Special Squad (Australian TV series)

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Special Squad
GenreCrime drama
StarringAlan Cassell
Anthony Hawkins
John Diedrich
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes43
Production
Executive producersHector Crawford, C.B.E.
Ian Crawford
Terry Stapleton
ProducersRaymond Menmuir
Ross Jennings
Production companyCrawford Productions
Release
Original networkNetwork Ten
Original release1984 (1984)

Special Squad is an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for Network Ten in 1984.

Overview[edit]

The series focused on an elite division of the Victoria Police, which handled crimes either too sensitive or specialist for regular squads. The Special Squad was headed by Det. Insp. Don Anderson (Alan Cassell), with his main operatives being Det. Snr. Sgt. Greg Smith (Anthony Hawkins), and Det. Sgt. Joel Davis (John Diedrich).

Special Squad was seen by many as an Australian answer to the British series The Professionals both for its focus on action and violence, and the fact that both series were produced by Raymond Menmuir. However, in reality the characters and plotlines were less developed than the British series.

The series lasted for 43 episodes in total.

Cast[edit]

Guest Stars[edit]

Notable guest actors on the show included: Gerard Kennedy, Frankie J. Holden, Tom Oliver, Louise Siversen, Trevor Kent, Vincent Ball, Briony Behets, Grigor Taylor, Bruno Lawrence, Elizabeth Alexander, Gerard Maguire, Monica Maughan, Bartholomew John, Robert Grubb, Bryan Marshall, Billie Hammerberg, Terry Gill, Jackie Woodburne, Judith McGrath, Nick Tate, Leslie Dayman, Maggie Millar, Jane Clifton, Ben Roberts, Betty Bobbitt, Ilona Rodgers, Anne Phelan, Christine Amor, Michael Long, Tommy Dysart, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Episode List[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Trojan Horses"TBATBA ()
22"The Expert"Arch NicholsonJohn Upton ()
33"Code of Silence"TBAVince Moran1984 (1984)
44"Easy Street"TBATBA ()
55"Counterfeit Lady"Patrick EdgeworthArch Nicholson ()
66"The Long Secret"TBAShane Brennan22 July 1984 (1984-07-22)
77"The Second Mr Swift"TBATBA ()
88"The Wurzburg Link"TBATBA ()
99"Same Time Friday"Chris LangmanDavid Wilks and Gerry O'Hara ()
1010"Duel"Arch NicholsonLuis Bayonas ()
1111"The Set Up"Paul MoloneyJohn Upton ()
1212"The Golden Run"Ranald GrahamCatherine Millar ()
1313"Jacko"Arch NicholsonLuis Bayonas ()
1414"Slow Attack"Paul MaloneyPhilip Dalkin ()
1515"Country Girl"Arch NicholsonCliff Green ()
1616"War"Catherine MillarEverett De Roche and Vince Moran ()
1717"Wild Man"Paul MoloneyRanald Graham ()
1818"The Chen Legacy"Chris LangmanShane Brennan ()
1919"Child Of Fortune"Tim BurstallRanald Graham ()
2020"Business As Usual"Mark JoffeShane Brennan and Kris Steele ()
2121"A Wild Oat"Brian Trenchard-SmithLeon Saunders ()
2222"Mates"Rob StewartLuis Bayonas ()
2323"Big Bad World"Howard RubieCliff Green ()
2424"Early Birds"Rob StewartMichael Harvey ()
2525"The Bribe"TBATBA ()
2626"Farewell to a Comrade"Michael CaulfieldShane Brennan ()
2727"In The Cause Of Justice"TBATBA ()
2828"Hot Streets"TBAMichael Aitkens ()
2929"Killer"TBATBA ()
3030"The Patchwork"TBADavid Phillips ()
3131"Brothers"TBATBA ()
3232"Until Death"Rod HardyVince Moran ()
3333"Ghosts"TBAVince Gil ()
3434"The Haley Inheritance"Colin BuddsShane Brennan ()
3535"Suzie's War"Dan BurstallLuis Bayonas ()
3636"Return Of The Cat"John PowerJohn Upton ()
3737"Pigs"Ken CameronShane Brennan ()
3838"Mombasa"TBATBA ()
3939"The Haunting"Tim BurstallLuis Bayonas ()
4040"Rotten Apple"TBATBA ()
4141"Mad Mountain Mumma"TBATBA ()
4242"Life After Teddy"Collin BuddsShane Brennan ()
4343"Gone For The Doctor"TBATBA ()

Home media[edit]

As of July 2021 Crawfords DVD has no plans to release Special Squad on DVD

External links[edit]