The fifth season will follow on from Sea Patrol's warmly received fourth season, which garnered respectable and consistently good ratings among the sought after 18- to 54-year-old demographic. Average audiences numbers were frequently in the 1.2 million region.
Fifty years of Logies and they finally learned to play it safe. On television's night of nights there were no prize upsets, and barely any of the unscripted highlights for which the show has become so well known.
Kate Ritchie managed to fend off a surge by ABC personalities to take home the Gold Logie at the 50th TV Week Logie Awards.
"The only reason I'm disappointed about winning is I won't get to hear Chris Lilley's acceptance speech," she said. And she was right. Lilley was certainly a crowd favourite on the night, drawing big cheers from his peers for his chameleon work in Summer Heights High, a show in which he not only starred, but also created.
Still it was Kate Ritchie's big night, scoring both Gold and Silver as Most Popular Actress. Clearly viewers were not about to forget her ...
Spotlighting the drama found aboard a patrol boat for the Royal Australian Navy (RAN), this much-anticipated show hails from creative mind of Hal McElroy, the producer of Water Rats and Blue Heelers, and stars some of Australia's best talent in Lisa McCune (Blue Heelers), Ian Stenlake (Stingers), John Batchelor (All Saints, Stingers, Farscape) and Josh Lawson (Home And Away, Thank God You're Here). Tune in to see how this crew protects Australia's watery borders.
The series cost $15 million to make, making it one of Australia's most expensive television series of all time. It was filmed between the 9th of October 2006 and the 20th of February 2007. The second season, titled Sea Patrol II: The Coup, saw the addition of Kirsty Lee Allan to the series in a starring role for her first proper role on television. Also joining the cast, in a recurring position, are Alan Dale (Neighbours, Lost, The OC, 24, Ugly Betty), Dajana Cahill (Mortified, Monarch Cove) and Ditch Davey (Blue Heelers, Police Files: Unlocked).