Part 1: Eps 1 - 50
Part 2: Eps 51 - 100
Part 3: Eps 101 - 150
Part 4: Eps 151 - 200
Part 5: Eps 201 - 228
Part 1: Eps 1 - 50
Part 2: Eps 51 - 100
Part 3: Eps 101 - 150
Part 4: Eps 151 - 200
Part 5: Eps 201 - 250
Part 6: Eps 251 - 300
replacement was Tom Richards, who first appeared in the following episode,
No. 100 ‘Bedlam’. Richards was relatively unknown, despite having made
guest appearances in all the Crawford crime series, including the first
episode of the new private eye series Ryan. Prior to that, he
mainly worked in live theatre in Brisbane. Richards played Sen. Det.
Steve York, a young detective just transferred to Matlock, who is a bit
unorthodox, a bit headstrong, and a bit of a rebel. Tom Richards said of
York: ‘I’m always in trouble. I’m always saying the wrong thing. I’m
always thinking I’m a jump ahead of Maddern, but he’s always saying,
‘Listen, son, just steady down and don’t worry about it.’ It’s just that I
try to solve the cases myself and go on my merry way.”38
The opening titles were altered to incorporate the cast change, and the
‘action’ scenes were replaced by sequences of the four cops in routine
police duties. Richards is not featured on the opening for his first
episode, as his identity as a detective is not revealed to viewers until
well into the episode - York’s first case involved giving himself an
undercover assignment when he arrived in Matlock, even before he reported
to the police station.
was given a ‘boost’ at this time, with more dramatic action and a greater
interest for younger viewers by including well-known pop singers in guest
roles. Colleen Hewett made her television acting debut in ep. 107,
‘Vengeance’, and Ross D. Wyllie made his second acting appearance in ep.
100, ‘Bedlam’. “Matlock Police is being strengthened,” said Hector
Crawford. “We want to make sure that our drama shows are in line with
contemporary attitudes.”39 It
was suggested that more daring subject matter
was being added to Matlock because of the 0-Ten Network’s success
with soap opera Number 96, which was notorious for its gratuitous
‘sex-and-sin’ sensationalism. ATV-0 General Manager, David Hall,
denied it: “Matlock Police plays in a 7:30 PM timeslot. There are strict
limitations to the amount of daring material which could be used.”40
‘Bedlam’, did feature nudity - another nude swimming scene - that, like the
ones before, was handled discreetly. During filming, there were a few
press beat-ups about Matlock showing a ‘riverside orgy’, but the
Broadcasting Control Board was not concerned. “We have no authority over
Crawford Productions - only over the commercial television stations,” said
Board chairman Myles Wright. “But we have a good working relationship
with the company and are confident it would not go too far in its film
scenes. And we would hold Channel 0 responsible for any breach, so I
don’t think the station would take unnecessary risks.”41
Even though some of the scenes were quite lengthy, their nature was such
that the Board permitted the episode to be screened at 7:30 PM.
The ‘Angel Of
Mercy’ helicopter, operated by the Peninsula Ambulance Service on the
Mornington Peninsula, was featured in episode 122, ‘Sky High’. The
ambulance service’s fund-raising committee suggested using the helicopter
in the Crawford police dramas in return for the good publicity they would
receive. The script called for the helicopter to visit Matlock for a
demonstration at a charity function, and then being requested by police
for assistance following an accident. The helicopter was earlier put to
similar good use in a Division 4 episode (No. 174, ‘Today Is Eagle
‘Ski-Do’, had segments filmed on location in the snowfields of Falls
Creek. Of course, there are no snowfields near Matlock, but in this
episode the police are called to the mountains when a person goes missing in the snow, and foul play is suspected. There
were some technical difficulties during filming, as it was not cold enough
for snow to have formed at the lower levels of the ski resort. “I
envisaged at least 18 inches of snow around a chalet when I wrote the
episode,” said Scriptwriter Patrick Edgeworth. “Instead, the crews had to
take the chalet shots then climb the mountain to film snow. Trucks could
not follow and all the gear had to be lugged up the mountain. The cameras
froze up and the lens got frosted.”42 They managed to get all the shots they wanted, including a snow chase
where Const. Hogan swaps his trusty motorbike for a ski-do (a type of
McFarlane’s first television role was a very minor one-scene appearance in
a Homicide episode (No. 339, ‘Sleeper’), and his first major role
was in Matlock Police episode 142, ‘Poppy And The Closet Junkie’. His excellent performance in this episode led to him being cast as Const.
