Matlock Police

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Matlock Police

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Matlock Police was the third of the Crawford police series to go to air, and is probably the most fondly remembered.

Set in a large country town some 100 miles from Melbourne, Matlock Police depicted the day-to-day work of country police, acheiving a distinctly Australian flavour in the process.

While these days regarded by many as merely a pre-cursor to Blue Heelers, Matlock Police not only established the country policing format very successfully, it was notably more country-based than is Blue Heelers, which relies heavily on suburban-type crimes.

Notable for being the struggling O-10 Network's first successful drama series, the program also launched the acting career of Paul Cronin, whose character of motorbike cop Senior Constable Gary Hogan was popular enough to get its own spin-off series - Solo One - in 1976.

Contrary to all published reports, it was Matlock Police - not Number 96 - which was the first Australian drama program to feature full-frontal nudity, in the form of a brief "blink-and-you'll-miss-it" skinny-dipping sequence in the first episode.moreless

Paul Cronin

Paul Cronin

Senior Constable Gary Hogan

Michael Pate

Michael Pate

Detctive Sergeant Vic Maddern [Episodes 1 - 192]

Tom Richards

Tom Richards

Senior Detective Steve York [Episodes 100 - 228]

Grigor Taylor

Grigor Taylor

Senior Detective Alan Curtis [Episodes 1 - 99]

Peter Gwynne

Peter Gwynne

Detctive Sergeant Jack Maloney [Episodes 196 - 228]

Vic Gordon

Vic Gordon

Senior Sergeant Bert Kennedy

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  • A pretty good cop show.

    7.8
    A pretty good cop show. If this is a show that you do not normally watch and you are sitting at home with nothing to do, you are going to wish you had it on tape. Having it "on tape" had become the generic term for recorded programs. Today you are more likely to have the show on Tivo or DVR than VHS, or god forbid Beta!! It is kind of like how a lot of people still call CD's "records" or "albums." Anyway, back to the show. This is the type of show that is really pretty good if you would just give it a chance. So on those cold, lonely, rainy days, pop in your tape or DVR or whatever if you were smart enough to tape it. If not, check to see if it is on as a re-run. After all, as they say, if you have never seen it, it is new to you.moreless
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