Mur­der and may­hem with Dr Blake ........

Craig Mclach­lan hopes for more meaty roles af­ter his mys­tery se­ries, writes

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Wood and Penne Hack­forth-Jones.

Na­dine Gar­ner plays Dr Blake’s re­cep­tion­ist and house­keeper Jean Bea­z­ley while Joel Tobeck ( Xena: War­rior Princess, Lord Of The Rings: The Re­turn of the King) is Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Matthew Law­son. The se­ries is set in 1959 in ru­ral Vic­to­ria.

McLach­lan hopes The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies proves to be a turn­ing point in his ca­reer, and he gets to re­turn as Dr Blake for at least an­other sea­son.

He says it would ce­ment in the minds of Aus­tralian pro­duc­ers and cast­ing agents that there is more to his act­ing skills than Henry, over­alls and curls.

‘‘For some­one who has had such a lengthy act­ing ca­reer you yearn for an op­por­tu­nity for a meet­ing on one of those meatier roles,’’ he says.

‘‘You just hope au­di­ences tune in and en­joy the show and fin­gers crossed we get to do a cou­ple of more sea­sons.’’

Fri­days, 8.30pm, ABC1.

Craig McLach­lan as Dr Lu­cien Blake

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