City Homicide

9:25pm Monday, August 9 on TV One

There’s no shortage of drama in this compelling, new series of City Homicide (tonight on TV ONE at 9.25pm) as the four keen but all-too-human young detectives and their seasoned bosses do their best to bring killers to justice.

Is it so wrong to have a bit of fun? To go out to a bar and kick up your heels? The kids are grown up and you’re newly divorced – enjoy it! But what starts as a bit of fun for a middle-aged woman turns to tragedy when she is stabbed and her broken body thrown in a dump bin in a dark alley. The City Homicide detectives are called in to investigate.

Is the victim another middle-aged divorcee who just met the wrong type of bloke at a bar? Unsentimental young detective Jennifer Mapplethorpe (Nadine Garner) thinks she was just in the wrong place at the wrong time: “This woman wasn’t a sociopath. She was just a bit of a party girl.” Or so it seems … until the woman’s ex-husband also turns up dead. Is this a case of kids who couldn’t wait for their inheritance?

While the investigations dig into the family’s tangled history, the troubled Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Wolfe (Shane Bourne) is confronted with his own past when he spots his wife out with another man. He suspects an affair, and his cop instincts scream out to follow it up. But Stanley is about to stumble across an ugly truth in his own family.

And what or who has inspired the new mullet cut and fresh approach to life that Matt (Damien Richardson) is sporting? Is there someone he is trying to impress? His three friends – Jennifer (Garner), Duncan (Aaron Pedersen) and Simon (Daniel MacPherson) – are intrigued.

Risks are taken in the fast-paced second series of City Homicide – and while some pay off, others claim a shocking price. Romance blossoms, partnerships die, and new villains emerge. Someone will leave the team, and other familiar faces will return. Old bodies are uncovered, and the keen young detectives are driven to the edge – their challenge is not to fall off.

Monday 22 September, 8.30pm

The team has a personal stake in catching a monster and Stanley may have to cross the line to do it.

Young girls are targeted, watched, taken and abused. Released, but too terrified to talk. One of the girls winds up the victim of a horrendous murder – killed and dismembered. The city’s garbage collectors become unwitting couriers in the situation.

A search of a rubbish tip puts the body back together, but it’s the body of someone close. Stanley’s god-daughter has been murdered and other teenage girls have disappeared. As the Homicide team fit together the clues, Stanley undertakes a journey that will either re-affirm his faith or destroy it, as he sees good and evil come face-to-face.

Monday 22 September, 8.30pm

He may have played a policeman for two years on the long-running British TV series The Bill, but Daniel MacPherson isn’t drawing on that experience for his role on City Homicide (tonight at 8.30pm on TV ONE).

“The two roles are like chalk and cheese really,” he explains. “The Bill is a 20-year-old, twice-a-week British institution where I was playing a uniformed cop – it was pretty mundane, stock-standard stuff.

“City Homicide is dynamic, fresh and exciting, and its characters are much more layered. They have more faults, which makes them more real, and more exciting to play.”

As Detective Simon Joyner, MacPherson loves the plain clothes look and certainly doesn’t miss his days in uniform. “Being a detective, you are the master of your domain because it’s one of the most sought-after positions in the police force.

“Simon is the youngest of the Homicide cops. He’s passionate about his job and doing it well, but he doesn’t need to prove himself because he’s pretty good at it naturally. He’s very intuitive – he reads people and situations very well.”

Since making his mark on Neighbours – for which he received a Logie award for Most Popular New Male Talent in 1999 – MacPherson’s career has criss-crossed the globe and several genres with leading roles on last year’s Tripping Over, Blackjack (with City Homicide co-star Aaron Pedersen), as well as hosting The X Factor and presenting on National Geographic Presents.

After being nominated for the British National Television Award for Best Newcomer in 2003, MacPherson starred opposite legendary actor Edward Woodward on the London stage in The Mysteries to rave reviews. He is currently the host on the Australian version of Dancing With The Stars.

Relishing his role, MacPherson admits he’s loving being back in Melbourne after relocating from Sydney to take up his place on City Homicide. “Drama remains and always has been my number one focus and passion. It’s great that I can do drama projects back-to-back,” he says.

