I saw the library had The Doctor Blake Mysteries in their forthcoming DVD section, and even though I didn't know anything about it, I put my order in to see a copy. Eventually the list got to me and I picked up the 2 disc set on Tuesday. I watched the whole series over the last three days and enjoyed them enough to continue to the end. The series has 10 episodes and they aired February to April in 2013.
It's an Australian series set in late 1950s Ballarat. Doctor Lucien Blake is the main character. He returns home to Ballarat after 33 years to take over his late father's practice. He left town when he was in his 20's to study medicine in Scotland and practice in London. He joined the war effort in WWII as a medical officer and got assigned to the Far East where he would marry a Chinese woman and have a daughter. They disappeared in the fall of Singapore. He then spent some time in the Thailand Ban Pong POW camp.He has some trouble interacting with people. He often speaks his mind and gets into trouble for not thinking it through.
In Ballarat he also serves as the police surgeon. Blake is a hard man to deal with at times but he proves his worth as a murder investigator. The cases are pretty varied and the murders mix social commentary into the mix. One's about the murder of the first woman doctor in Ballarat, another killed because of a TV game show, stolen gold fuels another murder and a lucrative flower festival drives a greedy man to kill.
As I said I enjoyed them. I liked most of the characters and there's some nice cars and buildings to look at. I'm not sure I would ever need to buy the DVDs. Maybe if they were dirt cheap.