BBC 1964 - 1969
The Magic Toyshop
TX : 30th March 1964
Director : Shaun Sutton
Script : By Edmund Crispin. Adapted by John Hopkins

Cast : John Wood (Richard Cadogan), Brian Oulton (Erwin Spode), Ivor Salter (The CID Sergeant), Philip Ray (The Grocer), Enid Lindsey (Mrs Wheatley), Derek Francis (Rosseter), Christopher Hodge (The Publican), Philip Latham (George Sharman), Nicholas Pennell (Hoskins), Suzan Farmer (Sally Carstairs), Barbara Couper (Miss Winkworth), Graham Crowden (Doctor Havering), Sandra Barry (The Shop Assistant) and Amy Dalby (Miss Tardy).

Publicity : Detective - A weekly series of plays featuring the great sleuths of crime fiction. Rupert Davies, as Mairget, will introduce each week's play beginning tonight at 9:25pm with … The Moving Toyshop featuring Richard Wordsworth as Professor Gervase Fen: In sordid reality, the work of a detective generally consists of one part inspiration to nine parts perspiration. "Routine enquiries" always count for a great deal more than flashes of intuitive genius. For the detective of fiction, life is a far less humdrum affair. He is permitted, indeed required, to solve his cases in as bizarre a manner as possible. He can use any special talent he may possess - such as an exhaustive knowledge of Assyrian ceramics, perhaps, or a passing acquaintance with the ecology of ferns - to find an answer to the question Who Done It? Since Conan Doyle set the style with his Sherlock Holmes, most detective writers have traditionally wedded themselves to a single detective who figures in any number of stories. And, collectively, the crime writers have created as rich a gallery of eccentrics as is to be found anywhere in literature. These are the heroes of the series which opens tonight. You will be meeting booming extroverts like Carter Dickson's Sir Henry Merrivale, elegant academics like Michael Innes' Appleby, cosmopolitan connoisseurs like E C Bentley's Philip Trent, and many others including of course the great Holmes himself. And you will be able to study their diverse methods in detail because, says David Goddard, producer of the series, "we are concentrating on pure detection. Stories which are really just thrillers are out, and in the ones we are using, irrelevant `colour' material has been cut to a minimum". A team of top television scriptwriters has been assembled to bring the paper sleuths to visual life, and John Hopkins - the veteran of more than forty Z-Cars scripts as well as other plays - opens the bowling tonight with his adaptation of Edward Crispin's The Moving Toyshop. Crispin belings to the academic world of detective-story writers, so his sleuth is naturally a ripe scholar. Professor Gervase Fen (played here by Richard Wordsworth) is in fact as dotty a don as ever lost his way among Oxford's dreaming spires. But nobody has ever been known to get the better of the Professor when there is a question of nailing a literary allusion. So, when a respectable poet friend finds himself mixed up in a murder committed in a toyshop which forthwith vanishes, and shortly afterwards a cryptic agony-column advertisement appears whose wording seems to refer to the nonsense poems of Edward Lear, Fen is clearly in his element. Tonight's play is directed by Shaun Sutton, and introduced - as will be all subsequent programmes in the series - by Rupert Davies as Maigret. In his character of the Chief Inspector from the Police Judiciaire, he has established himself as the doyen of all television detectives; and, as such, is fully qualified to comment on the varied working methods of his professional and amateur colleagues. (Radio Times, March 26, 1964 - Article by Michael Williams).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Richard Wordsworth as Professor Gervase Fen in Edmund Crispin's The Moving Toyshop. A poet finds a body in a toyshop. But when he returns with the police next morning, the body has disappeared … and so has the toyshop.

Notes :
This season was originally transmitted 9:25pm to 10:15pm on BBC 1. This episode attracted 6.3 million viewers and was ranked the seventh most popular programme of the week. This episode was the highest-rating of the programme's duration.

The Drawing
TX : 6th April 1964
Director :
Terence Dudley
Script : Gil North

Publicity : Detective - The Drawing: The second play of this new series by Gil North whose hero is Detective Sergeant Caleb Cluff. Embodying the law in the North-country moorland town of Gunnarshaw, he finds violence and passion seething under its dour surface. Cluff is played by Leslie Sands who appears from time to time in Z-Cars - as a Detective Superintendent: Michael Gover plays Harris, a councilor of Victorian strictness, whose daughter Mona gives Cluff and Inspector Mole a great deal of trouble. (Radio Times, April 2, 1964).

Cast : Doel Loscombe (Inspector Mole), Frank Pettit (The Duty Constable), John Rolfe (Constable Barker), Susanna Carroll (Mona Harris), Allan McClelland (Whitaker), Robert Fyfe (The Young Clerk), David Kirk (The Elderly Clerk), Jeanne Watts (Mrs Cockshott), Margaret Ward (Mrs Whitaker), Polly Murch (Miss Hewson), Michael Gower (Harris), John Kirkby (Johnson), Margaret Carlisle (The Waitress), Anna Wing (Annie Croft), James McManus (The Police Constable), Derek Benfield (Doctor Hamm), Doris Rogers (The Cleaner) and Mary Fouracres (The Nurse).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Detective Sergeant Cluff played by Leslie Sands in Gil North's The Drawing.

Trent's Last Case
TX : 13th April 1964
Director :
Peter Duguid
Script : E C Bentley

Cast : Lewis Wilson (Doctor Stock), Ross Parker (Inspector Murch), Peter Williams (Sigsbee Manderson), Morris Perry (Martin), Petronella Barker (Celestine), Bill Nagy (Calvin Bunner), Kenneth Fortescue (John Marlowe), Carleton Hobbs (Nathaniel Cupples) and Penelope Horner (Mabel Manderson).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Philip Trent played by Michael Gwynn in E C Bentley's Trent's Last Case. A pair of damaged shoes helped Philip Trent to solve the mystery of a tycoon's death, but the solution revealed astounding facts that even he had not expected.

End Of Chapter
TX : 20th April 1964
Director : Patrick Dromgoole
Script : By Nicholas Blake. Adapted by Gerald Kelsey

Publicity : Detective - End Of Chapter - Glyn Houston and Jennifer Jayne in tonight's story: The writing of detective stories has during this century become a favourite leisure pursuit for authors whose more serious interests lie in quite different branches of literature. They are often scholars, and when they change their academic caps for their crime-writer's deer-stalker, they usually complete the disguise with a new name. Tonight's author is one half of just such a split personality. Nicholas Blake is otherwise Cecil Day Lewis, scholar, critic and poet. He is Irish-born, a descendant of Oliver Goldsmith, and in the late 1920s became one of the most prominent figures on the Oxford literary scene. Among his contemporaries at Oxford were W H Auden and Stephen Spender, and with them he formed part of a poetic movement inspired by the work of T S Eliot. Besides several books of original verse, verse translations, volumes of criticism, and "straight" novels, he has published as Nicholas Blake many detective stories, including A Question Of Proof and Malice In Wonderland. All in all, Messrs Lewis and Blake have spent a large part of their joint life in the world of books, so it is not surprising that tonight's play (adapted for television by Gerald Kelsey) should take that world for its background. Proofs of a book have been mysteriously altered, threatening its publishers with a disastrous libel action. Nigel Strangeways, a mildly hypochondrical private eye, is called in to try to solve the mystery, and he soon finds himself with four highly promising suspects. Strangeways is played by Glyn Houston, among whose many television credits are Z Cars and Dixon Of Dock Green, and the director is Patrick Dromgoole. (Radio Times, April 16, 1964).

Cast : Jennifer Jayne (Clare Massinger), Joan Heal (Millicent Miles), Geoffrey Denys (General Thoresby), Ralph Michael (Arthur Geraldine), Tony Calvin (Cyprian Gleed), Peggy Ann Wood (Miss Waters), Laurel Solash (Miss Allen), Richard Carpenter (Basil Ryle), Ronald Russell (Mr Marsh), Constance Chapman (Elizabeth Wenham), Geoffrey Bayldon (Stephen Protheroe), Geoffrey Matthews (An Author), Sheila Dunn (Miriam Saunders), Penny Morrell (Betty), Hamilton Dyce (Inspector Wright), Michael Collins (Sergeant Summers), Mersa Foster (Mrs Geraldine) and Joan Sanderson (Mrs Blayne).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Nigel Strangeways played by Glyn Houston in Nicholas Blake's End Of Chapter.

The Judas Window
TX : 27th April 1964
Director : Edgar Wreford
Script : By Carter Dickson. Adapted by Dick Sharples

Publicity : Detective - The Judas Window with David Horne as Sir Henry Merrivale, the barrister-detective created by Carter Dickson: The room is firmly locked from the inside. Both windows are closed tight with steel shutters. And inside the room a man lies murdered with an arrow piercing his heart. Nobody could possibly have got into the room - and yet a young man, with a rambling story of a doped glass of whisky, is discovered beside the corpse. An open-and-shut case? By no means. In fact, this is the classic test-problem for the crime writer, and tonight you can see just how a master of the detective story solves it. The master in question is Carter Dickson, alias John Dickson Carr, who is a writer of mysteries under the former name and of historical novels under the latter. He created Sir Henry Merrivale, a barrister-detective of enormous ebullience and boundless self-esteem. Sir Henry - or "the Old Man" as he likes to be called - operates as skillfully in court as out of it, so tonight's play includes some tense scenes set in the Old Bailey. Sir Henry is played by David Horne, a specialist in such larger-than-life characters who appeared recently in C P Snow's The Affair and The Masters. He also played Chasuble in Sir John Gielgud's production of The Importance Of Being Ernest. The story has been adapted by Dick Sharples, writer of many light entertainment shows on television, and the director is actor Edgar Wreford, making his directing debut. (Radio Times, April 23, 1964).

