Rush (2008 TV series)

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.

GenrePolice procedural
Created byJohn Edwards
Christopher Lee
StarringRodger 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(s)Stephen Rae
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes70 (list of episodes)
Production location(s)Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Editor(s)Rodrigo Balart
Running time45 minutes
Production company(s)Southern Star Entertainment
Original networkNetwork Ten
Picture format576p (SDTV)
1080p (HDTV)
Audio formatStereo
Original release2 September 2008 (2008-09-02) 
17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)
External links

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]


Main cast

Actor/actress Character Rank Past rank/s Tenure Episodes
Rodger Corser Lawson Blake Senior Sergeant 2008–2011 01–70
Callan Mulvey Brendan 'Josh' Joshua Sergeant 2008–2011 01–70
Claire van der Boom Grace Barry Senior Constable 2008 01–11
Josef Ber Dominic Wales Sergeant 2008–2010 01–51
Nicole da Silva Stella Dagostino Senior Constable Constable 2008–2011 01–70
Ashley Zukerman Michael Sandrelli Senior Constable Constable 2008–2011 01-65
Samuel Johnson Leon Broznic Intelligence Officer 2008–2011 01-70
Catherine McClements Kerry Vincent Superintendent Inspector 2008–2011 01-70
Jolene Anderson Shannon Henry Sergeant Senior Constable 2009–2011 14-70
Luke Arnold Elliot Ryan Constable 2009 34-35
Kevin Hofbauer Christian Tapu Constable 2010–2011 36-70
Antony Starr Charlie Lewis Senior Sergeant 2011 58-70

Guest cast

  • Camille Keenan as Audrey Khoo; police intelligence officer (Series 3; 15 episodes)
  • Jane Allsop as Tash Button; love interest of Brendan Joshua (Series 3—4; 12 episodes)
  • Emily Wheaton as Amber Cushing; niece and assistant of Leon Broznic (Series 4; 9 episodes)
  • Elena Mandalis as Anna Vargis; police minister (Series 4; 8 episodes)
  • Asher Keddie as Jacinta Burns; journalist and love interest of Lawson Blake (Series 2; 7 episodes)
  • Ella-Rose Shenman as Minka Button; daughter of Tash Button (Series 3—4; 6 episodes)
  • Todd MacDonald as Connor Barry; husband of Grace Barry (Series 1; 6 episodes)
  • Nathaniel Dean as Andrew Kronin; career criminal and arch nemesis of Lawson Blake (Series 2—3; 5 episodes)
  • Paul Ireland as Boyd Kemper; brother of hit-and-run victim and love interest of Kerry Vincent (Series 2; 5 episodes)
  • Ian Meadows as James Vincent; drug addict and son of Kerry Vincent (Series 3—4; 5 episodes)
  • Maia Thomas as Sandrine Wales; wife of Dominic Wales (Series 1—2; 4 episodes)
  • Kate Jenkinson as Nina Wise; love interest of Leon Broznic (Series 1—2; 4 episodes)
  • Peter Hardy as Doug Rainey; head of a notorious crime family (Series 4; 4 episodes)
  • Malcolm Kennard as Col Rainey; son of Doug Rainey (Series 4; 3 episodes)
  • Mark Leonard Winter as Liam Rainey; son of Doug Rainey and brother of Col Rainey (Series 4; 3 episodes)
  • Nikki Shiels as Cleo Temple; journalist and love interest of Stella Dagostino (Series 4; 3 episodes)
  • Zed Ledden as Brian Marshall (Series 1—2; 3 episodes)


Season Episodes First aired Last aired
1 13 2 September 2008 (2008-09-02) 25 November 2008 (2008-11-25)
2 22 16 July 2009 (2009-07-16) 26 November 2009 (2009-11-26)
3 22 22 July 2010 (2010-07-22) 16 December 2010 (2010-12-16)
4 13 1 September 2011 (2011-09-01) 17 November 2011 (2011-11-17)

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 2009134Behind the scenesHopscotch Entertainment
Season 02: Volume OneDVD3 December 2009123NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 02: Volume TwoDVD1 April 2010103NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 03: Volume OneDVD2 December 2010123NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 03: Volume TwoDVD3 March 2011103NoneHopscotch Entertainment
Season 04DVD15 December 2011133NoneHopscotch 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.

