IT'S the news we've all been waiting for!
The Doctor Blake Mysteries is set to return to our screens next year after the announcement that Channel Seven will bring the cult television drama back to our screens, news that has been welcomed by Blake fans the world-over!
Dubbed as the number one Australian drama, The Doctor Blake Mysteries tells the story of Ballarat's Doctor Lucien Blake who returns home post-war to run his deceased father’s medical practice. In doing so, he also takes on the role of police surgeon – a job that sees him solving some of Ballarat’s most cryptic and horrifying murders.
Starring Craig McLachlan and Nadine Garner as well as many other notable Australian actors, The Doctor Blake Mysteries has attracted an average of 1.5 million viewers every week while on air.
According to a statement from Channel Seven, Craig McLachlan said the news the show would be returning to air was amazing.
"The support we’ve received from the Blake Army has been genuinely overwhelming. Our ever-loyal audience continues to demonstrate their love for their favourite Aussie drama by tuning in each week in jaw-dropping numbers. To them, on behalf of the entire ‘Blake team’ I say thank you.”
According to Seven's head of drama Julie McGauran, The Doctor Blake Mysteries is not only the number one Australian drama, it has one of the most adoring fan bases.
"With the passionate vision of Team Blake, the extraordinary cast led by Craig McLachlan and Nadine Garner, and the commitment from the Blake Army, we feel this series is a perfect fit for Channel Seven," she said.
In 2018, the series will pick up in 1963 as Australia sits on the cusp of a brave new world - a world awash with murder, mystery and mayhem. Blake and Jean face greater challenges than they could ever have imagined as audiences traverse a journey filled with haunted houses, flying saucers, deadly dentists, long-lost daughters, and much more.
With five seasons aired so far, The Doctor Blake Mysteries showcases several of Ballarat’s iconic landmarks including the Art Gallery of Ballarat, the Mechanics Institute, the Ballarat Fire Station, the Old Colonists Club, as well as some of our grandest streetscapes.
For your very own glimpse into Blake's world, make sure to head along on Ballarat's official Doctor Blake Tours or download a self-guided Blake map.
Image credits: December Media