Cast : Christopher Guinee (Jimmy Answell), Daniel Thorndike (Alan Kenton), Dennis Handby (Dyer), Katherine Parr (Miss Jordan), Peter Madden (Avory Hume), Leon Sinden (Randolph Fleming), Rosemary Nichols (Mary Nume), John Devaut (The Usher), Philip Howard (The Foreman Of The Jury), John Wilders (The Clerk Of The Court), Donald Eccles (Judge Rankin), Llewellyn Rees (Sir Walter Storm), Douglas Milvain (Doctor Stocking), Neil Wilson (Inspector Mottram) and Alan Rowe (Reggie Answell).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Sir Henry Merrivale played by David Horne in Carter Dickson's The Judas Window.

Dishonoured Bones
TX : 4th May 1964
Director : Michael Hayes
Script : By John Trench. Adapted by David Goddard

Cast : Judi Dench (Charlotte Revel), Francis Matthews (Charles Garnish), Peter Gill (Henry Revel), Patricia English (Isobel Vilrey), Aubrey Morris (John Rose), Ernest Hare (General Revel), Elizabeth Bell (The Girl Student), Jeremy Conway (The Boy Student), Christopher Banks (Doctor Cardmaker), Marian Spencer (Mrs Revel), Arthur Pentelow (The Workman), Peter Halliday (Sergeant Few), Edna Petrie (Gammer Samways), Gerald C Lawson (Actree), David Garfield (Will Samways), Geoffrey Chater (Tony Garnish), Ivor Ellis (The Footman), Tina Matthews (The Nurse) and Robert Croudace (Police Constable Kendal).

Publicity :
Patricia English, Alan Dobie and Aubrey Morris in tonight's "Detective", Dishonoured Bones: When an archaeologist starts investigating a "barrow", or Stone-Age burial mound, he expects to find human remains. What he does not expect to find is a body which has been dead just twenty-four hours. However, this is precisely what tonight's detective, Martin Cotterell, uncovers in the course of his "dig" at Penverne. He turns his attention from the distant to the recent past, and in his search for suspects his metaphorical spade turns up some rare and interesting specimens. This archaeologist-detective, played by Alan Dobie, who was seen recently in The Affair, is the creation of John Trench who has made him the hero of three of his four novels. Tonight's play is directed by Michael Hayes. (Radio Times, April 30, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Martin Cotterell played by Alan Dobie in John Trench's Dishonoured Bones.

The Man Who Murdered In Public
TX : 11th May 1964
Director : Max Varnel
Script : By Roy Vickers. Adapted by Anthony Read

Cast : Sandra Keenan (Elsie Natley), Donald Churchill (George Carshaw), Leslie Allen (Violet Laystall), Jacqueline Bacon (Madge Clayton), George Lee (Police Constable Hankin), Geoffrey Hibbert (Sergeant Martleplug), Alan Lawrance (Mr Marshall), June Barry (Polly Flinders), John Gabriel (Mr Heneage), Toni Gilpin (May Toler), Brian Hayes (The Coroner), Brian Haines (Mr Quilter) and Grace Arnold (Lady Pengore).

Publicity :
Michael Hordern as the unconventional Inspector Rason in Detective - The Man Who Murdered In Public: To lose one's wife by drowning is sa,d but lamentably not all that uncommon. To lose a second wife in identical circumstances can only seem, as Oscar Wilde might have said, like downright carelessness. But when yet a third lady meets a similarly watery end, some suspicion might be expected to attach to the grieving widower. But remarkably enough, no such breath has touched the thrice bereaved George Carshaw. Not, that is, until the case reaches the hands of Inspector Rason, Head of Scotland Yard's Department of Dead Ends. The department of which Rason has charge - or rather had charge, since the story is set in the Edwardian era - is a very curious one. It is a repository for all the odd scraps of information and routine reports which other departments have discarded as useless. But it is somewhere among this clutter that Rason hopes to find a clue which will put a stop to the career of the uxorious George. Author of tonight's story, The Man Who Murdered In Public, is Roy Vickers, a prolific ex-journalist who gathered his knowledge of crime and criminals during his time as a reporter for the courts, and has since gone on to write more than eighty books. Another ex-journalist, Anthony Read, is responsible for tonight's television adaptation. Playing the unconventional Inspector Rason is Michael Hordern, who starred recently on BBC Television as the aloof aristocrat in Nigel Dennis' August For The People, and also in Land Of My Dreams. He is supported by Donald Churchill as Carshaw. The play is directed by Max Varnel. Mr Varnel has directed no less than four hundred films, but this is the first time he has been responsible for a television play. (Radio Times, May 7, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Detective Inspector Rason played by Michael Hordern in Roy Vickers' The Man Who Murdered The Public.

The Speckled Band
TX : 18th May 1964
Director : Robin Midgley
Script : By Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Adapted by Giles Cooper

Cast : Liane Aukin (Helen Stoner), Marian Diamond (Julia Stoner), Felix Felton (Doctor Grimesby Roylott), Donald Douglas (Percy Armitage), Nigel Stock (Doctor Watson), Mary Holder (Mrs Hudson) and Nan Marriott-Watson (Annie).

Publicity :
Detective - The Speckled Band with Douglas Wilmer as Sherlock Holmes and Nigel Stock as Watson: No series with a title like "Detective" could possibly afford to ignore the father of all fictional detectives - the man with the deer-stalker and the pipe, the Sage of Baker Street - Sherlock Holmes himself. Bestriding the crime-fiction world like a colossus, the saturnine sleuth created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle is no longer simply a character but has developed into a cult. And understandably so. For apart from his lofty place in the history of the genre, Holmes still remains one of the liveliest of all fictional investigators. The Speckled Band is one of his most intriguing cases, and its adaptation by Giles Cooper (of Maigret fame) is tonight's presentation. Julia Stoner, step-daughter of the choleric Doctor Grimesby Roylott, has died, apparently of fear, alone in her bedroom. Two years later her sister Helen has a presentiment that she is about to suffer the same fate, and is persuaded to call in Holmes. And so the Master - attended of course by the obtuse Watson - brings his mind to bear on a tangle of clues which includes strange whistling sounds heard in the night and Julia's dying words about a "speckled band". Tonight Douglas Wilmer adds his name to the distinguished list of stage and screen Holmeses. Known principally for his films (Cleopatra, The Fall Of The Roman Empire) he is a life-long Holmes fan. Nigel Stock seen recently on BBC Television in The Life Of Galileo, plays Watson and Robin Midgley, who directed the Holmes stories for radio, now directs this production of The Speckled Band for television. (Radio Times, May 14, 1964).

Synopsis :
. Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Sherlock Holmes played by Douglas Wilmer in Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's The Speckled Band.

The Night Of The Horns
TX : 25th May 1964
Director : Terence Dudley
Script : By Douglas Sanderson. Dramatised by Terence Dudley

Cast : Lew Luton (Tony Fontaine), Barbara Shelley (Eve Race), Terence Holland (Jordan), Martin Wyldeck (Sam Alford), Laurence Dane (Jeff Pastor), Frank Gatliff (Al Kresnick), Ray Roberts (Charlie), David Cargill (Scrine), Jeanne Moody (Virginia Ferrer), Sally Lahee (Mrs Fontaine), Barry Shawzin (Louis), Richard Montez (Jose), Marcella Markham (June), George Little (Ernie), Patrick Whyte (Smollet), Derek Murcott (The Patrolman), Clive Cazes, Norman Chancer, Ken Goodlett, Patricia Leatheren, Mary Ellen Ray and Drew Russell.

Publicity :
Detective - The Night Of The Horns with Frank Lieberman as Bob Race and Jeanne Moody as Virginia Ferrer: Here in relatively ordinary Britain the classic detective story tends to be a calmly cerebral affair. The detectives themselves are unusually thoughtful and courteous men, and even the criminals quite often seem to preserve some sense of decorum. But things are not the same the whole world over, and tonight's "Detective" presentation deals with the much more violent world of the American crime story. The hero of The Night Of The Horns has in fact to use fists and gun as often as brains to arrive at the solution of the case. He is Bob Race, one of those tough West-Coast attorneys, and he is a detective only from necessity. A shady client has involved him in an illegal act, and to clear himself Race has set to work to expose a major racket. In addition he finds himself caught up in a nightmare of treachery and murder. Despite the American flavour the play's author is British-born. Douglas Sanderson is a former merchant seaman who came originally from Kent, emigrated to Canada after the last war, and now lives in Spain. The Night Of The Horns is his best-known novel. Television dramatisation and direction are by Terence Dudley, who has written two plays and a thriller serial since joining the BBC in 1959. Frank Lieberman, who stars as Race, is an actor with world-wide experience and is now resident in Britain. (Radio Times, May 21, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Bob Race played by Frank Lieberman in Douglas Sanderson's The Night Of The Horns.

Subject Murder
TX : 1st June 1964
Director : Max Varnel
Script : By Clifford Witting

Cast : Wilfrid Downing (Gunner John Fieldhouse), Clive Colin Bowler (Gunner Postbechild), Michael Peake (Battery Sergeant-Major Yule), Virginia Wetherell (Susan Carmichael), Brian McDermott (Bombadier Paul Morton), Veronica Strong (Fay Gilbert), Totti Truman Taylor (The Landlady Of The Pub), Alec Ross (Battery Quartermaster-Sergeant Ackroyd), James Hunter (Gunner Aubrey Lovelock), Richard Shaw (Battery Captain Fitzgerald), Joe Greig (Gianella), Anthony Woodruff (Major Mellis), Stanley Price (Sergeant Burroughs), Harry Brunning (Doggett) and Basil Dignam (Detective Inspector Charlton).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Detective Constable Bradfield played by Mark Eden in Clifford Witting's Subject: Murder. As good a place as any for a murder is an isolated anti-aircraft post in wartime. A group of browned-off soldiers thrust too much together, over-stretched nerves, a rigorous blackout - and all too often an unpopular Sergeant-Major…

Death In Ectasy
TX : 8th June 1964
Director : Shaun Sutton
Script : Ngaio Marsh

Cast : Keith Barron (Nigel Bathgate), Nigel Hawthorne (Temple Doorkeeper), Christopher Coll (Claude Wheatley), Joss Ackland (Jasper Garnette), Vanda Godsell (Dagmar Candour), Derek Francis (Samuel Ogden), Frieda Knorr (Cara Quayne), Nora Nicholson (Miss Wade), Roger Delgado (de Revigne), Ronald Lacey (Maurice Pringle), Brian Cant (Detective Sergeant Bailey), Arnold Bell (Detective Inspector Fox), Anthony Sheppard (Police Constable Evans), Marcus Hammond (Police Constable Harris) and Richard Hurndall (Mr Rattisbon).

