Loy­al­ties will be tested

Doc­tor Lu­cien Blake faces per­sonal and pro­fes­sional chal­lenges.

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The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies Sea­son 5 Wed­nes­days (from 26 April) ITV Choice (*123) 20:30

Com­bin­ing medicine and detective work is a spe­cialty that Lu­cien Blake (Craig McLachlan) has mas­tered over the last four sea­sons of The Doc­tor Blake Mys­ter­ies (2013- cur­rent). But by the end of sea­son 4 (May 2016), the med­i­cal ex­am­iner and sleuth from the Bal­larat Po­lice Sta­tion in ’50s Aus­tralia’s skills failed him and he was thrown in the slam­mer for mur­der. As the new in­stal­ment kicks off, just a week af­ter it airs in Aus­tralia, Craig teases that “Blake’s got his hands full with new chal­lenges and en­e­mies, but hope­fully there will also be time to find love through all the mys­tery work”.


And he couldn’t be more right about Lu­cien get­ting some part­ner­ship as sea­son 5 waves good­bye to the ’50s and hello to the ’60s. While the lead ac­tor is stay­ing tight lipped on Blake sweet­en­ing his deal with house­keeper Jean Bea­z­ley (Na­dine Gar­ner), show co- cre­ator Ge­orge Adams teases that “Doc­tor Blake and his long-suf­fer­ing house­keeper and con­fi­dante will face a new fu­ture to­gether that’s full of pos­si­bil­i­ties. But life has a few more sur­prises in store for both of them…”


Fans will have to make do with­out Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Frank Car­lyle this sea­son. Ac­tor Rodger Corser was cast in the lead of Aussie drama se­ries Doc­tor Doc­tor (2016- cur­rent) and doesn’t have space in his sched­ule to re­turn. But some­one who is com­ing back is Anna McGa­han, who will reprise her role as jour­nal­ist Rose An­der­son.

While Doc­tor Blake’s pro­duc­tion com­pany has kept a lid on any leaks, they have re­vealed one or two predica­ments that the good doc will deal with in sea­son 5. They say that “Blake will face mys­ter­ies in the box­ing ring, vine­yards, gypsy camps and more as loy­al­ties are tested, friend­ships bro­ken and faiths are chal­lenged”.

Dr Blake and house­keeper Jean could be get­ting cosy.

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