He may play one of the most popular doctors on TV, but Craig McLachlan is just as shocked as his fans by the news that his hit show, The Doctor Blake Mysteries, has been axed by the ABC.
Taking to Instagram, it seems that Craig can’t understand why the national broadcaster has chosen to chop one of its few ratings hits, labelling the decision ‘disappointing.’
‘Like Poirot or Midsummer Murders, I always believed The Doctor Blake Mysteries could run and run. Certainly, one might think the viewing figures at home in Australia alone would support that notion,’ he wrote.
’Friends, my glorious crew and I were ready to rock ... what does that tell ya? There really is no business quite like show business!’
The show’s creative force, George Adams, says he’s never encountered a decision like it before.
‘I’m not really sure what the reasons are and to some extent, I don’t really care. I’ve been doing this for 30 years and I’ve never been in a situation where a top rating show doesn’t carry on until it’s not a top rating show..’
This appeared to contradict the ABC’s earlier public statement on the matter, which included a statement attributed to Adams, which claimed ‘we felt that we wanted to go out on a high.’
Clearly something a bit odd is going on. Where's Dr Blake when you need him?