Doc­tor needs treat­ment

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I AMu­nashamedly a nos­tal­gia devo­tee, par­tic­u­larly with re­spect to Aus­tralian tele­vi­sion pro­duc­tions. How­ever, in the case of the Dr Blake Mys­ter­ies no amount of lo­cal nos­tal­gia is suf­fi­cient to mask the sig­nif­i­cant blem­ishes in the se­ries. For a start, the plot is to­tally un­be­liev­able. AnMDdis­ap­proved of but em­ployed by po­lice au­thor­i­ties vir­tu­ally sin­gle­hand­edly con­duct­ing all in­ves­ti­ga­tions while the gen­darmerie sits around idly. Both the writ­ing and the act­ing leave much to be de­sired. We can be proud of a sig­nif­i­cant num­ber of lo­cal pro­duc­tions. Rake and East-West are re­cent ex­am­ples of this. Un­for­tu­nately, the Dr Blake Mys­ter­ies is not.

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