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Blue Murder 

Set in 1980s Sydney, this acclaimed mini-series tells the story of the relationship between corrupt Detective Roger Rogerson and one of Australia's most infamous criminals Neddy Smith.


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Series cast summary:
Richard Roxburgh ...  Roger Rogerson 2 episodes, 1995
Tony Martin ...  Arthur 'Neddy' Smith 2 episodes, 1995
Steve Bastoni ...  Michael Drury 2 episodes, 1995
Gary Day Gary Day ...  Bill Crofton 2 episodes, 1995
Steve Jacobs ...  Mal Rivers 2 episodes, 1995
Peter Phelps ...  Abo Henry 2 episodes, 1995
Marcus Graham ...  Alan Williams 2 episodes, 1995
Alex Dimitriades ...  Warren Lanfranchi 2 episodes, 1995
Bill Hunter ...  Angus McDonald 2 episodes, 1995
Gary Sweet ...  Christopher Dale Flannery 2 episodes, 1995
John Hargreaves ...  Chester Porter QC 2 episodes, 1995
Ian Bliss ...  Bobby Chapman 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen Eley Stephen Eley ...  Duty Sergeant 2 episodes, 1995
Richard Carter ...  Lyail Chandler 2 episodes, 1995
Joy Smithers ...  Debra Smith 2 episodes, 1995
Eleni Batley Eleni Batley ...  Jaime Smith 2 episodes, 1995
Dion Mihajlovski ...  Darrin Smith 2 episodes, 1995
Bruce Barry ...  Commissioner Abbott 2 episodes, 1995
Bogdan Koca Bogdan Koca ...  Lewis Roussos 2 episodes, 1995
Loene Carmen ...  Sallie-Anne Huckstepp 2 episodes, 1995
Ray Martin Ray Martin ...  Self 2 episodes, 1995
Anthony Cogin ...  Steve Paully 2 episodes, 1995
Phillip Hinton Phillip Hinton ...  Ian Barker QC 2 episodes, 1995
Nicole Pottinger Nicole Pottinger ...  Melinda Rogerson 2 episodes, 1995
Brigitte Lawson Brigitte Lawson ...  Gillian Rogerson 2 episodes, 1995
Kris Bidenko Kris Bidenko ...  Joy Rogerson 2 episodes, 1995
Jim Holt Jim Holt ...  Brian Alexander 2 episodes, 1995
Jeffrey Rhoe Jeffrey Rhoe ...  Detective on boat 1 2 episodes, 1995
Jack Mayers Jack Mayers ...  Detective on boat 2 2 episodes, 1995
John Jarratt ...  Jack Richardson 2 episodes, 1995
Graham Rouse Graham Rouse ...  Frank Avery 2 episodes, 1995
Laurie Foell ...  Pam Drury 2 episodes, 1995
Robert Morgan ...  Brian Hansen 2 episodes, 1995
Franc Violi ...  David Mennie 2 episodes, 1995
Peter Sommerfeld Peter Sommerfeld ...  Assistant Commissioner 2 episodes, 1995
Brendan Higgins Brendan Higgins ...  John Weel 2 episodes, 1995
Tom Appleton Tom Appleton ...  Victorian Patrolman 2 episodes, 1995
David Baldwin David Baldwin ...  Phil Dunn 2 episodes, 1995
Warwick Moss Warwick Moss ...  Jim Brazel 2 episodes, 1995
Paul Sonkkila ...  Noel Morey 2 episodes, 1995
Terrie Bowie Terrie Bowie ...  Stripper 2 episodes, 1995
Skye Wansey ...  Kath Flannery 2 episodes, 1995
Aaron Jeffery ...  Bobby Williams 2 episodes, 1995
Marshall Napier ...  Tony Eustace 2 episodes, 1995
Erin Smith Erin Smith ...  Belinda Drury 2 episodes, 1995
Jake Blundell ...  Constable 2 episodes, 1995
John McNeill John McNeill ...  Ron Daly 2 episodes, 1995
Vincent Ball Vincent Ball ...  Dr. Cumberland 2 episodes, 1995
Michael O'Neill Michael O'Neill ...  Bruce Lyons 2 episodes, 1995
John Sheerin John Sheerin ...  Dave Perrin 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen O'Rourke Stephen O'Rourke ...  Jim Wallis 2 episodes, 1995
Geoff Morrell ...  Les Knox 2 episodes, 1995
Kristoffer Greaves Kristoffer Greaves ...  Ken Bowditch 2 episodes, 1995
Sascha Huckstepp Sascha Huckstepp ...  Nurse 2 episodes, 1995
Stephen Leeder ...  Ron Stephenson 2 episodes, 1995
Ron Graham Ron Graham ...  Senior Officer 2 episodes, 1995
Les Dayman ...  Commissioner Avery 2 episodes, 1995
John Walton John Walton ...  Jim Loomes 2 episodes, 1995
Dennis Miller Dennis Miller ...  Bruce Kerrison 2 episodes, 1995
Bryan Marshall ...  Task Force Officer 2 episodes, 1995
Neil Moora Neil Moora ...  Detective 2 episodes, 1995
Mervyn Drake Mervyn Drake ...  Jack Hiatt QC 2 episodes, 1995
Barry Donnelly Barry Donnelly ...  Judge Staunton 2 episodes, 1995
Ricky Noble Ricky Noble ...  Huckstepp's Advisor 2 episodes, 1995
Damian Monk Damian Monk ...  Warren Richards 2 episodes, 1995
David Franklin ...  Glen Flack 2 episodes, 1995
Ken Radley Ken Radley ...  Doug Kelly 2 episodes, 1995


