Cop Shop fans will be pleased to know that the third DVD volume of the series has just been released in the UK.

There is heartache and tragedy for everyone at the Riverside Police Station in Cop Shop Volume 3.

In this box set of the Australian drama series our favourite characters have to endure heartbreak, tragedy and an endless stream of unsavoury individuals from the underworld.

Young Gayle Taylor (Jo-Anne Moore) finds herself the target of a bikie initiation ceremony, and her restless mother Pamela (Rowena Wallace) puts her marriage on the line when she falls for the charms of a dashing artist.

When a bank heist goes wrong an elderly street sweeper finds the loot falling into his lap and he fully intends to make his dreams come true with the ill-gotten gains. A troubled young man falls in with the wrong crowd and finds himself implicated in the theft of colour television sets, his life will spiral out of control when he gets hold of a gun and robs a service station. Elsewhere a mechanic and his off-siders go on the rampage with their panel van and carry out a series of vicious pack rapes and bashings which leave the women of the district living in fear.

Things continue to go from bad to worse for Detective Mike Georgiou (John Orcsik) who is stabbed during a confrontation with three violent criminals; he proceeds to kill one of his attackers with a fatal karate blow. He also has problems with his Greek father who continues to insist that he must marry a girl from Greece as part of an arranged marriage. When the planned nuptials come unstuck the girl disappears and begins working as an illegal immigrant in Australia. As if Mike didn’t have enough problems to deal with, he then decides to start coaching young hooligans in karate at a church social club, a decision which could put his career in jeopardy.

Detective Danni Francis (Paula Duncan) continues to attract the wrong sort of men. An unstable young man who has spent most of his life in mental institutions becomes dangerously obsessed with her, and a crime reporter who is always on the hunt for the next scoop starts to make a play for her in the romance stakes.

When a schoolgirl is kidnapped her father’s shady business dealings begin to unravel, he is using his chain of denim jean shops as a front for a heroin racket and his greed will put his daughters life on the line. A middle aged railway worker with a dicky heart turns to a life of crime and embarks on a series of blazon daytime burglaries. A peeping tom is not all that he appears to be, and the entire city of Riverside is threatened with disaster when an attaché case filled with typhoid germs is stolen during a robbery.

Left: Gayle Taylor (Jo-Anne Moore) is targeted by beastly bikies, Middle: Detective Danni Francis (Paula Duncan) is confronted by another raving lunatic and Right: Pamela Taylor (Rowena Wallace) plays a dangerous game in the romance stakes.

Meanwhile there are grave concerns for Lorna Close (Moya O’Sullivan) who has been covering up a very serious medical complaint, and there is some tragic news on the home front for Senior Sergeant Eric O’Reilly (Terry Norris) which will tear his life apart. The romantically inexperienced Constable Roy Baker (Gil Tucker) is in for a fall when he believes that he has met the woman of his dreams, and to make matters worse he will find himself under internal investigation after flooring a nasty brute in the pub.

Mystery surrounds the shady goings on at a high end ladies finishing school, an attractive gold-digger and her ruthless cohort begin fleecing rich old men, and when someone tries to gun down a womanising trade union leader the plot becomes more complicated by the minute. In another part of town a discredited reporter threatens to expose one of the districts most respected clergymen, he opens a can of worms which will lead to violence and murder. The action doesn’t stop there, two junkies do over a bookmaker, local shopkeepers are living in fear of brutal heavies who are running a protection racket, and Riverside turns into a bashers paradise when geriatrics are targeted by a hoon on a moped – one old lady is violently mugged for $4.62 and is thrown into a bush.

Plenty of familiar faces appear in these episodes including John Diedrich and Anthony Hawkins from Special Squad; Briony Behets and Walter Pym from The Box; Vic Gordon and Peter Gwynne from Matlock Police; Don Barker from Homicide; Marie Redshaw from The Flying Doctors; Leila Hayes from Sons & Daughters; Roger Oakley from Home & Away; Stefan Dennis from Neighbours; Adrian Wright from Freewheelers; and Nicholas Holland from The Sullivans. Fans of Prisoner: Cell Block H will spot Sheila Florance, Patsy King, Monica Maughan, Maggie Millar, Julia Blake, Elspeth Ballantyne, Tommy Dysart, and Gerard Maguire. You might also like to keep your eyes peeled for Anne Lambert (from Class of 74), Andrew McKaige, Stacey Testro, Carmen Duncan, and Henri Szeps.

Cop Shop Volume 3 and a wealth of other Australian television classics can be ordered exclusively from Eaton Films in the UK.  Those of you who are based in Australasia can order your copies from Crawford DVD.  Viewers who are located anywhere else in the world should email Eaton Films for shipping details.

Left: Detective Mike Georgiou (John Orcsik, left) and Detective Jeff Johnson (Peter Adams) encounter a never ending stream of ratbag crims and Right: Senior Sergeant Eric O’Reilly (Terry Norris, left) and Constable Roy Baker (Gil Tucker) both face problems on the domestic and work fronts.

All images copyright Crawford Productions/Eaton Films/WIN Corporation.
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