Tonight on City Homicide the team has a personal stake in catching a monster and Stanley may have to cross the line to do it. Young girls are targeted, watched, taken and abused. Released, but too terrified to talk. One of the girls winds up the victim of a horrendous murder – killed and dismembered. The city’s garbage collectors become unwitting couriers in the situation.

A search of a rubbish tip puts the body back together, but it’s the body of someone close. Stanley’s god-daughter has been murdered and other teenage girls have disappeared. As the Homicide team fit together the clues, Stanley undertakes a journey that will either re-affirm his faith or destroy it, as he sees good and evil come face-to-face.

Well nothing on TV 3 tonight is marked as HD, but on TVNZ we have

    • TV One 8:30 City Homicide
      TV 2 8:30 Private Practice
  • Neither of these are maked as Dolby Digital, and still no sign of AC-3 audio on TV 2.

    So how well will TVNZ fair with their first set of HD programs on One & 2? Also how much better will the quality be compared with the freeview SD transmissions?

    Monday 25 August, 8.30pm

    Australia’s hottest drama, created by John Hugginson and John Banas, the writing team behind Blue Heelers and Water Rats, starts on TV ONE tonight.

    City Homicide is set in the homicide squad of a large metropolitan city, told through the eyes of four detectives and their superiors. It captures the real-life atmosphere of homicide work, the joys and horrors, the difficulties, challenges, pitfalls and happy accidents that are part of the real world of murder.
    Nadine Garner (The Henderson Kids, The Secret Life Of Us), Daniel MacPherson (The Bill, Blackjack), Aaron Pederson (Water Rats, The Secret Life Of Us) and Damien Richardson (Blue Heelers, McLeod’s Daughters) star as detectives committed to honour, a duty to stand for the dead and to bring comfort to the living. Every victim, and every loved one left behind, counts.

    Monday 25 August, 8.30pm

    Australia’s hottest drama starts at 8.30pm on TV ONE tonight. City Homicide is set in the homicide squad of a large metropolitan city, seen through the eyes of four detectives and their superiors. It captures the real-life atmosphere of homicide work, the joys and horrors, the difficulties, challenges, pitfalls and happy accidents that are part of the real world of murder.

    Nadine Garner (The Henderson Kids, The Secret Life Of Us), Daniel MacPherson (The Bill, Blackjack), Aaron Pederson (Water Rats, The Secret Life Of Us) and Damien Richardson (Blue Heelers, McLeod’s Daughters) star as four detectives committed to honour and a duty to stand for the dead and bring comfort to the living. Every victim, and every loved one left behind, counts.
    In Homicide, it’s not always crooks and low-lifes. Most murders are committed by ordinary people – a moment of madness; a response to fear; a failure of communication; a desperate act. A killer. A victim. Ordinary people. Yet, when these detectives do have to take on serious criminals, they’re more than ready to meet the challenge.

    Described by Australian press as the ‘break-out drama of the year’, City Homicide is created by John Hugginson and John Banas, the writing team behind Blue Heelers and Water Rats. The formidable partnership have written and overseen every script to ensure consistency and integrity in each episode.

    Nadine Garner plays Detective Senior Constable Jennifer Mapplethorpe, ambitious and intelligent, swimming with the sharks in an all-male tank. Even in this day and age, that’s a tough call: being a female in the police service is no easy thing, especially when you’re in a boys’ club like Homicide. So she’s mastered the dry rejoinder, lets the office misogynist dig his own hole and delivers an awesome kick in the balls when necessary.

    Garner was so keen to play the role, she relocated from London back home to Australia.

    “City Homicide provides a great chance to play a strong female character in a man’s world,” she says. “It’s appealing to play someone who’s very competent and who has achieved a certain amount of status in their career.

    “Jennifer is a modern woman facing dilemmas about her career and personal choices. She’s very much torn between sticking with her career and being married to her job or focusing on other areas of her life. From that point of view, it’s quite interesting for women to watch her journey because I think there are a lot of women out there in the same predicament.”

    Also amongst the cast are Marshall Napier and Alyce Platt as Detective Senior Sergeant Wilton Sparkes and his wife Lorraine, and guest stars including Paul Mercurio, Nicholas Bell, Vince Colosimo, Amanda Muggleton, Wendy Hughes, John McTernan, and Gil Tucker.

    City Homicide: Their day begins when your days end.