The Doctor Blake Mysteries: episode guide

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The Open Road

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Episode 4.01 (29)
Fri, February 05, 2016
988,000 viewers (1st)
Written by Stuart Page
Directed by Declan Eames

Blake returns home to Ballarat without Jean, to find himself thrown straight into another murder investigation; Ballarat is hosting a stopover in a round-Australia race, and a young mechanic has been found dead underneath another competitor's car. There's pressure from business to wrap up the investigation quickly, but Blake has dealt with that kind of interference before. But when Lawson is run down, Blake finds himself facing a very different case. And Jean's absence — and the appearance of an intrusive reporter — only makes things more complicated.

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

With: Joel Tobeck as Chief Superintendant Matthew Lawson, John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Anna McGahan as Rose Anderson, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Adam Zwar as Herbert Jones, Petra Yared as Beryl Routledge, Will McLachlan as Trevor McKenzie, Linc Hasler as Ross 'Bomber' Denman, David Pledger as Clive Hildebrande, Sam Young as Errol Moore, Adam Stafford as Hugh Masterson, Timothy Quabba as Ned Simmons

Golden Years

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Episode 4.02 (30)
1.142m viewers (1st)
Fri, February 12, 2016
Written by Pete McTighe
Directed by Declan Eames

Blake meets new Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle, and helps him investigate the apparent drowning of prominent businessman Reg Foster. Blake soon establishes that Reg didn't drown where he was found and begins the hunt for the murder site, hoping that will reveal his killer. Meanwhile, Carlyle grills several suspects from the corrupt councilman to the aggrieved lover to bereaved family members. But it's only when Blake eventually finds the site of Reg's murder that the pieces begin to fall into place...

Starring: Craig McLachlan as Doctor Lucien Blake, Nadine Garner as Jean Beazley, Rodger Corser as Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle, Charlie Cousins as Senior Constable Charlie Davis, Cate Wolfe as Mattie O'Brien

With: Anna McGahan as Rose Anderson, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Diana Glenn as Valerie Foster, Geoff Paine as Neil Foster, David Cormick as Reg Foster, Emily Taylor as Norma, Lester Ellis Jr as Murray, Justin Hosking as Lionel Young, Robert Van MacKelenberg as Sam Seeley; Timothy Quabba as Ned Simmons [uncredited]

Note: Rodger Corser's debuts as the new Chief Superintendent after Joel Tobeck's departure in the previous episode (I assume due to filming commitments in NZ). Cate Wolfe exits as well this episode.

Lucky Numbers

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Episode 4.03 (31)
Fri, February 19, 2016
886,000 viewers (1st)
Written by Paul Oliver
Directed by Fiona Banks

When the wife of the winner of the first ever state lottery is kidnapped and held for ransom, Blake is drawn into a world of state-sponsored gambling and tabloid newspaper reporting. Greed, envy and social mobility are the buzzwords of the new age. Meanwhile, marriage is in the air for Mattie and Joe, and maybe even for Jean and Lucien. But will Blake have the time to propose before a figure from his dark past arrives?

Starring: Craig McLachlan as Doctor Lucien Blake, Nadine Garner as Jean Beazley, Charlie Cousins as Senior Constable Charlie Davis, Anna McGahan as Rose Anderson, Rodger Corser as Chief Superintendent Frank Carlyle

With: John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Lee Beckhurst as Edward Tyneman, Ling Cooper Tang [Ling Hsueh Tang] as Mei Lin, Lily Jones as Elizabeth Chapman, Dom Phelan as Cliff Weston, Trudy Hellier as Irene Henderson, James Saunders as Laurie Chapman, Debra Lawrance as Mrs Gilmore, Shaye Hopkins as Judith Chapman, Ryan Faucett as Rod Brunel, Alice Cavanagh as Dulcie Young, Dean Kirkright as Tom O'Reily, Chris Wallace as Bluey, Timothy Quabba as Ned Simmons [uncredited]

Against The Odds

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Episode 4.04 (32)
Fri, February 26, 2016
876,000 viewers (2nd)
Written by Stuart Page
Directed by Fiona Banks

A local jockey dies on the racecourse at Ballarat Racetrack the day after his very last win, surrounded by a bevy of nefarious characters. Complicating matters for Doctor Blake is that the deceased is Agnes Clasby's beloved nephew, Alexander. What had Alexander gotten himself involved in at the track? Blake's home life is been thrown into chaos by the arrival of Mei Lin; the wife he thought had died almost 15 years ago during the fall of Singapore...