Publicity :
Death In Ecstacy - Tonight's detective story is by Ngaio Marsh: Knocklatcher's Row is an undistinguished street in central London, and in it stands a building marked by a discreet plate which reeds "The house of the Sacred Flame". Apparently as normal as the street, this could be a convent perhaps, or a mission. But in fact is is something much more weird - the temple of a pantheistic sect whose high priest is "Father" Garnette. A young newspaperman stumbles on the place, scents a story, and eavesdrops on a "service". And as the solemn ceremony reaches its climax, he sees a neophyte, who is misguidedly seeking a heightened spiritual life, find instead a squalid death. And so tonight's "detective" Chief Inspector Alleyn of Scotland Yard takes the stage. He is the creation of Ngaio Marsh, a New Zealander whose unusual Maori first-name is pronounced "Ny-oh". Besides being a crime writer she is an artist, an actress, and a producer, and in 1948 she was awarded the O.B.E for "services in connection with drama and literature in New Zealand". Her Mr Alleyn is a mild-mannered character whose gentle approach conceals a fiercely dedicated professional mind, and tonight he is played by Geoffrey Keen, whose recent work includes the New York production of Man And Boy and the Disney film Doctor Syn. (Radio Times, June 4, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Detective Chief Inspector Alleyn played by Geoffrey Keen in Ngaio Marsh's Death In Ecstasy.

A Connoisseur's Case
TX : 15th June 1964
Director : Prudence Fitzgerald
Script : Michael Innes

Cast : Frederick Peisley (Hollywood), Richard Bird (Seth Crabtree), Ronald Leigh-Hunt (Bertram Coulson), Benjamin Whitrow (Peter Binns), Bonnie Hurren (Daphne Binns), Helen Lindsay (Edith Coulson), Ann Castle (Lady Judith Appleby), Brian Worth (David Channing-Kennedy), David Garth (Doctor West), Walter Fitzgerald (Colonel Julius Raven), James Bree (Tarbox) and William Kendall (Mr Binns).

Publicity :
Detective - With Dennis Price as Sir John Appleby in A Connoisseur's Case: Why should anyone want to murder Seth Crabtree just to seal his little model barge? What was the link between the odd-job man and sometime poacher, and the people up at the Big House? And where does the butler fit in? The man who has to try to find the answers to these questions is Sir John Appleby. With some reluctance, too: Sir John, one of the few titled detectives in the business, is really in the district for purely social reasons. But since it was he who found the body in the canal, he feels it incumbent on him to take up the case. The aristocratic Appleby is the brainchild of Michael Innes, a member of the select group of academic detective writers. Under his real name of J I M Stewart he teaches English at Oxford and has published works on literature as well as "straight" novels. (A dramatisation of one of these, The Man Who Won The Pools, was seen recently on BBC-2). Tonight's play is a dramatisation of one of his novels. Dennis Price, who plays Appleby, is an actor who has built up a very big reputation largely in films, and cinema-goers will remember particularly his performance as a far less stable kind of aristocrat in Kind Hearts And Coronets. He is to be seen in the current release A Jolly Bad Fellow, and he also featured in three new films which have not yet been shown in this country. For BBC Television, his last appearance was with Billie Whitelaw in The Lady Of The Camellias by the younger Alexandre Dumas. (Radio Times, June 11, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Sir John Appleby played by Dennis Price in Michael Innes' A Connoisseur's Case.

The Loring Mystery
TX : 22nd June 1964
Director : Brian Farham
Script : By Jeffrey Farnot. Adapted by Max Marquis

Cast : David Daker (Thomas Yaxley), David Burke (David Loring), Ivor Salter (Jonathan Vokes), Gerald Cross (Sir Nevil Loring), Katy Wild (Anticlea), Hilary Mason (Belinda), Reginald Barratt (Mr Gillespie), Derek Smee (Maulverer) and Harry Landis (Daniel).

Publicity :
Detective - The Loring Mystery: None of the crime investigators in this series could be described as run-of-the-mill - least of all Jasper Shrig, the creation of novelist Jeffrey Farnol. He was one of the famed Bow Street Runners - the body of men who stood for the law in the days of Regency Bucks and highwaymen and before the advent of Sir Robert Peel's new-fangled police force. Shrig was eccentric and unorthodox but every inch a detective from his steel-lined hat to his elegant shoes. Tonight (played by Patrick Troughton) he is after a wicked baronet who usurp's a family fortune. (Radio Times, June 18, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Jasper Shrig played by Patrick Troughton in Jeffrey Farnot's The Loring Mystery. Bow Street Runner Jasper Shrig uncovers a dark mystery of high passion and hidden identity which brings death to a hell-fire Regency squire.

The Hungry Spider
TX : 29th June 1964
Director : Michael Hayes
Script : By Selwyn Jepson. Adapted by Jan Read

Cast : Jack Watson (Charlie), Esmond Knight (Commodore Rupert Gill), Anthony Blackshaw (The Driver), John Quentin (Edward Forsyth), Barbara Couper (Mrs Forsyth), Wilfrid Grantham (Colonel Forsyth), Nan Braunton (Miss Florence Gill), Peter Barkworth (Detective Inspector Christopher Smith), Wendy Gifford (Laura Forsyth), Robert Croudace (The Police Sergeant) and Frank Williams (Doctor Thorne).

Publicity :
Detective - The Hungry Spider: One profession that still seems to be resisting feminine infiltration pretty successful is criminal investigation. And those ladies who have managed to establish themselves in the field tend to be - to put it politely - of mature years. Except for Eve Gill. The property of tonight's "Detective" writer Selwyn Jepson, who has chronicled her adventures in six books so far, Miss Gill is a vivacious and pretty young woman who finds her looks can be both a help and a handicap in her investigations. A circumstance which is a constant embarrassment to Eve is the fact that her retired naval officer father is an incorrigible smuggler. In tonight's adventure, called The Hungry Spider, she stumbles on a particularly nasty case of murder - a gentle old invalid is removed prematurely from the world. But since she does so at a time when she is helping to deliver a consignment of uncustomed brandy, she finds some difficult in placing the full facts before the proper authorities. Playing Eve Gill is Jane Merrow, who has kept very busy indeed since she left drama school three years ago. She has been in repertory, made her London debut in Wesker's The Kitchen, and appeared in major television productions such as A Suitable Case For Treatment and Birth Of A Private Man. The story has been adapted by Jan Read, and the director is Michael Hayes. (Radio Times, June 25, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Eve Gill played by Jane Merrow in Selwyn Jepson's The Hungry Spider.

The Case Of Oscar Brodski
TX : 6th July 1964
Director : Brian Farham
Script : By Austin Freeman. Adapted by Allan Prior

Cast : Peter Copley (Doctor Thorndyke), Bernard Goldman (Oscar Brodski), George Benson (Silas Hickler), Gerald Sim (Doctor Jervis), Warren Mitchell (Boscovitch), Cameron Hall (Mr Brice), Jack Bligh (The Engine Driver), Frank Seton (The Fireman), Roy Skelton (The Porter), Meadows White (Sergeant Dickens) and Wilfred Garrison (The Constable).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Doctor Thorndyke played by Peter Copley in Austin Freeman's The Case Of Oscar Brodski. Adapted by Allan Prior. What is the sinister Silas Hickler up to hanging around the railway station? The answer can be found in tonight's story when Doctor Thorndyke investigates the murder of Oscar Brodski.

The Speaking Eye
TX : 13th July 1964
Director : Eric Hills
Script : By Clark Smith. Adapted by John Maynard

Cast : Penny Whittam (Lily), George Cross (Vescey), Edmond Warwick (Momstead), James Cairncross (Mellent), James Copeland (Dougal), Elizabeth Murray (Meg), Donald McKillop (Hoveden), Mary Webster (The Girl In Accounts), Robert Jennings (The Bartender), Susanna Caroll (The Hat-Check Girl), Elizabeth Wallace (Ann Walshing), Harry Walker (Paris), Jeremy Ure (Weasel), Michael Brennan (Rymer), Duncan McIntyre (Doctor Harfleur), Margo Croan (Grace Lock) and Henry Stamper (The Face).

Publicity :
Detective at 9:25pm tonight - The Speaking Eye: As the investigating accountant for an industrial empire, Engineering Industries, Nicky Mahoun (Frederick Jaeger) conducts investigations into the accounts of firms that Engineering Industries is interested in acquiring. His enquiry into one such firm, the Mildoune Engineering Company, is the subject of The Speaking Eye by Clark Smith, a Scottish chartered accountant. Mahoun has to keep the reasons for his investigation completely secret and he encounters considerable opposition - not only from the employees of the company, but also from the board of directors. Mahoun soon discovers why. Then a new discovery leads to opposition of a more serious nature and Mahoun is attacked and severely beaten up in an effort to frighten him off. (Radio Times, July 9, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Nicky Mahoun played by Frederick Jaeger in Clark Smith's The Speaking Eye.

Death Of A Fellow Traveller
TX : 20th July 1964
Director : Edgar Wreford
Script : By Delano Ames. Adapted by Pat Dunlop

Cast : Howard Pays (Patrick Blythe), Edwin Brown (Fred Cox), Gwen Cherrell (Honey Penfield), Richard Owens (Edgar Bray), Kate Brown (Gladys), Pat Nye (Mrs Bray), William Abney (Marcus Windle-Scott), Kenneth McClellan (The Coroner), Ann Way (Mrs Tremayne) and Ronald Goodale (Constable Peace).

