Location: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Homicide was an Australian television police procedural drama series made by Hector Crawford's production firm Crawford Productions for the Seven Network. It was the television successor to Crawfords' radio series D24. The 'consummate Homicide cast' includes the four characters that are the best known: Detective Senior Sergeant David 'Mac' MacKay (Leonard Teale), Detective Sergeant Peter Barnes (George Mallaby), Inspector Colin Fox (Alwyn Kurts) and Senior Detective Jim Patterson (Norman Yemm).
The series dealt with the homicide squad of the Victorian Police force and the various crimes and cases the detectives are called upon to investigate. Many episodes were based directly on real cases, although the characters (including the detectives) were fictional. Five hundred and ten episodes were produced and aired from 20th October 1964 to January 1977 (12 years and 6 months), making it the longest-running Australian weekly primetime drama in history.
The key actors were:
- Leonard Teale, Detective Senior Sergeant David 'Mac' MacKay, 361 episodes
- George Mallaby, Detective Sergeant Peter Barnes, 268 episodes
- John Fegan, Inspector Jack Connolly, 206 episodes
- Alwyn Kurts, Inspector Colin Fox, 185 episodes
- Gary Day, Senior Detective Phil Redford, 135 episodes
- Norman Yemm, Senior Detective Jim Patterson, 130 episodes
- Charles 'Bud' Tingwell, Inspector Reg Lawson, 126 episodes
- Don Barker, Detective Sergeant Harry White, 120 episodes
- Les Dayman, Senior Detective Bill Hudson, 105 episodes
Other multiple-episode actors included Dennis Grosvenor, John Stanton, Lionel Long, Bill Hunter, and Gus Mercurio. Joan Letch was the actress who played in the most episodes, 23, as various characters.
Scripts explored a number of major social issues, such as:
- pack rape (episode 21)
- prostitution (episode 23)
- loneliness, suicide and mercy killing (episode 31)
- the occult (episode 34)
- police shooting of criminals (episode 76)
- road safety (episode 123)
- drugs (episode 128)
- the plight of pensioners (episode 208)
- pollution (episode 314)
- use of firearms (episode 405)
- homosexual bashing (episode 411)
- youth gangs (episode 434)
- child abuse (episode 463)
- the dangers of hitch-hiking (episode 478)
- IMDb: Homicide; accessed 20 May 2020.
- Wikipedia: Homicide (Australian TV series); accessed 20 May 2020.