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
character development was taken a step further in episode 185, ‘Voice Of
The Gun’. A special two-hour feature, it also introduced Diane Craig in a
semi-regular support role as Jenny Franklin. The episode delves
extensively into the private life of Banner, who, since the death of his
wife in the first episode, has tried to bury himself in his work. "It’s a
very personal story, which involves a revolution within Banner’s personal
life and coincides with a crisis in his professional life," said Ian
Jones, who co-wrote and film-directed the episode. "One of the things we’re
trying to say in this script is that Banner has recognised the fact that a
policeman will be a better person if he adopts a lifestyle as normal as
the next man. The story has him searching his conscience over what he is
asked to do in his job and this leads him to see he has been running away
from anything which intrudes on his own life."29
The professional crisis comes when Banner,
in pursuit of a criminal, aims his gun but the only visible part of the fugitive is his
head and chest. Banner cannot bring himself to shoot, the criminal gets away, and
consequently other people are murdered in cold blood. The question confronts Banner: when
is a policeman justified in firing a potentially fatal shot? The personal development is a
romantic interest Banner is reunited with his childhood friend Jenny Franklin,
who has just returned to Australia after many years overseas.
The episode caused some controversy over a nude swimming scene featuring Gerard Kennedy
and Diane Craig, even though the scene is in no way explicit. "It is very discreetly handled and makes a very effective
scene," said Ian Jones. "Its barely a nude scene theyre not
seen long enough for anyone to call it this. Its a mature piece of television but
not because theyre featured without their clothes its more the deep
personal drama of the script which makes it mature viewing."30
"It is a side of Banner that has not been shown before," said Gerard Kennedy.
"Voice Of The Gun presents him as a cold, ruthless cop and as a gentle
lover. I found this particular episode more demanding of my acting ability and it is the
sort of role I would like to play more often."31 Diane
Craig did not think the nude scene was anything torrid: "It was a beautiful script
about a couple of people who have grown up together, and who meet again after she has been
overseas and he is married and his wife has died. They come back together and must pick up
all the threads. Theyre both a bit embarrassed because they dont quite know
what to do. They end up going back to the farm where she lived and thats where the
Voice Of The Gun was screened by GTV-9 in the special timeslot of 8:30
Monday night on 28th May, and drew much acclaim from viewers and critics alike.
Because of the references to Banners past, there was a large response from viewers
wanting to see the first episode again, which was in fact the only episode from the first
year that had never been repeated. GTV agreed to the requests and screened episode 1,
The Soldiers, in a special Thursday night timeslot on 21st June.
In the series second year, from episode 57 'My Mate Death', the opening titles were altered to a sequence of night shots,
and included Terence Donovan as last billed (the order had always been Kennedy, Faulkner,
Taylor, Hamilton, Smith, then later Donovan). During 1973 they were changed again to a
sequence of action shots commencing from ep. 174 'Today Is
Eagle Day'. Later, from ep. 217 'The Slasher', they were again altered to a
shorter action sequence with completely different scenes this time
Terry Donovan was promoted to second billing and Frank Taylor was
demoted to last.
The 200th episode of Division 4 was completed in June 1973, and went
to air in August. Chuck Faulkner believed the success of the show was in the
characterisation: "People identify with us and our problems, and the stories are
realistic," he said. "We have our murders, rapes, robberies and drunken brawls,
but we also have our personal conflicts and laughs."33
Frank Taylor gave full credit to the writers: "They give us our personality, and the
fact that they can diversify from crime and write a script around the private life of,
say, Keith Vickers one night and Mick Peters the other all makes for a good series."34 Terence Donovan attributed the shows success to professionalism:
"I think we all realised that if we wanted to get anywhere we had to stick together
and make the most of it and we did. The television industry wasnt all that
healthy when the series started, and for the show to be a success it had to be a team
effort. It was imperative."35
Scriptwriter Roger Simpson won an Awgie award for episode 215, Talk Back.
The award was for Best Script For A TV Drama Series.
