The Doctor Blake Mysteries: episode guide

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The Heart Of The Matter

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Episode 2.01 (11)
Fri, February 07, 2014 (8:30)
Ratings: 951,000 viewers (4th)
Written by Stuart Page
Directed by Declan Eames

Dr Blake returns from China and finds himself thrown straight into a murder investigation when the newly elected mayor of Ballarat is found dead at the bottom of the town hall steps. But threads of betrayal, adultery and double-dealing lead him to some high and low places, and Jean — kept in the dark — worries for him.

Starring: Craig McLachlan as Doctor Lucien Blake, Nadine Garner as Jean Beazley, Charlie Cousins as Senior Constable Charlie Davis, Cate Wolfe as Mattie O'Brien, Joel Tobeck as Chief Supt. Matthew Lawson

With: John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Sara Gleeson as Joy McDonald, Jim Russell as Douglas Calahan, Alison Bell as Adeline Campbell; Carolyn Bock as Frances Trevorrow, Christopher Bunworth as Bruce Beattie, Ian Rooney as Cec Drury, Richard Stables as Carl Laidley, Colin Lane as Graham Trevorrow, Alicia Pavlis as Attractive Clerk, Darren Mort as Town Clerk, Suyee Hughes as Blake's Daughter, Philli Anderson and Chris Weir as Stunt Performers

In memory of Penne Hackforth-Jones, 1949 – 2013

The Food Of Love

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Episode 2.02 (12)
Fri, February 14, 2014
Ratings: 857,000 viewers (4th)
Written by Peter McTighe
Directed by Declan Eames

Doctor Blake must unravel the mystery of the death of an up-and-coming rock'n'roll star, stabbed after a sell-out hometown performance. While Blake investigates, Lawson must try to keep the peace as the town is divided.

With: Cameron Daddo as Howard McArthur, Peter Flaherty as Gerry Bowen, Lara Robinson as Peggy Brown, Matthew McFarlane as Tony Capuano, Nicole Gulasekharam as Shirley Freedman, Gareth Keegan as Reuban Hayes, Daniel Hills as Walker, Steve Danielson as Bobby Lee, Timothy Quabba as Constable Ned Simmons, Mark Diaco as JP MacGuire, Simon King as Mr Freedman, Jez Mitchell-Stewart as Marcus Bowen, James Finlayson-Smith as Drummer, Felix Potier as Bass Player/Guitarist, Tyron Shaw as Guitarist

A Foreign Field

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Episode 2.03 (13)
Fri, February 21, 2014
Ratings: 914,000 viewers (4th)
Written by Marcia Gardner
Directed by Lee Rogers

When the body of a well-dressed man is found dead on a picnic blanket in Ballarat's botanical gardens, Blake determines the cause of death as cyanide poisoning. But when attempts to identify the man fail, Blake is left to rely on a mysterious clue trail to attempt to uncover the identity of his killer.

With: Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Edwina Wren as Elise Patrick, Sibylla Budd as Martha Harris, Mark Casamento as Carmello Benetti, Natasha Herbert as Nola Lundqvist, James O'Connell as Aaron Edwards, Stephen Carracher as John Doe, Mick O'Malley as Foreman, Sue-Ann Walker as Landlady, Ged Cogley as Librarian, Benjamin James as Man in Suit #1, Tony Dundas as Man in Suit #2

Smoke and Mirrors

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Episode 2.04 (14)
Fri, February 28, 2014
Ratings: 975,000 viewers (2nd)
Written by Chelsea Cassio
Directed by Lee Rogers

Pedestrians walk Lydiard Street on a busy Saturday night and are horrified to discover a man has fallen from the Colonists' Club and landed on the footpath in front of them. After surveying the balcony Blake realises the railing is too high for this 'fall' to be an accident. Meanwhile, Lawson is caught up in a hit-and-run involving one of his officers. The only clue linking both incidents is a pouch of brandless tobacco.

With: Freya Stafford as Sarah Alexander, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Ian Rooney as Cec Drury, Jack Finsterer as Lyle Townsend, Kristina Brew as Beatrice Ryan, Stephen Ballantyne as Hugh Dankworth, Paul Moder as Willard Baxter, Mick Lo Monaco as Leon Woods, Lance Anderson as Noel Ashford, Maude Davey as Mrs Ashford, Sebastian Bertoli as Young Man, Craig Bland as Constable Martin, Dean Parker as James Alexander, Davin Taylor as Stunt Performer, Jarrah Cocks as Stunt Performer

Crossing The Line

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Episode 2.05 (15)
Fri, March 07, 2014
Ratings: 871,000 viewers (4th)
Written by Chelsea Cassio
Directed by Pino Amenta

Cinemagoers hurry to safety after a fire breaks out in the projection booth during a packed screening of Hitchcock's Vertigo. Adam Summers has burned to death and every employee and patron in the cinema is a suspect. Meanwhile, Mattie tells Blake about the wedding of the year — Amelia Yorke is marrying wealthy bachelor Vincent Foster. But when Blake discovers the cinema fire was intended to destroy the films and not Adam he looks to the wedding party for answers.