Roger Wilson in Division 4. Later he appeared in many and varied
productions, including major roles in The Sullivans, Patrol Boat
and The Flying Doctors.
Episode 144, ‘Two To One
Against’, had a storyline about two likeable rogues visiting Matlock, who
come across wealthy locals who also flaunt the law, with a double cross
and revenge thrown in the mix. Scriptwriter Patrick Edgeworth described
this episode as "like Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid come to Matlock".43 For a gambling scene, a roulette wheel was required, but as roulette was
still illegal in Victoria at the time, the police wouldn’t let them use
one. The police even warned that anyone who used a mock-up roulette wheel
could be arrested, but they later relented and permitted use of a mock-up
when they learnt the script was anti-gambling. (Times have certainly
changed. Victoria now has a dirty big casino where you can play roulette
and gamble your life away - legally).
Commencing from ep. 150 'The
‘teaser’ was introduced before the opening titles (previously Matlock
opened directly into the titles). The following episode, No. 151, also has
the teaser, however eps 152 - 155 do not; eps 156 and 157 do, ep 157A does
not, and all episodes from 158 onwards do. This seems to indicate a
discrepancy between the official episode numbering and the production
order, highlighted by some anomalies on the original two-inch tape
leaders: On episode 158, ‘Bygones Be Bygones’, is inscribed ep. 158 as one would expect. However, episode 151, ‘Canungra’, also
has ep. 158 written on the tape leader; and episode 157A ‘Dancing Class’ has ep.
151 on the leader.
Matlock Police shifted into colour production, commencing with ep. 162,
‘Loggerheads’, and it remained a film/video tape integration. (Stablemates Homicide
and Division 4 moved into colour production during 1973; Ryan
had been produced in colour from the outset.) Naturally, new opening
titles were introduced for colour episodes, retaining scenes of the four
cops performing routine police duties, and re-introducing the aerial shot
over Matlock. It is ironic that Matlock was the last of the
Crawford cop shows to go colour, as its rural settings benefited from
colour far more than the suburban shows. “We are spending a lot of time
out in the bush now,” said Tom Richards, “because that is where all the
best colour is. So we are spending more time travelling than we used to.”44
Colour also saw
Matlock Police take a new direction under the guidance of Henry
Crawford, newly-appointed Executive Producer. A sign hanging behind his
desk read ‘Matlock Police is a family show’, and accordingly less
emphasis was placed on car chases, sex and violence, and more emphasis put
on the outdoors, strong characters and adventure. “There is no need at
all for on-screen violence,” said Henry Crawford. “I want Matlock
to be the sort of show that gets its kicks out of suspense and quality. Strength of character and strength of storyline is the only answer. We
are now into full colour and, to my mind, Matlock is the sort of
show that is crying out for lots of outdoor action. We have all the
beautiful country to film in, and now that it is in colour it seems such a
valuable opportunity, much too good to waste. But, when I say that
Matlock is going to be a family show, I don’t mean that it will be
brought down to the same sort of level as Skippy.”45
achieved his aim. The colour Matlock episodes retained their
action, drama and suspense without routinely involving car chases and
gunfights. Many episodes relied heavily on characterisation, and
occasionally an episode would not feature a crime as such, but would
centre on police involvement in community affairs. “The series is set in
the country and so we will expand this to give it a true Australian
country feeling,” said Henry Crawford. “I want to see the show getting
really involved in the background. There are a million ideas and a
million things. I know Hector’s attitude very well. He is not worried
too much about making high profits. He wants the Australian industry and Crawfords to get a world-wide reputation for good television.”46
Paul Cronin was
pleased with the new direction of the series, and with the development of
his role. “Matlock Police looks fantastic in colour,” said Paul. “Violence is out and we’re all the better for it. We’re a family show
with good old-fashioned adventure. When I first started, Constable Hogan
had very little to do. Now they’re increasing his role, and over the last
three or four months Hogan has been heavily involved in all of the
Matlock episodes earned a good reputation for their dramatic impact
and high production standards, however the colour Matlocks are also
highly regarded for their depth of human interest, and greater visual
impact due not only to colour filming but also to some very creative and
imaginative camera work.