Division 4 set a record for the longest running Australian
series without a single change of cast, which remains unbroken at 226 episodes. Most of
the regulars were happy with their roles, however Patricia Smith again lamented the lack of romance
for her character of Margaret Stewart: "I think she needs some personal relationship
which can become part of her character, someone she can refer to affectionately as Scotty
does his wife and Kevin does his family."36 Frank
Taylor was also happy with his role of Scotty, in spite of its limitations: "Being
tied to the desk at Yarra Central I dont get much opportunity to move about or get
too involved in situations. But every so often the writers give me a script which gives me
a chance to get into the action, and its good for both me and the show".37
The only cast member who was discontented was Ted Hamilton, and he had been for several
years. "Dwyer is holding Ted Hamiltons career back," Hamilton said,
"and I have worked too hard to get to the stage I am at now to let Dwyer be a thorn
in my side. As it stands at the moment, I cant do anything until I break my ties
with Division 4."38 He was soon to get his wish, but not the way he had
hoped. Hamilton appeared in a cigarette commercial, and in late September 1973 he was
dismissed from Division 4 due to a breach of contract. Crawfords had a standard
clause in all their artists contracts prohibiting them from making commercials
without company permission. "Actors who work for me must decide whether they want to
be commercial salesmen or actors," said Hector Crawford. "The news of Ted making
a cigarette commercial shocked me. By breaking his contract Ted has set a bad example for
others in his profession."39
Hamilton was not upset about leaving the series, but was angry at the way it happened:
"I sought work in my profession as an actor and singer outside the role in which I am
usually seen as a cop in a TV series. I maintain that appearing in a commercial was in no
way a breach of any service agreement. I did not plan to stay in Division 4 and
asked three times this year to be relieved of my role."40 The short notice of Hamiltons dismissal meant
considerable re-writing of scripts was necessary, as well as adjustments to the production
schedule. "I finished up on Friday, halfway through an episode,"
said Hamilton. "They didn't even have a chance to kill me off.
I don't know what they are going to do about writing me out of the
The problem was solved by explaining that Const. Dwyer had been accepted
for a position in the CIB, and was transferred away to commence his
In spite of his dismissal, Hamilton was still appreciative of his part in
the show. "My role as Constable Dwyer in Division 4 was a great
success and no doubt a big help to my career," he explained, "but after a
couple of years the creativity had gone."42
Changes were being planned for Division 4, and within hours of Hamiltons
dismissal, Patricia Smith was told that she would not be required for 1974 episodes of the
show. Pat said that although she was disappointed, there was no unpleasantness. "I
understand Crawfords want to change the format of the show," said Pat. "I know
they have found it more and more difficult to write scripts for me because, basically, Division
4 is an action-packed show. Having a woman in it slows down the pace."43 (The days of equal opportunity had not yet extended to the Victoria
Police, and it would be several more years before women routinely shared the normal police
duties of their male colleagues.)
At this time Banners character development was taken a step further in another
special, a 90-minute episode titled simply Sergeant Banner. Diane Craig, who
had been appearing as Banner's girlfriend on an 'as required' basis in episodes subsequent to the first special
Voice Of The Gun, featured again in this special. The pressure of
Banners job and Jennys constant contact with friends in England puts a strain
on the couple, so much so that Banner fears he may lose her. This special was filmed in
October 1973, but did not go to air until July 1974. Due to repeats being slipped into
regular screenings, there was now a six-month backlog of episodes.
For some obscure reason
the official episode numbering is quite dodgy around this period. New
opening titles with a 'teaser' before them were introduced from ep. 217,
however eps 220 and 223 feature the older opening titles sequence (without
'teasers') indicating that they were produced before ep. 217. The
'Sergeant Banner' special was numbered 218, although it was actually produced around the same
time as episodes 227-232. The transfer of Const. Dwyer to the CIB is
explained in episodes 225 (Ted Hamilton's last appearance) and 227 (the
first without Hamilton); however Dwyer features in ep. 226 and later in ep.
229, indicating that these were made prior to ep. 225. There is no obvious
reason for the anomalies.
