on the cover art of Entertainment One's DVD release of the fourth series first indicated Rush would not return for another series, meaning series four would be its last.[2] Soon after, the production company, known at the time as the Southern Star Group confirmed with TV Tonight that a fifth series had not been commissioned. Network Ten did not issue any press releases stating the wrapping up of Rush, instead then Executive Producer of Drama and Production at Network Ten, Rick Maier, issued a statement on the shows official Facebook page, "While we don't discount a return series, it is not on the cards at this stage – but we do intend to finish season four with a bang, literally."[3]


Rush follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on the real life Victoria Police Critical Incident Response Team, a highly mobile unit that fills the operational gap between general duties police and the SWAT-like Special Operations Group. The team is seen responding to violent incidents such as carjackings, suicides and armed offences.

Most of the episodes involve at least one main plot, with one or two smaller subplots throughout each episode. In some cases, they will focus on one plot, while the personal lives tend to fall into the form of smaller subplots that span over a number of episodes. Usually the team is divided into two, one team per case, with the team taking the minor subplot meeting up with the major team at some stage throughout the episode. The usual six-person team is split between two vehicles known as TR01 and TR02.

In series four, the composition of the plot was revamped with only one large and extensive arc featured throughout the 13 episodes, as opposed to the story-line structure of prior series.[4]


The pilot for Rush, originally titled Rapid Response, was filmed in 2004 and based on an earlier Police Rescue script.[5] The pilot featured several characters and cast who did not return for the series, including Matthew Le Nevez, Libby Tanner and Corinne Grant. The series was initially rejected but years later was picked up for production when the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike affected Ten's imported shows.[6]

Sergeant Dominic "Dom" Wales, played by Josef Ber, was originally scripted to be killed in the first season, however during production Van der Boom asked to be released. Her US working visa had been approved and being a "Residency Visa", required her to move to the US. As such, the character of Grace was killed off instead.[7] Jolene Anderson joined the cast for the second series, from 16 July 2009.[8][9] The series is filmed in Victoria in both regional and metropolitan areas.

A third season of Rush was announced by Channel Ten on 25 September 2009. It premiered in the time-slot of 8:30pm on 22 July 2010.[10]

A thirteen-episode fourth season was confirmed by Channel Ten's Executive Producer of Drama and Production, Rick Maier on 12 November 2010. He stated "Rush continues to deliver great stories, great stunts and some of the best performances on TV".[11] Filming for the fourth season began on 6 May 2011.[12]


First series characters (from left to right): Leon Broznic, Dominic Wales, Grace Barry, Brendan Joshua, Lawson Blake, Stella Dagostino, Michael Sandrelli and Kerry Vincent.

Main cast[edit]

Actor/actress Character Rank Past Rank/s Tenure Episodes
Rodger Corser Lawson Blake Senior Sergeant 2008–2011 01–70
Callan Mulvey Brendan 'Josh' Joshua Sergeant 2008–2011 01–70
Claire van der Boom Grace Barry Senior Constable 2008 01–11
Josef Ber Dominic Wales Sergeant 2008–2010 01–51
Nicole da Silva Stella Dagostino Senior Constable Constable 2008–2011 01–70
Ashley Zukerman Michael Sandrelli Senior Constable Constable 2008–2011 01-65
Samuel Johnson Leon Broznic Intelligence Officer 2008–2011 01-70
Catherine McClements Kerry Vincent Superintendent Inspector 2008–2011 01-70
Jolene Anderson Shannon Henry Sergeant Senior Constable 2009–2011 14-70
Kevin Hofbauer Christian Tapu Constable 2010–2011 36-70
Antony Starr Charlie Lewis Senior Sergeant 2011 58-70

Special Guest Cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Season Episodes
Asher Keddie Jacinta Burns 2 7

Guest cast[edit]

Actor/Actress Character Season Episodes
Todd MacDonald Connor Barry 1 6
Kate Jenkinson Nina Wise 1,2 4
Maia Thomas Sandrine Wales 1,2 4
Zed Ledden Brian Marshall 1,2 3
Adam Zwar Martin 'Marty' Gero 1,2 2
Paul Ireland Boyd Kemper 2 5
Luke Arnold [13] Constable Elliot Ryan 2 2
Nathaniel Dean Andrew Kroinin 2,3 5
Camille Keenan Intelligence Officer Audrey Khoo 3 15
Jane Allsop Tash Button 3,4 12
Ella Shenman Minka Button 3,4 6
Ian Meadows James Vincent 3,4 5
Emily Wheaton Amber Cushing 4 9
Elena Mandalis Anna Vargis 4 8


Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 13 September 2, 2008 (2008-09-02) November 25, 2008 (2008-11-25)
2 22 July 16, 2009 (2009-07-16) November 26, 2009 (2009-11-26)
3 22 July 22, 2010 (2010-07-22) December 16, 2010 (2010-12-16)
4 13 September 1, 2011 (2011-09-01) November 17, 2011 (2011-11-17)

DVD releases[edit]

Season Date Released # Of Episodes # Of Discs Special Features
The Complete 1st Series 30 July 2009 13 4 Behind the scenes.
The Complete 2nd Series: Volume One 3 December 2009 12 3 None
The Complete 2nd Series: Volume Two 1 April 2010 10 3 None
The Complete 3rd Series: Volume One 2 December 2010 12 3 None
The Complete 3rd Series: Volume Two 3 March 2011 10 3 None
The Complete 4th and Final Series 15 December 2011 13 3 None
The Complete Series 1–4 5 December 2012 70 19 Behind the scenes (Series 1 only)

Awards and achievements[edit]

Awards and Nominations
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2011 Logie Awards Most Popular Actor Callan Mulvey Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Catherine McClements Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama Rush Nominated
Most Popular Drama Rush Nominated
Screen Music Awards Best Music in a drama series or serial Stephen Rae (for episode 3.16) Nominated
2010 AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series Rush - John Edwards and Mimi Butler Won
2009 AWGIE Awards Television Series John O'Brien and Christopher Lee (for episode 1.04) Won
Logie Awards Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Ashley Zukerman Nominated
Most Outstanding Actor Callan Mulvey Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Claire van der Boom Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie Rush Nominated
2008 AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series Rush - John Edwards and Mimi Butler Nominated
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Callan Mulvey Nominated

International distribution[edit]

Country Channel Year Dubbed or Subtitled?
 India FOX Crime 2009 –
 Ireland RTÉ 2009 –
 Norway TV2 2009 – Subtitled
 Czech Republic AXN 2009 – Dubbed
 Serbia AXN 2009 – Subtitled
 Slovakia AXN 2009 – Dubbed
 Hungary AXN 2009 – Dubbed
 Poland AXN, TV4 2009 – Dubbed
 Belgium vtm 2009 – Subtitled
 Hong Kong FOX Crime 2009 – Subtitled
 South Africa MNET 2009 –
 Saudi Arabia MBC 4
MBC Action
2009 – Dubbed
 Romania AXN 2009 – Subtitled
 Portugal AXN 2009 (Pilot)
2010 (Regular broadcast) –
 Tuvalu Television Tuvalu 2010 –
 Spain Nitro
2010 – 2012 Dubbed
 New Zealand TV One 2010 –
 Italy IPTV di Telecom Italia 2010 – Dubbed
Rai Premium 2012 –
 Estonia Fox Crime 2010 – Subtitled
 Finland YLE TV2 2010 – Subtitled
 Bulgaria AXN 2011 – Dubbed
 Israel IBA 3 2011 – Subtitled
 Philippines GMA News TV 2012 –
 Taiwan PTS Main Channel
2012 – Subtitled
 Iran IRIB 1 2013 – Dubbed
 United States Hulu Plus, Tubi TV 2013 Entire series available for streaming

season 1 is on Tubi TV

 France Numéro 23 2014 – Both
 Germany AXN 2015 – dubbed

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Knox, David (20 August 2008). "Airdate: Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  2. ^ Knox, David (31 October 2011). "Rush …. "axed" via DVD". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  3. ^ Knox, David (9 November 2011). "TEN: Rush will end "with a bang."". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. ^ "About the show". Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  5. ^ Knox, David. Rush – First Review, TV Tonight, 28 August 2008.
  6. ^ Knox, David (23 August 2008). "Police Rescue DNA in Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  7. ^ Lynch, Sean. "Interview – Claire van der Boom". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  8. ^ Knox, David (22 December 2008). "Jolene Anderson to join Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  9. ^ Knox, David (12 June 2009). "Jolene Set To Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  10. ^ AndrewB (3 July 2010). "Season return of Rush..." Throng. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  11. ^ Knox, David (12 November 2010). "Renewed: Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  12. ^ "In Production". Film Victoria.
  13. ^ "Luke Arnold to play Michael Hutchence in TV series about INXS". 4 April 2013. Retrieved 30 March 2014.

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