The script for
episode 166, ‘Deep Water’, was altered (and re-titled) so that scenes
could be filmed during floodwaters at Echuca. The script concerned an
escaped prisoner, and during filming the crew learned that there actually
was a prisoner running around loose! Good advantage was taken of the
floods to provide a setting for some dramatic scenes that could not
otherwise have been re-created.
who briefly replaced Sean Connery in the James Bond movies, made a rare
television guest appearance in episode 168, ‘In The Name Of The Queen’. He
played an international criminal hiding in Matlock.
Way back in ep.
26, ‘A Case Of Neglect’, the Matlock crew blew up a house and
filmed it burning to the ground. To achieve this, they first had to find
a house slated for demolition, then had to obtain all the necessary
approval from relevant authorities. For ep. 174, ‘A Quiet Little Place’,
they blew up another house, again following all the correct procedures,
but this time the local Council complained. Nunawading Councillor Arthur
Brown said they had no idea explosives were to be used, and the blast was
heard four kilometres from the scene: “We should dampen the enthusiasm of
Matlock Police for the peace and quiet of the residents. Perhaps
they should use fire crackers.” A Crawfords spokesman said all the
authorities were notified that the explosion was to take place, and that
the mix-up with Council was unfortunate but had since been cleared up to
the satisfaction of the municipality.48
‘Gary’, won the Australian Film Commission First Prize in the 1975 Penguin
Awards. The episode looks at the plight of wives left behind by men sent
to prison, and was made with research assistance from the Prisoners Aid
1974, the 0-Ten Network renewed their Matlock Police contract for
1975, but the number of episodes to be made was nearly halved. 0-Ten
agreed to take only 26 episodes, whereas previously they took 48
episodes per year. The reason given was that in some cities screening
dates had lapsed far behind production, particularly Sydney which was six
months behind, and Perth where they were nine months behind.
started that the show was likely to be axed, but Hector Crawford was
unconcerned. "The network has a problem in its scheduling of Matlock
Police," he said. "For instance, Sydney has a large backlog because it
started six months after us. Rather than sit round waiting for it to be
sorted out, we decided to get a clear commitment for at least 26 episodes
so that we could begin planning our forward programme for next year.
Matlock is rating strongly and I don't see any problem there."49 Paul Cronin was not so optimistic: "If the cast is disbanded at the end of
June, it will be the end of Matlock because they won't be able to
get us back together again. None of us can afford to wait around doing
nothing. We will have to seek other employment."50
renewal of the Matlock contract for 1975 came the surprise
announcement that Michael Pate was being dropped from the series. Pate
claimed he was not even informed of the change, but found out through a
press release. “I haven’t quit Matlock, I’ve been sacked,” said
Pate. “And apart from the press release no one has told me. If Crawfords
had wanted me to go, all they had to do was ask and I’d have gone. But
this way!”51 Hector Crawford said that Pate was being replaced “due to a restructuring
of the programme”.52 However, there was speculation among peers that Pate was axed because he
was asking for too much money, and that some people found him difficult to
work with. “I had intended to leave the series either next year or the
year after,” said Pate, “but I had not thought I would be pushed out so
Pate was asked to
sign a three-week contract to take him through to the end of the year, as
his contract expired before the year’s shooting finished. “Well, I’m sure
not going to do it,” he said. “My contract expires on November 23 and
that’s the end of Matlock for me.”54 (Pate was also offered a guest role in an episode of another Crawford
series, The Last Of The
Australians, but he knocked that back too.)
final appearance was in ep. 192, ‘Have A Good Weekend’, in which Det. Sen.
