50 years of Homi­cide

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Sun­day Oc­to­ber 19 a re­union was held at Bell’s Ho­tel in South Mel­bourne to cel­e­brate 50 years since the Homi­cide tele­vi­sion se­ries was first screened. For many of us this Craw­ford Pro­duc­tion cop show was the in­tro­duc­tion to how ex­cit­ing Aus­tralian-made drama could be.

Po­lice cars were a big part of the ap­peal. The fol­low­ing makes and mod­els fea­tured over the show’s 12-year span: Stude­baker Lark, Stude­baker Cruiser, XP/XR/XT Fal­cons, HK/HT/ HG Hold­ens and fi­nally VH and VJ Valiants.

Among the hu­man stars to ap­pear at the South Mel­bourne re­union were Leslie Day­man (Snr. Det. Bill Hud­son), Don Barker (Det. Sgt. Harry White), Ger­ard Kennedy (reg­u­lar Homi­cide ‘bad­die’ then star of spin-off se­ries Di­vi­sion 4) and Terry Dono­van (also Di­vi­sion 4).

The re­union was fea­tured on TV news where Les Day­man, who starred in the clas­sic Fal­con pe­riod with the late Len Teale, held up his crooked in­dex fin­ger. This was his old Homi­cide in­jury, the re­porter said.

As Les Day­man later ex­plained to AMC, this hap­pened dur­ing a scene where he was driv­ing a Fal­con po­lice car with Len Teale in the pas­sen­ger seat. He ap­proached the cam­era at speed be­fore slam­ming on the brakes. Both jumped out and slammed the car doors shut.

Door-slam­ming was a Homi­cide trade­mark, only this time Les Day­man mist­imed and jammed his in­dex fin­ger in the door pil­lar. A true pro­fes­sional, he com­pleted the scene be­fore scream­ing out in agony.

He was taken to a doc­tor for treat­ment but the tip of the fin­ger is still bent at right an­gles and re­mains a per­ma­nent re­minder of his happy Homi­cide days. He left the se­ries in 1968.

He re­mem­bers that he and Len Teale were the two des­ig­nated driv­ers dur­ing the Fal­con V8 pe­riod and had some friendly ar­gu­ments over who would drive the car. Len, a ca­pa­ble race driver in his spare time, usu­ally pulled rank when the script called for high-speed chase scenes.

The Homi­cide se­ries is now re­leased in a se­ries of 26 episode DVDs from craw­fords.dvd. com.au

Vol­ume 8 has just been re­leased. Copies of Di­vi­sion 4 episodes are also avail­able.

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