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A Lethal Combination

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Episode 5.01 (37)
Sun, September 17, 2017
772,000 viewers (7th)
Written by Paul Oliver
Directed by Ian Barry

Doctor Lucien Blake and his long-suffering housekeeper and confidant Jean Beazley face a new future together in a new season, full of possibility… but life has a few more surprises in store for the both of them. Once again they'll be confronted by murder and mystery at every turn. From the boxing ring to a new French bistro, from an exotic camp of travelling Romani gypsies to the local Debutante Ball… Ballarat is slowly changing.

And amongst all of this, loyalties will be tested, friendships will be strained and faith will be challenged. Will Blake and Jean finally find the happiness they so richly deserve? Is Charlie ready for more responsibility at the Station? How will Rose work with two generations of the Tynemans? And who is the avenging nemesis from the past?

Doctor Blake is ready to solve a series of strange and shocking crimes. But he's about to discover that each and every one of his actions has consequences. And no good deed ever goes unpunished…

In the first episode, an exhibition boxing match in Ballarat turns sour when one of the boxers is seemingly beaten to death in front of hundreds of witnesses. Now Blake must try and determine a cause of death, even as all eyes turn to the boxer's seemingly unscrupulous opponent… Charlie's younger brother Ray.

Starring: Craig McLachlan as Doctor Lucien Blake, Nadine Garner as Jean Beazley, Charlie Cousins as Senior Sergeant Charlie Davis, Anna McGahan as Rose Anderson, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Joel Tobeck as Chief Superintendant Matthew Lawson

With: John Waters as Bernie Thompson, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Ethan Panizza as Ray Davis, Anne Wood as Shirley Davis, Steve Adams as Gus Jansons, Greg Fryer as Lou Dixon, Ellie Gangitano as Tracey Corelli, Timothy Quabba as Ned Simmons, Troy Coward as Mickey Ellis, Peter Rossi as Sean Flanagan

Sorrow Songs

Episode 5.02 (38)
Sun, September 24, 2017
Written by
Directed by

The murder of a beautiful gypsy woman takes Blake inside the intriguing and exotic world of Romani travellers passing through Ballarat. Part of a different world, deeply misunderstood… or are they?

After all, at Edward Tyneman's request The Courier has been publishing stories on a series of thefts in town that just so happen to coincide with their arrival. And Rose is the one who has discovered the victim's body. Just why was she there so late at the camp that night, taking photographs of a 'gypo wedding'?

So even as Blake tries to win their trust during his investigation, he will be constantly met with suspicion and oftentimes-outright hostility. If the Romani cannot trust the police, why should they trust the Police Surgeon?

And Lawson, newly restored to his position as Chief Superintendent at the Station, will begin to realise how limited his involvement will be in the field from this point onward. He's going to learn how to do this job all over again, in an entirely different way to how he was previously accustomed.

As always Jean will help Lucien in his investigation, asking the right questions, providing comfort when and how she can… all of which coincides with this new relationship dynamic between the two of them. Yes, there has always been rumours in town about the Doctor and his 'housekeeper', but Jean always knew the truth — that it was all just idle gossip. But now… things have changed. Desire and propriety rear their ugly heads, forcing Jean to truly wrestle with the implications for her faith.

With: Lee Beckhurst, Nicole Chamoun

The Call Of The Void

Episode 5.03 (39)
Sun, October 01, 2017
Written by
Directed by

When a French Chef is found murdered in the freezer of a restaurant the night after an impromptu police raid, Bill Hobart quickly finds himself becoming the chief suspect in the case — especially when it appears the victim, Phillipe, has probably been beaten to death, and Hobart himself admits to dealing out some punishment during the raid. What could possibly have driven Hobart to resort to this kind of violence? What was the point of his late night raid?

As Doctor Blake waits for the body to thaw, the police soon discover that Phillipe has for some time been the victim of the local rumour-mill; gossip about his sexuality and the true nature of his relationship with the owner of the restaurant, Henry, has run rampant. Henry has only recently returned to Ballarat after many years abroad. When he as good as admits during his police interview that he and Phillipe were lovers, Lawson and Charlie are faced with the fact that homophobia looks to be the obvious motive.

And amidst all of this Jean too will also be subjected to local gossip about the propriety of her evolving relationship with Blake — gossip that Lucien, as always, seems to be blissfully unaware of.

Things quickly go from bad to worse when Blake's autopsy findings seem to only further incriminate Hobart, who is suspended from duty after admitting he went back to Henry and Phillipe's house that night. Could one of Lawson's own be guilty of murder? And just how hard does Charlie look into the wrongdoings of his fellow officer, after Hobart so recently did all he could to protect Charlie's brother during a similar murder investigation?

With: Felix Nobis

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Episode 5.04 (40)
Sun, October 08, 2017
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Controversial writer Patricia Neville has finally returned to her old hometown, armed with a new novel that promises to excoriate Ballarat and it's many inhabitants — as evidenced by a book reading at the local library that quickly devolves into violence and chaos. But when she's found dead the next morning with her sister Eve unconscious beside her, seemingly part of some murder-suicide pact, Blake has to search out some truths about the place in order to understand how and why the woman died.

Blake will quickly discover all is not as it seems. Eve is a devout Catholic — so why would she try to commit the mortal sin of suicide? Why does Patricia's publisher, Angus Reed, seem so emotionally unaffected by his most successful client's murder? Who is the man who drunkenly interrupted Patricia's book reading, and swore she'd 'get hers' sooner or later? And if both sisters ingested poison, then how was it administered? There's no trace of it in the house...

As he investigates, Blake will butt heads with Charlie, who has been tasked with additional responsibility and authority by Lawson, seemingly as some kind of test. Is Charlie ready to show he has what it takes to one day take the reins at this Station?

Blake will come face to face with the Neville's horrible family legacy, a curse he can do nothing to lift. He'll turn to the whole 'family' to try and decode Patricia's mysterious final novel, and its web of intricately drawn characters.

And for the first time he and Jean will be forced to confront the fact that the road towards their impending nuptials may not be as straightforward as they'd initially hoped.

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