Blue Heelers is an Australian police drama series. Produced by Southern Star Group and ran for 12 years on the Seven Network, from 1994 to 2006.
The series depicted the everyday lives and relationships of the residents of Mt Thomas (Williamstown), a fictional town in Victoria. The opening title sequence was filmed at Castlemaine, Victoria.
The series focuses on the daily lives of police officers working at a police station in the fictional town of Mount Thomas.
Each episode is presented from the perspective of the officers.
On average, 42 episodes of Blue Heelers were broadcast per year on Australian television, with each episode comprising fifty scenes. One episode was made every week.
The scripts were written to a formula which allowed one day for rehearsal, two days on location and two days in the studio. Episodes were shot eight to ten weeks ahead of their scheduled broadcast date.
Apart from the regular cast members, the show employed 4,300 guest actors annually, plus 30 extras every week. A total of 150 people were involved in the show’s production each week, including cast members, crew, wardrobe, publicists and writers.
Blue Heelers is regarded as one of the most successful programmes on Australian television. Winning many awards, including 25 Logie Awards. Blue Heelers was voted 37th greatest show on Australian television in the 50 Years 50 Show poll in 2005.