Sgt. Maddern is shot and seriously injured. In the final scene he is
taken away by helicopter to a hospital in Melbourne, and although Maddern’s name was mentioned a few times in subsequent episodes, it was
never spelt out exactly what happened to him. “It is a very well-written
episode,” said Pate, “but it’s always sad to leave a series one has been
so involved in.”55
replacement was Peter Gwynne, who started filming his first Matlock
episode on January 13, 1975. As Pate had not agreed to do three extra
weeks in 1974, the next three episodes of Matlock did not have a
replacement Sergeant in charge of the CI, and Sen. Det. York was left to
manage on his own. The three remaining cast members carried the show,
with Pate being edited out of the opening titles, and Peter Gwynne joined
the series in ep. 196, ‘Welcome To Matlock’. The opening titles were
again altered only slightly with Gwynne’s credit being added. Gwynne
said: “I did not hesitate to accept the role of Maloney because I like
working with Crawfords. I just went about the role as I would any other.
There were rumours about the end of the show but I signed up a week before
I heard the first of them.”56
Gwynne played the
part of Det. Sen. Sgt. Jack Maloney, who has been transferred to Matlock
from another country town to replace Sgt. Maddern as head of the CI
Branch. Maloney is in his mid-forties, and is a friendly person with a
warm personality. He is married to a much younger wife, Liz, and they
have two children. Gwynne said of Maloney: “He has a dry sense of humour
and will come down hard on criminals when necessary. He also has a
sympathetic streak which is brought out in several episodes.”57 Marie Williams joined the cast at this time in a support role as Liz
Maloney, and appeared on a regular basis until the end of the series.
appeared in ep. 204, ‘The Witch’, and won a 1976 Sammy Award for Best
Performance by a Juvenile for her role in the episode.
1975 was a dark
year for Australian television, when the three commercial networks
cancelled their three Crawford cop shows. Division 4 was first to
go, finishing production in May 1975, followed by Matlock Police
and finally Homicide. The decision was puzzling, as all three
programmes were still very popular and were enjoying high ratings. Many
believed, and still do, that the cancellations were an attempt to wipe out
Crawford Productions, and consequently cripple local production. The
motive behind the ‘gang-up’ was in response to the ‘TV: Make It Australian'
campaign. The networks did not want local content regulations forced
upon them, as they would much prefer to import cheap American shows that
they could buy for peanuts.
However, if the
networks were going to be forced to buy local dramas, then they were going
to have them as cheap as possible. Quality series like Matlock and
Homicide had to go, to be replaced by cheap soap operas of the
calibre made popular by Number 96. During the 1980’s there were a
few high quality mini-series produced as ‘special event television’,
however the vast majority of local production was dominated by ‘lowbrow’
soaps (The Young Doctors, The Restless Years, Sons And Daughters,
Prisoner, Cop Shop, Skyways, etc, etc.).
announcement of the Division 4 cancellation, in April 1975 GTV-9
Melbourne moved Division 4 into direct competition with Matlock
Police. GTV had nothing to lose, and similar moves were made by interstate stations. At that time
it was rumoured that 0-Ten were going to cancel Matlock, but
excellent performances from Peter Gwynne and good storylines caused
network executives to change their minds. But not for long. Later in
April it was announced that Matlock Police would cease production
on June 26.
surprisingly, Matlock won a 13-week reprieve. ATV-0 Melbourne decided to go
it alone and order another 13 episodes, with no assistance from TEN-10
Sydney. However, there
were no further reprieves and in July ATV-0 announced that Matlock
Police would finish production on September 18, after 229 episodes.
TEN-10 did not want any more episodes, and although ATV-0 and SAS-10
Adelaide considered keeping the show running, without financial
assistance from Sydney it was not possible. “It’s unfortunate,” said Hector Crawford, “because it means
more retrenchments, and will put more actors out of work, but the company
is not in trouble. We are making pilots of proposed new series, but this
(The final Crawford cop show, Homicide, had its cancellation
announced in August 1975, and finished production in December).
