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 November 1977 – July 1984
External links
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Cop Shop is also an informal term for a police station

Cop Shop was a long running Australian police drama television series produced by Crawford Productions that ran for eight seasons between November 1977 and July 1984. It comprised 582 one-hour episodes.

The show

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 Crawfords 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 filming 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.

Producers and directors

  • 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. 2.0 2.1 2.2 "Cop Shop", Australian Screen. Retrieved 10 September 2013.

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