Mclachlan gives Brits Aussie grit
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