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Some of the cast members of Cop Shop, including (from left to right) Gregory Ross, Tony Bonner, Paula Duncan, and George Mallaby (screen cap)
form y separately published work icon Cop Shop series - publisher   film/TV   crime   detective  
Issue Details: First known date: 1977... 1977 Cop Shop
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Set in the fictional Riverside Police Station, Cop Shop combined self-contained stories focusing on specific police investigations with the type of open-ended serial storylines familiar from soap operas. This allowed Crawford Productions to make use of the expertise gained from their highly successful police procedurals (all recently cancelled) and serials such as The Sullivans (then still airing).

According to Moran, in his Guide to Australian Television Series,

Although the format may sound predictable and routine, in fact it was pioneering. In putting women police on the screen, Crawford's were moving Australian crime drama away from being an all-male domain. In addition, by choosing a suburban police station populated both by uniformed police and plainclothes detectives, Cop Shop introduced an upstairs and a downstairs world. The latter, in particular, began to exert its own attractions with handsome young men and women in the roles of the new constables.

Notes

  • The first episode of Cop Shop is available to watch on YouTube, beginning with part one, available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpKRB1lnl4I (Sighted 14/10/2011)
  • The Aussie Soap Archive has a detailed page on Cop Shop, including various cast changes and key storylines: http://members.ozemail.com.au/~fangora/copshop.html (Sighted 14/10/2011)

Publication Details of Only Known VersionEarliest 2 Known Versions of

    • Melbourne, Victoria,: Crawford Productions , 1977 .
      person or book cover
      The title screen from the opening episode of Cop Shop (screen cap)
      Extent: 582x60 min. episodesp.
      Description: Shot on videotape; colour
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