Publicity :
Detective - Death Of A Fellow Traveller: This week's presentation offers - at positively no extra change - not one but two sleuths, because the author Delano Ames chooses to solve his cases through the medium of a husband-and-wife team, Jane and Dagobert Brown (Joan Reynolds and Leslie Randall). This bright if slightly feckless young couple live in Hampstead, where Jane tries to make her living as a novelist. As Death Of A Fellow Traveller opens she finds herself in a situation only too familiar to most writers: she has committed herself to doing a book, but she has not even got a title, let alone a story. The ever-helpful Dagobert then spots a strange limping man walking a large dog in the street and decides rather arbitrarily that such a character could be the starting point of a story. Implanting this seed, he packs Jane off to a Cornish village where it can be allowed to germinate. But on the way there, who should appear but the limping man … (Radio Times, July 16, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Jane and Dagobert Brown played by Joan Reynolds and Leslie Randall in Delano Ames' Death Of A Fellow Traveller. Think of a story about a limping man. Mix in a murder, a few spies, a little hate. It's a good story - but what does one do when, suddenly, hideously, it all comes true?

The Quick One
TX : 27th July 1964
Director : Gilchrist Calder
Script : By G K Chesterton. Adapted by Clifford Witting

Cast : Garfield Morgan (The Reverend Pryce-Jones), Kumar Ranji (Akbar), Victor Brooks (Detective Inspector Greenwood), William Kendall (John Raggley), John Baskcomb (Henry Jukes), Gordon Whiting (Smith), Joby Blanshard (Turner), Artro Morris (Robinson), Margaret Burton (Kath), John Bennett (Herbert), Sam Kydd (Wills), Terence Rigby (The Police Constable), Alan Rolfe (The Station Sergeant), Colin Spaull (Arthur), Ian Anders (James Grant), Sybilla Marshall (The Harmonium Player), Bill Berridge, Betty Duncan, Winifred Sabine and Jack Lee White (The Beach Congregation).

Publicity :
Father Brown And The Quick One - Tonight's Detective story stars Mervyn Johns: Father Brown as all readers of the late G K Chesterton know is a small, round Roman Catholic priest who hates sin, loves sinners, and likes pubs. He likes pubs principally because they are frequented by people, and above all Father Brown loves and strives to understand fallible mankind. Shrewd and observant by nature, his pastoral work has given him both compassion and a wide experience of human misdoing; and this particular combination of qualities and qualifications makes him a very rare bird among detectives. In tonight's story, called "The Quick One", father Brown becomes embroiled in a most untoward happening in a pub. At the "Maypole And Garland", a once-honest alehouse now become a cocktail cavern, a forthright character renowned for his amateur racket-busting activities dies after taking a glass of his favourite tipple, cherry brandy. On hand is a gallery of suspects which includes a publican with a guilty conscience, a ranting prohibitionist preacher of a stamp which Father Brown sternly disapproves, and a conventionally-sinister Oriental. But as always Father Brown is looking for the man whom nobody else saw, and by finding him he once again astounds his friend Inspector Greenwood. The sharp-eyed little cleric has been portrayed by several distinguished actors in the past and tonight, in keeping with this tradition, he is played by the noted character actor Mervyn Johns. (Radio Times, July 23, 1964).

Synopsis :
Rupert Davies as Maigret introduces Father Brown played by Mervyn Johns in G K Chesterton's The Quick One. Father Brown solves a murder by describing the man nobody saw, and spotting a genuine phoney.

The Deadly Climate
TX : 17th May 1968
Director : John Frankau
Script : By Ursula Curtiss. Dramatised by George F Kerr

Cast : Georgina Hale (Caroline Emmett), Lally Bowers (Mrs Maud Oliver), James Bree (Henry Oliver), Cherith Mellor (Lydia Oliver), Jack Woolgar (Sergeant Tregear), Jean Kent (Miss Mayberry), Jean Marsh (Julie Oliver), Frank Gatliff (Mr Clive), Myrtle Moss (Mrs Pendbury), Nan Braunton (Mrs Parteridge), Terry Wale (Templeton), Llewellyn Rees (Doctor Abercrombie) and Ian Anderson (Doctor Henderson).

Publicity :
Friday Night Is "Whodunit" Night - Detective stories have a special fascination all their own and starting this week you'll be able to see a "Whodunit" every Friday evening: One of the most frustrating things in this world is to be sitting in a railway train engrossed in a detective novel, and to have the complete stranger opposite look up and say: "That's jolly good, isn't it? You'd never think that the fishmonger's stepmother did it, would you?". No wonder there are so many crimes of violence. Detective stories from the early days of Wilkie Collins and Edgar Allan Poe have attracted a large and devoted following. Why should this be so, more than with any other form of fiction? Isn't it perhaps that, apart from the very high-pitched excitement and tension, the author throws out a challenge to a battle of wits in which he conceals small but crucial clues in the fabric of the story. Are we clever enough to pick them up and then draw the right conclusion from them. And remember that lurking under the mantles of Nicholas Blake and Michael Innes as C Day Lewis, the Poet Laureate, and J I M Stewart, the Oxford don. The rules of the game ensure fair play between the author and yourself. In fact, in the period between the two world wars, often called the golden age of detective fiction, all members of the Detection Club had to swear not to use twin brothers, secret passages, or mysterious Chinamen! Detective runs the whole gamut of detective fiction from high drama to low comedy, from Regency England to present-day America. But in choosing the seventeen plays for the series, the producer, Verity Lambert, and the story editor, Anthea Browne-Wilkinson, read between four and five hundred novels. "We chose quite a few old favourites - stories by Margery Allingham, Ngaio Marsh, William Haggard, and Michael Innes, but we've chosen some not so well-known ones, too. What we've tried to do is cover just about every aspect of detective fiction that there is". The detectives themselves are a pretty varied crew - from Jasper Shrig, a sort of Regency West Country Sam Weller, to the pale bespectacled Albert Campion, from Detective Chief Inspector Dover - described by one of his superiors not very flatteringly as a "fat, stupid swine" - to Reggie Fortune a pathologist of the early thirties. They all have their own complete different and often eccentric methods, but of course they all get their man - or woman - in the end. Included among the impressive cast list are Denholm Elliott, Lee Montague, Colin Blakely, and Dudley Sutton, all playing detectives, and Sheila Hancock, Isobel Black, Lally Bowers, Sir Felix Aylmer, and Esmond Knight. To get the series off to a really good star is The Deadly Climate by Ursula Curtiss - "the detective story with Hitchcockian connections," as Verity Lambert calls it. (Radio Times, May 9, 1968 - Article by Gay Search).

Synopsis :
This week: Dudley Sutton as Ursula Curtiss' Robert Carmichael investigates the case of The Deadly Climate. Life in a quiet West Country village is not exciting as a rule, and Robert Carmichael, a local reporter, usually finds little to write about. But one night he hears that a strange, frightened girl has taken refuge in an outlying farmhouse claiming to have seen a murder.

Notes : This season was originally transmitted 8:10pm to 9:00pm on BBC 1.

Dover And The Poison Pen Letters
TX : 24th May 1968
Director : Moira Armstrong
Script : By Joyce Porter. Dramatised by James MacTaggart

Cast : Ballard Berkeley (Assistant Commissioner), Ruth Kettlewell (Dame Alice Stote-Weedon), Michael Rose (The Deputy Commander), James Cosmo (Detective Sergeant MacGregor), George Tovey (Charlie Chettle), Tenniel Evans (Arthur Tompkins), Charles Hill (Bert Quince), Sheelah Wilcocks (Mrs Quince), Denise Coffrey (Poppy Gullimore), Erik Chitty (Doctor Hawnt), Patsy Smart (Miss Tilley), Joan Paton (Miss Tickett), Hilda Fenemore (Mrs Poltensky), Lisa Daniely (Louise de Gascoigne), Lee Chambers (Eleanor) and Rita Webb (Freda Gomersall).

Synopsis :
This week: Paul Dawkins as Joyce Porter's Detective Chief Inspector Dover investigates the case of Dover And The Poison Pen Letters. Detective Chief Inspector Dover is middle-aged, fat, dyspeptic, lazy and frankly unintelligent. An outbreak of poison-pen letters in a remote village provides the Assistant Commissioner at Scotland Yard with a longed-for opportunity of getting rid of him for a time. Dover's efforts are, as usual, desultory, and their immediate effect is to produce one attempted and one successful suicide. Only Detective Sergeant MacGregor, Dover's assistant, suspects that the successful suicide is, in fact, a case of murder.

A Man And His Mother-In-Law
TX : 31st May 1968
Director : David Proudfoot
Script : By Roy Vickers. Dramatised by Hugh Leonard

Cast : Norman Shelley (Sir James Kilkeith), Richard Grant (The Assistant Commissioner), Barbara Couper (Mrs Blagrove), Peter Miles (The Reverend Dudley Simmons), Donald Douglas (Arthur Penfold), Lyn Ashley (Madge), John Kelland (Vincent Gershaw), Tom Macauley (Doctor Delmore), John Wentworth (Chief Inspector Karslake), Edwin Brown (The Detective Sergeant), Bernard G High (The Repository Manager) and Eric Jones (Mr Corby).

Synopsis :
This week: John Welsh as Roy Vickers' Inspector Rason investigates the case of A Man And His Mother-In-Law. "Is this where you keep Stolen Property?"; "Not quite, sir, Inspector Rason is in charge of our … um … Dead Ends". And in Scotland Yard Inspector Rason sits surrounded by clues which have led to "dead ends", and waits - waits for a criminal to make a move which will connect him with a clue. In the Blagrove case there seems to be no motive - the victim has no enemies. The only thing found at the scene of the crime that seems out of place is a book of love poems. Can Rason find a link between this and the murderer?

Lesson In Anatomy
TX : 7th June 1968
Director : David Saire
Script : By Michael Innes. Dramatised by John Gould

Cast : Charles Tingwell (Pederson), Danny Gray (James Cass), Robin Wentworth (The Doctor), Esmond Knight (Albert), Michael Gough (Holroyd), Bruce Boa (Wesselman), Robert Bernal (Lindsay), Gillian Vaughan (Belinda), John Glyn-Jones (Evans), George Howe (The Mayor), Gareth Forwood (John), Sheila White (Jane) and Ewan Hooper (Roper).

