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THE premise here is that Kal­go­or­lie, in Aus­tralia’s se­ri­ously wild west, is the tough­est po­lice beat in the world. But for­tu­nately, the rozzers who work there are even tougher. As well as be­ing tol­er­ant, sym­pa­thetic and keen on their jobs. Or so they tell the cam­eras, any­way.

And speak­ing of cam­eras, this new se­ries is a bril­liantly con­ceived, shot and edited in­tro­duc­tion to the al­most in­com­pre­hen­si­ble ex­cesses, drunk­en­ness and vi­o­lence pow­ered by the gold­fields.

The beat con­cerned is also the big­gest on Earth, ap­par­ently, at a mil­lion square kilo­me­tres. It is in the hands of 215 fairly re­mark­able rozzers and, frankly, they’re wel­come to it.

The whole thing, for fans of that se­ries, is re­mark­ably like Dead­wood. Ex­cept it’s real. Punches hurt, skulls get cracked, pubs serve real beer, hook­ers can’t shout for help with their hair and make-up, and the lan­guage is less re­fined.

‘‘ You’re go­ing to have to visit a brothel be­fore you’ve re­ally been part of Kal­go­or­lie,’’ ex­plains a fetch­ing prac­ti­tioner.

At one point, the po­lice are called to a club/pub where a stat­uesque young woman from across the Tas­man, who is al­most wear­ing a leop­ard-print

Good ad­vice: A Kal­go­or­lie cop

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