The Blake Mysteries review (no spoilers)

“A little advice if I may. You can spend your whole life focusing on the past or you can look forward, be grateful for the people you have and the time you have with them.”

When it was announced last year that the Seven Network had picked up ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ for a series of telemovies the fans rejoiced.

Fast forward to a few months later and due to some off-screen allegations against its lead actor, it meant the show was suddenly in limbo. What would happen to the show and would it be able to move forward without its main character?

If ‘The Blake Mysteries’ is anything to go by, then the answer is yes.

I’ve been a fan of Nadine Garner’s since childhood, that is no secret, but what ‘The Blake Mysteries’ is for Australian television is finally having a leading lady of murder mysteries (I’m excluding Essie Davis in ‘Miss Fisher’s Murder Mysteries’ here, since her character is deemed younger than Nadine’s in ‘The Blake Mysteries’), like they have in British productions with Miss Marple and the United States had with Jessica Fletcher. Albeit, even if Mrs. Jean Blake is younger than those characters, like her missing in action husband Lucien did in The Doctor Blake Mysteries, she has a tendency to sniff out the truth when something seems not right.

Of course, fans that would love to see the characters of Lucien and Jean on screen together might be disappointed, but the creation of George Adams has not lost anything with this new production (thanks to writer Paul Jenner and director Ian Barry).

If there are to be future instalments, the new characters that are introduced in this telemovie are ones that can grow. Plus we are still blessed with the favourites from ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’ series in Matthew, Alice, Bill and Cec, who will always have Jean’s back when she needs it and vice-versa from her to them.

So in the end, this is a new instalment or a spin-off from ‘The Doctor Blake Mysteries’, but still has the same tone of its predecessor.

Whether there will be more instalments after tonight’s telemovie is still to be determined, but I for one wouldn’t be totally against seeing more.

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The Blake Mysteries – Air Date

‘The Blake Mysteries’ will have its premiere on November 30, 2018 on the Seven Network.

I have attached scans from today’s The Sunday Telegraph (and News Limited affiliate papers) and also the media kit for the tele-movie.

Credit: Seven Network and The Sunday Telegraph

The Blake Mysteries Media Kit

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The Blake Mysteries – Sneak Peek

Seven Network released a sneak peek of ‘The Blake Mysteries’.

Source: Channel Seven Twitter

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Celeste – Film Festival circuit

After making its debut at the Melbourne International Film Festival, ‘Celeste’ will screen at the London Film Festival in October.

Source: London Film Festival

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MTC – Photograph 51

Nadine will be starring in the 2019 Melbourne Theatre Company production of ‘Photograph 51’. The season will run 1 November to 14 December 2019.  It will be directed by Pamela Rabe.

Source: Melbourne Theatre Company

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Mr. Black

Stephen Curry Is Mr. Black.

Stellar Cast Announced For Network Ten’s New Australian Comedy.

Coming In 2019. Only On TEN And WIN Network.

Credit Ten Network Media

 AFI Award-winning actor and much-loved comedian Stephen Curry (The Castle, The King) stars as Mr. Black, in the hilarious new Australian comedy series, which has received principal production investment from Screen Australia.

As a larrikin former sports journalist whose mortality is staring him in the face, Mr. Black (Stephen Curry) strives to fulfill one last wish – to break up the relationship between his daughter and her sensitive, new-age boyfriend. 

Joining Stephen is one of Australia’s most well-respected actors, Nadine Garner (The Doctor Blake Mysteries, City Homicide), whose career in television, film and theatre has spanned more than 25 years. Nadine will play Rowena Black.

Created by multi award-winning writer, actor and producer Adam Zwar (Wilfred, Agony series) and co-written with Amanda Brotchie (Squinters, Lowdown), Mr. Black also stars Nick Russell (Winners & Losers) as Fin Cruickshank, Sophie Wright (Kinky Boots) as Angela Black and Paul Denny (Lowdown) as Malcolm.

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July updates

Apologies, real life got in the way of updating this site so here is a quick bunch of updates for this month.

  • Nadine as Grace in the upcoming film Celeste (credit film’s official Instagram)
  • Podcast with Who Magazine discussing The Blake Mysteries telemovie (credit WHO Magazine)
  • There’ll be a great sense of loss – The Blake Mysteries telemovie (credit Fairfax Media)
  • Nadine will be performing in Broadway Unplugged in Melbourne on August 6, 2018 (credit Moshtix)
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The Blake Mysteries starts filming

The Blake Mysteries telemovie has started filming around Ballarat this past week.

Source: Herald Sun and Power FM Ballarat.

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The Doctor Blake Mysteries becomes The Blake Mysteries

Last year the news came out that Channel Seven had revived The Doctor Blake Mysteries. Due to some claims that have been reported in the media, the show had been put on hold.

Seven has again greenlit the project (also because the options on the stars was about to lapse, so they had to make a decision), but the telemovie will be renamed The Blake Mysteries.

Nadine will take on a more central role in the telemovie. Click the link below for more information.

Source: TV Tonight and News Limited.

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A Little Night Music Reviews

I’ll update this post as reviews are released.

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