During late July
1975, Paul Cronin and Executive Producer Henry Crawford got together and
tossed around some ideas for a new series. The popularity of Const. Hogan
and his motorbike with younger viewers was an obvious choice for a
spin-off, and they came up with the format for Solo One, a title
taken from Hogan’s motorbike radio call sign. Hector Crawford liked the
idea and approved the making of a pilot episode. “We
shot the pilot on two weekends before the Matlock crew dispersed,”
said Paul. “We did it with a mini-crew - there were only about half a
dozen on the crew, myself, the motorbike and my dog.”59
The 0-Ten Network
had enough new Matlock Police episodes stockpiled for it to be
screened until mid-1976. ATV-0 Melbourne took the series off air
in early 1976 with eight episodes still to be shown, whereas interstate
and country stations continued to screen the rest of the series. ATV-0
was still showing Matlock repeats, however the eight ‘new’ episodes
were not screened in Melbourne until three years later when, surprisingly,
they were shown in a prime time slot during July and August 1979.
Matlock Police episode, No. 228 ‘The Curse Of The Bangerang Prince’,
was the only episode in which VKC radio operator Shirl was seen. (Although numbered 228, it was actually the 229th Matlock
episode, due to an earlier episode being numbered with an ‘A’ suffix). The episode concludes with a farewell party for Const. Hogan, who has
received a transfer to the small town of Emerald to take charge
of the one-man police station.
And this is where
Solo One comes in. Quite different in concept to Matlock Police, Solo One
was a half-hour series, aimed at kids, and concentrating on human-interest
situations rather than crime. Paul Cronin described it as “a ripper of a
programme”. Said Paul: “We’re utilising the following that Gary Hogan
has, and branching into the field of family entertainment. The show will
appeal primarily to schoolkids, but parents and grandparents will enjoy
it, too. Hogan is a clean-cut cop, an all-Australian boy. A show like
Solo One is necessary. Kids are subjected to a lot of garbage on TV.”60
The pilot episode featured Paul Cronin in his
Matlock role of Const. Gary Hogan, now stationed at Emerald in the
Dandenong Ranges east of Melbourne,
complete with his motorbike. There were two support roles, Keith Eden as
Joe Porter, and Aileen Britton as Hogan’s Aunty Nan. Joe Porter is a
retired policeman who was formerly in charge of the Emerald station, and
still manages to stick his beak into situations. Hogan’s Aunty Nan is the
same dotty character introduced in Matlock Police ep. 209, ‘Miracle At
Waterloo Downs’; she has moved to Emerald with Gary to act as his
housekeeper, and usually attends to the radio while he is out on jobs.
transfer to Emerald is a focal point of the final episode of Matlock
Police, Hogan's time in Matlock is never mentioned in the Solo One
series - not that it needs to be, as there is enough continuity with Aunty
Nan, the motorbike, the 'Solo One' call-sign and the Hogan character
It took another
couple of months to sell Solo One. The 0-Ten Network did not want
it, which was hardly surprising considering they had just cancelled Matlock. The ABC was interested, but budget cuts prevented them from buying it.
The Seven Network wanted to make significant changes to the show by
extending it to one-hour and making it more adult in nature. Crawfords
were adamant that such changes would ruin the show, and after offering
to make another series to fill that requirement (Bluey), Seven agreed
to take 13 episodes of Solo One as is.
Production of the
series commenced in November 1975, with financial assistance from the
Australian Film Commission. However, Solo One did not go to air
until June 1976 - possibly because it would not make sense to screen it
until Matlock Police had run its course on the 0-Ten Network.