Division 4 shifted into colour production in November 1973. According to
official numbering, the last black and white episode was number 231, The
Tribunal, and the first colour episode was No. 232, The Man In
The Saville Row Suit. In
fact, when the Sergeant Banner episode went to air it was screened out of
sequence between two colour episodes, but as colour transmission had not yet commenced in
Australia nobody noticed - except those perceptive few who observed that the opening
titles reverted back to an earlier format. (Of the other Crawford series, Homicide
had already shifted into colour production, and Matlock Police would follow in
1974. The new series Ryan had been in colour production from the outset.) Unlike Homicide,
when Division 4 went colour it did not become an all-film production, but remained
a film/video integration.
As Patricia Smith’s contract did not expire until December 1973, she
appeared in the first seven colour episodes. No. 238, ‘None So Blind’, was
her last appearance, in which Margaret Stewart left the police force to
Apart from colour production, new cast members were the most obvious change to Division
4, and Crawfords tried to establish a younger look for the show. "Were
lowering the age of the show," said Hector Crawford. "The young policeman will
be a pretty green young fellow, an eager-beaver sort of kid, and we will bring in a
younger policewoman."44 Andrew McFarlane played the role of Const. Roger
Wilson, a new recruit to the police force, and a bit of a bungler. Yarra Central is
Wilsons first posting, and the scripts would develop his character from a green
newcomer to a competent constable who soon settles down. McFarlane, who
had only just graduated from NIDA
(National Institute of Dramatic Art), won the part after his first major role
in a Matlock
Police episode (No. 142, Poppy And The Closet Junkie). At
the time, he did not realise that his performance in the Matlock
episode was being assessed for Division 4. His first Division
4 appearance was in episode 235, Maria.
Clive Davies was introduced in the role of Const. Bob Parry, another new recruit and an
easy-going, friendly fellow with a large appetite, making his first appearance in episode
237, Goodbye Charlie. Peter Cavanagh as Const. Ray Preston appeared more frequently following the
departure of Ted Hamilton, but was phased out again when McFarlane and Davies joined the
cast. All three only appeared as required and, although McFarlane and Davies were still in
most episodes, their roles would vary from bit part to major player. None of them
received a credit on the opening titles, and because they were used only as needed, there was
no pressure on scriptwriters to shoehorn a character into a script just to
give them something to do.
The opening titles of the last few black-and-white episodes were adapted when Ted Hamilton left by the simple expedient of
editing his scenes out. Colour episodes, of course, required a completely new stock
opening, and scenes showed the cast in various aspects of police work interspersed with
general shots of the city. The order of billing changed again, and was now Kennedy,
Faulkner, Taylor, Donovan and Smith. When Patricia Smith left the opening remained largely
intact, but a number of different scenes were added or substituted, and the order of billing was changed
to Kennedy, Faulkner, Donovan and Taylor. It remained as such until the final episode.
Terence Donovan was offered one of the lead roles in the Australian
Broadcasting Commission (ABC) historical drama Rush,
and Crawfords agreed to release him for 13 weeks to make the series. However, by early
1974 the production schedule had been expanded to 26 weeks, and Donovan had to reluctantly
refuse the role. "Crawfords said they were willing to let me go for 16 weeks,"
said Terry, "but for the other 10 weeks the ABC would have to work in with my Division
4 schedules. The ABC felt there might be too many problems in this so it was then up
to me to choose whether to drop out of Division 4 or forget about Rush. I
chose to stay with Division 4 because Crawfords had bent over backwards to help
me."45 Subsequently, Crawfords did release Terry Donovan
to make a guest appearance in one episode of Rush.
Another new recruit joined the cast from episode 265, Shadows. John Hannan
played Const. Paul Gray, a trendy newcomer sporting a moustache, which upsets the rather
conservative Sgt. Scotty Macleod. Like the other new recruits, Hannan was used as required
and did not feature on the opening titles.
Eps. 274 & 275 were a two-part episode, A Sense Of Duty, in which
Banner faces a coronial inquiry and contemplates leaving the force. It was
first screened as a single two-hour
episode, however for repeat screenings it was shown in its original
By 1974 Gerard Kennedy was getting itchy feet and wanted to expand his horizons as an
actor. Rumours that he would quit the series were reported in television journals in June,
but Gerard agreed to renew his contract for another six months from July. In deference to
his wishes, Crawfords allowed Gerard to make a guest appearance in an episode of Rush,
and also promised him a lead role in a projected new series to be titled Kellys Country,
based on the life of Ned Kelly.
