Blue Heelers

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Blue Heelers
Blue Heelers Logo (2004).jpg
Premiere January 18, 1994
Finale June 4, 2006
Creator Tony Morphett,
Hal McElroy
Network/Provider Seven Network
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Southern Star
Seasons 13
Episodes 510
Origin Australia

Blue Heelers is a long-running Australian police drama series and is one of Australia's best-loved dramas. It is, to this date, Australia's most popular drama, at its peak drawing 2.5 million viewers, and Australia's longest running weekly primetime drama series equaling Homicide in 2006, in terms of episodes aired (510). However, Homicide lasted one calendar month longer. It has also gained recognition in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, and Canada where it has a strong following in syndication.

The series focused primarily on the police officers of the Mt. Thomas Victoria Police station and the inhabitants of the small town with the high crime rate, Mt. Thomas. There was always something happening in Mt. Thomas and the cops always had a big job sorting out the towns problems. The small town experienced many things including bank robberies, escaped criminals, police shootings, murders, kidnapping and an endless supply of deluded criminals; the police station was even bombed in 2004. With all these events happening, the cops, or "The Heelers", were kept busy all the time but, they could always call on the assistance of the police in nearby, larger town St. Davids. Along with their police work, the Heeler's personal lives regularly made their way into the series and, the most well-known of these, is the relationship between colleagues Maggie and PJ which ended in Maggie's death; that moment was one of the most watched moments on Australian television. The whole station was like a family where everybody usually got on but, like families, there are always disagreements. These were usually settled over a bar at the Imperial, the copper's pub where Chris was always ready to listen.

Blue Heelers has launched the careers of many Australian actors such as Lisa McCune, Grant Bowler, Ditch Davey, Rachel Gordon, Tasma Walton, Charlie Clausen and Jane Allsop. Many of these are still most known for their character on Blue Heelers. Many major actors have also been able to call Mt. Thomas home such as Hugh Jackman, Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Peter O'Brien and John Howard. Then there are the Blue Heelers veterans, John Wood and Julie Nihill have been with Blue Heelers during its entire 12-year run and played Snr. Sgt. Tom Croydon and publican Chris Riley.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Billed Cast
John Wood Senior Sergeant Tom Croydon 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Julie Nihill Chris Riley 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
Martin Sacks Senior Detective P.J. Hasham 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Lisa McCune Acting Sergeant Maggie Doyle 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
William McInnes Sergeant Nick Schultz 1 2 3 4 5 11 12
Grant Bowler Constable Wayne Patterson 1 2 3
Ann Burbrook Roz Patterson 1
Damian Walshe-Howling Constable Adam Cooper 1 2 3 4 5 13
Tasma Walton Constable Dash McKinley 4 5 6
Paul Bishop Sergeant Ben Stewart 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Rupert Reid Constable Jack Lawson 6 7 8
Jane Allsop Senior Constable Jo Parrish 6 7 8 9 10 11
Caroline Craig Sergeant Tess Gallagher 7 8 9 10
Ditch Davey Senior Detective Evan Jones 8 9 10 11 12 13
Simone McAulley Senior Constable Susie Raynor 10 11 12 13
Geoff Morrell Sergeant Mark Jacobs 11 12
Rachel Gordon Senior Detective Amy Fox 11 12 13
Samantha Tolj Constable Kelly O'Rourke 11 12 13
Danny Raco Constable Joss Peroni 11 12 13
Charlie Clausen Acting Sergeant Alex Kirby 12 13
Matthew Holmes Constable Matt Graham 12 13
Season numbers in red indicate a recurring or guest role in that season.

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
Seven Network
Season One January 18, 1994 November 22, 1994 45
Season Two February 22, 1995 November 22, 1995 41
Season Three February 12, 1996 November 26, 1996 42
Season Four February 10, 1997 November 25, 1997 42
Season Five February 24, 1998 November 25, 1998 41
Season Six February 10, 1999 November 24, 1999 42
Season Seven February 9, 2000 November 22, 2000 41
Season Eight February 21, 2001 November 28, 2001 41
Season Nine February 13, 2002 November 20, 2002 41
Season Ten February 12, 2003 November 26, 2003 42
Season Eleven February 4, 2004 November 17, 2004 39
Season Twelve February 2, 2005 November 23, 2005 42
Season Thirteen April 1, 2006 June 4, 2006 11

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets: Region 4
The Complete First Season November 2, 2005 6


The Complete Second Season - Part 1 December 1, 2005 5


The Complete Second Season - Part 2 December 1, 2005 5


The Complete Third Season - Part 1 February 16, 2006 6


The Complete Third Season - Part 2 February 16, 2006 5


The Complete Fourth Season - Part 1 April 6, 2006 6


The Complete Fourth Season - Part 2 April 6, 2006 5


The Complete Fifth Season - Part 1 June 8, 2006 6


The Complete Fifth Season - Part 2 June 8, 2006 5


The Complete Sixth Season - Part 1 August 10, 2006 6


The Complete Sixth Season - Part 2 August 10, 2006 5


The Complete Seventh Season March/April 2008


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