Matlock Police

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Network Ten (ended 1976)

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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

Michael Pate

Michael Pate

Detctive Sergeant Vic Maddern [Episodes 1 - 192]

Grigor Taylor

Grigor Taylor

Senior Detective Alan Curtis [Episodes 1 - 99]

Peter Gwynne

Peter Gwynne

Detctive Sergeant Jack Maloney [Episodes 196 - 228]

Tom Richards

Tom Richards

Senior Detective Steve York [Episodes 100 - 228]

Vic Gordon

Vic Gordon

Senior Sergeant Bert Kennedy

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