During August and September 1974 the backlog of new episodes was sufficient to allow
GTV-9 Melbourne to program Division 4 twice a week. In addition to its regular
Wednesday night timeslot, a second new episode was screened at 7:30 Thursday, in direct
competition with another Crawford drama, Matlock Police.
(First run Division 4 episodes had also been screened twice a week
in Sydney at various times).
Since the departure of Patricia Smith as Sen. Const. Margaret Stewart,
various actors would appear as policewomen for one or two episodes as
required, most notable being Judy Morris who portrayed Policewoman Kim
Baker for three episodes (Nos. 271-273). In October 1974 it was announced that Rowena Wallace (a well-established actress who
previously had lead roles in You Cant See Round Corners, The Rovers and
Barrier Reef) would be joining the cast as Policewoman Jane Bell. Rowena previously
played Jane Bell in episode 248, Hello Stranger, and became a regular from
episode 279, Take No For An Answer, onwards. Jane Bell was attached to Russell
Street police headquarters, and would be seconded to Yarra Central as required. As with
the other members of the uniform branch, the character was only used when the plot called
for it, and Rowena did not feature on the opening titles. "I enjoyed doing
Division 4," Rowena said after the series finished, "except for the
uniform. I felt I was in an iron casing the whole time. It was a genuine
police uniform. When I made the last episode I had to repress all sorts of
desires to rip it right off!"46
Sigrid Thornton won much acclaim for her portrayal of a mentally disturbed young girl
in episode 286, Little Raver. The episode won a Logie award for Best Individual
Episode In A Series.
Division 4 now had a cast of eight, consisting of four full-timers
(Gerard Kennedy, Terence Donovan, Chuck Faulkner and Frank Taylor) and four
casuals (Andrew McFarlane, Clive Davies, John Hannan and Rowena Wallace). In
October 1974, Andrew McFarlane announced that he would not be renewing his contract at the
end of the year. McFarlane stated that he wanted to get experience in other areas of the
profession, and because the eight-member cast meant fewer opportunities for further
development of Const. Wilsons character, he felt the time was ripe to leave.47 McFarlane made his final appearance in episode 289, Tell Me Your
Troubles My Friend, in which Const. Wilson received a transfer to a country posting
To replace McFarlane, Peter Cavanagh returned to his previous support role of Const.
Ray Preston, who was transferred back to Yarra Central in episode 293, Once Upon A
Time. That was quite an unusual Division 4 episode -
previously there had been some strong comedy threads interwoven into the
series, but this was the only episode
written purely as a comedy from start to finish. It featured well-known
singer Johnny Farnham as the lead
guest actor in his first television acting role.
Terry Donovan was considering leaving Division 4 when his contract was due for
renewal at the end of 1974: "Ill work 13 weeks into next year and then decide my future."48 Terry ended up signing
only a six-month contract for 1975, as he was keen to
take a part in the ABC historical mini-series Power Without Glory. Donovan said
that after six years as Detective Peters it was time to move on: "Although Power
Without Glory begins filming in February, the part I am considering doesnt come
into the series until later in the year."49
Chuck Faulkner renewed his contract for another year, but with some reservations:
"I was seriously considering leaving, but after a long talk with Hector Crawford I
have decided to stay on for another year."50
Also in October 1974, Gerard Kennedy finally decided to quit the series. Gerard had
been wanting to leave for some time, and his place in the series was to be taken by John Stanton, who
previously played Det. Pat Kelly in Homicide. Stantons character of Det. Tom
Morgan was structured to be completely different from both Sgt. Banner and his own
role in Homicide.
