Special Squad (Australian TV series)

Special Squad is an Australian television series made by Crawford Productions for Network Ten in 1984.

Special Squad
GenreCrime drama
StarringAlan Cassell
Anthony Hawkins
John Diedrich
Country of originAustralia
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes43
Executive producer(s)Hector Crawford, C.B.E.
Ian Crawford
Terry Stapleton
Producer(s)Raymond Menmuir
Ross Jennings
Production company(s)Crawford Productions
Original networkNetwork Ten
Original release1984 (1984)


The series focused on an elite division of the Victoria Police, which handled crimes either too sensitive or specialist for regular squads. The Special Squad was headed by Det. Insp. Don Anderson (Alan Cassell), with his main operatives being Det. Snr. Sgt. Greg Smith (Anthony Hawkins), and Det. Sgt. Joel Davis (John Diedrich).

Special Squad was seen by many as an Australian answer to the British series The Professionals both for its focus on action and violence, and the fact that both series were produced by Raymond Menmuir. However, in reality the characters and plotlines were less developed than the British series.

The series lasted for 43 episodes in total.


Guest Stars

Notable guest actors on the show included: Gerard Kennedy, Frankie J. Holden, Tom Oliver, Louise Siversen, Trevor Kent, Vincent Ball, Briony Behets, Grigor Taylor, Bruno Lawrence, Elizabeth Alexander, Gerard Maguire, Monica Maughan, Bartholomew John, Robert Grubb, Bryan Marshall, Billie Hammerberg, Terry Gill, Jackie Woodburne, Judith McGrath, Nick Tate, Leslie Dayman, Maggie Millar, Jane Clifton, Betty Bobbitt, Ilona Rodgers, Anne Phelan, Christine Amor, Michael Long, Tommy Dysart, and Ben Mendelsohn.

Episode List

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
22"The Expert"TBATBA ()
33"Code Of Silence"TBATBA1984 (1984)
44"Easy Street"TBATBA ()
55"Counterfeit Lady"TBATBA ()
66"The Long Secret"TBAShane Brennan22 July 1984 (1984-07-22)
77"The Second Mr Swift"TBATBA ()
88"The Wurzburg Link"TBATBA ()
99"Same Time Friday"TBATBA ()
1010"Duel"TBATBA ()
1111"The Set Up"TBATBA ()
1212"The Golden Run"TBATBA ()
1313"Jacko"TBATBA ()
1414"Slow Attack"TBATBA ()
1515"Country Girl"TBATBA ()
1616"War"TBATBA ()
1717"Wild Man"TBATBA ()
1818"The Chen Legacy"TBATBA ()
1919"Child Of Fortune"TBATBA ()
2020"Business As Usual"TBATBA ()
2121"A Wild Oat"TBATBA ()
2222"Mates"TBATBA ()
2323"Big Bad World"TBATBA ()
2424"Early Birds"TBATBA ()
2525"The Bribe"TBATBA ()
2626"Farewell To A Comrade"TBATBA ()
2727"In The Cause Of Justice"TBATBA ()
2929"Killer"TBATBA ()
3030"The Patchwork"TBATBA ()
3131"Brothers"TBATBA ()
3232"Until Death"TBATBA ()
3333"Ghosts"TBATBA ()
3434"The Haley Inheritance"TBATBA ()
3535"Suzie's War"TBATBA ()
3636"Return Of The Cat"TBATBA ()
3737"Pigs"TBATBA ()
4040"Rotten Apple"TBATBA ()
4141"Mad Mountain Mumma"TBATBA ()

Home Media

As of June 2019 Crawfords DVD hasn't Released Special Squad on DVD.

Title Format Ep # Discs/Tapes Region 4 (Australia) Special Features Distributors
Special Squad (Complete Collection) DVD 43 N/A N/A

Available At (National Film and Sound Archives)

Season Title Episodes NFSA Content and Notes Available For Viewing
Special Squad 38/43 Documents

4 x Documents

Episodes 1-2,4-5,7,9-19,21-22,24-27,29-37,40-41 (Format: Not Currently Digitalised Yet)

Episodes 28,38,39,42,43 (Not Available at all)

Episodes 3,8,20 & 23 (Format: Tape)

Episode 6 (Format: Digital)

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