Fifty years ago, Melbourne television screens tuned in to the first episode of a new locally made production, Australia’s first police drama series.
Homicide, first telecast by HSV7 Melbourne on 20 October 1964, profiled murder cases handled by the fictional detectives of Victoria Police Headquarters’ homicide squad.
The series ran 12 years, produced more than 500 episodes and provided employment and training to thousands of Australian actors and production staff. It enjoyed consistently high ratings across the Seven Network and won a multitude of awards including the Logie for Best Drama Series a record seven times. Many successful Australian police dramas followed Homicide but none enjoyed the enduring appeal and cultural impact of Crawford Productions’ landmark series.