Blue Murder is a two-part Australian television miniseries produced by the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1995 and is based on true events.
Given its confronting content, the DVD release was classified MA 15+. An injunction brought during Arthur “Neddy” Smith’s appeal against his life sentence saw its broadcast delayed in New South Wales and the Australian Capital Territory for six years, until 2001. In New Zealand the DVD release was classified R 18+ for graphic violence and offensive language.
Set in the 1970s and 1980s in Sydney, the miniseries concerns the relationship between controversial former Detective Roger “the Dodger” Rogerson and notorious criminal Arthur “Neddy” Smith. Rogerson and his colleagues were accused of giving Smith a “green light” to commit crimes without Police interference, with the relationship fraying when Rogerson orders hitman Christopher “Mr. Rent-a-Kill” Flannery to murder Police Officer Michael Drury. The murder of prostitute Sallie-Anne Huckstepp also features.
Blue Murder is narrated by the characters of Rogerson, Smith and Drury and focuses on the corruption allegations that plagued the NSW Police Force at the time. Rogerson and Smith achieved a kind of celebrity status during the Wood Royal Commission into Police corruption.
Original title Blue Murder
First air date Sep. 14, 1995
Last air date Sep. 21, 1995