“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.
Dec. 8: “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. 15: “Against the Odds”
A local jockey dies on the racecourse at Ballarat Racetrack the day after his very last win, surrounded by a bevy of nefarious characters. Blake’s home life is been thrown into chaos by the arrival of Mei Lin, the wife he thought had died almost 15 years ago during the fall of Singapore.
Dec. 22: “The Price of Love”
When a young soldier is killed during a routine training exercise, Doctor Blake finds himself at the Ballarat Military Base and again facing his old nemesis, Major Derek Alderton. Meanwhile, Blake is distracted by a missing persons’ case, which is looking more like murder, and soon finds answers in a place he least expects.
Dec. 29: “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 whether an errant ball killed the man or whether he was the victim of foul play. He’ll soon discover a web of intrigue, embezzlement and blackmail leading back to The Courier newspaper.
Jan. 12: “For Whom the Bell Tolls”
An investigation into what initially appears to be a routine suicide becomes personal when Cec Drury begs Blake to find out who really killed his younger brother, Rod. When it becomes clear he’s dealing with a murder, Blake’s investigation uncovers an insurance scam, a second murder and a dark secret at the heart of the Ballarat fire station.
Jan. 19: “The Visible World”
Tensions have reached boiling point between Doctor Blake and Major Alderton – Blake now knows Alderton has been using Mei Lin in a psychological game of cat and mouse against him. So when Alderton is found dead at Ballarat Observatory during a once in a century eclipse,and the police learn Blake was at the scene, and fled, the hunt for the killer turns back onto Blake himself.
Jan. 26: “A Lethal Combination”
An exhibition boxing match in Ballarat turns sour when one of the boxers is seemingly beaten to death in front of hundreds of witnesses.Now Blake must try and determine a cause of death, even as all eyes turn to the boxer’s seemingly unscrupulous opponent: Charlie’s younger brother, Ray.
Feb. 2: “Sorrow Songs”
As Blake and Jean get used to their new relationship dynamic, and Jean wrestles with its implications for her faith, the murder of a beautiful gypsy woman takes Blake inside the intriguing and exotic world of Romani travellers passing through Ballarat.
Feb. 9: “The Call of the Void”
When a body is found in a restaurant freezer, Dr Blake looks for clues: murder or accident – or something completely different?
Feb. 16: “All She Leaves Behind”
Two sisters are found gassed in their home. One a talented author, the other with a terrible secret. One dies, the other doesn’t. Is this murder or something else?
Feb. 23: “Measure Twice”
A Jehovah’s Witness is accused of murder.