“Doctor Blake Mysteries” returns with new episodes this fall on Saturdays at 8 p.m. This Australian series set in 1959 opens with Dr. Lucien Blake, a keeper of secrets and a solver of mysteries, returning to the rural gold rush city of Ballarat to take over his late father’s medical practice and the role of police surgeon. Jean Beazley, his receptionist and housekeeper, sometimes finds him a bit eccentric, but she has a keen ear for useful gossip.
Many years have passed since Dr. Blake first returned home from war to run his father’s old practice. But Ballarat is no longer the sanctuary from the outside world it used to be. There’s a new chief superintendent who doesn’t approve of Blake’s unorthodox methods, and despite the pathologist solving the crimes which have confounded the police, he is determined to get rid of Blake for good. Even dependable Jean, his housekeeper and assistant, is thinking of leaving town as her own past comes back to haunt her. Amid the upheaval the mysteries continue and Lucien Blake will face his most personal challenge yet.
Sept. 8: “King of the Lake”
When an elite schoolboy rower wins a regatta on Lake Wendouree then inexplicably drowns, his mother asks Doctor Blake to find the truth behind her son’s death.
Sept. 15: “My Brother’s Keeper“
When a Ballarat farmer is found dead in a cow pen, locals are quick to blame livestock for trampling the man, but Doctor Blake isn’t convinced.
Sept. 29: “This Time and This Place“
When a social worker is murdered on Bonfire Night, suspicion immediately turns to an Aboriginal teen. But as Doctor Blake investigates he finds there was more than one person in attendance with murder in their heart.
Oct. 6: “By the Southern Cross”
When Doctor Blake investigates the death of a student leader at the Eureka Memorial site, he uncovers quite a few political and family tensions.
Oct. 13: “A Night to Remember“
When a famous actress is murdered at a charity event, it really does become a ‘Night to Remember’ as Blake tries to find the killer with very little to help him.
Oct. 20: “Women and Children“
A murder in the hospital leads Blake into a maze of sexual politics and revenge.
Oct. 27: “Room Without a View”
When the local hardware store owner is mysteriously found dead in a hotel room, Doctor Blake decides to spend the night in the same room to try and solve the crime.
Nov. 3: “Darkness Visible“
While investigating the murder of a local magistrate, Doctor Blake realizes the answers to this crime are inextricably linked with the death of his mother 40 years earlier.
Nov. 10: “The Open Road”
Doctor Blake returns home to find Ballarat hosting a very public stopover in a round – Australia motor race – and a very suspicious death.
Nov. 17: “Golden Years”
Blake investigates the mysterious death of a prominent businessman.
Nov. 24: “Lucky Numbers”
A kidnapping involving the winners of the first ever state lottery leads Doctor Blake into a shady world of greed and envy. At home, Lucien has a surprise for Jean.
Dec. 1: “Against the Odds”
A jockey dies the morning after a big win. But Doctor Blake has other worries to deal with – his home life has unexpectedly been thrown into chaos. How will he solve this one?
Dec. 8: “The Price of Love”
When a solider is killed during a routine training exercise, Doctor Blake finds himself at the Ballarat Military Base facing his old nemesis Major Derek Alderton.
Dec. 15: “A Difficult Lie”
When a reporter’s body is discovered on the 18th hole at the local golf course, Blake is called in to investigate.
Dec. 22: “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
A man falls from the Ballarat Fire Station bell tower. What appears to be a suicide turns into a murder investigation taking Blake deep into the Regional Fire Association.
Dec. 29: “The Visible World”
When Blake’s old friend turned enemy Derek Alderton is found dead, the hunt for the killer turns back onto Blake himself.