Special Squad (Australian TV series)
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|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||43|
|Executive producer(s)||Hector Crawford, C.B.E.|
|Production company(s)||Crawford Productions|
|Original network||Network Ten|
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.
- Alan Cassell as Det. Insp. Don Anderson
- Anthony Hawkins as Det. Snr. Sgt. Greg Smith
- John Diedrich as Det. Sgt. Joel Davis
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, Betty Bobbitt, Ilona Rodgers, Anne Phelan, Christine Amor, Michael Long, Tommy Dysart, and Ben Mendelsohn.
|Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date|
|3||3||"Code of Silence"||TBA||TBA||1984|
|6||6||"The Long Secret"||TBA||Shane Brennan||22 July 1984|
|7||7||"The Second Mr Swift"||TBA||TBA|
|8||8||"The Wurzburg Link"||TBA||TBA|
|9||9||"Same Time Friday"||TBA||TBA|
|11||11||"The Set Up"||TBA||TBA|
|12||12||"The Golden Run"||TBA||TBA|
|14||14||"Slow Attack"||Paul Maloney||Philip Dalkin|
|18||18||"The Chen Legacy"||TBA||Shane Brennan|
|19||19||"Child Of Fortune"||TBA||TBA|
|20||20||"Business As Usual"||TBA||Shane Brennan|
|21||21||"A Wild Oat"||TBA||TBA|
|23||23||"Big Bad World"||TBA||TBA|
|26||26||"Farewell to a Comrade"||TBA||Shane Brennan|
|27||27||"In The Cause Of Justice"||TBA||TBA|
|34||34||"The Haley Inheritance"||TBA||TBA|
|36||36||"Return Of The Cat"||TBA||TBA|
|41||41||"Mad Mountain Mumma"||TBA||TBA|
As of September 2020 Crawfords DVD hasn't Released Special Squad on DVD.
|Title||Format||Ep #||Discs/Tapes||Region 4 (Australia)||Special Features||Distributors|
|Special Squad (Complete Collection)||DVD||43||N/A||N/A|
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