BACK TO BALLARAT

Dr Lu­cien Blake HAS LONG SINCE LEFT TOWN AND SO MUCH IS DIF­FER­ENT NOW FOR THOSE CLOS­EST TO HIM, THE RES­I­DENTS AND EVEN THE VIC­TIMS FOR WHOM HE SOUGHT JUS­TICE...

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Noth­ing stops Jean weigh­ing in on strange go­ings-on

Blake’s NEAR­EST & DEAR­EST Jean Blake

( NA­DINE GAR­NER) For Jean, beloved house­keep­er­turned-wife of Lu­cien, life for­ever al­tered when he just dropped out of sight two years af­ter they were mar­ried. Rais­ing her two kids on her own, Jean now re­lies on the strength that helped her through the losses she en­dured in World War II. Far worse, there’s been no trace of her hus­band af­ter he went AWOL chas­ing a killer. Al­ways prag­matic, Jean’s de­ter­mined to forge on, us­ing her fount of his­toric lo­cal knowl­edge, and her po­si­tion as a newly elected shire coun­cil­lor to fol­low in Lu­cien’s bold foot­steps as an am­a­teur, cape­less crime-fighter!

Chief Su­per­in­ten­dent Matthew Law­son

( JOEL TOBECK) Ballarat’s po­lice chief was re­ly­ing on his sergeant Char­lie Parks to suc­ceed him as top cop in Ballarat, but he’s now a de­tec­tive in Mel­bourne. It was a loss that shocked Matthew, set to reel again as his “brother” Lu­cien van­ished! The big­gest ef­fect of these losses is that Char­lie now plays pro­tec­tor for Jean – and what’s more wor­ry­ing is that she’s now play­ing de­tec­tive! It could all go badly wrong and get her killed! He has to make best of a bad sit­u­a­tion but at least he’s got Alice to rely on, now she’s Ballarat’s po­lice sur­geon. They’re good friends – and per­haps they could be much more…

Doc­tor Alice Har­vey

( BELINDA MCCLORY) Work­ing in the po­lice morgue has al­ways brought out the best of Alice’s self-con­fi­dence and ca­pa­bil­i­ties, but the po­ten­tial­ity of fall­ing in love with Matthew has caught her un­awares. He’s made her a lit­tle ner­vous by hes­i­tat­ing to pro­fess his love; and that’s wor­ried her even more be­cause she fears peo­ple will think he hired her to take over from Lu­cien be­cause he loves her! Lu­cien’s loss also gives Alice the rare op­por­tu­nity to in­ter­act with liv­ing peo­ple in­stead of just corpses, some­thing which is anath­ema to her! But with Jean’s knowl­edge of ro­mance and life, Alice hopes to turn her life around. And in ex­change, she’ll trade her dark se­crets to help Jean catch the crooks!

Se­nior Sergeant Bill Ho­bart

( DAVID WHITE­LEY) Slowly in­gra­ti­at­ing him­self year-on-year with the Blake fam­ily, Bill re­mains Matthew’s con­duit at the sta­tion but, over time, re­cent trans­gres­sions like at­tack­ing sus­pected ho­mo­sex­u­als has be­smirched Bill’s char­ac­ter, en­sur­ing he won’t in­herit Matthew’s man­tle as Ballarat’s Chief Su­per!

Cec Drury

( IAN ROONEY) Like Jean, Cec is only other lo­cal who knows the ins and outs of Ballarat. As Lu­cien’s long­time friend, he’s will­ing to break or bend a few rules for Blake’s widow, even al­low­ing Jean a mem­ber­ship into the Old Colonists’ male-only club. He’ll give her a shoul­der to cry on, an ear when­ever she needs it and a drink when she wants one. If that helps Jean catch some crim­i­nals, the bet­ter for it.

THE BLAKE MYS­TER­IES: GHOST STO­RIES NOW AIR­ING ON SEVEN Jean (Na­dine Gar­ner) con­sid­ers her­self an un­of­fi­cial crime­buster!

SUPT LAW­SON JEAN & ALICE

SGT HO­BART

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