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Janus (TV series)

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Country of origin  Australia
No. of episodes  26
First episode date  1994
Number of episodes  26
8.6/10 IMDb

No. of seasons  2
Executive producer(s)  Sue Masters
Final episode date  20 April 1995
Number of seasons  2
Created by  Tony McDonaldAlison Nisselle
Starring  Simon WestawayChris HaywoodJeremy Kewley
Network  Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Cast  Simon Westaway, Jeremy Kewley, Chris Haywood, Belinda McClory, Louise Siversen
Similar  Halifax fp, Blue Heelers, Miss Fisher's Murder M, City Homicide, Water Rats

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Janus is an Australian drama television series screened on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation in 1994 and 1995. Two series were produced, with a total of 26 episodes.


Janus (known in some countries as Criminal Justice) was a spin-off series from the earlier ABC-TV crime series Phoenix.

Loosely based on the true story of Melbourne's Pettingill family and the Walsh Street police shootings, Janus follows the bitterly fought prosecutions of a notorious criminal family, the Hennesseys, from the viewpoints of the family, the police and, in particular, the lawyers, prosecutors, barristers and judges involved in all aspects of the story.

When the series begins, four members of the infamous Hennessey clan are acquitted of the shooting of two young policemen in a bungled bank heist. The city of Melbourne is shocked as brothers Mal and Steve, along with brother-in-law Darren Mack and friend Ken Hardy, walk free.

The prosecutors, judges, magistrates and police—many modelled heavily on real-life legal figures—are determined to put the Hennessey members behind bars if they can. But corruption, legal loopholes, delays, and stretched resources combine to make the quest to jail the group far from straightforward.

The operation puts the entire Hennessey clan under observation—the matriarch, Shirl; her sons Mal and Steve; daughter Rhonda along with her new husband Darren; and Steve's girlfriend Kirsty (Belinda McClory).

Representing the Hennessey family is the unconventional and tough defence barrister, Michael Kidd, played by Chris Haywood. Prosecuting the family is Victoria's newly appointed Crown Prosecutor Vic Manoulis (Jeremy Kewley) and his assistant, young lawyer Rob Griffin (Felix Nobis).

And overseeing all of this is the driven and determined cop Peter Faithfull (played by Simon Westaway) who we first got to know in the earlier series of Phoenix.

Like Phoenix, this series was produced by Bill Hughes and created and written by Allison Niselle and Tony McDonald.

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DVD release

The first season of Janus was released on DVD in Australia by ABC-DVD in September 2009. The box set, called Janus: Volume One contains all 13 episodes of the first season on 4 x DVDs. It was followed in May 2010 by the ABC-DVD box set release of Janus: Volume Two containing all 13 episodes of the second season on 4 x DVDs.


  • Chris Haywood as Michael Kidd
  • Simon Westaway as Peter Faithfull
  • Jeremy Kewley as Vic Manoulis
  • Tracey Mann as Tina Bertram
  • Louise Siversen as Magistrate Glenda de Bono
  • Paulene Terry-Beitz as Shirl Hennessey
  • Brett Swain as Mal Hennessey
  • Jonathan Kernutt as Shane Hennessey
  • Leon Teague as Steve Hennessey
  • Victoria Eagger as Rhonda Hennessey
  • Jane Menelaus as Jenny Hanson
  • Felix Nobis as Rob Griffin
  • Peter Hardy as Gavin Lindsay
  • Alan Dale as Richard Issacs
  • Belinda McClory as Kirsty Nichols
  • Nicholas Cantlon as Kirsty's Baby
  • References

    Janus (TV series) Wikipedia