City Homicide

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City Homicide
City Homicide logo.jpg
Opening title card
Created by
  • John Hugginson
  • John Banas
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons5 (including mini-series)
No. of episodes84 (list of episodes)
Executive producerJohn Holmes
ProducerMaryAnne Carroll
Running timeapprox. 45 minutes
(1 hour with ads)
Production company Southern Star Group
Original network Seven Network
Picture format
Original release27 August 2007 (2007-08-27) 
30 March 2011 (2011-03-30)
External links
City Homicide cast for seasons 1-2; Damien Richardson as Matt Ryan, Daniel Macpherson as Simon Joyner, Aaron Pedersen as Duncan Freeman, Noni Hazlehurst as Bernice Waverley, Shane Bourne as Stanley Wolfe and Nadine Garner as Jennifer Mapplethorpe Cityhomicidecast.jpg
City Homicide cast for seasons 1-2; Damien Richardson as Matt Ryan, Daniel Macpherson as Simon Joyner, Aaron Pedersen as Duncan Freeman, Noni Hazlehurst as Bernice Waverley, Shane Bourne as Stanley Wolfe and Nadine Garner as Jennifer Mapplethorpe

City Homicide is an Australian television drama series that aired on the Seven Network between 27 August 2007 and 30 March 2011. The series was set on the Homicide floor of a metropolitan police headquarters in Melbourne. The main characters were six detectives, who solve the murder cases, and their three superior officers. [1]


City Homicide did not return in its regular format in 2011. [2] A six-episode mini-series titled No Greater Honour was shown instead which marked the closing storyline of the series. [3] The mini-series guest-starred Claire Van Der Boom, Marcus Graham, John Howard, and Graeme Blundell. [4]


The series' co-writers are John Hugginson who has previously worked on Water Rats , Murder Call and Blue Heelers , and John Banas who has written for All Saints and Stingers in addition to Water Rats and Blue Heelers. In an interview with the Herald Sun , Banas said the show had been in planning since "late last millennium".

The bulk of City Homicide is shot at Seven's South Melbourne studios and the show features Melbourne landmarks, such as Flinders Street station and the city's trams.

The series is distributed overseas by Southern Star Group. [5]

The show originally starred Shane Bourne, Nadine Garner, Daniel MacPherson, Aaron Pedersen, Damien Richardson and Noni Hazlehurst. After the second season, the show's executive producers decided to vary the Homicide squad substantially—Nadia Townsend and John Adam were both added to the cast early in the third season, Bourne took a temporary hiatus that lasted most of the third season, guest star David Field made more frequent and substantive appearances, and main characters were written out of many episodes. This custom continued throughout the remainder of the show, with Field (still credited as a guest star) notably appearing more frequently than any other main cast member. Ryan O'Kane entered for seasons 4 and 5 (mini-series) as new member of the team Detective Rhys Levitt.


Main cast

None of the main characters appear in all episodes, as periods of leave and rostered days off are incorporated into each character's appearances.

Detective Senior Sergeant Stanley Wolfe (Shane Bourne, 70 episodes, seasons 1–5) is the operational leader of the Homicide squad. Wolfe is an authoritative yet compassionate boss with years of Homicide experience. He is highly religious, a recovering alcoholic and, as of the second season, going through a relatively civil divorce with his wife Linda. Stanley's reputation is threatened in season three by the resurfacing of an old case of his, which resulted in his alcoholism coming to light and his extended leave from Homicide, which ended in the season four premiere. He is seen to have a very proper nature (exemplified by his being called Stanley as opposed to Stan, although Jarvis does use the latter name), but can be extremely emotional in certain cases, usually ones concerning serial killers and children.

Detective Sergeant Matt Ryan (Damien Richardson, 82 episodes, seasons 1–5) is the sergeant of the team. In the first three seasons, Matt is a senior constable working alongside Duncan, Jen, Nick, Allie and Simon, but early in season four he sits the sergeant exam and passes with flying colours, and is permitted to return to Homicide and take up a sergeant position under Stanley. Although he is a competent detective, Matt struggles greatly with authority, and is often inadvertently undermined by the team. In season two, Matt began a relationship with Emma, which ended in season four when she moved to France. This breakup served as the catalyst for Matt getting his sergeant exam, as he was dissatisfied with his professional progress.

