Cop Shop

Cop Shop is a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between 28 November 1977 and 23 July 1984. It comprised 582 one-hour episodes.

Cop Shop
Created byTerry Stapleton
StarringPeter Adams
Terry Norris
Paula Duncan
Lynda Stoner
John Orcsik
Gil Tucker
George Mallaby
Rowena Wallace
Joanna Lockwood
Country of originAustralia
No. of seasons8
No. of episodes582
Running timeapprox. 0:55
Original networkSeven Network
Original release28 November 1977 
23 July 1984
Cop Shop is also an informal term for a police station

The show

The show revolved around the everyday operations of both the uniformed police officers and the plain-clothes detectives of the fictional Riverside Police Station. It also took a significant interest in the private lives of the characters.[1]

While many Crawford Productions police dramas combined videotaped interiors with location footage shot on 16mm film, Cop Shop was shot entirely on video, including external scenes.[2]

Two one-hour episodes were broadcast each week and featured a specific police investigation and a guest cast whose stories formed a self-contained narrative block. Alongside this the ongoing narratives of the regular characters continued in longer, more open-ended soap opera-style story threads. This same soap opera-drama series hybrid format was also used in the series Skyways, A Country Practice and Carson's Law.

After a run of seven years, the show completed taping its last episode on 22 December 1983 and the final episodes were screened in the first half of 1984.[2]


Cop Shop won many awards including Logie Awards for most popular series and most popular actors, with Peter Adams and Paula Duncan winning multiple times. The show also won a number of other industry awards.[2]


During its long run, many of Australia's new and established actors appeared in the show.

DVD releases

The first 26 episodes of the series are available on DVD as Volume 1 and were released on 28 April 2017. Guest stars in the first volume include Judith McGrath, Amanda Muggleton, Lois Ramsey, Debra Lawrance, Adrian Wright, Steve Bisley, Margaret Nelson, Allan Penney, Suzy Gashler, Bill Hunter, Carillo Gantner, Harold Hopkins, Christine Amor, Sue Devine, Andrew McKaige, Briony Behets, Peter Stratford, Kit Taylor, Vincent Ball, Michael Long, Noel Trevarthen, David Waters, Lisa Aldenhoven, Tommy Dysart, Maurie Fields, Tom Richards, Gary Day, Veronica Lang, Terry Gill, Shane Porteous, Moya O'Sullivan, Edward Howell, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Carole Yelland.

Volume 2 containing episodes 27-52 was released on 1 August 2017 and features Diane Craig, Kerry Armstrong, Shane Porteous, Penny Ramsey, Mercia Deane-Johns, Carillo Gantner, Celia de Burgh, Mary Ward, Lisa Aldenhoven, Shane Bourne, Jacqui Gordon, Christine Amor, Anne Charleston, Ross Skiffington, Paul Young, Peter Stratford, Colette Mann, Tom Richards, Jeanie Drynan, Queenie Ashton, Gerda Nicolson, Serge Lazareff, Anthony Hawkins, Leila Hayes, Maurie Fields, Sean Scully, Brian Wenzel, Kate Sheil, Carl Bleazby, Charles Tingwell, Cecily Polson, Tom Oliver, Ian Smith, Kirsty Child, Gerard Maguire, John Frawley, Simon Chilvers, Elspeth Ballantyne, Roger Oakley, Telford Jackson, Babs Wheelton, Bruce Kerr, Lulu Pinkus.

Volume 3 containing episodes 53-78 was released on 27 November 2017 and features Maggie Millar, Andrew McKaige, Don Barker, Carmen Duncan, Roger Oakley, Leila Hayes, Briony Behets, Belinda Davey, Susanne Haworth, Sheila Florance, John Diedrich, Patsy King, Gerard Maguire, Anthony Hawkins, Peter Aanensen, Adrian Wright, Esme Melville, Tommy Dysart, Elspeth Ballantyne, Monica Maughan, Kenneth Goodlet, George Spartels, Julia Blake, Rod Mullinar, Ronald Korosy, Bryon Williams, Henri Szeps, Peter Gwynne, Stefan Dennis, Peter Curtin, Carmel Millhouse, Carl Bleazby, Stuart Finch, Lulu Pinkus, Peter Ford, Stewart Faichney, Rosie Sturgess, Judith Dick, Kim Krejus, Joan Letch and Bruce Kerr.

Volume 4 containing episodes 79-104 was released on 29 January 2018 and features Peta Toppano, John Diedrich, Rebecca Gilling, Tom Oliver, Lynn Rainbow, Val Jellay, Penne Hackforth-Jones, Ernie Bourne, Joanne Samuel, Steve Bisley, Sigrid Thornton, Ian Gilmour, Julia Blake, Billie Hammerberg, Liddy Clark and Betty Bobbitt.

Volume 5 containing episodes 105-130 was released on 13 April 2018 and features Mel Gibson, Judith McGrath, John Diedrich, John Walton, Ian Gilmour, Graham Rouse, Joanne Samuel, Ken Snodgrass, Monica Maughan, Peter Ford, George Spartels, Deborah Coulls, Jacqui Gordon, Jeff Ashby, Cornelia Frances, Lulu Pinkus, Terry Gill, Sandy Gore. Maggie Millar, Gerard Maguire, Christine Amor, Alan Hopgood, Roger Oakley, Denzil Howson, Bethany Lee, John Wood, Alex Porteous, Briony Behets, Kevin Summers.

