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Murder Call is an Australian television series, created by Hal McElroy for the Southern Star Entertainment and broadcast on the Nine Network between 1997 and 2000. The idea to the series was born from books of the Tessa Vance series by Jennifer Rowe: Suspect/Deadline and Something Wicked. Both books were integrated as episodes in the TV series.
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||56|
|Running time||approx. 45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Southern Star Entertainment|
|Original network||Nine Network|
|Original release||11 August 1997 –|
9 October 2000
Murder Call deals with the cases confronted by an unconventional team of homicide detectives, Tessa Vance and Steve Hayden. Backing them up are Inspector Malcolm Thorne, Dr. Imogen Soames, Dr. Lance Fisk and Constable Dee Suzeraine.
Murder Call was filmed in Sydney and unlike a lot of shows based in Sydney, often shot the less spectacular side of the city. The exterior of the Homicide station was filmed at Ashington House (formerly AFT House/Delfin House), on O'Connell Street in Sydney.
Notable guest starsEdit
- Jeremy Callaghan – Ezra Simms
- Kieran Darcy-Smith – Filix Kiver
- Judith Wright – Laurie Baker
- Jessica Napier – Brodie Cochrane
- Melissa George – Petra Salinis
- Paula Forrest – Susan Frickberge
- David Franklin – Jonah Balzan
- Dee Smart – Malena Soeteman
- Norman Kaye – Vic Popov
- Anne Tenney – Nerida Hertzberg
- Elizabeth Alexander – Hilary Windsor
- Essie Davis – Judy St. John
- Barry Otto – Otis Farrow
- Christine Stephen-Daly – Sonia Black
- Kate Fischer – Gabby Minogue
- Jason Clarke – Zac Hartman
Murder Call ran for three seasons and produced 56 episodes. For more information see List of Murder Call episodes.
|Season premiere||Season finale|
|1||16||11 August 1997||23 November 1997||Nine Network|
|2||20||7 July 1998||24 November 1998|
|3||20||21 April 1999||9 October 2000|
It was announced by Via Vision Entertainment in March 2019 that they would be releasing the complete collection of Murder Call on DVD.
Season 01 & 02 are streaming on Amazon prime in the UK.
|Title||Format||Episodes||Discs||Region 4 (Australia)||Special Features||Distributors|
|Murder Call Season 01||DVD||16||3||3 April 2019||None||Via Vision Entertainment|
|Murder Call Season 02||DVD||20||5||5 June 2019||Murder Call: Deadline||Via Vision Entertainment|
|Murder Call Season 03||DVD||21||5||4 September 2019||None||Via Vision Entertainment|
|Murder Call Complete Collection||DVD||57||13||7 October 2020||None||Via Vision Entertainment|