Title Format Episodes # Release date Expiry date Special features Distributors
Rush: Season 01 Streaming 13 6 September 2019 N/A None Tenplay
Rush: Season 02 Streaming 22 6 September 2019 N/A None Tenplay
Rush: Season 03 Streaming 22 6 September 2019 N/A None Tenplay
Rush: Season 04 Streaming 13 6 September 2019 N/A None Tenplay

Content at National Film and Sound Archives

Title NFSA content Available for viewing Copyright holders
Rush: Season 01 Documents

Episode 04 (script)

Videos/other content

2009 Logie Awards for Season 01 of Rush

Endemol Shine Australia
Rush: Season 02 Documents

Episodes 01-22 (post-production scripts)

Press kits (Rush Season 02)

Videos/other content

2010 Logie Awards for Season 02 of Rush

All 22 complete Season 02 episodes

All 22 complete Season 02 episodes (format: discs) Endemol Shine Australia
Rush: Season 03 Documents

Episodes 01-22 (post-production scripts)


Set of six production and publicity shots featuring cast

Episode 01: set of five production shots

Episode 04: production and publicity shots

Episode 22: set of six production shots

Videos/other content

All 22 Season 03 episodes (preservation material tapes only)

Rush Season 03 DVD (Vol 01 & 02)

Rush Season 03 DVD (Vol 01 & 02) (format: discs)

Set of six production and publicity shots featuring cast (format: digital)

Episode 01: set of five production shots (format: digital)

Episode 04: production and publicity shots (format: digital)

Episode 22: set of six production shots (format: digital)

Endemol Shine Australia
Rush: Season 04 Documents

Episode 01-13: (scripts, music cue sheets)

Episode 01-13: (music cue sheet)

Episode 01-13: (post-production scripts)

Press kit (Rush Season 04)


Set of 17 images featuring cast members

Videos/other content

All 13 Season 04 episodes

All 13 episodes (format: discs)

17 images featuring cast members (format: digital)

Endemol Shine Australia

Awards and achievements

Awards and nominations
Year Award Category Nominee(s) Result
2011 Logie Awards Most Popular Actor Callan Mulvey Nominated
Most Outstanding Actress Catherine McClements Nominated
Most Outstanding Drama Rush Nominated
Most Popular Drama Rush Nominated
Screen Music Awards Best 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 Butler Won
2009 AWGIE Awards Television Series John 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 Series Rush - John Edwards and Mimi Butler Nominated
Best Lead Actor in a Television Drama Callan Mulvey Nominated

International broadcasters

Country Channel Year Dubbed or subtitled?
 IndiaFOX Crime2009 –
 IrelandRTÉ One2009 –
 NorwayTV22009 –Subtitled
 Czech RepublicAXN2009 –Dubbed
 SerbiaAXN2009 –Subtitled
 SlovakiaAXN2009 –Dubbed
 HungaryAXN2009 –Dubbed
 PolandAXN, TV42009 –Dubbed
 Belgiumvtm2009 –Subtitled
 Hong KongFOX Crime2009 –Subtitled
 South AfricaMNET2009 –
 Saudi ArabiaMBC 4
MBC Action
2009 –Dubbed
 RomaniaAXN2009 –Subtitled
 PortugalAXN2009 (Pilot)
2010 (Regular broadcast) –
 TuvaluTelevision Tuvalu2010 –
 New ZealandTV One2010 –
 ItalyIPTV di Telecom Italia2010 –Dubbed
Rai Premium2012 –
 EstoniaFox Crime2010 –Subtitled
 FinlandYLE TV22010 –Subtitled
 BulgariaAXN2011 –Dubbed
 IsraelIBA 32011 –Subtitled
 PhilippinesGMA News TV2012 –
 TaiwanPTS Main Channel
2012 –Subtitled
 IranIRIB 12013 –Dubbed
 United StatesHulu, Tubi TV2013Entire series available for streaming on Tubi TV
 FranceNuméro 232014 –Both
 GermanyAXN2015 –Dubbed
 United KingdomAlibi2019 –Series 1—4 shown consecutively, daily, at 5:00pm from 4 February 2019 to 15 May 2019

See also


  1. Knox, David (20 August 2008). "Airdate: Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 20 August 2008.
  2. Knox, David (31 October 2011). "Rush …. "axed" via DVD". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  3. Knox, David (9 November 2011). "TEN: Rush will end "with a bang."". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
  4. "About the show". Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  5. Knox, David. Rush – First Review, TV Tonight, 28 August 2008.
  6. Knox, David (23 August 2008). "Police Rescue DNA in Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
  7. Lynch, Sean. "Interview – Claire van der Boom". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  8. Knox, David (22 December 2008). "Jolene Anderson to join Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
  9. Knox, David (12 June 2009). "Jolene Set To Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
  10. AndrewB (3 July 2010). "Season return of Rush..." Throng. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
  11. Knox, David (12 November 2010). "Renewed: Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
  12. "In Production". Film Victoria.
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