Phoenix is an Australian police drama television series. Phoenix screened as two thirteen-part series on The ABC 1992 and 1993.
The first series in 1992 recounted the investigation of the bombing of the Victorian state police headquarters, loosely based on a real case in the mid-1980s, the Russell Street Bombing. It was aided by extensive research into police techniques and was lauded as one of the most realistic depictions of police investigation techniques, including both surveillance and forensics, as well as having an involving storyline.
It spawned a second thirteen-part series, Phoenix II, in 1993 as well as a spin-off series, Janus, in 1994 devoted to the machinations of court cases.
The show also featured an award winning soundtrack.
Tropes used in Phoenix:
- Cop Killer: The series is about the investigation into a car bomb that exploded outside Victorian Police headquarters, killing a policewoman.
- Elevator Conference: The show used this trope so much, viewers joked it was Product Placement for Otis Elevators.
- Killer Cop: The very first suspect the Major Crimes Squad is ordered to investigate is a police officer who allegedly made a threat to blow up the building. It turns out the whole thing was an argument blown out of proportion, and the officer had nothing to do with the bombing. Ironically the police rank-and-file are as willing to believe the rumor as anyone.
- Police Procedural
- Very Loosely Based on a True Story: The series was inspired by the actual Russell Street Bombing, but outside of the explosion and the investigative techniques used, it bears very little resemblance to the actual case.