Volume 6 containing episodes 131-156 was released on 16 July 2018 and features Diane Craig, Sean Scully, Maurie Fields, Shane Porteous, Shane Bourne, Irene Inescort, Adrian Wright, Olivia Hamnett, June Salter, Stefan Dennis, Richard Moir, Kim Deacon, Fay Kelton, Gary Day, Terry Gill, Kit Taylor, Belinda Giblin, Gerard Maguire, Ian Smith, Brian Hannan, Gus Mercurio, Peter Ford, Harold Hopkins, Candy Raymond, Alan Hopgood, Jeff Ashby, Liddy Clark, Debra Lawrance, John Diedrich, Billie Hammerberg, Veronica Lang, Lulu Pinkus, Kevin Summers, Bunney Brooke, Vic Gordon, Joan Letch, Rod Mullinar.

Volume 7 containing episodes 156-182 was released on 28 September 2018 and features Judith McGrath, Diane Craig, Lulu Pinkus, Kevin Summers, Bunney Brooke, Sean Scully, Vic Gordon, Maurie Fields, Rod Mullinar, Joan Letch, Terry Gill, Denise Drysdale, Richard Moir, Terry McDermott, Peter Felmingham, Jan Friedl, Ian Gilmour, Kirsty Child, Ken Goodlet, Carl Bleazby, Debra Lawrance, Pepe Trevor, Tom Richards, Patrick Phillips, Robyn Gibbes.

Title Format Episodes Original Melbourne airdates Discs Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Cop Shop (Volume 1) DVD Episodes 1-26 28/11/1977 - 30/03/1978 7 28 April 2017 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 2) DVD Episodes 27-52 03/04/1978 - 03/07/1978 7 1 August 2017 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 3) DVD Episodes 53-78 06/07/1978 - 02/10/1978 7 27 November 2017 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 4) DVD Episodes 79-104 05/10/1978 - 22/01/1979 7 29 January 2018 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 5) DVD Episodes 105-130 29/01/1979 - 07/05/1979 7 13 April 2018 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 6) DVD Episodes 131-156 10/05/1979 - 06/08/1979 7 16 July 2018 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 7) DVD Episodes 157-182 09/08/1979 - 12/11/1979 7 28 September 2018 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 8) DVD Episodes 183-208 15/11/1979 - 24/03/1980 7 14 December 2018 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 9) DVD Episodes 209-234 27/03/1980 - 23/06/1980 7 15 February 2019 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 10) DVD Episodes 235-260 26/06/1980 - 25/09/1980 7 15 April 2019 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 11) DVD Episodes 261-286 29/09/1980 - 05/02/1981 7 28 June 2019 None Crawford Productions
Cop Shop (Volume 12) DVD Episodes 287-312 09/02/1981 - 07/05/1981 7 4 October 2019 None Crawford Productions


Cop Shop was originally screened in a twice weekly format on Monday and Thursdays at 20.30 in Sydney and Melbourne. At various stages of the series each city was either a week ahead or behind the other or at the same stage. Later the series changed nights in Sydney to Wednesdays and Thursdays and then Thursdays and Fridays. It was eventually screened as a two hour weekly block in both cities on Mondays in Melbourne and Thursdays (later Saturdays) in Sydney. The final 36 episodes screened in a late night 23.30 slot in Sydney on weeknights from Monday 26 November 1984.

Season / Year Episodes Original Melbourne airdates Original Sydney airdates
1977 Episodes 1-10 28/11/1977 - 29/12/1977 28/11/1977 - 29/12/1977
1978 Episodes 11-100 (Sydney 11-95) 02/01/1978 - 18/12/1978 02/01/1978 - 28/12/1978 (episode 95) / 22/01/1979 (episode 100)
1979 Episodes 101-189 (Sydney 96-189) 01/01/1979 - 10/12/1979 04/01/1979 (episode 96) / 25/01/1979 (episode 101) - 17/12/1979
1980 Episodes 190-279 21/01/1980 - 08/12/1980 28/01/1980 - 11/12/1980
1981 Episodes 280-365 05/01/1981 - 12/11/1981 08/01/1981 - 12/11/1981
1982 Episodes 366-451 (Sydney 366-448) 25/01/1982 - 18/11/1982 04/02/1982 - 11/11/1982 (episode 448) / 27/01/1983 (episode 451)
1983 Episodes 452-532 (Sydney 449-538) 27/01/1983 - 14/11/1983 20/01/1983 (episode 449) 27/01/1983 (episode 452) - 10/12/1983 (episode 532) 31/12/1983 (episode 538)
1984 Episodes 533-582 (Sydney 539-570) 16/01/1984 - 23/07/1984 17/12/1983 (episode 533) 07/01/1984 (episode 539) - 28/12/1984 (episode 570)
1985 Episodes 571-582 (Sydney only) Completed in July 1984 01/01/1985 - 16/01/1985

Producers and directors

  • Hector Crawford - Executive Producer
  • Ian Crawford - Executive Producer
  • Ian Crawford - Producer
  • Terry Stapleton - Producer
  • Marie Trevor - Producer
  • Philip East - Director
  • Charles "Bud" Tingwell - Director


  1. "Cop Shop", Australian Television Information Archive. 15 July 1999. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
  2. "Cop Shop", Australian Screen. Retrieved 10 September 2013.
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