Division 4

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Division 4
Genrepolice drama
Based onSimilar to Homicide
StarringGerard Kennedy
Ted Hamilton
Terence Donovan
John Stanton
Andrew McFarlane
Frank Taylor
Chuck Faulkner
Patricia Smith
Country of originAustralia
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons7
No. of episodes301
Production locationsMelbourne, Victoria
Running time60 minutes
Production companyCrawford Productions
Original networkNine Network
Picture format4.3 Black & White
Audio formatMono
Original release11 March 1969 (1969-03-11) –
25 November 1975 (1975-11-25)

Division 4 is an Australian television police drama series made by Crawford Productions for the Nine Network between 1969 and 1975 for 301 episodes.


The series was one of the first dramas to follow up on the enormous success of the earlier Crawford Productions crime show Homicide and dealt with the wide variety of cases dealt with by police in the fictional Melbourne suburb of Yarra Central (modelled on St Kilda).[1]


The series was both popular - winning 10 Logie Awards, including two Gold Logie awards (for Australia's most popular entertainer) for Gerard Kennedy - who played Frank Banner, the series was critically acclaimed, winning a number of Penguin and Awgie awards for its scripts and actors.

In 1972 Frank Taylor received the Penguin Award for the Best Supporting Actor in a Television Series.[2]

After Kennedy decided to leave Division 4, the Nine Network summarily cancelled the series; only one episode was made with his replacement John Stanton.

Theme song[edit]

The opening theme Power Drive by Johnny Pearson was sampled by TISM in their 1998 single Thunderbirds Are Coming Out.

Regular cast[edit]

Actor Role Character
Gerard Kennedy Sen. Det./Det. Sgt. Frank Banner In accordance with real-life changes to the Victoria Police, Banner was promoted to Detective Sergeant and Vickers to Detective Senior Sergeant as these changes occurred. A hard, tough man who has become a loner after his pregnant wife, Joy, died during premature child-birth brought on after being terrorised by a criminal (in the first episode, "The Soldiers"); as a result, he tends to bury himself in his work. He respects but sometimes disagrees with his superior, Sergeant Vickers, and although sometimes using roughhouse methods of handling criminals is both a fair man and a conscientious cop. Banner eventually falls in love with and marries an old friend, Jenny Franklin, and in the second-last episode resigns from the Victoria Police for an extended honeymoon and to find a 'safer' occupation.
Chuck Faulkner Det. Sgt./Det. Snr. Sgt. Keith Vickers Head of the Yarra Central CIB, married with two sons. He often clashes with his younger son Jamie, a university student, over anti-Vietnam demonstrations. His bark is usually worse than his bite, and although he comes across as a very serious person most of the time, he has a dry sense of humour which lends itself to some nice comedy touches.
Terence Donovan Sen. Det. Mick Peters The station's third plain-clothes man. Peters has a happy-go-lucky nature and an eye for the ladies. He has a good record with the Victoria Police, although Vickers sometimes has to pull him into line for being too much of a comedian.
Frank Taylor Sgt. Andrew "Scotty" MacLeod Head of Yarra Central's Uniform Branch. A meticulous man originally from Scotland (hence his nickname "Scotty"), he is married with four daughters (one of whom is kidnapped by a former adversary in episode 214, "Backlash"). Scotty's role is mainly confined to the station charge counter, and he therefore rarely appears in exterior scenes (allowing actor Frank Taylor to live in Sydney and commute to Melbourne for three days of filming a week).
Ted Hamilton Const. Kevin Dwyer An ambitious and dedicated cop who is always eager to work with the CIB. Hamilton was sacked from the series for breach of contract (he had filmed a commercial without permission from Crawfords) in September 1973, during the filming of an episode. Frantic script rewrites solved the problem of Dwyer's sudden disappearance by explaining that the character had been accepted for a position in the CIB and transferred out of Yarra Central to commence his detective training (noted in episode 225, "All For One"). Because of Hamilton's abrupt departure from the series (and the resulting production disruptions), Dwyer makes several other onscreen appearances until episode 231, but his final full appearance is in episode 229, "Mad About The Boy".
Patricia Smith WPC Margaret Stewart Stewart lives with her mother, is a fairly conservative person, but is keenly interested in the reformation of criminals, and is friendly with and has great respect for Banner. Like Scotty MacLeod, the role of Stewart was a static one, allowing Patricia Smith to commute from Adelaide to Melbourne for filming. Stewart resigns from the force to get married in episode 238, "None So Blind".[3]
John Stanton Det. Tom Morgan Frank Banner's replacement, a country cop transferred from Bairnsdale to Yarra Central. Morgan only appears in the final episode of Division 4, the Nine Network having cancelled the series after Kennedy left the show.
Andrew McFarlane Constable Roger Wilson Becomes a recurring character from episode 235, "Maria". A new recruit to the police force (and a bit of a bungler at first), Yarra Central is Wilson’s first posting, and he develops from a green newcomer to a competent constable who soon settles down. This was McFarlane's breakout role, which later led to his being cast in The Sullivans as series heartthrob John Sullivan. In episode 289, "Tell Me Your Troubles My Friend", Wilson receives a transfer to a country posting at Mansfield.

Guest Cast[edit]

Home media[edit]

As of February 2017, twelve volumes of this series have been released on DVD through Crawfords/WinTV, representing the entire series run (with the exception of episode 102A "Conspiracy", which exists as a partial episode only and was not included).

Title Episodes # Discs Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Division 4 (Volume 1) Series 1, Episodes 1-26 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 2) Series 1,Episodes 27-37

Series 2, Episodes 1-16

7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 3) Series 2,Episodes 17-43 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 4) Series 2,Episodes 44-50

Series 3, Episodes 1-19

7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 5) Series 3,Episodes 20-36

Series 4, Episodes 1-9

7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 6) Series 4,Episodes 10-36 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 7) Series 4,Episodes 37-38

Series 5, Episodes 1-24

7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 8) Series 5,Episodes 25-51 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 9) Series 6,Episodes 1-26 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 10) Series 6,Episodes 27-48 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 11) Series 7,Episodes 1-26 7 TBA Crawford Productions
Division 4 (Volume 12 - Final Volume) Series 7,Episodes 27-41 7 Trailers Crawford Productions


  1. ^ Location filming for Yarra Central Police Station was at Montague Street, South Melbourne.
  2. ^ "Television Society announces awards". The Canberra Times. Vol. 47, no. 13, 279. Australian Capital Territory, Australia. 13 November 1972. p. 6. Retrieved 6 December 2022 – via National Library of Australia.
  3. ^ This was normal practice at the time the series was made.

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