Rush (2008 TV series)

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Genre Police procedural
Created by John Edwards
Christopher Lee
Starring Rodger Corser
Callan Mulvey
Claire van der Boom
Josef Ber
Nicole da Silva
Ashley Zukerman
Jolene Anderson
Kevin Hofbauer
Antony Starr
Samuel Johnson
Catherine McClements
Composer Stephen Rae
Country of origin Australia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Production locations Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
EditorRodrigo Balart
Running time45 minutes
Production company Southern Star Entertainment
Original network Network Ten
Picture format 576p (SDTV)
1080p (HDTV)
Audio format Stereo
Original release2 September 2008 (2008-09-02) 
17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
External links

Rush is an Australian television police drama that first screened on Network Ten in September 2008. [1] Set in Melbourne, Victoria, it focuses on the members of a Police Tactical Response team. It is produced by John Edwards and Mimi Butler for Endemol Australia, which was branded as the Southern Star Group during production of the series.


In late October 2011, text phrasing on the cover art of Entertainment One's DVD release of the fourth series first indicated Rush would not return for another series, meaning series four would be its last. [2] Soon after, the production company, known at the time as the Southern Star Group confirmed with TV Tonight that a fifth series had not been commissioned. Network Ten did not issue any press releases stating the wrapping up of Rush. Executive Producer of Drama and Production at Network Ten, Rick Maier, issued a statement on the show's official Facebook page: "While we don't discount a return series, it is not on the cards at this stage – but we do intend to finish season four with a bang, literally." [3]


Rush follows the lives of members of the prestigious Tactical Response team (TR), which is based on the real life Victoria Police Critical Incident Response Team, a highly mobile unit that fills the operational gap between general duties police and the SWAT-like Special Operations Group. The team is seen responding to violent incidents such as carjackings, suicides and armed offences.

Most of the episodes involve at least one main plot, with one or two smaller subplots throughout each episode. In some cases, they will focus on one plot, while the personal lives tend to fall into the form of smaller subplots that span over a number of episodes. Usually the team is divided into two, one team per case, with the team taking the minor subplot meeting up with the major team at some stage throughout the episode. The usual six-person team is split between two vehicles known as TR01 and TR02.

In series four, the composition of the plot was revamped with only one large and extensive arc featured throughout the 13 episodes, as opposed to the story-line structure of prior series. [4]


The pilot for Rush, originally titled Rapid Response, was filmed in 2004 and based on an earlier Police Rescue script. [5] The pilot featured several characters and cast who did not return for the series, including Matthew Le Nevez, Libby Tanner and Corinne Grant. The series was initially rejected but years later was picked up for production when the 2007–2008 Writers Guild of America strike affected Ten's imported shows. [6]

Sergeant Dominic "Dom" Wales, played by Josef Ber, was originally scripted to be killed in the first season, however during production Van der Boom asked to be released. Her US working visa had been approved and being a "Residency Visa", required her to move to the US. As such, the character of Grace was killed off instead. [7] Jolene Anderson joined the cast for the second series, from 16 July 2009. [8] [9] The series is filmed in Victoria in both regional and metropolitan areas.

A third season of Rush was announced by Channel Ten on 25 September 2009. It premiered in the time-slot of 8:30pm on 22 July 2010. [10]

A thirteen-episode fourth season was confirmed by Channel Ten's Executive Producer of Drama and Production, Rick Maier on 12 November 2010. He stated "Rush continues to deliver great stories, great stunts and some of the best performances on TV". [11] Filming for the fourth season began on 6 May 2011. [12]


First series characters (from left to right): Leon Broznic, Dominic Wales, Grace Barry, Brendan Joshua, Lawson Blake, Stella Dagostino, Michael Sandrelli and Kerry Vincent Rush cast.jpg
First series characters (from left to right): Leon Broznic, Dominic Wales, Grace Barry, Brendan Joshua, Lawson Blake, Stella Dagostino, Michael Sandrelli and Kerry Vincent

Main cast

Actor/actressCharacterRankPast rank/sTenureEpisodes
Rodger Corser Lawson BlakeSenior Sergeant2008–201101–70
Callan Mulvey Brendan 'Josh' JoshuaSergeant2008–201101–70
Claire van der Boom Grace BarrySenior Constable200801–11
Josef Ber Dominic WalesSergeant2008–201001–51
Nicole da Silva Stella DagostinoSenior ConstableConstable2008–201101–70
Ashley Zukerman Michael SandrelliSenior ConstableConstable2008–201101-65
Samuel Johnson Leon BroznicIntelligence Officer2008–201101-70
Catherine McClements Kerry VincentSuperintendentInspector2008–201101-70
Jolene Anderson Shannon HenrySergeantSenior Constable2009–201114–70
Luke Arnold Elliot RyanConstable200934–35
Kevin Hofbauer Christian TapuConstable2010–201136–70
Antony Starr Charlie LewisSenior Sergeant201158–70

