Cast returns to Doctor Blake

By David Knox on June 16, 2013 / Filed Under News 11

Dr Blake (Craig McLachlan)The Doctor Blake Mysteries will begin filming a second series in late July with a further ten episodes.

Returning are Craig McLachlan as Dr Lucien Blake, Nadine Garner as housekeeper Jean Beazley, Cate Wolfe as district nurse Mattie O’Brien and Joel Tobeck as Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson.

In series two, Doctor Blake encounters mysteries around every corner; the church, politics, art, rock’n’roll. Nothing is sacred and no one is safe.

ABC TV Head of Fiction, Carole Sklan said “Craig McLachlan and the talented team at December Media have created a terrific maverick character in Doctor Blake and we are thrilled to see him back with co-stars Nadine Garner, Joel Tobeck and Cate Wolfe.”

December Media’s Head of Drama and series creator, George Adams, said,
“We are delighted the doctor is back in the house and once again he is opening a medicine cabinet full of murder and mystery set against the iconic backdrop of Ballarat in the late 1950s. We cannot wait to get started.”

Writers Stuart Page and Chelsea Cassio return and Marcia Gardner and Pete McTighe join the writing team.

Declan Eames and Ian Barry will again direct and this series will also see episodes directed by Lee Rogers and Pino Amenta.

Filming on series two will commence in Victoria on 29 July 2013.


  1. Alba143 December 8, 2013 at 4:28 am -

    Just finished airing this week on BBC1……..really enjoyed it. Glad to hear that another series is in the pipeline. Hopefully BBC1 will pick up the second series, although our BBC is unpredictable and have been known to cancel really great shows even though they have good TVR’s.

  2. Nadine June 17, 2013 at 10:30 am -

    Great to see almost the whole cast is returning. Rick Donald’s the only one that isn’t returning by the looks of it (guessing this is due to his US pilot being picked up).

  3. A. June 17, 2013 at 1:56 am -

    I’m glad. Even if I can’t watch it. As for there being so many murders. That’s where suspension of disbelief comes in. I mean should there really be so many murders in Cabot Cove or St. Mary Mead or Midsomer (even if the latter is an area rather than town) ? That’s not mentioning other famous places with detectives or amateur sleuths.

  4. Bazza June 16, 2013 at 9:52 pm -

    One of the best drama/mystery programs to be produced in Australia in many years. Very high production values, superb acting, engaging stories.

    Understated, yes. But that is part of its unique Australian flavour.

  5. D@GP June 16, 2013 at 5:31 pm -

    How wonderful to hear that Pino Amenta is still working. He directed many stellar episodes of (to name just a few) The Sullivans, Carson’s Law and All the Rivers Run for Crawfords decades ago.

  6. kylielou June 16, 2013 at 2:37 pm -

    I really enjoyed The Dr Blake Mysteries. Love Nadine Garner and Craig McLachlan, both great Aussie actors. Can’t wait to see season 2!

  7. stevie g June 16, 2013 at 12:20 pm -

    It took me a few views to warm to it, but ended up loving Dr Blake by the end. Yes sure it’s implausable that so many murders happened in Ballarat in the 50s, but the acting and the accuracy of the era were quite spellbinding.

  8. Jennome June 16, 2013 at 10:09 am -

    I really tried to like it – I really wanted to like it, but the whole premise was really stretching credulity, as most of these amateur detective shows usually do.

    It really needs livening up, it was very low key.

  9. TasTVcameraman June 16, 2013 at 9:52 am -

    Fantastic Australian produced show. Good to see that Australians can do wonders with good scripts and excellent acting. Shame about only been ten episodes though.

  10. 2paw June 16, 2013 at 9:34 am -

    Excellent televisual news. It took me a few episodes to warm to Dr Blake, but then I was glued to the screen every Friday. Can’t wait for the next series. And the way things are going BBC-wise, we could do with a few more excellent drama series like Blake.

  11. nik c June 16, 2013 at 8:30 am -

    Season 1 was great! I’ll enjoy this when it returns next Feb! ABC as quality drama!

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