Detective Senior Constable Jennifer Mapplethorpe (Nadine Garner, 79 episodes, seasons 1–5) is one of the Homicide squad of detectives. In the pilot episode, she is introduced as a temporary replacement for Duncan, but later earns a permanent place on the team. She is a former member of the Fraud squad, and was also an undercover operative of the Secret Service with Nick. Jennifer considers herself married to the job, with Nick being her only genuine love interest over the course of the show. In spite of this, she demonstrates a compassionate and protective demeanour, particularly in relation to cases with children. Her name is purposely mispronounced by Jarvis, who calls her "Mayplethorpe".

Detective Senior Constable Duncan Freeman (Aaron Pedersen, 78 episodes, seasons 1–5) is a member of the squad. Duncan is the second-longest-serving detective in the team, but his position is constantly threatened by his hotheaded behaviour and his sustenance of injuries. Duncan was engaged to a recovering drug addict named Claire in the first season, but an alleged affair and her drug relapse ended the engagement. Claire is later arrested for drug possession and is placed in a sting operation in exchange for the charges being dropped, but is killed in the process, which deeply saddens Duncan. In later seasons, Duncan seems to get his temper under control, though his relationship with Terry Jarvis is fraught with tension.

Detective Senior Constable Simon Joyner (Daniel Macpherson, 54 episodes, seasons 1–4) is a former member of the Homicide team. Simon is an experienced detective, having joined the squad before the pilot episode. He possesses a slightly immature personality, and is occasionally reprimanded for not taking cases seriously. In season three, Simon's mental health is questioned after he witnessed Duncan being beaten, and his ongoing issues later result in assault, corruption and murder charges being levied against him. Although the charges are later dropped, Simon comes to realise his mental health is threatened by working in Homicide, and quits in the second episode of season four. He is never seen or mentioned again.

Detective Senior Constable Allie Kingston (Nadia Townsend, 47 episodes, seasons 3–5) is a member of Homicide. Added to the team in the season three premiere, Allie immediately steps on the toes of Simon, and the two share a tense relationship until his departure. Allie often acts first and thinks second, and her impulsive behaviour gets her in a lot of trouble with Stanley, Jarvis and Waverley, who readily admits that she does not like Allie and does not consider her a good detective. A champion runner, Allie joined the police force to escape the overbearing clutches of her mother, who has not spoken to her in years. Late in season four, Allie begins an illicit relationship with Rhys, which jeopardises their careers and earns Allie even more bad will with Waverley.

Detective Senior Constable Nick Buchanan (John Adam, 44 episodes, seasons 3–5) is a member of the Homicide squad. Nick is a later addition to the current team, first introduced in the season three episode "Thai Takeaway", but has worked in Homicide before, and was friends with Simon and Matt before joining the team. He also worked undercover with Jennifer before she joined Homicide, a fact which is unknown to the rest of the squad until late in season four. Nick is shown to be a highly competent detective, but his reputation is left in tatters after corruption allegations in season five.

Detective Senior Constable Rhys Levitt (Ryan O'Kane, 21 episodes, seasons 4–5) is the newest addition to the team. A direct replacement for both Simon and Matt (after he becomes a sergeant), Rhys is a well-educated but inexperienced officer. He holds a Master's in psychology from Oxford University, which brings about his nickname "Oxford", and his job in Homicide is his first-ever position in the police force. It is later revealed that Rhys is the nephew of Waverley, leading to many members of the team coming to the conclusion that Rhys exerted influence over his aunt to get him the prestigious position. Rhys does later prove himself a skilled detective and a very loyal member of the team, although is next to useless in any sort of physical situation. He has an affair with Allie in season four, but this quickly ends for the sake of their careers.