Guest cast


SeriesEpisodesOriginally aired
Series premiere Series finale
1 132 September 200825 November 2008
2 2216 July 200926 November 2009
3 2222 July 201016 December 2010
4 131 September 201117 November 2011

Home media

DVD release

These DVD releases of Rush are now out of print and no longer available

TitleFormatDate released# of episodes# of discsSpecial featuresDistributors
Season 01DVD30 July 2009 [13] 134Behind the scenesHopscotch Entertainment
Season 02: Volume OneDVD3 December 2009 [14] 123NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 02: Volume TwoDVD1 April 2010 [15] 103NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 03: Volume OneDVD2 December 2010 [16] 123NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 03: Volume TwoDVD3 March 2011 [17] 103NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 04DVD15 December 2011 [18] 133NoneHopscotch Entertainment
The Complete Series 1–4DVD5 December 20127019Behind the scenes (Series 1 only)Hopscotch Entertainment

Online streaming

All four seasons of Rush are available for streaming through Amazon Prime Video in Australia.

On 6 September 2019 Tenplay Re-Released all 70 episodes on their Streaming Services.

TitleFormatEpisodes #Release dateExpiry dateSpecial featuresDistributors
Rush: Season 01Streaming136 September 2019N/ANone Tenplay
Rush: Season 02Streaming226 September 2019N/ANone Tenplay
Rush: Season 03Streaming226 September 2019N/ANone Tenplay
Rush: Season 04Streaming136 September 2019N/ANone Tenplay

Awards and achievements

Awards and nominations
2011 Logie Awards Most Popular Actor Callan Mulvey Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Catherine McClements Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama RushNominated
Most Popular Drama RushNominated
Screen Music AwardsBest Music in a drama series or serial Stephen Rae (for episode 3.16)Nominated
2010 AFI Awards Best Television Drama Series Rush – John Edwards and Mimi ButlerWon
2009 AWGIE Awards Television SeriesJohn O'Brien and Christopher Lee (for episode 1.04)Won
Logie Awards Graham Kennedy Award for Most Outstanding New Talent Ashley Zukerman Nominated
Most Outstanding Actor Callan Mulvey Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Claire van der Boom Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama Series, Miniseries or Telemovie Rush Nominated
2008 AFI Awards Best Television Drama SeriesRush – John Edwards and Mimi ButlerNominated
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Callan Mulvey Nominated

International broadcasters

CountryChannelYearDubbed or Subtitled?
Flag of India.svg  India FOX Crime 2009 –
Flag of Ireland.svg  Ireland RTÉ One 2009 –
Flag of Norway.svg  Norway TV2 2009 –Subtitled
Flag of the Czech Republic.svg  Czech Republic AXN 2009 –Dubbed
Flag of Serbia.svg  Serbia AXN 2009 –Subtitled
Flag of Slovakia.svg  Slovakia AXN 2009 –Dubbed
Flag of Hungary.svg  Hungary AXN 2009 –Dubbed
Flag of Poland.svg  Poland AXN, TV4 2009 –Dubbed
Flag of Belgium (civil).svg  Belgium vtm 2009 –Subtitled
Flag of Hong Kong.svg  Hong Kong FOX Crime 2009 –Subtitled
Flag of South Africa.svg  South Africa MNET 2009 –
Flag of Saudi Arabia.svg  Saudi Arabia & the Arab World MBC 4
2009 –Dubbed
MBC Action Subtitled
Flag of Romania.svg  Romania AXN 2009 –Subtitled
Flag of Portugal.svg  Portugal AXN 2009 (Pilot)
2010 (Regular broadcast) –
Flag of Tuvalu.svg  Tuvalu Television Tuvalu2010 –
Flag of Spain.svg  Spain Nitro
Flag of New Zealand.svg  New Zealand TV One 2010 –
Flag of Italy.svg  Italy IPTV di Telecom Italia 2010 –Dubbed
Rai Premium 2012 –
Flag of Estonia.svg  Estonia Fox Crime 2010 –Subtitled
Flag of Finland.svg  Finland YLE TV2 2010 –Subtitled
Flag of Bulgaria.svg  Bulgaria AXN 2011 –Dubbed
Flag of Israel.svg  Israel IBA 3 2011 –Subtitled
Flag of the Philippines.svg  Philippines GMA News TV 2012 –
Flag of the Republic of China.svg  Taiwan PTS Main Channel
2012 –Subtitled
Flag of Iran.svg  Iran IRIB 1 2013 –Dubbed
Flag of the United States.svg  United States Hulu, Tubi TV 2013Entire series available for streaming on Tubi TV
Flag of France.svg  France Numéro 23 2014 –Both
Flag of Germany.svg  Germany AXN 2015 –Dubbed
Flag of the United Kingdom.svg  United Kingdom Alibi 2019 –Series 1–4 shown consecutively, daily, at 5:00pm from 4 February 2019 to 15 May 2019

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