Mclach­lan gives Brits Aussie grit

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CRAIG McLach­lan’s hit ABC se­ries The Doc­tor Blake Mysteries has been picked up by the BBC to pro­vide Bri­tons with some ‘‘Aussie grit and hu­mour’’. The Aus­tralian ac­tor plays the ti­tle role of Lu­cien Blake in the pe­riod drama, which is set in the Vic­to­rian gol­drush town of Bal­larat in 1958. Blake is a crime-fight­ing coun­try doc­tor haunted by his ex­pe­ri­ences in World War Two. The 10-part se­ries pre­miered in Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary, with pub­lic broad­caster the ABC con­firm­ing a sec­ond se­ries later that month. McLach­lan (pic­tured) is best known in the UK for play­ing Henry Ram­say in the long-run­ning soap Neigh­bours and for his role as Ed Rus­sell in hit BBC se­ries Bugs. ‘‘We are de­lighted that the un­con­ven­tional Doc­tor Blake will be pro­vid­ing tra­di­tional Aussie grit and hu­mour as well as in­trigu­ing and in­tel­li­gent mys­tery to BBC Day­time’s suc­cess­ful drama lineup,’’ says Sue Deeks, BBC head of pro­gram ac­qui­si­tion.

The Doc­tor Blake Mysteries: Se­ries two, com­ing in 2014, ABC1.

– ROBERT DEX

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