BBC One has closed a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment to acquire the UK broadcast rights to Australian drama series The Doctor Blake Mysteries. The 10 part drama series, which has been acquired for BBC One’s daytime schedule, will air later this year.
Created by George Adams and Tony Wright, The Doctor Blake Mysteries is set in the 1950s and follows Lucien Blake, a maverick country town doctor. The series opens as Blake returns to a place he once called home, to take over his deceased father’s medical practice. Haunted by the horrors of the Second World War, his own personal loss and changed by his experiences as a POW, the wry, dry, yet very human Dr Blake undertakes his other role as police surgeon with precision and gusto – yet many find his unpredictable and unconventional manner unnerving. Ahead of his time, Blake looks to the science of forensics and his own understanding of the human heart to help solve the mysteries that inevitably come his way. The drama series is produced by December Media in association with ABC TV, Screen Australia, Film Victoria & ITV Studios Global Entertainment and stars Craig McLachlan, Nadine Garner, Rick Donald, Cate Wolfe and Joel Tobeck. The series was recently renewed for a second season.
“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”, said the BBC’s Head of Programme Acquisitions Sue Deeks, who brokered the deal between the BBC and ITVSGE.
Carole Sklan, Head of Fiction for ABC TV, added: “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.”