THE MYSTERY OF DOCTOR BLAKE
“HAVE you shagged the housekeeper yet?”
That is what Craig McLachlan was asked by one of his surfer mates when he was catching a wave on holidays last week.
Like all fans of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, McLachlan’s friend was keen to know whether Dr Lucien Blake is finally ready to commit to Jean Beazley ( Nadine Garner).
The relationship between Lucien and Jean has been the heart and soul of the ABC mystery series. By the end of last year’s third season the pair had headed off to Adelaide together – obviously in love.
Surely it is time for wedding bells. After all, it is 20 years since the death of Lucien’s wife Mei Lin in Singapore.
“If I had a dollar for every time someone has come up to me and said, ‘ Listen, sort it out with Jean will you’,” McLachlan says.
“I think it is time for Lucien to move on with his life. I believe Lucien is ready to take the next step.”
This year the show moves from the 1950s to 1960. Two new characters will be introduced to shake things up. Underbelly Razor’s Anna McGahan plays a young journalist, Rose. Rodger Corser ( The Beautiful Lie) will also join the cast as a character the producers are keeping under wraps.
“The big thing for us is ticking all the boxes – maintaining all of those things that work and that the audience respond to – while keeping it fresh,” McLachlan says.
“We’ve got so much better since season one at telling the murdermystery part of the story. Back then, we would run out of colours for all of the script amendments.
“Now, before we get to a shooting script we will know the mystery is watertight. That frees us up to really examine the human side of the stories, including Lucien and Jean.
“Now there’s a confidence with the show that we certainly didn’t have early on. Hopefully we can proudly march into a season five if it all goes well.”
THE DOCTOR BLAKE MYSTERIES ABC, FRIDAY, 8.30PM