Drama series set in outback Australia about aboriginal policeman Detective Inspector Napoleon Bonaparte. Based on the books by Arthur Upfield.




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Series cast summary:
James Laurenson ...  Detective Inspector Bonaparte 26 episodes, 1972-1973
Kate Fitzpatrick ...  Constable Alice McGorr 13 episodes, 1973


A Police Officer, who is also Aboriginal, arrives in outback central Australia from a big city. He begins to solve local major crimes. Not only through his intelligence, as he is highly educated, but also using skills he has learnt from his Aboriginal culture. Written by Tim Kerr-Thomson

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21 January 1972 (Australia) See more »

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(26 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The first choice to play Boney, Jon Finch, asked to be released from his contract two weeks before filming so that he could star in Frenzy (1972) See more »


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Unusual and sometimes gritty cop series
11 January 2020 | by asthomas1963See all my reviews

The previous reviewer can't have seen it. Somewhat off-beat drama that aired late at night on UK's ITV networks. The aboriginal dancing wasn't performed by Laurenson, but by Australian native actor David Gulpilil on the end titles. And, yes, there was a racist theme running through it all. A lost atmosoheric aussie gem that needs revisiting.

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