There’s just one new Down Under TV series headed to the US in May, but it’s one that fans of The Doctor Blake Mysteries are waiting for: The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories.
For updates about shows from Australia and New Zealand added to US channels and streaming services throughout the month, see the Down Under TV Viewing Guide.
The Blake Mysteries: Ghost Stories
This telefilm opens two-plus years after Dr. Lucien Blake (Craig McLachlan) and Jean Beazley (Nadine Garner, Mr Black, City Homicide) finally got married in The Doctor Blake Mysteries: Family Portrait, the special feature-length episode that brought the popular television series to a close after five seasons.
Set in 1963 after the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, tremors of the changing world are being felt all the way in Ballarat — from which Lucien has been missing for eight months and is presumed dead and where Mrs. Jean Blake is still privately grieving her loss.
Jean is also adjusting to her new life as the first woman elected to the town council while being drawn into the investigation of several murders. The only connection between the homicides seems to be a series of articles about Ballarat’s most infamous unsolved mysteries, written by Martin Carver (Tom Wren, Secret City) and published in The Courier, the newspaper where he is the new editor.
Since Jean knows Ballarat’s history better than anyone and has honed her mystery-solving skills through years of working alongside Lucien, she is determined to help, despite push-back from Chief Superintendent Matthew Lawson (Joel Tobeck, Secret City).
The made-for-TV movie costars Belinda McClory (Corridors of Power) as police surgeon Dr. Alice Harvey, David Whiteley (Jack Irish) as Sergeant Bill Hobart, Ian Rooney (Underbelly) as Cec Drury, Joshua Orpin (Titans) as Constable Peter Crowe, and Emma Annand (Night Shift) as Amy Parks.
For details about the May premieres of shows from the UK, Canada, and Ireland, visit The British TV Place. For those about the debuts of original-language, English-subtitled programs from Europe, visit The Euro TV Place.
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