Unlike the fictitious Matlock, Emerald was a real town nestled in the
Dandenong ranges east of Melbourne, and the series was filmed on
location. “We have had the fullest co-operation from the Shire of
Sherbrooke and residents of Emerald,” said Producer Henry Crawford. “We
will be using the actual Emerald police station. We will not be changing
Paul Cronin had
long been aware of the popularity of his Matlock character with
children, and always wanted to keep Hogan as a character that children
could look up to. “I’ve spent five years fighting for my reading of what
the character of Hogan should be,” said Paul, “and I think that has come
to fruition in him getting a show of his own. Over that time, I have been
in touch with people all around Australia, and I feel they appreciate me
playing Hogan the way he is. I don’t think that Constable Hogan has
become too goodie-goodie. He makes mistakes and he gets things around the
wrong way at times, but he’s well-meaning and has the right attitude to
life. In the end it comes out right.”62
titles of Solo One showed Const. Hogan riding his motorbike, and
established the location with a shot of the Dandenong’s famous steam train ‘Puffing Billy’. The theme tune was written by Mike Brady (who
would later pen the Aussie Rules footy anthem ‘Up There Cazaly’), and was
sung by Glenn Shorrock (well-known lead singer of ‘The Twilights’, ‘Axiom’
and the ‘Little River Band’).
As an exercise in
their media studies, students from Brunswick Technical School wrote
scripts for Solo One - and two were considered so good that they
were adapted by Scriptwriter John Drew and used in the series (ep. 9, ‘The
Man From Happy Valley’, and ep. 12, ‘The Bike’).
By March 1976,
thirteen episodes of Solo One had been completed (including the
pilot), but the Seven Network decided against buying any more until the
series had been screened and public reaction could be gauged. When the
series premiered in June, it was given an early evening timeslot with the
hope of attracting kids and adults. The series was very successful and
received much critical acclaim. “I’m biased, I suppose, but I’m very
proud of the series,” said Paul Cronin. “Some say it’s the best piece of
TV Crawfords have yet produced. Perhaps it’s best described as a
kid-adult drama, more sophisticated than Skippy, yet not quite a
Matlock. Of course I’m hoping the series will prove popular enough to
warrant another series, but we’ll just have to wait and see.”63
The Seven Network
eventually decided they wanted some more episodes, but by that time it was
late 1976 and Crawfords were commencing production of their war-time
serial The Sullivans, with Paul Cronin cast in a lead role. As
Paul was not available for Solo One, and Crawfords considered that
Paul was indelibly associated with the role, therefore ruling out use of
another actor, no more episodes of Solo One were made.
In 1979 the
Australian Broadcasting Tribunal (successor to the Australian Broadcasting
Control Board) laid down new regulations governing children’s programmes,
which required that all shows screened on weekdays between 4 and 5 PM must
have a ‘C’ classification. The ‘C’ classification was to be given only to
shows of a certain standard that were made specifically for kids. Many
shows, old and new, were submitted for consideration, and Solo One
was one of the programmes awarded the coveted ‘C’ classification.
“I enjoyed Solo One,”
said Paul. “I thought it was a good little show and it was meaningful, it
was inoffensive, and there was a little lesson in it for every kid. Remember, the kids were the ones that would come up to me when we were
filming Matlock and talk to 'Gary'. I believe that character was
helpful to the Victoria Police in showing the policeman as your friend.
It broke all the rules - as an actor some say you shouldn't work with
children or animals. Well, I did and I loved it.” Paul’s own dog was
featured in the series: “We needed a dog and there was no money in the
budget to pay for one. I had a dog, a Rottweiller-Doberman cross, ‘Toby
Two’ was his name. He was totally untrained, and it was a bit of a push
and shove to get him to do what we wanted him to do, but he did it.”64
scored a 1976 Penguin for Best Programme For Children, and Mike Brady also
received a 1976 Penguin for Best Original Music. Guest actor
Greg Stroud won a 1976 Logie for Outstanding Performance By A Juvenile for
his part in 'The Runaway', the first Solo One episode.
given its popularity and high production standards, Matlock Police
did not win as many awards as its stablemates Homicide and
Division 4. Apart from the two awards mentioned earlier (1975 Penguin
for ep. 186, 'Gary', and Sigrid Thornton’s 1976 Sammy for ep. 204, 'The
Witch'), the programme won a 1971 Logie for Best New Drama Series, Vic
Gordon picked up a 1970 Penguin Commendation and Michael Pate won a 1972
Penguin for Best Actor.
and Solo One were both repeated many times until the mid-1980’s.
They then vanished from our screens until January 2006 when the WIN-TV
network started screening Matlock from episode one (along with some other old
Crawford shows including Division 4). Country police as the basis of a television
surfaced again in 1993 with the very successful series Blue Heelers.
