Friday, 6 March 2015 at 8:30pm
There has been a lot of doom and gloom in 2015 when it comes to Australian drama. While big budget productions such as Gallipoli, Winter and Hiding have all under-performed, one Australian drama has maintained consistently strong audiences.
Last weeks episode of Dr Blake attracted 890,000 viewers, rather impressive condidering it was competing against the return of the NRL on Nine. The second best local drama was Rebecca Gibney's Winter with 804,000 viewers while the much hyped ABC's Hiding struggled on 383,000. Perhaps the consistent 8:30pm timeslot, lack of commercial interuption and strong writing are key factors in Dr Blake's success.
In tonights episode tensions are stirred when police break up visiting Melbourne Uni students celebrating the Eureka stockade anniversary. Emotions then spill over at the local pub that night when a fight breaks out between the students and the locals.
But overnight things turn deadly and student leader Des Sommerville is found dead the next day by his girlfriend at the Eureka Memorial site. Suspicion fall on one of the locals involved in the earlier fight.
During the examination Dr Blake removes gravel from the deceased’s arm and quickly discovers that it doesn't match the gravel found at the memorial site. The body had been moved post mortem and suspicion shifts to the students and Communist Party members.
Meanwhile Minister for Industry and Commerce, Martin O'Brien, is in town to launch an initiative, and has an ultimatum for his daughter Mattie and tensions between Dr Blake and Chief Superintendent Munro continue to simmer.