Commander Bernice Waverley (Noni Hazlehurst, 77 episodes, seasons 1–5) is the undisputed boss of Homicide. She began as the Superintendent of Homicide; however, in season two this position was jeopardised by corruption charges that were brought about by the brother of a former police officer who committed suicide after Waverley refused him a pension payout. Although the accusations were proven to be false, the brother's final revenge on Waverley involved killing her son, in the season two finale. After this debacle, Waverley returned to Homicide as the Senior Sergeant in season three after Stanley went on extended leave, with her Superintendent position being filled by Terry Jarvis. After Stanley returned to his old job, Bernice was later promoted above Jarvis to become the Commander of Crime, a position which necessitated her becoming less involved in day-to-day Homicide operations.

Semi-regular cast

Detective Superintendent Terry Jarvis (David Field, seasons 1–5) begins as the no-nonsense superintendent of the Drug Squad that botches the sting operation that killed Duncan's fiancée Claire, which creates a huge amount of tension and anger between the two. In the second season, Jarvis temporarily fills in for Waverley as Homicide Superintendent after her corruption charges and the death of her son, a position which he excels in, and enjoys. When Waverley returns and Stanley takes extended leave, Jarvis assigns her as the Senior Sergeant of Homicide, keeping her job himself. With Stanley's return, Waverley is promoted above Jarvis, thus restoring proper order in the squad's eyes. Jarvis remains highly involved in most Homicide investigations, often undermining Stanley and running the investigation himself. As a boss, Jarvis maintains frosty relationships with most of his team, particularly Duncan and Allie, and can be quite condescending, as exemplified by his use of the term "boys and girls" to refer to the Homicide squad.

Detective Senior Sergeant Claudia Leigh (Tasma Walton, seasons 2–4) is a psychological profiler brought in to some Homicide investigations to analyse the mentality of offenders. She often provides scintillating insights that assist greatly in investigations concerning particularly heinous crimes. In season three, Claudia also becomes a psychological sponsor for Simon through his downward spiral, trying to help him wherever she can. In season four, her psychological manipulation of offenders backfires when she is attacked by a serial killer who tries to rape and kill her; attempts thwarted by the quick-thinking actions of Jennifer and Claudia. She exhibits a very friendly demeanour, and maintains positive working relationships with everyone on the squad, even Jarvis, who refers to her as "Mrs. Freud".

Dr. Rhonda "Ronnie" Lafferty (Genevieve Morris, seasons 2–5) is a head pathologist with the city morgue whose specialisation is autopsies relating to suspicious deaths, therefore integrating her with the Homicide squad. Ronnie is a highly competent and upstanding medical examiner, and believes that all murder victims deserve a chance at being investigated. Ronnie has two teenage children that she cares deeply for, although she occasionally avoids them during particularly gruesome cases involving children to prevent frightening them. Ronnie is regarded by the entire team as an indispensable asset to their investigations, and develops friendships with everyone, especially Jennifer and Nick.

Josh Waverley (William Jarratt, seasons 1–2) is the teenage son of Bernice. He is first introduced in season one as being very polite and well mannered, although in later appearances he is seen to have substantial issues with bullying and violence. The Shannon Pierce case tests Josh's relationship with his mother, as he himself is demonised by his peers after she is accused of corruption. Josh's final appearance is in the season two finale, where his wrists are slashed by Pierce's brother to punish Bernice. His death has a debilitating effect on his mother, who struggles to cope, even after years.

Sergeant Karen Hatzic (Louise Crawford, seasons 1–3) is a uniform police officer often assigned to the day-to-day duties related to Homicide investigations, such as retrieving files, guarding suspects and witnesses and coordinating canvasses and doorknocks. In season two, Hatzic is taken hostage along with Jennifer and Wilton, but survives the ordeal and returns to work soon after.

Detective Senior Sergeant Wilton Sparkes (Marshall Napier, seasons 1–2, 4) is the leader of the additional Homicide squad. Sparkes' team is supplementary to Stanley's, and his squad is often assigned to paperwork and more mundane investigations, thus associating a stigma to being on this squad. Sparkes is married to an unfaithful wife, Lorraine, who carries on an affair with Simon throughout the first half of season one. In the pilot, Sparkes finds out about this indiscretion and threatens to tell Stanley, whose highly religious nature makes him unlikely to sympathise with Simon; however, he sustains a heart attack before he can tell Stanley. Sparkes later returns to Homicide in the primary squad, working underneath Stanley, and develops a working relationship with Simon. Early in season two, Sparkes is demoted to a uniform position after revealing secret Homicide information to a friend so he could collect the reward money offered in an investigation, and has his final appearance early in season four when a murder victim is discovered in Sparkes' division. Sparkes is perceived to be quite sexist and old-fashioned, and thus has tense relationships with Jennifer and Allie.

