Case closed! Craig McLachlan's hit series Dr Blake Mysteries is ending

Craig McLachlan seated

It has been announced that the hit Aussie detective series, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which stars Craig McLachlan, will finish filming this year.

It's bad news for fans of BBC 1's daytime detective drama, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, which stars Craig McLachlan. The forthcoming fifth season will be its final.

"Dr Blake has had a sensational run and we feel that the time is right to go out while we are still on top," says a spokesperson for the hit Aussie series. "We have a fantastic final season till to come and we look forward to wrapping up the series with a satisfying movie-length finale, as we bid farewell to an Australian TV icon."

Craig McLachlan and cast

The Doctor Blake Mysteries has become popular with audiences around the world since it began in 2013 and seen ex-Neighbours star Craig nominated for several Logie awards for his role as Doctor Lucien Blake who finds himself investigating all manner of mysteries when he takes over his father's medical practice during the late 1950s.

Series producers promise the final feature-length TV movie will provide the answers to many of the remaining mysteries between Blake and his loyal receptionist and housekeeper, Jean.

You can see repeat episodes of The Doctor Blake Mysteries, weekdays at 2:15pm on BBC 1.

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