Classic TV: Homicide
Classic TV: Homicide
Homicide, Australia’s first police drama series, premiered in Melbourne on HSV7 on 20 October 1964.
The landmark Crawford Productions' series profiled murder cases handled by the fictional detectives of Victoria Police Headquarters’ homicide squad.
Homicide ran for 12 years and over 500 episodes. It enjoyed consistently high ratings across the Seven Network, turned many of its regular cast members into household names, and won a multitude of awards including the Logie for Best Drama Series a record seven times.
This collection includes clips from three episodes (from 1965, 1970 and 1973); interviews with Hector Crawford, actor Leonard Teale and writer-director Ian Jones; behind-the-scenes production materials; and photos of some of the famous faces to have appeared on Homicide over the years.
The final Homicide detective line up c.1974-75: (l-r) Dennis Grosvenor, Gary Day, Don Barker, Charles Tingwell.
Hector Crawford discusses Homicide’s uncertain early days, in the 1970 feature-length documentary The Homicide Story (1970).
This is an excerpt from This Is Your Life, Episode 2/028, first broadcast 10 October 1976. In the clip, host Digby Wolfe reintroduces Leonard Teale to Alwyn Kurts, Terry McDermott and Les Dayman, fellow former cast detectives from the television show Homicide.
Jacki Weaver (playing music reporter Vicki Gaye) and Buddy England raise glasses in Homicide Ep. 240, The Sound of Money.
In this teaser, leading in to Homicide’s opening title sequence, convict Edgar Thompson (Roy Alexander) is on the run after escaping from the prison farm at Beechworth. He heads for a shack in the countryside, not realising that a man called Matthew Hawke (actor uncredited) is inside. A confrontation follows. Later, a man driving past the shack finds it in flames – with Thompson’s body inside. Summary by Kate Matthews.
Detective Sergeant Bronson (Terry McDermott), Detective Fraser (Lex Mitchell) and Inspector Connolly (John Fegan) have three suspects for the murder of escaped prisoner Edgar Thompson. All were also suspects in an old unsolved robbery case, along with Thompson. A large sum of money from that robbery still remains hidden and the homicide detectives suspect this is the motive for the killing.
At headquarters, they interview two of their suspects, George Lister (Owen Weingott) and Teddy Harding (Ronald Quinn), with little success. Undeterred, Inspector Connolly develops a new theory. After leaving the police station, Lister follows Harding. Summary by Kate Matthews.
A prosecutor (Kenric Hudson) interrogates robbery and murder suspect George Lister (Owen Weingott) in court. Summary by Kate Matthews.
Longtime Homicide director and writer Ian Jones expands on the financial struggles of the program's first year in this 2001 Oral History interview with Jan Bladier and David Lee.
Inspector Lawson (Charles Tingwell) investigates Buddy Rand (Fred Cullen) about the previous night’s robbery and murder. Summary by Kate Matthews.
The Homicide team question friends of Buddy Rand (Fred Cullen) in an attempt to discover what he knows about the robbery. Inspector Lawson (Charles Tingwell) and Detective Sergeant Barnes (George Mallaby) question Buddy’s employer. Senior Detective Kelly (John Stanton) and Senior Detective Redford (Gary Day) approach Buddy’s girlfriend Betty Breen (Bunny Gibson). Summary by Kate Matthews.
Buddy Rand (Fred Cullen), on the run from the police, goes to his sister’s (Marie Redshaw) place but she says he can’t stay. Running out of options, Buddy visits his girlfriend Betty Breen (Bunny Gibson) at the pub before looking up one final old mate. Summary by Kate Matthews.
Homicide celebrates its fifth birthday in 1969, during the filming of episode 228. Director Alex Emanuel pours champagne for main cast (l-r) Alwyn Kurts, Norman Yemm, George Mallaby and Leonard Teale.
An extract from one of the Homicide ‘bibles’, put together internally by Crawfords’ publicity department. The page includes an anecdote about the filming of Episode 37, Colour of Hate (1965).
These ring-bound folders, each more than 200 pages in length, detailed in chronological order episode storylines, key cast and crew appearances and interesting production details, interspersed with relevant publicity and production stills. Three volumes reside in the NFSA collection, covering the first 106 episodes.
Jack Thompson points a gun at the camera. Thompson played two different characters in Homicide in 1970; this photo is thought to be from Episode 264, All Correct.
A production still from Homicide Episode 383, Assassin, about the shooting of Inspector Colin Fox (played by Alwyn Kurts).
Alice (Jessica Ball) and her friend Simon (Darren Jones) watch through the window as Detective Sergeant Mackay (Leonard Teale) and Senior Detective Barnes (George Mallaby) arrive to talk to Alice’s father Temple (Bryan Niland) about 'Jennifer’, her pet human skull. Summary by Kate Matthews.
Superintendent Tilley (Nigel Lovell) is shaken after discovering that a drunken troublemaker he saw at the golf club and the detective he has nominated for an award are apparently the same person. That evening, he has a peculiar dream featuring Inspector Fox (Alwyn Kurts), Detective Sergeant Mackay (Leonard Teale), Senior Detective Barnes (George Mallaby) and the apparent main offender – Senior Detective Patterson (Norman Yemm). Summary by Kate Matthews.
Superintendent Tilley (Nigel Lovell) tells Inspector Fox (Alwyn Kurts) about his sightings of a drunken man he thinks was Senior Detective Patterson (Norman Yemm). Fox defends Patterson but is nonetheless disturbed and later asks Detective Sergeant Mackay (Leonard Teale) and Senior Detective Barnes (George Mallaby) about Patterson. Meanwhile, the superintendent sees Eddie Patterson (Norman Yemm or Gordon Yemm) at the golf club and again mistakes him for his brother. Summary by Kate Matthews.
John Stanton as Senior Detective Pat Kelly in Homicide. From episode 390, Thommo.
Bill Hunter and Noel Ferrier during the filming of Homicide episode 230, Blue Moo.
Pamela Stephenson prepares to stab Tristan Rogers in Homicide episode 459, Starring Joan Kendall. Photographer: David Parker.
A 13-year-old Sigrid Thornton makes her TV acting debut in Homicide episode 382, The Other Man.
A production still from episode 426 of Homicide, Slow Fuse featuring Jack (Burt Williams) and Gary Willis (David Gulpilil) playing pool.