Recurring cast

Miles ParasSenior Constable Phillippa Sternseasons 2–4
Carolyn BockLinda Wolfeseasons 1–3
Meredith PenmanEmma Treadgoldseasons 2–4
Gil Tucker Dr. Sam "Mack the Knife" McIntyreseasons 1–3
Fiona Corke Judith Wellingseasons 1–2
Cameron NugentPaul Winstonseasons 1–4
Nick JamiesonSenior Constable Todd Croftseasons 3–5

Special guest cast



Series ratings

The following table's ratings and rankings are subject to change as more episodes are broadcast.

audience (in millions)
audience (in millions)
nightly rank
weekly rank
1 14Monday
8:30 pm
28 August 200719 November 20071.7631.603 [6] ##
2 22Monday/Sunday 8:30 pm30 June 200829 March 20091.8881.634 [6] #4#
3 18Monday/Wednesday 8:30 pm10 August 200925 November 20091.3891.313 [6] #5#16
4 24Wednesday
8:30 pm
14 July 201016 February 20110.910 [7]
No Greater Honour 6Wednesday
8:30 pm
23 February 2011 [8] 30 March 20110.650 [7]

Weekly ratings

The following table shows the weekly ratings for the series. Season two has been split into two parts as season two aired in two television seasons.

The data is based on the five Metropolitan markets only.

# (Series)#EpisodeAU air dateTimeslotViewers (m) [9] Nightly
Season 1 [10]
11"In the Hands of Giants (Part 1)"28 August 20078:30 pm
22"In the Hands of Giants (Part 2)"1.648
33"Lie Down with Dogs"3 September 20071.717
44"The Return"10 September 20071.401
55"Ripe Fruits in the Garden"17 September 20071.562
66"Envelope Day"24 September 2007 1.287
77"Baby Love"1 October 20071.762
88"Victims of Crime"8 October 20071.635
99"Family Planning"15 October 20071.695
1010"The Promised Land"22 October 20071.570
1111"Serious Men"29 October 20071.583
1212"Cut and Dried"5 November 20071.559
1313"Rostered Day Off"12 November 20071.722
1414"Raising The Dead"19 November 20071.763
Season 2 [11]
151"Thicker Than Water"30 June 20088:30 pm
162"Somersaulting Dogs"7 July 20081.5831
173"In House"14 July 20081.6011
184"Taniwha"21 July 20081.5712
195"Guilty As Charged"28 July 20081.5334
206"Reward"25 August 20081.8881
217"Golden"1 September 20081.6983
228"Life After Death"8 September 20081.7891
239"Never To Be Released"15 September 20081.8541
2410"Examination Day"22 September 20081.5064
2511"Oh Lucky Man"29 September 20081.6701
2612"Spoils of War"6 October 20081.7011
2713"Jury Duty"13 October 20081.4294
2814"Jane Doe"20 October 20081.4465
2915"Junkie"8 February 20098:30 pm
3016"Stolen Sweets"15 February 20091.201821
3117"The Forgotten"22 February 20091.086829
3218"A Green Light"1 March 20091.253518
3319"House of Horrors"8 March 20091.189521
3420"The Cutting Edge"15 March 20091.1651026
3521"Rage"22 March 20091.203922
3622"Life and Death"29 March 20091.307620
Season 3
371"The Money Shot"10 August 20098:30 pm
382"Meet and Greet"10 August 20091.142[ citation needed ]1134
393"Chop Shop"17 August 20091.389310
404"The First Stone"24 August 20091.33439
415"Thai Take Away"31 August 20091.38839
426"The Confession"7 September 20091.262611
437"Little Big Man"14 September 20091.189823
448"Time of Your Life"16 September 20098:30 pm
459"Diggers"23 September 20091.1548
4610"Blood Trail"30 September 20090.79614
4711"Hot House"7 October 20090.87615
4812"Baker's Dozen = 13"14 October 20091.03213
4913"Smokescreen"21 October 20090.98910
5014"Mission Statement"28 October 20091.1926
5115"Dead Weight"4 November 20091.1618
5216"Big Bang Theory"11 November 20091.1305
5317"In Wolf's Clothing"18 November 20091.02110
5418"Whistleblower"25 November 20091.01010
Season 4
551"Aussie! Aussie! Aussie!"14 July 20108:30 pm
562"Good Cop/Bad Cop"14 July 20100.9361245
573"Flight Risk"21 July 20100.8081651
584"Protection"28 July 20100.9111749
595"Ratters"4 August 20100.9231653
606"Last Seen"11 August 20101.0071540
617"No Smoke"18 August 20100.9481544
628"In Harm's Way"25 August 20100.7712377
639"The Hit"1 September 20100.9032052
6410"Just Desserts"8 September 20100.8511651
6511"Pirates"15 September 20100.8241982
6612"Tomato Can"22 September 20101.01412
6713"Once Bitten"29 September 2010
6814"Twilight Zone"6 October 2010
6915"Reunion"13 October 2010
7016"Undercover"20 October 2010
7117"Gut Instinct"27 October 2010
7218"Killer Moves"3 November 2010
7319"Ties That Bind"10 November 2010
7420"Atonement"17 November 2010
7521"The Price of Love"24 November 2010
7622"Empowerment"24 November 2010
7723"The Business of Fear"9 February 2011
7824"Secret Love"16 February 2011
"No Greater Honour"
791"Reward Day"23 February 2011
802"Go Down Swinging"2 March 2011
813"If It Bleeds, It Leads"9 March 2011
824"Tangled Web"15 March 2011
835"Last Man Standing"23 March 2011
846"Ghosts"30 March 2011

