Rush (2008 TV series)
Rush is an Australian television police drama that first screened on Network Ten in September 2008. 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.
|Created by||John Edwards|
Claire van der Boom
Nicole da Silva
|Country of origin||Australia|
|No. of seasons||4|
|No. of episodes||70 (list of episodes)|
|Production location(s)||Melbourne, Victoria, Australia|
|Running time||45 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Southern Star Entertainment|
|Original network||Network Ten|
|Picture format||576p (SDTV)|
|Original release||2 September 2008 –|
17 November 2011
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. 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."
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.
The pilot for Rush, originally titled Rapid Response, was filmed in 2004 and based on an earlier Police Rescue script. 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.
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. Jolene Anderson joined the cast for the second series, from 16 July 2009. The series is filmed in Victoria in both regional and metropolitan areas.
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". Filming for the fourth season began on 6 May 2011.
|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|
- 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||25 November 2008|
|2||22||16 July 2009||26 November 2009|
|3||22||22 July 2010||16 December 2010|
|4||13||1 September 2011||17 November 2011|
These DVD releases of Rush are now out of print and no longer available
|Title||Format||Date released||# of episodes||# of discs||Special features||Distributors|
|Season 01||DVD||30 July 2009||13||4||Behind the scenes||Hopscotch Entertainment|
|Season 02: Volume One||DVD||3 December 2009||12||3||None||Hopscotch Entertainment|
|Season 02: Volume Two||DVD||1 April 2010||10||3||None||Hopscotch Entertainment|
|Season 03: Volume One||DVD||2 December 2010||12||3||None||Hopscotch Entertainment|
|Season 03: Volume Two||DVD||3 March 2011||10||3||None||Hopscotch Entertainment|
|Season 04||DVD||15 December 2011||13||3||None||Hopscotch Entertainment|
|The Complete Series 1–4||DVD||5 December 2012||70||19||Behind the scenes (Series 1 only)||Hopscotch Entertainment|
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)
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)
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
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
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|
|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|
|Country||Channel||Year||Dubbed or subtitled?|
|FOX Crime||2009 –|
|RTÉ One||2009 –|
|AXN, TV4||2009 –||Dubbed|
|FOX Crime||2009 –||Subtitled|
2010 (Regular broadcast) –
|Television Tuvalu||2010 –|
|TV One||2010 –|
|IPTV di Telecom Italia||2010 –||Dubbed|
|Rai Premium||2012 –|
|Fox Crime||2010 –||Subtitled|
|YLE TV2||2010 –||Subtitled|
|IBA 3||2011 –||Subtitled|
|GMA News TV||2012 –|
|PTS Main Channel|
|IRIB 1||2013 –||Dubbed|
|Hulu, Tubi TV||2013||Entire series available for streaming on Tubi TV|
|Numéro 23||2014 –||Both|
|Alibi||2019 –||Series 1—4 shown consecutively, daily, at 5:00pm from 4 February 2019 to 15 May 2019|
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- Knox, David (31 October 2011). "Rush …. "axed" via DVD". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- Knox, David (9 November 2011). "TEN: Rush will end "with a bang."". TV Tonight. Retrieved 31 December 2013.
- "About the show". ten.com.au. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- Knox, David. Rush – First Review, TV Tonight, 28 August 2008.
- Knox, David (23 August 2008). "Police Rescue DNA in Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 3 September 2008.
- Lynch, Sean. "Interview – Claire van der Boom". Archived from the original on 28 August 2010. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- Knox, David (22 December 2008). "Jolene Anderson to join Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 8 May 2009.
- Knox, David (12 June 2009). "Jolene Set To Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 June 2010.
- AndrewB (3 July 2010). "Season return of Rush..." Throng. Retrieved 11 September 2011.
- Knox, David (12 November 2010). "Renewed: Rush". TV Tonight. Retrieved 26 November 2008.
- "In Production". Film Victoria.