The series, which focusses on “the fast-paced working life and complicated relationships of a diverse range of uniformed cops and plainclothes detectives” begins shooting in May.
Gary Sweet will play Superintendent Jack Finch and Denise Roberts is cast as Inspector Diane Pappas. The two veteran actors join Kate Ritchie as Detective Senior Constable Samantha Cooper and Martin Dingle Wall as her partner, Detective Senior Constable Rhys Llewellyn. Tom O’Sullivan stars as Senior Constable Nathan Holt, with Ria Vandervis as Senior Constable Roxanne Perez, along with Kelly Paterniti as Probationary Constable Priscilla Smith and Graeme Squires as Probationary Constable Daniel Vandermark.
Roy Billing is Senior Sergeant Graeme Sinclair and Damian de Montemas is forensic expert Matt “Matilda” Hilton.
Nine has released more details on the show, first revealed by TV Tonight last November:
These police officers working in a busy Local Area Command are the new frontline of law and order. The territory of COPS L.A.C. covers the inner city, the harbourside and the eastern beaches of Sydney, from lowlifes to high society and everything in between. Their brief is to fight and control crime on their turf. From shoplifting to murder, small-time drug deals to major organised crime, these cops see it all every day.
At the L.A.C. dedicated officers work and play side-by-side. They are passionate cops on the beat, the first ones at the crime scenes; savvy plainclothes detectives marked by their gut instinct and tenacity; naive recruits uncertain if they’ll make the grade; daring undercover officers flirting with danger; ambitious superintendents juggling politics with policing; and forensics experts with hi-tech toys.
It’s a competitive, pressure-cooker environment where the line between professional and personal relationships is easily blurred, and it takes plenty of grit, grunt and humour to get these cops through the day. Theirs is a tough and unpredictable job where some succeed beyond their wildest expectations while others fall by the wayside.
Jo Horsburgh, Head of Nine Drama says, “We are really excited about COPS L.A.C. It has great scripts, a fantastic cast, and all the ingredients for another exciting Aussie drama series from Nine.”
Significantly, the series will be produced in-house by the Nine Network, which hasn’t been attempted since Canal Road.
It will screen later in 2010.