Crawfords treated the matter as a routine change of cast, but the Nine Network reacted differently. They took the view that they were
losing one of their most popular drawcards (Kennedy had been seen on Nine
continuously since 1967 when Hunter premiered), and they managed to persuade Kennedy to stay with Division
4 for 12 weeks into 1975. Nine also seriously considered taking up the proposed Kelly
Country series to retain Gerards services if they could not convince him to
remain with Division 4. At one stage Crawfords gave consideration to placing Gerard
in the 0-10 Network's soap opera The Box as an interim measure, but the Nine Network threatened to
cancel Division 4 if they did so - they did not want Kennedy being seen on a rival
station. Meanwhile, John Stanton was told to sit and twiddle his thumbs for 12 weeks.
The proposed Kelly Country series did not eventuate, and Gerard Kennedy did not
extend his Division 4 contract beyond the agreed 12 weeks. When production resumed
in late January 1975, the Nine Network announced that the show was to be cancelled, and
only 13 more episodes were to be produced. Hector Crawford said: "I have not been
advised of any reason for the cancellation, the effects of which will be to bring about
the retrenchment of a considerable number of highly skilled actors, writers and
technicians. This comes at a crucial time in the establishment of a truly Australian TV
industry."51 GTV-9 General Manager, Leon Hill, justified the
move as purely a question of costs. "We have ventured into $10 million worth of new
Australian programs this year," Hill said. "Because of shows such as Lukes
Kingdom, The Last Of The Australians, Shannons Mob, the new Graham
Kennedy Show and The Unisexers, we can no longer afford Division 4."52
The news of the cancellation met with an incredulous response, as Division 4 was
still a consistently very high rating program. Gerard Kennedy questioned the logic:
"I cant understand why they are dropping a proven show and going ahead with
producing untried programs".53
Terry Donovan said Nine had gone back on their promise: "The actors deputation to the Broadcasting Control Board late last
year (1974) was told that the Nine Network had said that it would be picking up 48 new
episodes of Division 4 this year."54 Chuck
Faulkner: "Its ludicrous. If we, Australias number three show, can get
the chop so suddenly, how safe are all the shows which arent as popular as we
are?"55 Frank Taylor: "It came as such a surprise to
me and everybody else we thought we were going great guns. There was no reason to
And John Stanton finally spoke out on the issue:
"I think the best thing Ive done while all this controversy has been going on
over Division 4 is to have stayed shut-up. But how can you keep quiet about the
state of TV when one of the most watched shows in the country gets the chop purely because
of money. If the ratings of a show drop, go ahead and drop the show. Surely if a product
is top rating, appealing to viewers and made locally, its future should be assured."57
The decision to make 13 more episodes after Gerard Kennedy had been signed to do
another twelve meant that his final episode was the penultimate episode of the series.
Episode 299, His Word Against Mine, saw Banner leave the police force to marry
his girlfriend Jenny and to find another profession. Kennedys contracted
replacement, John Stanton, was introduced to the show for only one episode. No. 300,
Today Ends At Dawn, would be the first and last episode to feature Det. Tom
Morgan, a country cop transferred to Yarra Central from Bairnsdale. The opening titles were
not altered at all and still featured a credit for Gerard Kennedy.
Division 4 remained on air throughout 1975 in Sydney, but was taken
off a couple of months early in Melbourne. The series finished in January 1976 in Sydney,
and in Melbourne it returned early in 1976 before concluding its run in March. In Sydney
the two final episodes were screened back-to-back as a two-hour block, but in Melbourne
the final episode was not shown until a repeat screening of the series a
considerable time later. And
so ended Division 4 after 301 episodes.
In addition to the awards won for individual episodes mentioned previously, Division
4 won a swag of other awards. In its first year it picked up the Henry Lawson Festival
Of Arts Award for Best TV Series, and during the course of its run it won two Logies for
Best Drama, and a Penguin Award for Production, Direction And Consistently Good Scripting.
Gerard Kennedy won two Gold Logies for Australias Best Personality, three Logies for
Best Actor, and two Penguins for Best Actor/Leading Dramatic Talent. Chuck Faulkner picked
up a Penguin for Best Actor, Patricia Smith won a Logie for Best Actress, and Frank Taylor
won a Penguin for Best Supporting Talent. (A full list of awards can be found in the
Episode Details section.)