Synopsis :
This week: Ian Ogilvy as Michael Innes' Inspector Appleby investigates the case of Lesson In Anatomy. The vulture quietly sat and eyed the assembly - and after the corpse grinned two minutes passed before the lights went out. In the darkness murder was committed. Inspector Appleby, called to the scene, finds himself involved in a world of academic back-biting subtlety - a world which he faces with assurance. But he needs more than assurance to unravel this macabre case. That a re-enactment of an eighteenth-century anatomy lecture should be a yearly event in a University is strange enough - that a murderer should choose this time and place for his crime is stranger still.

The German Song
TX : 14th June 1968
Director : John Frankau
Script : By H C Bailey. Dramatised by Elwyn Jones

Cast : Ralph Michael (Sidney Lomas), John Horsley (Superintendent Bell), Elizabeth Shepherd (Joan Fortune), Howard Marion-Crawford (Chief Constable Waldron), Arthur Hewlett (Simms), Felix Aylmer (Sir Henry Exon), Frederick Peisley (Arch), Margaret Ashcroft (The Landlady), Brian Oulton (Inspector Wilson), Drewe Henley (Edward Meyer), Jack May (Inspector Dubois), Walter Gotell (Hamilton Tromp) and Kathleen St John (The Housekeeper).

Synopsis :
This week: Denholm Elliot as H C Bailey's Reggie Fortune investigates the case of The German Song. Reggie Fortune, plump, good-humoured, and perhaps just a little idle, is helping his friend Sidney Lomas of Scotland Yard to clear up a possible unnatural death, when they are presented with a problem which both intrigues and baffles them. It is not a murder but a robbery. Priceless and irreplaceable antique jewellery has been stolen from the house of Sir Henry Exon and there seems to be no trace of its whereabouts. Reggie tears himself away from his favourite pursuits of eating and dozing long enough to astound the professional police investigators by solving the crime. But the vital clue upon which his deduction is based is given to him by his wife, Joan.

The Beast Must Die
TX : 21st June 1968
Director : Tina Wakerell
Script : By Nicholas Blake. Dramatised by Pip and Jane Baker

Cast : Andrew Downie (Felix Lane), Francis Matthews (George Rattery), Jennifer Stirling (Merrett), Christine Finn (Violet Rattery), Claire Nielson (Lena Lawson), Simon Turner (Phil Rattery), Catherine Lacey (Mrs Rattery), Yvonne Gilan (Georgia Strangeways), Robert James (Chief Inspector Blount), Edgar Wreford (Carfax) and Richard Hurndall (General Shrivenham).

Synopsis :
This week: Bernard Horsfall as Nicholas Blake's Nigel Strangeways investigates the case of The Beast Must Die. The Poet Laureate, C Day Lewis, is well known to many enthusiasts of detective fiction as Nicholas Blake - an unusual combination of roles. He has created the character of Nigel Strangeways, the private detective featured in this week's play. In this story, Nigel Strangeways is called in to help solve a strange case. An attempt has been made on a man's life. This attempt has been foiled and the would-be murderer has been revealed. But later the same day the intended victim dies. The death is no accident - nor is it suicide. Clearly more than one person feels that the Beast must die.

Notes : This episode attracted 5.0 million viewers and was ranked the seventeenth most popular programme of the week.

The Avenging Chance
TX : 28th June 1968
Director : Moira Armstrong
Script : By John Gould. Based on a story by Anthony Berkeley

Cast : Tony Steedman (Sir William Anstruther), David J Grahame (The Hall Porter), Jennifer Jayne (Delilah Bryce), Joyce Grant (Mrs Verreker Le Fleming), Marian Spencer (Lady Anstruther), Bella Emberg (Parker), Allan Cuthbertson (Rupert Bryce), John Franklyn-Robbins (Graham Beresford), Geraldine Newman (Jean Beresford), Arthur Pentelow (Inspector Moresby), James Appleby (The Club Servant), Steve Peters (The Clerk In The Typewriter Shop) and Jacqueline Blackmore (The Clerk In The Stationer's).

Synopsis :
This week: John Carson as Roger Sheringham investigates the case of The Avenging Chance. This play is set in the West End of London in the 1930s. It appears that there are a large number of people who would be glad to see Sir William Anstruther dead. The question is who? Roger Sheringham is determined to find out. Unhappily he has hardly started his investigations when a tragedy, in which an innocent woman dies, takes place.

Born Victim
TX : 5th July 1968
Director : Alan Bridges
Script : By Hilary Waugh. Dramatised by William Emms

Cast : David Bauer (Pete Shaw), Sheila Hancock (Mrs Markie), Hazel Bainbridge (Mrs Shaw), Norman Mitchell (Cassidy), Robert Ayres (Mr Norris), Clive Endersby (Philip Norris), T P McKenna (Detective Wilks), Jon Rollason (Jim Finch), Madge Brindley (Mrs Parks), Christopher Benjamin (Ralph Demartino), Norman Florence (The Reporter), Cyril Shaps (Mr Finch), Bernard Hepton (Jeremiah Batson), Colin Rix (Wilson), John Abineri (Mr Jarold), Elaine Wells (Mrs Jarold) and Eva Haddon (Betty Wilcox).

Synopsis :
This week: Lee Montague as Hilary Waugh's Police Chief Fellows investigates the case of Born Victim. Bobbie Markle, a thirteen-year-old girl, disappears from her home on Saturday morning, while her mother is out at work. The night before she had attended her first formal dance. The local police chief, Fellows, is called in and begins the routine of finding the girl. What starts as a straightforward search develops in a more sinister way and the hunt for clues involves a number of people who at first seem to have no connection with the missing girl or her mother. The setting of this play is the mid-west of America. The next Detective is on your screen in two days' time when the series moves to Sunday.

The Unquiet Sleep
TX : 7th July 1968
Director : Claude Whatham
Script : By William Haggard. Dramatised by Hugo Charteris

Publicity : Detective - On A New Day At 8:15pm Tonight - The Unquiet Sleep: "The Executive's Friend" - a drug designed to give the needed lift to a tired man at the end of a hard day - harmless, indeed beneficial, this is what Mecron is intended to be. But suddenly there are disquieting rumours - tentative murmurs of doubt from the medical profession. Charles Russell, head of the Security Executive, decides to take action and to alert the Minister to the potential danger of the drug which at present is freely sold over the chemist's counter. But other people have heard the rumours too and they have decided to take a hand in discovering the true nature and power of Mecron. (Radio Times, June 30, 1968)

Cast : Sarah Lawson (Rachel Borrowdaile), Susan Mitchell (The Secretary), Alan Foss (Clec), Richard Caldicot (Robert Seneschal), Clive Graham (Dick Asher), Delena Kidd (Patricia Leggatt), Bernard Brown (Henry Leggatt), Peter Dennis (The Personal Assistant), Basil Clarke (Doctor Hugh Latta), Wolfe Morris (Lui), Andreas Lynsandrou (Knife), Tommy Mann (Baldy), Pamela Buckley (Molly Lamperton), Tom Bowman (Charlie Lightgrove) and Eric Longworth (The Police Sergeant).

Synopsis :
This week: Roland Culver as William Haggard's Charles Russell investigates the case of The Unquiet Sleep.

The High Adventure
TX : 14th July 1968
Director : William Slater
Script : By Jeffrey Farnol. Dramatised by Hugh Whitemore

Cast : Mike Lewin (Jeremy Veryan), Kenneth Benda (Sir James Trevor), Simon Oates (Terence O'Leary), Sydney Arnold (Mr Gillespie), Isobel Black (Olivia Revell), Michael Latimer (Richard Armadale), Otis E Mason (Gaston de Ravenac), Geoffrey Morris (Corporal Dick), Yuri Borienko (Ben Holt), Larry Aubrey (Lord Julian Midmarsh), Roy Stewart (Pompey) and B H Barry (The Timekeeper).

Synopsis :
This week: Colin Blakely as Jeffrey Farnol's Jasper Shrig assists in The High Adventure. Jeremy Veryan, heir to the estates of Veryan, leaves his guardian's house and goes in search of "The High Adventure". Mysteriously, he is struck down by an unknown assailant. Jasper Shrig, a Bow Street Runner, dedicated to the pursuit of the "Windictiveness" in all its manifestations, hears of this assault and comes to his assistance. Together they set out to track down not only the threat hanging over Jeremy but also the shadow that darkens his childhood - the mystery of his parents' death. In this romantic Regency adventure, the part of Jasper Shrig is played by Colin Blakely, of the National Theatre Company.

Cork On The Water
TX : 21st July 1968
Director : Tony Wickert
Script : By Macdonald Hastings. Dramatised by Elwyn Jones

Publicity : Detective at 8:10pm tonight - Cork On The Water: Mr Montague Cork (Colin Douglas), head of a large insurance company, lands a salmon in a Highland stream. Catching this fish is the start of a long and mysterious trail which he follows with the help of his young assistant Robert Macrae (Martin Jarvis). (Radio Times, July 14, 1968).

Cast : Kevin Stoney (Colonel Johnson), Philip Ross (The Watcher), Martin Jarvis (Robert Macrae), Timothy Bateson (The Stage Doorkeeper), Annette Andre (Anna Pryde), George Roubicek (Kurtz), Hamish Roughead (Mackenzie), Jacqui Chan (Miss Rhee) and Phil McCall (Snatcher).

Synopsis :
This week: Colin Douglas as Macdonald Hastings' Mr Montague Cork investigates the case of Cork On The Water.

The Case Of The Late Pig
TX : 28th July 1968
Director : Bill Hays
Script : By Margery Allingham. Dramatised by Frank Moore

Cast : Angela Crow (Effie), Charles Lloyd Pack (Hayhoe), Robin Parkinson (Whippet), Geoffrey Bayldon (Kingston), George Sewell (Lugg), Ken Wynne (Lee), Honora Burke (Poppy), James Beck (Bathwick), Michael Golden (Inspector Pussey), Geoffrey Hayes (Police Constable Jenkins), Caroline Hunt (Janet) and Frederick Hall (The Pathologist).

