Cop Shop

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Cop Shop
Created by Terry Stapleton
Starring Peter Adams
Terry Norris
Paula Duncan
Lynda Stoner
John Orcsik
Gil Tucker
George Mallaby
Rowena Wallace
Joanna Lockwood
Country of origin Australia
No. of seasons 8
No. of episodes 582
Running time approx. 0:55
Original network Seven Network
Original release 28 November 1977 – 23 July 1984
Cop Shop is also an informal term for a police station

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.

The show[edit]

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 an eight-year run, 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[edit]

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 among others.

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, Jacqui Gordon, 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 among others.

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, among others.

Volume 4 containing episodes 79-104 was released on 29 January 2018 and features Mel Gibson, 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 among others.

DVD title Episodes # Discs Region 4 (Australia)
Cop Shop (Volume 1) Episodes 1-26 7 28 April 2017
Cop Shop (Volume 2) Episode 27-52 7 1 August 2017
Cop Shop (Volume 3) Episode 53-78 7 27 November 2017
Cop Shop (Volume 4) Episodes 79-104 7 29 January 2018

Producers and directors[edit]

  • 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. ^ a b c "Cop Shop", Australian Screen. Retrieved 10 September 2013.

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