Looking back in a TV Eye interview, Gerard Kennedy said: "After Id been in
the business for eight and a half years, I still hadnt proved to myself that I could
earn my living as an actor, because Id been under the umbrella of Crawfords playing
the two characters (Kragg and Banner). To me an actor is somebody who plays many
characters, and I was becoming an institution almost, so I wanted to move on and see if I
could earn my living as an actor on my terms. So I tried to get out, and it wasnt
easy to get out - it ended up being a whole political scenario when Division 4
finished, because of the political aspects of the TV: Make It Australian'
"I had a direct confrontation with Kerry Packer (owner of the Nine Network)
because I wanted to leave, and there was a lot of hidden agenda going on that I
wasnt even aware of, so I just did the best I could. Kerry Packer said if I left Division
4 he would cancel the show. I tried, I gave it another six months in the hope that
some resolution could be found, and that John Stanton, who had been employed to replace
me, could go ahead and do the job. But it didnt happen. I personally didnt
feel that I was the star of Division 4, to me it was an ensemble production, but I
was being made a fuss of, and that always seemed to me to be incorrect."58
Division 4s axing was a dark day for Australian television, as within
months the other two Crawford cop shows on rival networks, Matlock Police and Homicide,
were also axed. It was widely believed, and still is, that the cancellation of the three
programs was an attempt by the three commercial networks - acting in collusion
- to wipe
out Crawford Productions, and consequently cripple the local production industry. 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 rather import cheap American shows that they could buy for
"Crawfords was a hot-bed of intrigue," said Terry Donovan, "it was a hot-bed of unbelievable proportions. Hector Crawford was lobbying with politicians to try to
gain more Australian content - he didnt want to be seen to be doing
that, so he allowed us to use his business to push for it. We needed to push politicians
into forcing the channels to subscribe to more content, putting more money back in,
because all the channels were making a bloody fortune but the bastards wouldnt do
anything. But every commercial television station has fought like blazes to make sure a
television industry will not exist. And if they could keep Crawfords down it would
virtually white-ant the whole television drama industry on the commercial side. Crawfords
had three shows on - Homicide, Division 4 and Matlock Police - and
the stations put them all up against each other, to undermine Hector and to break him.
They had enormous ads in the papers all over the country saying Youre going to
lose all these overseas programs if we have to make more Australian content. They
spent hundreds of thousands of dollars to try and screw us, and to try and screw their own
Hector Crawford: "The ratings prove people want local product. Eight out of the
top 10 shows in this country are local shows, week after week. Look, we import 55 per cent
of what is shown on the screen and yet so little of it is really successful. About 4.5 per
cent of these shows score 20 or over. Eleven per cent top 15 and 26 per cent rate nine or
less. The rest average around 10. So, if we increased local content by 36 per cent, there
would still be plenty of room for those shows which do bring in good viewer reaction. No -
there is no case against local content."60
The networks had a partial victory, as shortly afterwards local production would be
dominated by cheap soap operas, and remain that way for over a decade. "People had to
adjust," said Terry Donovan. "It was unfortunate, nobody wanted it that way - we
didnt want it to go backwards, we didnt want to produce five half hours a week
instead of producing one hour a week. In Division 4 we were doing one hour a week,
but on Cop Shop we had two hours to do a week. It was most unrewarding, because my
character Vic Cameron was the boss, and he was behind the desk all the time. So you could
only go this way around a desk or that way around a desk, or go to the filing cabinet, and
you just had this verbal diarrhoea of words."61
The full story about the great gang-up of 1975 is an intriguing one, and
its roots go back a long way - back to 1964 when Crawfords faced difficulty getting Homicide
off the ground; back to the Vincent Report of 1962 which explained why a country needs its
culture represented in the media; even back to 1956 when television began and the stations
promised the world but did not deliver.