Synopsis :
This week: Brian Smith as Margery Allingham's Albert Campion investigates The Case Of The Late Pig. Life in the village of Kepesake in the 1930s has an idyllic, peaceful appearance. But a stranger who appears in this backwater has the power to upset and disrupt the calm. He presents a threat to a way of life and one member of the close-knit community takes the law into his own hands and removes the threat. Albert Campion and his assistant Lugg are called down to clear up the stranger's death and find themselves involved in a mystery unguessed at by the people they have come to help.

The Golden Dart
TX : 4th August 1968
Director : James Cellan Jones
Script : By Selwyn Jepson

Cast :
Angus Mackay (Jones), Michael Wynne (Hooker), Anthony Corlan (Jonathan), John Laurie (Commodore Gill), Allan McClelland (George Wick), Frank Middlemass (Billy Bull), Veronica Hurst (Sophie), John Stride (James Belsin), Charles Hodgson (Boosie), Maurice Quick (John), Iona Macrae (Phoebe), Patricia Mason (Jessie), Kitty Attwood (Mrs Garside) and Andrew Faulds (Gonzalez).

Synopsis :
This week: Penelope Horner as Selwyn Jepson's Eve Gill investigates the case of The Golden Dart. Thwe strange launch which sails into Commodore Gill's private creek brings to both him and his daughter a feeling of foreboding. Apparently unaware that they are observed, the visitors come and go. Is this a part of the Commodore's smuggling activities which he wishes to conceal? Is it, perhaps, some legacy of his past life bringing with it threat and danger? Or is it something more sinister unconnected except by accident with the life of Marsh House? Eve Gill decides to take practical steps and find out. In so doing she becomes involved in danger and tragedy.

Crime Of Passion
TX : 11th August 1968
Director : Douglas Camfield
Script : Colin Morris

Publicity : Double-Take: Doctor Hawley Harvey Crippin. Born 1861, executed November 23, 1910. Bernard Hepton who plays the part of the otherwise meek little doctor is tonight's true-life story of the dreadful events that took place at Hilldrop Crescent, Holloway. Detective at 8:10pm. (Radio Times, August 4, 1968).

Cast : Pauline Delany (Belle Elmore), Bernard Hepton (Doctor Crippen), Anna Carroll (Clara Martinetti), Marion Diamond (Ethel Le Neve), Royston Tickner (Paul Martinetti), Shirley Cooklin (Mrs Nash), Olaf Pooley (Mr Nash), Athene Fielding (The French Maid), Richardson Morgan (Detective Sergeant Mitchell), John Levene (The Detective), Dominic Allan (The Policeman), John Barcroft (Captain Kendall), Norman Hartley (The First Officer) and Bill Lyons (The Radio Operator).

Synopsis :
This week: Glynn Edwards as Detective Chief Inspector Dew in Crime Of Passion. The story of Doctor Crippen has the fascination of real-life drama which far exceeds in macabre fantasy much fictional crime writing. Colin Morris gives here a study of Crippen and his crime which reveals no new facts, but a great deal of the emotional background to the murder of Belle Elmore. There is an intense drama provided by the parts that chance and coincidence play in the story and in the steps that lead Dew the detective, firstly to suspicion of murder and eventually to the certainty of the crime and the arrest of the fugitive doctor.

Artists In Crime
TX : 18th August 1968
Director : Roger Jenkins
Script : By Ngaio Marsh. Dramatised by George F Kerr

Cast : Dorothy Black (Lady Alleyn), Tracy Reed (Agatha Troy), Nick Tate (Watt Hatchett), Justine Lord (Valmal Seacliff), Michael Mellinger (Wolf Garcia), John Stratton (Cedric Malmsley), Simon Brent (Basil Pilgrim), Nova Sainte Claire (Sonia), Geoffrey Lumsden (Colonel Pascoe), Clifford Cox (Detective Inspector Fox), Jon Laurimore (Detective Sergeant Bailey) and Vicky Hughes (Bobbie O'Dawne).

Synopsis :
This week: Michael Allinson as Ngaio Marsh's Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn investigates the case of Artists In Crime. Chief Detective Inspector Roderick Alleyn and his assistant, Inspector Fox, are known to millions of readers of Ngaio Marsh's detective novels. Now they are introduced to viewers in a macabre murder case set in a country house. Not a conventional "country house", since it is owned by the painter Agatha Troy, and she has gathered there a varied collection of arists. The relationships within this group of temperamental people are extremely involved and there are many bitter jealousies and rivalries. The unraveling of the case if made doubly difficult by this "labyrinth of untidy emotions".

Death On The Champs Elysees
TX : 25th August 1968
Director : Anthea Browne-Wilkinson
Script : By Francis Didelot. Dramatised by Derek Ingrey

Cast : Peter Elliott (Monsieur Jean), Frederick Jaeger (Mischa Kuprin), Jenny Till (Marie Kuprin), Harold Goodwin (Victor), George Layton (Mervans), Kenneth Farrington (Luniot), Jan Butlin (Flo), Ralph Nossek (Severini), Martin King (Varlait), Elizabeth Shepherd (Jennifer Davis), George A Cooper (Ugo Ahrenfeldt), Peter Swanwick (Judge Austrebert), Sarah Brackett (Valerie Dupont) and Barry Linehan (Gall).

Synopsis :
This week: Derek Godfrey as Francis Didelot's Commissaire Bignon investigates the case of Death On The Champs Elysees. No hotel likes to feel it is the scene of a crime. To a hotel of the irreproachable respectability of the Henri IV in Paris, the effect of such an event on the management is catastrophic. Their wealthy and distinguished guests cannot be disturbed by the vulgar clamour of police investigation. Surely the business man found dead in his hotel room must have died accidentally. Commissaire Bignon thinks otherwise. Undoubtedly this is murder and he intends to pursue his investigations no matter how inconvenient his pressure and his questions may be. And his questions reveal many strange facts about the guests at this luxurious hotel.

The Murders In The Rue Morgue
TX : 1st September 1968
Director : James Cellan Jones
Script : By Edgar Allan Poe. Dramatised by James MacTaggart

Cast : Charles Kay (Edgar Allan Poe), Christopher Benjamin (Rodier), Marguerite Young (Madame L'Espanaye), Philip Anthony (Belair), Jimmy Gardner (Muset), Walter Horsbrugh (Duval), John Devaut (Bird), Kevork Malikyan (Garcio), Guido Adorni (Montani), Dennis Edwards (Dumas), James Hall (The Clerk), Ray Callaghan (Lebon), Geoffrey Rose (Prefect), Beatrice Greeke (Madame Douterc), Charles Kinross (The Gendarme) and Anthony Langdon (The Sailor).

Synopsis :
This week: Edward Woodward as Edgar Allan Poe's Auguste Dupin investigates the case of The Murders In The Rue Morgue. Night is the time for terror, that walks the streets and invades the most closely guarded privacy. Who could have penetrated into the locked and shuttered house in Rue Morgue? What superhuman agency could have committed such atrocities on the innocent, elderly victims? And will the terror walk again - will the house be repeated? Dupin and his friend Poe test their theories of deductive reasoning and discover the reality behind the seemingly impossible events. Paris in 1841 provides the setting for this, the last in the series of Detective, and the first detective story ever written.

Prisoner's Plea
TX : 7th September 1969
Director : Jonathan Alwyn
Script : By Hilary Waugh. Dramatised by William Emms

Publicity : Watch With Mother - with tough, rugged "Detective" Lee Montague. Anne Chisholm talks to him about his versatility: Although a high professional and very successful actor, Lee Montague does not come on like a big star. He is a small, square man with dark, faintly oriental features that can suddenly turn sinister; but he has a happy smile and a quiet, unflamboyant manner. He smokes a pipe and drinks Campari. You wouldn't pick him out in a crowd. On Sunday this week he is the guest star in the first of the new Detective series, playing Fellows, the American police chief. He played the same man in last year's series, but he denies making a special line of this or any other detective. If his face is not instantly familiar despite the amount of television work he has done, it is because he has always taken the greatest care not to get typecast. In 1960 (the year he was named Television Actor Of The Year) he played a tough Liverpool cop in a television play by Colin Morris called Who, Me? that set off, he explains without boastfulness, the new realistic way of looking at the police and their work. After the success of Who, Me? he was swamped with offers of detective parts and police serials, which he refused. Anyway, he reckons he has played more robbers, over the years, than cops. "I've been a criminal in most parts of the world," he says cheerfully. "But I've got a lot of sympathy for policemen". When asked how he got into acting he answers, smiling. "I couldn't do anything else".

He was born in the East End of London into a nice Jewish family with no acting traditions: "I come from a long line of tailors". During the opening performance of King Lear, in which he had his first big part as Edmund, a commanding upper-class female voice from the audience told him "Speak up, we can't hear you!". He has spoken up ever since. He spent a year at Stratford, and in 1957 appeared in the memorable Peter Hall-Olivier production of Titus Andronicus. He played Demetrius who was baked in a pie and eaten. Although he has concentrated on television in the past few years, he has also done big stage and film parts. He finds the theatre definitely more demanding than films or television. "In the theatre you have to work harder to show what you're thinking. The camera does so much for you that it's sometimes enough just to think". He is above all a versatile actor. He moves easily between British and American parts. "The American accent is one I feel fairly at home in. I find it easier than a Cockney accent, of example". He is currently working on a comedy in which he plays a Prime Minister who takes on the mentality of a seven-year-old, and this autumn is due to make a film in Yugoslavia about the last years of Napoleon. He also specialises in voices for children's television, notably as all the characters in the Watch With Mother stories about Joe, the transport caff kid. He lives in Hampstead; his wife, Ruth Goring, is a successful actress. They have two children, nine and seven. The greatest thing success has brought him? "A season ticket to Arsenal". His agent tries not to fix anything for him when Arsenal is playing at home. (Radio Times, September 3, 1969 - Article by Anne Chisholm).