With: Tom Burlinson as Richard Taylor, John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Andrew Blackman as Miles McLaren, Lee Beckhurst as Edward Tyneman, Dena Kaplan as Amelia Yorke, Lauren O'Callaghan as Bella Stapleton, Jesse Velik as Paddy Yorke, Tod Strike as Adam Summers, Nick Russell as Vincent Foster, John Hastie as Stag Film Man

Mortal Coil

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Episode 2.06 (16)
Fri, March 14, 2014
Ratings: 848,000 viewers (5th)
Written by Stuart Page
Directed by Pino Amenta

An extra body is found in a coffin just before it's about to be buried. It turns out to be the body of a local rag and bone man — but why would someone kill him, and go to such elaborate measures to get rid of the body? Soon, Doctor Blake realises that he's been asking the wrong questions — there's more than one body waiting to be discovered. A missing man may even still be alive, but can Blake solve the puzzle in time to save him? But finding the answer involves grappling with his own mortality, and Jean worries as his behaviour becomes more and more out of control.

With: Dennis Coard as Harold Morris, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Dan Hamill as Steven Morris, Andrew S. Gilbert as Martin Callow, Esther Stephens as Lydia Callow, Richard Sutherland as Alfred Poole, Byron Brochmann as Victor Morgan, Glenn Roberts as Andrew Morgan, Bruce Gleeson as Sid Bartel, Dorothy Adams as Edith Woodley, Robert Watt as Malcolm Tucker, Kahli Williams as Nurse, Scott Welsh as Hobo, Christian Butler as Old Woman, Xavier Gouault as Pallbearer, Greg McCully as Pallbearer, Graham Jahne as Stunt Performer

The Silence

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Episode 2.07 (17)
Fri, March 21, 2014
Ratings: 938,000 viewers (3rd)
Written by Pete McTighe
Directed by Declan Eames

Doctor Blake must unravel the mystery of the death of a Ballarat primary school principal, while helping Lawson face some ghosts from his past. Blake and Lawson discover that the dead man was well liked but had many secrets — and left behind a string of women with motives to kill.

With: Kevin Harrington as Donald McAvoy, Anita Hegh as Susan Wooton, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Eloise Oxer as Eva Blackwell, Jessica Clarke as Caroline Palmer, Rarmian Newton as Paul Wooton, Angourie Rice as Lisa Wooton, Timothy Quabba as Constable Ned Simmons, Andrew Broadbent as Joseph Lennox, Hunter Stanford as Bradley

The Ties Of The Past

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Episode 2.08 (18)
Fri, March 28, 2014
Ratings: 932,000 viewers (4th)
Written by Marcia Gardner
Directed by Declan Eames

Art student and life model, Virginia McKay, is brutally killed and her keys are used to steal a painting from the Ballarat Art Gallery. But when the stolen painting is dumped and the thief becomes the victim of a hit and run, Doctor Blake realizes what the perpetrator was really after — a painting by his mother, Genevieve Etienne. While unravelling the current mystery, Blake also uncovers insights into the past that reveal he is indeed his mother's son.

With: Helen Morse as Agnes Clasby, John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Dominic Allburn as Geoffrey Ledwith, Kestie Morassi as Elaine Greenslade, Tamzen Hayes as Virginia McKay; Ian Rooney as Cec Drury, Jo Turner as Barry Johnstone, Andrew Clarke as Brendan Ross, Rick Burchall as [Ted] Baldwin, Alexander Eames as Young Blake, Miranda Nation as Genevieve Ettienne

The Sky Is Empty

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Episode 2.09 (19)
Fri, April 04, 2014
Ratings: 938,000 viewers (3rd)
Written by Chelsea Cassio
Directed by Ian Barry

When beloved Father Morton is found dead in the confessional on a Sunday morning, Blake discovers his death was no accident. As he investigates which of the parishioners might have motive to kill their own priest, Blake also is forced to examine his own beliefs in the almighty, and how they conflict with those of the people he cares about most, especially Jean.

With: Robert Menzies as Mr Michaels, Marg Downey as Evelyn Toohey, Nick Farnell as Father Emery, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Sheridan Harbridge as Celia Lloyd, Lyall Brooks as Ben Lloyd, Petula Clark as Dorothy Turner, Ron Falk as Father Morton

An Invincible Summer

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Episode 2.10 (20)
Fri, April 11, 2014
Ratings: 906,000 viewers (5th)
Written by Stuart Page
Directed by Ian Barry

When members of a wealthy, much respected Ballarat family are discovered brutally murdered in their own home, the town demands justice.

With: John Stanton as Doug Ashby, John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Aaron Jakubenko as Jack Beazley, Rob Maxwell as Owen Dennison, Laura Maitland as Aileen Dennison; Leon Teague as Albert Dennison, Robert Wallace as Clyde Dennison, Timothy Quabba as Constable Ned Simmons, Bryce Hardy as Ray Banford, Sharelle Starr as Ivy Douglas, Scott Reid as Window Cleaner, Terry Brittingham as Drunk, Michael Nolan as Cameron Dennison, Helen Nicholas as Lorna Dennison, Michael Doonan as Samuel Dennsion, Tara Grace as Young Woman, Mark Taylor as Pub Manager, Aleisha Pearson as Maid