Water Rats - Die Hafencops

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Television series
German title Water Rats - Die Hafencops
Original title Water Rats
Country of production Australia
original language English
Year (s) 1996-2001
length 45 minutes
Episodes 177 in 6 seasons
genre Crime series
idea John Hugginson , Tony Morphett
production Hal McElroy , Ted Roberts
music Les Gock, Song Zu
First broadcast February 12, 1996 on Nine Network
first broadcast
August 18, 1996 on RTL II

Water Rats - Die Hafencops is an Australian crime series .

It was produced from 1996 to 2001 and comprises a total of 177 episodes in 6 seasons. It was broadcast and produced by Nine Network . In Germany, it has been on Saturdays in the morning program on RTL II since August 18, 1996 . Since then, only the first 39 episodes (season 1 and half of season 2) have been broadcast repeatedly. The remaining 138 episodes were not broadcast on German television.


The series is about the Sydney Water Police ( water police in Sydney ) and accompanied the investigators in the fight against crime in Port Jackson , the harbor of Sydney. The work of several teams is shown. First, a team of plainclothes police officers who investigate murders and, if necessary, solve them themselves or pass them on to the homicide squad. The second team is the team on the Nemesis , a speedboat of the water police. The third team shows the divers to the police. Last but not least, there are the police officers who work at the counter. Colin Friels and Catherine McClements starred in the series before leaving in 1999. Steve Bisley, Aaron Pedersen and Dee Smart later starred. In the sixth and final season, the episodes put more emphasis on the life of the police.

The executive producer Kris Noble blamed the rising costs for the cancellation of the series.

Characters and performers

The main characters in the series were:

  • Colin Friels as Detective Senior Constable Frank Holloway (1996–1999)
  • Catherine McClements as Detective Senior Constable Rachel Goldstein (1996-1999)
  • Steve Bisley as Detective Sergeant Jack Christey (1999-2001)
  • Aaron Pedersen as Detective Senior Constable Michael Reilly (1999-2001)
  • Dee Smart as Detective Senior Constable Alex St. Clare (2000-2001)

In supporting roles:

  • Peter Bensley as Senior Sergeant / Chief Inspector Jeff Hawker (1996-2001)
  • Jay Laga'aia as Senior Constable Tommy Tavita (1996-2001)
  • Brett Partridge as Senior Constable Gavin Sykes (1996-2001)
  • Toni Scanlan as Senior Sergeant Helen Blakemore (1996-2001)
  • Scott Burgess as Sergeant Dave McCall (1996-2000)
  • Aaron Jeffery as Constable Terry Watson (1996-1998)
  • Sophie Heathcote as Constable Fiona Cassidy (1996-1997)
  • Raelee Hill as Constable Tayler Johnson (1997-1999)
  • Allison Cratchley as Constable Emma Woods (1998-2001)
  • Anthony Martin as Colin "Chopper" Lewis (1997-2001)
  • Diarmid Heidenreich as Constable Matthew Quinn (2000-2001)
  • Brooke Satchwell as Sophie Ferguson (2000-2001)
  • Joss McWilliam as Sergeant Lance Rorke (2000-2001)
  • Rebecca Smart as Constable Donna Janevski (2000-2001)
  • Treffyn Koreshoff as David Goldstein (1996-1999)
  • Bill Young as Chief Inspector Clarke Webb (1996)
  • Peter Mochrie as Detective Senior Sergeant John "Knocker" Harrison (1996)
  • Claudia Black as Beth Williams (1997)


  • 1998: Logie Awards, Silver Logie, Most Outstanding Actor for Colin Friels
  • 1998: Logie Awards, Silver Logie, Most Outstanding Actress for Catherine McClements
  • 1998: Australian Film Institute, Young Actor's Award, Category Television, Paul Pantano
  • 2001: Australian Writers' Guild, Awgie Award, Television Series category for John Banas
  • 2001: Australian Writers' Guild, Awgie Award, Television Series category for Peter Gawler

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