The colour episodes of
Division 4 were repeated several times until the early-1980s. The show
then vanished from our screens until January 2006, when the WIN-TV network
started screening it from ep. 1 through to ep. 256, along with
Matlock Police and some soapies in a package promoted as 'Crawfords
In September 2013
the first 26 episodes of Division 4 were released on DVD, and
further volumes followed until the entire series was available. They are only available
for direct sale from the Crawfords website - check here for further details:
DIVISION 4 EPISODE DETAILS
29. TV Times, March 3, 1973.
31. TV Week, March 31, 1973.
32. TV Week, March 10, 1973.
33. TV Times, June 23, 1973.
39. TV Week, Sept 29, 1973.
40. Melbourne Listener In-TV, Sept 29, 1973.
41. TV Guide, Oct 6, 1973.
42. TV Times, Feb 2, 1974.
43. TV Week, Oct 6, 1973.
44. TV Times, Oct 27, 1973.
45. TV Times, Feb 9, 1974.
46. TV Times, Nov 8, 1975.
47. TV Times, Oct 12, 1974.
48. Melbourne Listener In-TV, Oct 26, 1974.
49. TV Times, Oct 26, 1974.
50. TV Times, Oct 26, 1974.
51. TV Week, Feb 8, 1975.
52 TV Week, Feb 8, 1975.
53. TV Times, Feb 8, 1975.
56. TV Week, May 3, 1975
57. Melbourne Listener In-TV, March 1, 1975.
58. TV Eye No. 13, Dec 1997.
59. TV Eye No. 10, Dec. 1996.
60. TV Week, April 19, 1975.
61. TV Eye No. 10, Dec. 1996. Cop Shop was a twice-weekly soap opera that
ran from 1977 to 1983. Terry Donovan appeared in as Det. Sgt. Vic Cameron.
Gerard Kennedy as Det.
Banner, Terry Donovan as Det. Peters and Ted Hamilton as Const. Dwyer in the
corridor of the Yarra Central police station.
Scenes from the two-hour special episode, No.
185, 'Voice Of The Gun', with Gerard Kennedy and Diane Craig.
The second opening title sequence, now including
Terence Donovan, which commenced from episode 57.
The first 'action' opening title sequence,
introduced from ep. 174. There were many other scenes not depicted here.
The second, shorter 'action' opening title
sequence, introduced from ep. 217.
Gerard Kennedy as Det. Banner arrests a crook
played by Max Meldrum.
(Most of) the cast between takes. From left:
Chuck Faulkner, Gerard Kennedy, Terry Donovan, Frank Taylor and Ted Hamilton.
Guest actors Rowena Wallace and Bryon Williams
with Patricia Smith looking over the script of episode 215, 'Talk Back'.
Banner roughing up a crim.
Some Division 4
advertisements that appeared in programme guides.
There seemed to be some difficulty getting all
the cast together for a group photo! Chuck Faulkner, Gerard Kennedy, Frank Taylor and
Patricia Smith appear in this shot; Terence Donovan is absent.
The first colour opening titles. Many views of
various aspects of the city were featured, which are not depicted here.
The later colour opening titles, used from
episode 239 until the end of the series.
Cast photo from the colour episodes. From left:
Andrew McFarlane, Terence Donovan, Frank Taylor, Gerard Kennedy, Clive Davies and Chuck
John Hannan joined the cast in a support role as
Const. Paul Gray (left). He is pictured here with Terry Donovan, Andrew McFarlane, Chuck
Faulkner and Gerard Kennedy. Frank Taylor and Clive Davies are absent.
Sigrid Thornton with Gerard Kennedy in a scene
from the award winning episode 'Little Raver'.
Gerard Kennedy, Johnny Farnham (in
his first television acting role) and
Terry Donovan in a scene from ep. 293, 'Once Upon A Time'.
Towards the end of the series, from episode 279
onwards, Rowena Wallace joined the cast in a support role as Const. Jane Bell.
Gerard Kennedy as Det. Sgt. Frank
More Division 4 advertisements.
Gerard Kennedy as Det. Banner and Terence
Donovan as Det. Peters practicing on the police shooting range.
Banner in action. Able to leap short fences in a
Banner and Peters apprehend a crook.
A scene from episode 243, 'Rag Doll', on location
at the Police Academy in Glen Waverley.
Rowena Wallace as Const. Jane Bell, Chuck
Faulkner as Det. Snr. Sgt. Keith Vickers and Gerard Kennedy as Det. Sgt. Frank Banner.
Filming of the final episode, No. 300 (actually
the 301st), 'Today Ends At Dawn'.