BBC buys Oz mystery drama

UK pubcaster the BBC has acquired Australian crime drama The Doctor Blake Mysteries for its daytime programming line-up.

The 10-part series first broadcast on the ABC, produced by December Media Production in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia and Film Victoria. ITV Studios Global Entertainment distributes the programme.

It is set in 1959 and follows a unconventional doctor and police surgeon who returns home to take over his deceased father’s medical practice and uses forensics and his own intuition to solve mysteries that come his way.

The Dr Blake Mysteries showcases the creative work of outstanding Australian practitioners. It’s wonderful to know it not only connects strongly with local audiences but also resonates with audiences around the world,” said Carole Sklan, ABC TV’s head of fiction.

The BBC’s head of programme acquisitions Sue Deeks bought the programme.

“We are delighted that the unconventional Doctor Blake will be providing traditional Aussie grit and humour as well as intriguing and intelligent mystery to BBC Daytime’s successful drama line-up,” she said.

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