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DIVISION 4
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DIVISION 4
EPISODE DETAILS
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

 

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Banner’s 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. "It’s barely a nude scene – they’re not seen long enough for anyone to call it this. It’s a mature piece of television but not because they’re featured without their clothes – it’s 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. They’re both a bit embarrassed because they don’t quite know what to do. They end up going back to the farm where she lived and that’s where the scene occurs."32

‘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 Banner’s 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 show’s 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 wasn’t 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 don’t 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 it’s 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 Hamilton’s 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 can’t 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 Hamilton’s 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 series."41 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 detective training. 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 Hamilton’s 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 Banner’s 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 Banner’s job and Jenny’s 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 get married.

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. "We’re 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 Wilson’s 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 two-part form.

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 Kelly’s 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 Can’t 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. Wilson’s 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 at Mansfield.

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: "I’ll 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 doesn’t 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. Stanton’s 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 Gerard’s 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 Luke’s 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 can’t 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: "It’s ludicrous. If we, Australia’s number three show, can get the chop so suddenly, how safe are all the shows which aren’t 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 axe it."56

And John Stanton finally spoke out on the issue: "I think the best thing I’ve 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. Kennedy’s 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 Australia’s 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 I’d been in the business for eight and a half years, I still hadn’t proved to myself that I could earn my living as an actor, because I’d 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 wasn’t 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' campaign.

"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 wasn’t 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 didn’t happen. I personally didn’t 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 4’s 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 peanuts.

"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 didn’t 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 wouldn’t 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 ‘You’re 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 country."59

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 didn’t want it to go backwards, we didn’t 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 Classics'. 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: http://www.crawfordsdvd.com.au/

DIVISION 4 EPISODE DETAILS

29. TV Times, March 3, 1973.
30. Ibid.
31. TV Week, March 31, 1973.
32. TV Week, March 10, 1973.
33. TV Times, June 23, 1973.
34. Ibid.
35. Ibid.
36. Ibid.
37. Ibid.
38. Ibid.
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.
54. Ibid.
55. Ibid.
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.


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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.

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(Most of) the cast between takes. From left: Chuck Faulkner, Gerard Kennedy, Terry Donovan, Frank Taylor and Ted Hamilton.

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Guest actors Rowena Wallace and Bryon Williams with Patricia Smith looking over the script of episode 215, 'Talk Back'.

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Banner roughing up a crim.


Some Division 4 advertisements that appeared in programme guides.

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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.

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Cast photo from the colour episodes. From left: Andrew McFarlane, Terence Donovan, Frank Taylor, Gerard Kennedy, Clive Davies and Chuck Faulkner.

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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'.

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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 Banner.


More Division 4 advertisements.

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Gerard Kennedy as Det. Banner and Terence Donovan as Det. Peters practicing on the police shooting range.

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Banner in action. Able to leap short fences in a single bound...


Banner and Peters apprehend a crook.

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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.

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Filming of the final episode, No. 300 (actually the 301st), 'Today Ends At Dawn'.