Cast : Patrick Westwood (McCarthy), Philip Madoc (Jackson), Warren Stanhope (Mills), Patricia English (Mrs Baxter), Joe Melia (Jones), Maurice Kaufman (Walker), Valerie St John (The Girl), Alan Tilvern (Spencer), Barry Keegan (Acton), George Margo (Wiggin) and Iain Smith (Dick Spencer).

Synopsis :
This week: Lee Montague as Hilary Waugh's Police Chief Fellows investigates the Prisoner's Plea. The date for Ernest Jackson's execution has been set. In seventeen days he will go to the chair for the murder of his wife - brutally killed three years earlier. In despair he appeals to Police Chief Fellows; the evidence which led to his conviction is purely circumstantial; no motive has been proved. Disturbed at the possibility of a miscarriage of justice, Fellows spends his vacation pursuing the now cold trail. Was some vital clue overlooked? Did some other person have a motive for the killing? The days pass, and gradually Fellows begins to uncover the truth.

Notes : This season was originally transmitted 7:25pm to 8:15pm on BBC 1.

The Singing Sands
TX : 14th September 1969
Director : Moira Armstrong
Script : By Josephine Tey. Dramatised by James MacTaggart

Cast : Joseph Greig ("Old Yoghurt"), Gordon Jackson (Tommy Rankin), Phyllida Law (Laura Rankin), David Gallacher (Pat Rankin), Phil McCall (Wee Archie), Christina Gray (Queenie), Windsor Davies (Detective Sergeant Williams), Gerard Slevin (Mr Todd), Stuart Cooper (Tad Cullen), Kevin Stoney (Heron Lloyd), Tony Wall (Detective Constable Cartwright) and Norman Tyrrell (Detective Superintendent Brynd).

Synopsis :
This week: John Carson as Alan Grant investigates the case of The Singing Sands. The night train to Scotland roars on it way bearing two passengers whose destinies, unknown to them, are to become deeply involved.

The Public School Murder
TX : 21st September 1969
Director : Jonathan Alwyn
Script : By R C Woodthorpe. Dramatised by Roy Clarke

Cast : Hugh Morton (Thorold), John Nettleton (Smith), Terence Alexander (Stephenson), Basil Moss (Grange), Michael Ridgway (Hambledon), Ray Smith (Borden), Anthony Dawes (Starky), Kim Fortune (Coleman), Brian Spink (Spencer), Henry McGee (Ward), Robert Urquhart (McIllwraith), Arthur Hewlett (Padre), Beryl Baxter (Mrs Stephenson), Patricia Shakesby (Mrs Grange), Gillian Raine (Mrs McIllwraith), John Gugolka (The Boy), Ian Ramsey (Ginger) and Tim Hardy (Balbo).

Synopsis :
Cyril Luckham as R C Woodthorpe's Sir Luke Frinsby investigates The Public School Murder. The murder of the headmaster of a famous public school causes a great scandal; Sir Luke Frinsby, a Governor, and Mr Smith, the Senior History Master, succeed in solving the crime when the police have failed.

Put Out The Light
TX : 29th September 1969
Director : Ben Rea
Script : By Ethel Lina White. Dramatised by John Gould

Cast : Rachel Kempson (Anthea Vine), Michael Jayston (Francis Ford), Kenneth Fortescue (Charles Ford), Pauline Munro (Iris Pomeroy), Colin Jeavons (Doctor Glyn Lawrence), Angela Douglas (Sally Morgan), Angela Baddeley (Miss Pye), Hilda Fenemore (Mrs Law), Edward Jewesbury (Mr Waters) and Robin Wentworth (Superintendent Pye).

Synopsis :
This week: Angela Baddeley as Miss Pye investigates the case of Put Out The Light. Jamaica Court is the home of Anthea Vine, rich, autocratic and powerful. Her tyranny embraces not only her adopted family but also her servants and business rivals. The pleasure she derives from her power is mixed with fears that haunt her day and night. For she is aware that many hate her and many wish her dead. She tries to dismiss these fears as groundless - raised in her imagination by the emotional tensions ever-present in the house. Miss Pye sees the reality of the dangers that surround the victim and tries to warn her of them.

The Tea Leaf
TX : 6th October 1969
Director : Peter Moffatt
Script : By Edgar Jepson and Robert Eustace. Dramatised by Noel Robinson

Cast : Glyn Owen (Hugh Willoughton), Grant Taylor (Arthur Kelstern), Bert Brownbill (Rivers), Hugh Walters (Jarvis), Geoffrey Denton (Mr Price-Jones), Neil Stacy (John Mackenzie), Hugh Cross (Detective Inspector Brackett), Kenneth Scott (Detective Sergeant Paton), David Langton (Peter Hazeldean), Robert James (Greatorex), Keith Campbell (The Judge), Laidlaw Dalling (The Clerk Of The Court), Frank Littlewood (The Usher), John Devaut (Hamley), Jack Niles (The Foreman Of The Jury) and Stephen John (The Policeman).

Synopsis :
Hannah Gordon as Ruth Kelstern investigates the case of The Tea-Leaf. In the steamy heat of a fashionable Turkish baths, emotions can become heightened and lead to a fantastic and mysterious death.

Hunt The Peacock
TX : 13th October 1969
Director : Ben Rea
Script : By H R F Keating. Dramatised by Hugh Leonard

Publicity : Inspector Ghote, C'est Moi - Inspector Ghote (pronounced Goatay) is H R F Keating's doubt-ridden Bombay policeman. "Who's he based on?" asks Rosemary Collins: H R F Keating is a crime writer who has never been particularly fascinated by crime, rather by people and their inevitable problems. This week his novel Inspector Ghote Hunts The Peacock, adapted for television by Hugh Leonard, appears in the Detective series. "I write detective stories because my wife pointed out that I enjoyed reading them most, and the marvelous thing about them is that once you begin publishers want more and more," says Keating. Inspector Ghote (pronounced Goatay) has been the principal character in the last five novels. He is a doubt-ridden Bombay policeman, based, says Keating firmly, on himself. "That always surprises people, but under a rather hard exterior I'm precisely this timorous sort of character". At forty-three, Harry Keating manages to conceal any such tendency. He lives in a large terraced house in West Kensington, is married to actress Sheila Mitchell, and has three sons and one daughter. He is the epitome of a confident, smoothly organised writer, at peace with his neighbours. Or so it would seem. He writes to a strict timetable, 9:30am until 5:50pm. A novel can take about six months of concentrated effort. Ideas, he says, seem often to come in the form of titles. An early detective novel which revolved around a game of croquet was inspired by With Mallet Afterthought, though after writing the book he perhaps wisely did not use it. "I was always tramlined to be a writer," says Keating carefully. "My father was a prep school teacher who had me christened Reymond because he thought it would look exotic on the spine of a book. But somehow I've always been known as Harry". For many years he worked as a sub-editor on the Daily Telegraph, writing novels in his spare time. "I don't do much but read and write," he says, "and stop the house from falling down". His third novel was eventually accepted for publication and has been followed by ten more, all successful. Why the exotic setting of a corrupt Bombay he has never seen? "I'm shy about admitting that I've never been to India because people might think I'm not authentic, but I had a letter recently from an Indian student at Keele asking me to lecture to his university on Indian life; he said one of my characters was just like his uncle. So I must be fairly true to the Indian scene". Keating talks of anxiety and alarm and ambition without a shadow of any of these emotions ruffling his calm. "I hope none of my children become writers. Rather selfish really, but it would be so galling if they were much better than me, wouldn't it?". (Radio Times, October 8, 1969 - Article by Rosemary Collins).

Cast : Alfred Hoffman (The Man In The Plane), Marne Maitland (Vidur Datta), Charles Hodgson (The Official), Avril Elgar (Mrs Datta), Denis Cleary (The Police Sergeant), Brigit Forsyth (Women's Police Constable Mackintosh), Petra Markham (Renee), Sally Geeson (Patsy), Graham Rigby (Morgan), Alysoun Austin (Sandra), Alan Tucker (Johnny Britain), Alan Gerrard (Robin), Brian Grellis (Peter Smith), Paul Thompson and Michael Lewis (The Youths), Christopher Mitchell (Billy Smith), Frank Jarvis (Jack Smith), Robert Pitt (The Police Constable), Geoffrey Palmer (Chief Superintendent Smeed) and Chuck Julian (Freddy).

Synopsis :
Zia Mohyeddin as Inspector Ghote investigates the case of Hunt The Peacock. Inspector Ghote visits London and finds that life in England is not quite as he had imagined it.

Elimination Round
TX : 20th October 1969
Director : Alan Gibson
Script : Ludovic Peters

Cast : Alethea Charlton (Harriet Ward), Howard Lang (Packer), John Harvey (Spencer), Maurice Bush (Clayton), Ian Dewar (Ron), Ania Marson (Pamela Bryce), Donald Gee (George Carling), Stanley Meadows (Detective Superintendent Granger), John Golightly (Detective Sergeant Bryant), Roy Hanlon (Barry Lynch), John Barrard (Clegg) and Leader Hawkins (Keating).

Synopsis :
David Buck as Ian Firth and Meredith Edwards as John Smith investigate the case the case of the Elimination Round. Tragedy strikes down Gordon Ward on the eve of the Wimbledon Men's semi-finals. The police discover a slender clue that points to the guilt of Barry Lynch, a professional tennis promoter. Ian Firth and John Smith, brought in by Lynch to clear his name, feel that there is more behind the murder than seems at first apparent, and try unorthodox methods to bring the true identity of the killer to light.

