"The Doctor Blake Mysteries" is an Australian television series. The series stars Craig McLachlan in the lead role of Doctor Lucien Blake, who returns home to Ballarat in 1959 to take over his late father's general medical practice after an absence of 30 years. Doctor Blake is a keeper of secrets and a solver of mysteries. The series is set and filmed in the gold rush town of Ballarat, in Victoria, Australia. It features Lydiard Street and many of the heritage buildings, including the Colonists Club of which Lucien Blake is a member. Visitors to Ballarat today can see the old Colonists Club plaque on the wall outside.
I discovered this series on BBC daytime TV. I didn't recognise Craig McLachlan at first as he looks so different from the neighbours actor I remembered. I was just taken in by the plot and excellent cast. The 50's backdrop is wonderful. If you like historical dramas, mysteries and a touch of romance, give it a try!
Great period drama, just loved it! Gutted that it's not going to be renewed when it finally looked like Jean was going to get her man :sigh: Craig McLachlan was fantastic in the role, bringing just the right amount of levity to the seriousness, and occasionally, outright belly-laughs. The bit where the police ask him to test a drug to find out what it is, and he does so by swallowing it was one of my favourite hilarious scenes. Well worth a binge watch if you want something relatively gentle, oddly sweet and innocent, yet still gritty and occasionally a little dark.