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Long Arm, The

1 9 7 0 (Australia)
19 x 50 minute episodes

Part cop show, part soap opera, this series from Network Ten (Australia) – filmed and broadcast in black & white – was more a precursor to Cop Shop than a descendant of Homicide.

Set in Melbourne CIB it starred Robert Bruning as Inspector Dallas Buchanan and Sandy Harbutt as Detective Constable Kim Riverton, plus Barbara Mason (pictured at left) and Lyndal Moor as a cop’s widow and daughter, whose deceased husband had been a colleague of Buchanan’s.

Sergeant Ted Driscoll, a regular support role played by Ken Goodlet, represented the uniform branch.

Inspector Mike Hammond (Tony Ward) was Buchanan’s counterpart in the New South Wales police and appeared whenever the action moved to Sydney.

The series received a degree of criticism because of the violence shown – a point of much discussion given the 7.30 pm broadcast timeslot.

Insp. Dallas Buchanan
Robert Bruning
Det. Const. Kim Riverton
Sandy Harbutt
Veleen Towns
Barbara Mason
Trish Towns
Lyndall Moor
Sgt. Ted Driscoll
Ken Goodlet
Insp. Mike Hammond
Tony Ward