Open main menu

Blue Murder: Killer Cop is a two-part Australian television miniseries based on true events, produced by the Seven Network and premiered on 6 August 2017.[1] It is a sequel to the miniseries Blue Murder which screened in 1995 on the ABC.[2][3] Set in the 1990s, 2000s and 2010s in Sydney, the miniseries continues the story of the life of former Detective Roger "the Dodger" Rogerson.[4] The series is directed by Michael Jenkins and produced by John Edwards for Endemol Shine.[5]

Blue Murder: Killer Cop
Bluemurderkillercopdvdcover.jpg
DVD cover
GenreDrama
Written byPeter Schreck
Directed byMichael Jenkins
Starring
Narrated byRichard Roxburgh
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of episodes2
Production
Executive producer(s)
  • Richard Roxburgh
  • Julie McGauran
Producer(s)
Running time105 - 120 minutes (including ads)
Production company(s)Endemol Shine Australia
Release
Original networkSeven Network
Picture format576i (SDTV)
1080i (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release6 August (2017-08-06) –
7 August 2017 (2017-08-07)
Chronology
Preceded byBlue Murder

SynopsisEdit

The series follows Roger Rogerson, post Blue Murder (1995), showing how he met his wife Anne and the murder of Jamie Gao that led to his arrest and murder conviction.

CastEdit

ReceptionEdit

ViewershipEdit

The first part of the mini-series achieved a metro ratings audience of 717,000, coming second in its timeslot behind 60 Minutes and ranking seventh of the night.[6]

The second part of the mini-series dropped 200,000 viewers and achieved a metro ratings audience of 516,000, coming third in its timeslot behind This Time Next Year & Have You Been Paying Attention? respectively and ranking 20th of the night.[7]

No. Title Air date Timeslot Overnight ratings Consolidated ratings Total
viewers
Ref(s)
Viewers Rank Viewers Rank
1 Part 1 6 August 2017 Sunday 8:30pm 717,000 7 185,000 4 902,000 [8][9]
2 Part 2 7 August 2017 Monday 8:45pm 516,000 20 148,000 15 664,000 [10][11]

ReviewsEdit

The series has received positive reviews, Denise Eriksen, journalist for The New Daily said "This is a brilliantly written, layered drama, it weaves together many stories of flawed-yet-interesting men into a seamless narrative and features some of Australia’s best actors."[12]

Bridget McManus, writer for The Sydney Morning Herald gave the series 4 out of 5 stars, praising Richard Roxburgh and Toni Collette for their roles in the series saying "Richard Roxburgh slips so effortlessly back into the role, whilst Toni Collette is superb as she nails the strident Sydney accent and strangely sensual frump of the printing shop worker whose heart Rogerson stole".[13]

David Knox, writer for TV Tonight also gave the series 4 out of 5 stars saying "The sequel stands up well, thanks to retaining its links with director Michael Jenkins and Roxburgh. It does adhere to the true crime bio-pic path than look more broadly at an era in NSW law & order, with its leading man promoted to anti-hero".[14]

AccoladesEdit

Award Category Subject Result
AACTA Awards
(7th)
Best Telefeature or Mini Series Carol Hughes Nominated
Michael Jenkins Nominated
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Richard Roxburgh Nominated
Best Lead Actress in a Television Drama Toni Collette Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actor in a Television Drama Matthew Nable Nominated
Best Guest or Supporting Actress in a Television Drama Emma Booth Nominated
Best Cinematography in Television Bruce Young Nominated
Best Editing in Television Bill Russo Nominated
Best Original Music Score in Television John Gray Nominated
Best Production Design in Television Murray Picknett Nominated
Best Costume Design in Television Damir Peranovic Won
Best Hair and Makeup Nikki Gooley Nominated
Sheldon Wade Nominated

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Knox, David (24 July 2017). "Airdate: Hell's Kitchen Australia, Blue Murder: Killer Cop". tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 24 July 2017.
  2. ^ Knox, David (16 June 2016). "Richard Roxburgh returns for Blue Murder sequel – TV Tonight". Tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "Richard Roxburgh Brings Roger the Dodger Back to Kings cross". Dailytelegraph.com.au. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  4. ^ Knox, David (6 July 2016). "More cast take to The High Road – TV Tonight". Tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  5. ^ Knox, David (16 June 2016). "Producer John Edwards partners with Roadshow – TV Tonight". Tvtonight.com.au. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  6. ^ Manning, James (7 August 2017). "TV Ratings August 6: Hell's Kitchen celebs out-rate Survivor, no match for Blockheads". Media Week. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  7. ^ Manning, James (8 August 2017). "TV Ratings August 7: The Block safe at #1, Survivor and Hell's Kitchen fall short". Media Week. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  8. ^ Knox, David (7 August 2017). "Sunday 6 August 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  9. ^ Knox, David (17 August 2017). "Timeshifted: Sunday 6 August 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  10. ^ Knox, David (8 August 2017). "Monday 7 August 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 August 2017.
  11. ^ Knox, David (16 August 2017). "Timeshifted: Monday 7 August 2017". TV Tonight. Retrieved 17 August 2017.
  12. ^ Eriksen, Denise (5 August 2017). "Blue Murder: Killer Cop is the Australian drama of the year, hands down". The New Daily. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  13. ^ McManus, Bridget (6 August 2017). "Richard Roxburgh and Toni Collette brilliant in Blue Murder: Killer Cop". The Sydney Morning Herald. Retrieved 7 August 2017.
  14. ^ Knox, David (3 August 2017). "Blue Murder: Killer Cop review". TV Tonight. Retrieved 7 August 2017.