Drama series set in outback Australia about aboriginal policeman Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. Based on the books by Arthur Upfield.
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1973   1972  
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Cast

Series cast summary:
James Laurenson ...  Detective Inspector Bonaparte / ... 26 episodes, 1972-1973
Kate Fitzpatrick ...  Constable Alice McGorr / ... 13 episodes, 1973
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Storyline

A Police Officer, who is also Aboriginal, arrives in outback central Australia from a big city. He begins to solve local major crimes. Not only through his intelligence, as he is highly educated, but also using skills he has learnt from his Aboriginal culture. Written by Tim Kerr-Thomson

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The original spelling in the books was "Bony". Following the success of the television show the spelling on the covers of subsequent printings of the books was changed to "Boney" although the spelling in the text of each book was maintained as "Bony." A note found in the opening cover pages of each book read: "*Boney is the spelling preferred by Norfolk International Production in their television dramatisation of this series; Bony which is used throughout the text of this book, is the spelling preferred by Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte's creator, Arthur Upfield." The change in spelling was made to avoid people mis-pronouncing the name as "Bonny". See more »

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Referenced in The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou (2004) See more »

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Unusual and sometimes gritty cop series
11 January 2020 | by asthomas1963See all my reviews

The previous reviewer can't have seen it. Somewhat off-beat drama that aired late at night on UK's ITV networks. The aboriginal dancing wasn't performed by Laurenson, but by Australian native actor David Gulpilil on the end titles. And, yes, there was a racist theme running through it all. A lost atmosoheric aussie gem that needs revisiting.


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Country:

Australia

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 January 1972 (Australia) See more »

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Runtime:

(26 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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