Detective Sergeant Roger "The Dodger" Rogerson got fame because he knew how to take care of most dangerous and violent criminals. His success was, however, also due to the sinister alliance with violent underworld figures like Neddy Smith who got police protection in exchange for tips and money. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Did You Know?


The broadcast of this film in New South Wales was delayed for six years due to Neddy Smith's appeal against his life sentence. See more »


[first lines]
Arthur "Neddy" Smith: Something's up mate.
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Quite simply the best Australian television ever produced.
1 August 2001 | by tiggyrSee all my reviews

Blue Murder is far and away the best piece of television I have ever seen.

Never in my life have I seen a more well acted presentation. Every actor here is in top form, every scene works. This is not TV that tries to emotionally lead the viewer, it shows these brutal and truthful events as they occurred, and thats what makes it so engrossing, and so watchable, never once do we feel patronised by the makers.

Tony Martin is fantastic on every level as Neddy Smith, the seedy Sydney underworld character, portraying him to a tee. Steve Bastoni gives a totally believable performance as Micheal Drury. As Drury he gives Australian television possibly its most powerful scene ever after being shot in the kitchen of his family home. I can honestly say that this scene, where he tries to maintain control of himself while bleeding to death and trying to protect his family is the most anguishing scene of a mans life slipping away that I have ever witnessed.

However, the rest of the production is stolen by one man, Richard Roxburgh as the corrupt policeman Roger Rogerson. Roxburgh is a standout here, his is embued with that tough smoke and beer stained swagger that one associates with the 'old school' style of policing in the 70's and 80's in New South Wales. He and his police mates impeccably re-create the seedy and corrupt feel of tones of that plagued the NSW police through the 80's and 90's, complete with boozey lunches, prostitutes and revenge killings.

Blue Murder was not shown in my home state until 6 years after its production. It was considered too powerful, too close to the truth. It was feared it may influence several court cases that were proceding at the time along with the Corruption Commission set up to investigate such activities. With this in mind it is mind blowing to finally see what the rest of Australia has been privy to for the last 6 years.

Though 6 years old when first screened here, there's no doubt that Blue Murder is a landmark in Australian television. Its just such a shame that our best work seems to sprout from our darkest moments...

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1995 (USA) See more »

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