^ Episode six was broadcast on Monday 24 September in Sydney and Brisbane as per usual but was broadcast in Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth on Wednesday 26 September due to the broadcast of the 2007 Brownlow Medal count.

Home media

All series were made available on DVD. The season 3 DVD included the first eight episodes of Season 4, while the season 4 DVD included the remainder of season 4 episodes plus the six-part mini-series No Greater Honour.

DVD release

These DVD releases are now out of print.

SeasonDate released# of episodes# of discsSpecial features
The Complete 1st Series2 September 2009144None
The Complete 2nd Series1 July 2010226None
The Complete 3rd Series18 November 2010266None
The Complete 4th Series & No Greater Honour Mini Series21 April 2011225None
The Complete Collection (Seasons 1–5)14 September 201484N/ANone

Online streaming

TitleFormatEpisodes #Release dateExpiry dateSpecial featuresDistributors
City Homicide: Season 01Streaming14September 20181 December 2019Still images on 7plus social media sites 7plus
City Homicide: Season 02Streaming18September 20181 December 2019Still images on 7plus social media sites 7plus
City Homicide: Season 03Streaming22September 20181 December 2019Still images on 7plus social media sites 7plus
City Homicide: Season 04Streaming22September 20181 December 2019Still images on 7plus social media sites 7plus
City Homicide: Season 05Streaming08September 20181 December 2019Still images on 7plus social media sites 7plus

Broadcast and distribution

Flag of Australia (converted).svg  Australia Seven Network Wednesdays 9:30 pm
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand TV ONE Mondays 10:55 pm
Flag of Canada (Pantone).svg  Canada Super Channel Thursdays 10 pm
Flag of Denmark.svg  Denmark DR1 Weeknights
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway TVNorge
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Fox Crime [12]
Flag of France.svg  France France 3 Fridays 11:25 pm
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland RTÉ One Sundays 4:30 am
Flag of the Netherlands.svg  Netherlands Veronica
Africa (orthographic projection).svg Africa Daar Communications
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran Channel 1 Sunday 10:15 pm
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Hulu Plus Available for streaming

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