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Craig McLachlan cast in new ABC series

Craig McLachlan has been announced as the lead in a new ABC period crime series.

The ten-part series, The Dr Blake Mysteries will see McLachlan play Dr Lucien Blake, GP and police surgeon to Ballarat in 1959.

The series is produced by Tony Wright and George Adams of December Media. Wright is executive producer alongside the ABC’s Christopher Gist.

Wright said: “George Adams and I are both lifelong aficionados of the murder mystery genre in all its forms. It’s beyond exciting to be producing our own for the ABC.”

Carole Sklan, ABC’s head of fiction said: “December Media have created the brilliant, irreverent Dr Blake, and assembled an outstanding cast and creative team. Through the eyes of the maverick doctor, the series captures 1959 Australia on the cusp of change.”

Set in Ballarat, in rural Victoria, Dr Blake finds himself investigating deaths both natural and unnatural, with housekeeper/receoptionist Jean alongside to keep him in check.

Shooting begins Monday 16 April, until August.

Nadine Garner of Tangle and Playschool has been cast as Jean. Joining McLachlan and Garner is Joel Tobeck of Sons of Anarchy, Rick Donald of Underbelly and Cate Wolfe of Australia on Trial.

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