With: Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Ling Cooper Tang as Mei Lin, Helen Morse as Agnes Clasby, Damien Richardson as Terrence Noonan, David Ross Paterson as Bradley Tennant, Shanyn Asmar as Ada McCrae, Kaiya Jones as Robyn Dawson, Chris Bidlo as Diederick Bronkhirst [Dutchy], Chris Pace as Shane Heywood, Mick Corrigan as Alexander Martin

The Price Of Love

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Episode 4.05 (33)
Fri, March 04, 2016
858,000 viewers (2nd)
Written by Chelsea Cassio
Directed by John Hartley

When a young soldier is killed during a routine training exercise, Doctor Blake finds himself at the Ballarat Military Base and again facing his old nemesis, Major Derek Alderton. Meanwhile, Blake is distracted by a missing persons case which is looking more like a murder. Blake soon finds the answers in a place he least expects.

With: Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Ling Cooper Tang as Mei Lin, Michala Banas as Joyce Ellis, Neil Pigot as Major Derek Alderton, Angus Grant as Lieutenant Keith Ellis, Elizabeth Friels as Daisy Rogers, Chris Stipic as Lieutenant Ben Rogers, Rebecca Mezei as Kelly Forsythe, Jake Pike as Walter Johns, Marty Rohne as Mr Tan

A Difficult Lie

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Episode 4.06 (34)
Fri, March 11, 2016
858,000 viewers (1st)
Written by Paul Jenner
Directed by John Hartley

When a reporter's body is discovered on the 18th hole at the local golf course, Blake is called in to investigate whether an errant ball killed the man, or whether he was the victim of foul play. He'll soon discover a web of intrigue, embezzlement and blackmail leading back to The Courier newspaper, and the new Editor, Edward Tyneman.

With: John Wood as Patrick Tyneman, Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Ling Cooper Tang as Mei Lin, Mark Mitchell as Harvey Treloar, Francis Greenslade as Clayton Richardson, Lee Beckhurst as Edward Tyneman, Damian Callinan as Lyall Phillips, Nick Barkla as Alec Richardson, Dominic Deutscher as Freddie Wilson, Ian Rooney as Cec Drury, Laurence Eagle Breuls as Terry Reynolds; Neil Pigot as Major Alderton [uncredited], Georgina Walker as Iris Quinn [uncredited]

For Whom The Bell Tolls

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Episode 4.07 (35)
Fri, March 18, 2016
794,000 viewers (3rd)
Written by Sarah Lambert
Directed by Ian Barry

An investigation into what initially appears to be a routine suicide becomes personal when Cec Drury begs Blake to find out who really killed his younger brother, Rod. When it becomes clear he's dealing with a murder, Blake's investigation uncovers an insurance scam, a second murder and a dark secret at the heart of the Ballarat fire station and it's volunteer fire service. Meanwhile Jean may have discovered a secret about Mei Lin that will call into question everything she's told Blake since her arrival into their lives...

With: Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Ling Cooper Tang as Mei Lin, Neil Pigot as Major Alderton, Paul Denny as Mick Lancaster, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Ian Rooney as Cec Drury, Marco Chiappi as Theodore Rowe, Lachlan Woods as Dale Hardy, Jacob Allen as Neil Kirby, Todd Levi as Rod Drury, Penny Larkins as Kathleen Drury, Ben Anderson as Sergeant Hannam; Timothy Quabba as Ned Simmons [uncredited], uncredited as Patricia

The Visible World

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Episode 4.08 (36, finale)
Fri, March 25, 2016
833,000 viewers (5th)
Written by Stuart Page
Directed by Ian Barry

Tensions have reached boiling point between Doctor Blake and Major Alderton — Blake now knows Alderton has been using Mei Lin in a psychological game of cat and mouse against him. So when Alderton is found dead at Ballarat Observatory during a once in a century eclipse, and the police learn Blake was at the scene, and fled, the hunt for the killer turns back onto Blake himself...

With: Belinda McClory as Alice Harvey, Ling Cooper Tang as Mei Lin, Ditch Davey as Llewellyn Sullivan, Neil Pigot as Major Alderton, David Whiteley as Bill Hobart, Joanne Trentini as Joanna Bainbridge, Ben Anderson as Sergeant Hannam, Georgina Walker as Iris Quinn, Ian Rooney as Cec Drury