Pete Boone, Private Eye
Pete Boone, Private Eye is an Australian crime comedy television series created and produced by David Murdoch. The show originally aired on Channel 31, before moving to Aurora on Foxtel. It tells the story of Pete Boone, "Australia’s worst detective" who never correctly solves a case. The series is set in a fictional version West Pennant Hills, called "West Pennant Falls". It currently stars Will Seaman as Pete Boone: he is the sixth actor to lead as the titular character. The show has a cult status, and the 1001st televised episode aired on Aurora on 14 December 2014.
|Pete Boone, Private Eye|
|Created by||David Murdoch|
|Written by||David Murdoch|
|Directed by||Peter Warner|
Will Seaman (Current)
|Theme music composer||Paul McCarlie|
|Opening theme||Pete Boone Theme (No Favours)|
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of series||8|
|No. of episodes||86|
|Executive producers||David Murdoch|
|Production locations||Hills District, Sydney|
|Running time||22-26 minutes|
|Production company||Sleek Haze Productions|
|Original network||Channel 31, Television Sydney (TVS)|
|First shown in||Australia|
|Original release||12 August 2002|
Pete Boone (Peter Warner) first appeared in "The Rick Ford Files" series in 1980. In 1988, Boone was spun off into a short film that won the Australian Amateur Cine Society International Film Festival award for Best Video. In 1990, Boone was played by Peter Book in a short film which was later remade for TV.
Season 1 (2002)Edit
Boone investigates murders, but inspector Gravel (Mark Pereira) suspects Boone is the serial killer. Dirk Lombarde (Peter Warner) is introduced as Pete’s rival. A series of flashbacks show Boone’s troubled childhood lead him to become a detective.
Season 2 (2007)Edit
Constable O'Flynn (Peter Murkins) forces Gravel to partner with Pete Boone (Peter Love) to solve another series of murders. This season introduces behind the scenes, messages to the fans, and Christmas episodes.
Season 3 (2009)Edit
The 3rd season premiered on 5 July 2009.
Pete Boone and inspector Gravel save the town from zombies, corporate demolition, and a new serial killer.
Season 4 (2010)Edit
The 4th season premiered on 8 August 2010. This season featured two episodes filmed by the Sydney Science Revue.
Boone searches for treasure. Gravel frames and imprisons Boone, who is vindicated with the assistance of Dirk Lombarde. The season ends on a documentary celebrating 30 years of Boone.
Season 5 (2013)Edit
The 5th season premiered on 14 April 2013. This season was produced by fans, and featured the new animated opening.
Gravel is sent back to 1980. After returning to the present, he thwarts a terrorist plot with Boone (Ciaran Magee). The season concludes with Policeman One and Two (James Colley, Felix Marsh-Wakefield) writing their own version of Boone’s origin story.
Season 6 (2014)Edit
The 6th season premiered on 13 December 2013. Tim Anderson and Ryan O'Malley cameoed as Pete Boone.
Boone's office has been left in the hands of a serial killer, Simon (Simon Walker). Simon impersonates Boone as a cover. The Metre send their best agent, Clint Pettifrock (Atlas Adams) to investigate. Simon repeatedly foils Clint Pettifrock. The Metre sends Catherine Marble (Susan Grace Roach) to take over.
Season 7 (2016)Edit
The 7th season premiered on 7 September 2016.
Boone (Will Seaman) returns and hires Simon as an assistant. Simon frames Clint Pettifrock for the serial killings. Simon makes a deal with the devil, and he now must keep Boone alive as they solve cases in West Pennant Falls. Boone and Simon break Clint out of prison.
Season 8 (2017)Edit
The 8th season premiered on 23 August 2017.
Boone and Simon enlist the help of Clint Pettifrock to find missing paintings. Simon falls in love with his copy-cat serial killer, Sophie. Boone meets Inspector Gravel and St Peter at the gates of heaven. Inspector Gravel is admitted, but Boone is sent back to Earth to get a haircut.
This season featured the 100th television episode of ‘Pete Boone, Private Eye'.
Season 9 (2020)Edit
The 9th season premiered on 22 February 2020.
Boone hires an unconvincing "doppelgänger" (Conor Smith) to cover for him at the office. Only Simon notices the switch. Simon sees this as a chance to break his deal with the devil by finally having "Pete Boone" solve a case. The original Pete Boone returns after accidentally creating a war between Canada and Mexico.
Season 10 (TBC)Edit
The 10th season is currently in pre-production.
|Will Seaman (Current)||Pete Boone||Australia's worst detective.||1-9|
|Mark Pereira||Inspector Gravel||A local inspector forced to work with Boone.||1-9|
|Cleo||A killer wombat that appears once per season.||1-9|
|Peter Warner||Dirk Lombarde||Boone’s antithesis, and rival detective.||1-4|
|Peter Murkins||Constable O’Flynn||A local constable who befriends Boone.||1-4|
|James Colley||Policeman One||A local officer who isn’t a good judge of character.||4-5|
|Felix Marsh-Wakefield||Policeman Two||A local officer who can’t remember faces.||4-8|
|Simon Walker||Simon||A serial killer who impersonates Boone.||6-9|
|Atlas Adams||Clint Pettifrock||A Metre agent sent to investigate the serial killings.||6-9|
|Susan Grace Roach||Catherine Marble||A Metre agent sent to take over from Clint Pettifrock.||6-7|
- Hills News 29 Oct 2002 p.23.
- Justin Vallejo "A Boon [sic] to television" Hills News 20 Aug 2002 p.27.
- Edwina Guinan "Long locks got the job" North Side Courier 16 May 2007 p.11.
- Interview of David Murdoch on "The Breakfast Club" Nicki Sambuco and The Champ 2NSB 99.3FM 9 April 2008.