1 9 8 4 – 1 9 8 5 (Australia)
43 x 60 minute episodes
This Crawford cop show screened on Australia’s Channel Ten and featured the cases of the Special Squad – a crack team of coppers with specialist skills, involved in the fight against major crime.
The boss of the squad was the no-nonsense and phlegmatic Detective Inspector Don Anderson (Alan Cassell).
His team comprised promising young blonde heartthrob Detective Sergeant Joel Davis (John Diedrich) and Senior Sergeant Greg Smith (Anthony Hawkins), a moustachioed streetwise gorilla.
Billed as Melbourne’s answer to The Professionals – unsurprisingly as it was produced by Raymond Menmuir who had also produced the British series – the series was fast, slick, well-photographed, and big on gadgets – but low on personality.
DI Don Anderson
DS Joel Davis
Senior Sergeant Greg Smith