The Doctor Blake Mysteries

The Sky Is Empty

Series 2 - Episode 9 The Sky Is Empty



In the penultimate murder mystery of the week, Dr Lucien Blake (Craig McLachlan) is investigating the death of an elderly local priest whose body is found in the confessional, having gone into anaphylactic shock after being stung by bees.

Father Morton, it seems, had upset some of his congregation by hinting in his sermons at sins they had confessed to him, but the church doesn’t want the police to dig around. Typically, Dr Blake won’t be deterred and soon discovers multiple suspects.

The story culminates with a powerful final scene in which Lucien questions religion: “What father ignores his children?” he implores with tears in his eyes.


Blake is called to investigate after a priest is found to have died in his confession booth from suspected bee stings, and discovers the church's other minister keeps his hives at the site - but would he resort to murder to get a promotion? Australian detective drama set in 1959, starring Craig McLachlan as maverick country town doctor Lucien Blake.

Cast & Crew

Dr Lucien Blake Craig McLachlan
Jean Beazley Nadine Garner
Mattie O'Brien Cate Wolfe
Chief Supt Matthew Lawson Joel Tobeck
Charlie Davis Charles Cousins