THE MYS­TERY OF DOC­TOR BLAKE

The Sunday Mail (Queensland) - TV Guide - - NEWS - By Colin Vick­ery

“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.

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

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