Pete Boone, Private Eye

Pete Boone, Private Eye is an Australian crime comedy television series created and produced by David Murdoch.[1] 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.[2][3] The series is set in a fictional version West Pennant Hills, called "West Pennant Falls".[2][4] 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.[3]

Pete Boone, Private Eye
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Genre
Created byDavid Murdoch
Written byDavid Murdoch
Directed byPeter Warner
Matt Reekie
Strawberry James
Seamus McCann
Peter Love
David Murdoch
Jay Mitra
Kurtis Wakefield
Atlas Adams
StarringPeter Attwood
Peter Love
Peter Warner
Mark Pereira
Peter Murkins
Will Seaman (Current)
Theme music composerPaul McCarlie
Opening themePete Boone Theme (No Favours)
ComposerPaul McCarlie
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of series8
No. of episodes86
Production
Executive producersDavid Murdoch
Jamieson McNeil
Seamus Mcann
Strawberry James
Sunnah Rose
ProducerDavid Murdoch
Production locationsHills District, Sydney
CinematographyStrawberry James
David Murdoch
EditorsStrawberry James
David Murdoch
Camera setupSingle-camera
Running time22-26 minutes
Production companySleek Haze Productions
Release
Original networkChannel 31, Television Sydney (TVS)
Aurora
First shown inAustralia
Original release12 August 2002 (2002-08-12)
External links
Website

Pre-TelevisionEdit

Pete Boone (Peter Warner) first appeared in "The Rick Ford Files" series in 1980.[2][4] In 1988, Boone was spun off into a short film that won the Australian Amateur Cine Society International Film Festival award for Best Video.[2][4] In 1990, Boone was played by Peter Book in a short film which was later remade for TV.[2][4]

EpisodesEdit

Season 1 (2002)Edit

The 1st season premiered on Channel 31 on 12 August 2002. Jamie McNeil (executive producer) and Strawberry James (director) cast Peter John Attwood as Boone after meeting him in a bar.[2]

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

In 2005, the show was moved to Aurora (Foxtel).[3][4] In 2007, David Murdoch took over directing. The 2nd season premiered on 5 July 2007.

Constable O'Flynn (Peter Murkins) forces Gravel to partner with Pete Boone (Peter Love) to solve another series of murders.[3] 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,[5] 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'.[6]

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.

Main charactersEdit

Actor Character Role Seasons
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

FootnotesEdit

  1. ^ Hills News 29 Oct 2002 p.23.
  2. ^ a b c d e f Justin Vallejo "A Boon [sic] to television" Hills News 20 Aug 2002 p.27.
  3. ^ a b c d Edwina Guinan "Long locks got the job" North Side Courier 16 May 2007 p.11.
  4. ^ a b c d e Interview of David Murdoch on "The Breakfast Club" Nicki Sambuco and The Champ 2NSB 99.3FM 9 April 2008.
  5. ^ http://www.launchgroup.com.au/2013/04/11/new-fan-generated-season-of-pete-boone-private-eye-premiering-on-aurora/
  6. ^ https://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/newslocal/hills-shire-times/from-pizza-delivery-to-countrys-worst-detective/news-story/1c1146244636e307844b93feddaebaad

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