Solo One theme song
To me it’s the
kind of magic
I need to stay alive
Riding the hills on a motorbike
Sure beats nine to five
Or hard to tell someone
I’ve got a friend, it’s a motorbike
And it’s just called Solo One
Yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah
It’s just called Solo One
MATLOCK POLICE EPISODE DETAILS
SOLO ONE EPISODE DETAILS
38. TV Guide Aug 18 1973:
39. TV Times, April 14, 1973.
41. Melbourne Truth, April 14, 1973.
42. TV Times, Oct 13, 1973.
43. TV Times, Jan 5, 1974.
44. TV Week, June 22, 1974.
45. TV Week, June 29, 1974.
47. TV Week, Aug 24, 1974.
49. TV Times, Sept 21, 1974.
51. Melbourne Listener In-TV, Sept 28, 1974.
52. TV Times, Oct 5, 1974.
53. Melbourne Sunday Press, Sept 29, 1974.
54. Melbourne Sunday Observer, Oct 6, 1974.
55. TV Times, May 31, 1975.
56. TV Times, June 28 1975.
57. Melbourne Listener In-TV, July 5, 1975.
58. TV Times, July 12, 1975.
59. TV Eye No. 7, Dec. 1995.
60. Melbourne Listener In-TV, Oct 4, 1975.
61. Knox Free Press, Nov 11, 1975.
62. TV Times, Jan 31, 1976.
63. TV Week, July 3, 1976.
64. TV Eye No. 7, Dec. 1995.
The second cast line-up: Tom
Richards, Vic Gordon, Paul Cronin and Michael Pate.
New opening titles were
introduced when Tom Richards joined the series.
The nude swimming scene from ep. 100, 'Bedlam'.
Tom Richards and Paul Cronin talking with a
Michael Pate as Sgt. Maddern and Tom Richards as Det. York apprehend Terri
Williams, played by Kris McQuade, in a scene from ep. 132, 'Unchained'.
Const. Hogan arrests a criminal in a scene from ep. 136, 'Germ Bomb'.
Andrew McFarlane in his first major role as Benjie Reid, and Arna-Maria
Winchester as his wife Poppy, are questioned by Det. York (Tom Richards) and
Const. Hogan (Paul Cronin) in a scene from ep. 142, 'Poppy And The Closet
Robyn Gurney, Vic Gordon and Tony Crawford in a scene from ep. 145, 'They'll
Fix You Up No Worries'.
The Matlock police are involved in a siege situation in ep. 154, 'What Are
New opening titles were introduced when the series shifted into colour.
Filming on the police station set with Tom Richards and Vic Gordon.
An advertisement for Matlock Police.
The final cast line-up: Paul Cronin, Peter Gwynne, Tom Richards and Vic
Peter Gwynne as Det. Sgt. Jack Maloney.
The opening titles remained the same, requiring only a small edit to include
Peter Gwynne in place of Michael Pate.
The policemen's wives: Natalie Raine as Nell
Kennedy and Marie Williams as Liz Maloney.
VKC radio operator Shirl was heard throughout the series but never seen -
until the final episode. Margaret Cruickshank played Shirl in that episode.
Solo One graphic used by the production crew.
Paul Cronin as Sen. Const. Gary Hogan,
transferred from Matlock to Emerald in the Dandenong ranges.
Aileen Britton had a support role as Gary
Hogan's Aunty Nan, a character previously featured in Matlock Police
ep. 209, 'Miracle At Waterloo Downs'.
Another support role was Joe Porter, the
retired policeman whom Gary Hogan replaces, played by Keith Eden.
Terry Trimble and Paul Cronin filming a scene for Solo One ep. 2, 'Goodbye George'.
Solo One opening titles.
Paul Cronin and his dog, 'Toby Two', who was featured in Solo One.
Const. Hogan attempts a rescue at a
mining accident in ep. 4, 'Strike Me Die Benson'.
Const. Hogan had a four-wheel drive
vehicle as well as his motorbike in Solo One.