And So To Murder
TX : 27th October 1969
Director : Douglas Camfield
Script : By Carter Dickson. Dramatised by Paul Wheeler

Publicity : In the summer of 1939 a film company is engaged in making a film about "Spies At Sea:. But their efforts are bedeviled by a mysterious chain of "accidents" which threaten to disrupt the whole project. Is this sabotage? The whole company becomes nervous and on edge. Into this tense atmosphere comes Monica Stanton, a young novelist engaged to work on another film scenario. Suddenly the "accidents" take on a new and more personal character and lives are endangered. The great Sir Henry Merrivale, Head of Security Service, who is investigating the sabotage attempts, turns his attention to the new menace. (Radio Times, October 22, 1969).

Cast : Jean Harvey (Frances Fleur), Sheila Dunn (The Maid), John Bailey (Howard Fisk), George Mikell (Kurt von Gagern), Bernard Spear (Tom Hackett), Suzanne Neve (Monica Stanton), William Russell (Bill Cartwright), Max Bacon (Aaronson), Roger Brierley (Smith), Roger Tonge (The Messenger Boy) and Stephanie Bidmead (Tilly Parsons).

Synopsis :
Martin Wyldeck as Carter Dickson's Sir Henry Merrivale investigates the case of And So To Murder. On the eve of World War Two Sir Henry Merrivale finds himself involved in the world of film makers, investigating a curious case of sabotage.

The Poisoners
TX : 3rd November 1969
Director : Anthea Browne-Wilkinson
Script : By Francis Didelot. Dramatised by Derek Ingrey

Cast : With Felicity Gibson ( Diane Dangeville), Peter Birrel (Lunlot), Peter Copley (Stephen Huitelin), Anne Kristen (Elise), Edward Brayshaw (Aldo de Castelluce), John Stratton (Professor Dangeville), Ralph Michael (Volnay), Stephen Yardley (Mervans), Dennis Redwood (Doctor Sables), Peter Miles (Severini) and Renny Lister (Zamarelle).

Synopsis :
This week: Edward Woodward as Francis Didelot's Commissaire Bignon investigates the case of The Poisoners. Always unable to resist an appeal from a beautiful woman, Bignon becomes intrigued by the curious behaviour of a girl who first runs to him for help and then refuses to tell him anything about her troubles. Ignoring his superior officer's advice to leave the matter alone, he begins to make a few tentative enquiries and suddenly finds himself involved in a highly complex case. He discovers the secrets of the Dangeville family; their tangled emotions and the strange pattern of the life they live behind a façade of aristocratic respectability.

My Guppy's Tale
TX : 10th November 1969
Director : James MacTaggart
Script : By Charles Dickens. Based on Bleak House. Written by Hugh Whitemore

Cast : Bill Fraser (William Guppy), Geoffrey Rose (The Reverend Clarence Purefoy), Charles Adey-Grey (William Knottage), Josie Bradly (Mildred Knottage), Esmond Knight (Ernest Guppy), Geraldine Newman (Beatrice Lidwill), Sheila Burrell (Ethel Guppy), Hamilton Dyce (Samuel Lidwill), Jeremy Wilkin (Albert Guppy), Russell Brown (George Lidwill), Jenny McCracken (Jemima Lidwill), Aubrey Morris (Alfred Knottage) and Michael Craze (Charles Knottage).

Synopsis :
Bill Fraser tells Mr Guppy's Tale derived from Charles Dickens' Bleak House. "A man with an extraordinary story to tell, and a most singular way of telling it," entertains the parish of Bramtpon Cotterell.
ny), Christopher Staines (Nick), Andrew Greenough (Detective Inspector Simms), Mike Sherman (The Cameraman), Cal Jaggers (The Nurse) and Andrew Westfield (Pete).

The Murders In The Rue Morgue.

Considered one of the most imaginative and novel concepts for an anthology series on British Television in the 1960s, Detective was essentially, like its counterpart Comedy Playhouse (and, later, Drama Playhouse), a breeding ground of pilot productions with an eye on potential continuing series.

The Deadly Climate.

Over the course of three series, forty-five plays and five years, the programme would provide audiences with adaptations of a wide variety of detective-fiction, the majority of which had never previously appeared on British Television. Several more high-profile characters from literature appeared in the series, yet Detective also scored highly with audiences and critics alike for its near-hour-length presentation of stories which, as stated by first series producer David Goddard in the Radio Times, concerned themselves with "pure detection. Stories which are really just thrillers are out, and in the ones we are using, irrelevant `colour' material has been cut to a minimum".

The Judas Window.

The first series featured individual introductions by Rupert Davies in his guise as the ever-popular Maigret, though his inclusion in the programme certainly raised the eyebrow of more than one member of the audience, as one literary character introducing another was considered somewhat unusual. As a minor vehicle for BBC Television's darling of the genre, doubtless neither the network nor Davies complained about the association with the programme.

The Moving Toyshop.

The first series of eighteen plays proved particularly popular, owing to the commitment made to genuine translations from novel to screen which remained faithful to the character, tone, atmosphere and pace of the text from which the episodes were drawn. Between March and July 1964, audiences were treated to appearances by detectives ranging from the academic Professor Gervase Fen, the plodding Detective Sergeant Cluff (who, owing to the success of the episode The Drawing, would enjoy a subsequent series under the banner title Cluff), Philip Trent, Nigel Strangeways, Sir Henry Merrivale, Martin Cotterell and Detective Inspector Rason, before Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes swept onto the scene in The Speckled Band under the guise of Douglas Wilmer, with Nigel Stock in support as Doctor Watson. Such was the popularity of their performances that a series followed shortly thereafter.

Trent's Last Case.

Frank Lieberman, Ngaio Marsh's Chief Inspector Alleyn (Geoffrey Keen), Sir John Appleby, Jasper Shrig played by Patrick Troughton, and Eve Gill followed. The adaptation of the tale The Case Of Oscar Brodski in July 1964, featuring a formative version of a forensic pathologist in the guise of Thorndyke (as portrayed by Peter Copley), spawned a series a matter of months later simply entitled Thorndyke.

The eighteenth and final play in the first series was an adaptation of a tale featuring G K Chesterton's Father Brown, and proved a high-calibre conclusion to a nicely diverting series in which one-sixth of the output had secured the commissioning of further serials.

Eminent Doctor Who producer Verity Lambert joined forces with script editor Anthea Browne-Wilkinson in late 1967 to wade their way through over four-hundred detective-fiction titles as they planned the return of the Detective strand in May 1968 for a further seventeen outings. High-calibre as always, this second series would see the re-visitation of several characters previously presented in the original series, whilst also tackling previously untelevised material.

The programme opening with The Deadly Climate, featuring reporter Robert Carmichael pursuing a mystery as opposed to the presentation of a detective (an on-going trend under Lambert, who considered the Detective anthology series to be more about the tale of mystery and suspense - involving the process of detection - as opposed to the presentation of a hybrid `life-and-times-of-a-detective' series).

Lambert's decision to change the focus and direction of the series proved highly-receptive to audiences, who congratulated the production team on their propensity to establish an all-pervading air of suspense and tension which kept them gripped throughout. Yet more accolades would follow under her production expertise, with adaptations featuring the likes of Detective Chief Inspector Dover, Inspector Rason, Inspector Appleby, Reggie Fortune, Nigel Strangeways, Roger Sheringham, Police Chief Fellows, Charles Russell, Jasper Shrig, Mr Montague Cork, Albert Campion, Eve Gill, Detective Chief Inspector Dew, the return of Ngaio Marsh's Alleyn and Commissaire Bignon.

The second series of Detective concluded with the high-profile Edgar Allan Poe story The Murders In The Rue Morgue, an adaptation of the first-ever literary detective jaunt and featuring notable performances from Edward Woodward and Charles Kay. Not only one of Poe's most memorable stories, this edition of the anthology series proved to be one of the most popular over the three seasons.

Reliable BBC hand Jordan Lawrence assumed the production mantle for Detective's third and final season of ten plays in 1969. Police Chief Fellows, Sir Henry Merrivale and Commissaire Bignon were the only literary figures to make a return appearance, matched with premiere turns from Alan Grant, Sir Luke Frisby, Miss Pye, Ruth Kelstern, Inspector Ghote, John Smith and Charles Dicken's Mr Guppy from Bleak House.

The series boasted the scriptwriting talents of the likes of John Hopkins, Gerald Kelsey, Dick Sharples, David Goddard, Anthony Read, Giles Cooper (a notable contributor to the Maigret series), Terence Dudley, Max Marquis, Jan Read, Allan Prior, John Maynard, Pat Dunlop, Clifford Witting, William Emms, James MacTaggart, Roy Clarke, Hugh Leonard, Hugh Whitemore and Derek Ingrey.

Directorial turns from the likes of by Shaun Sutton, Terence Dudley, Michael Hayes, Prudence Fitzgerald, Peter Cregeen, Eric Hills, Gilchrist Calder, Moira Armstrong, David Proudfoot, Tina Wakerell, William Slater, James Cellan Jones, Douglas Camfield, Jonathan Alwyn and Peter Moffatt amongst others.

Undeniably diverting, of a higher calibre than the majority of fare accompanying it at the time, presenting a range of characters rarely covered on British Television, functioning superbly as a means of presenting potential pilot programmes to the nation, and boasting bankable performances from the likes of Richard Wordsworth, Edward Woodward, Patrick Troughton, Lee Montague, Leslie Sands, Glyn Houston, Nigel Stock, Douglas Wilmer, Michael Hordern, Jane Merrow, Glynn Edwards, Bernard Horsfall, Frederick Jaeger, Mervyn Johns, Ian Ogilvy, Denholm Elliott, Zia Mohyeddin and Hannah Gordon, Detective was a remarkably creative venture launched by BBC Television and one which is still considered today to be one of the strongest variations on the anthology theme presented.

The series was globally exported but never commercially released, and owing to BBC Television's junking policy in the 1960s and 1970s, only twenty-four of the forty-five plays were retained in the archives.

Text © Matthew Lee, 2006.

The series was produced by David Goddard (Series 1), Verity Lambert (Series 2) and Jordan Lawrence (Series 3). Script Editors for Series 1 were Max Marquis and John Gould (Parts 1, 2 and 3), Max Marquis (Parts 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 12), John Gould and Anthony Read (Parts 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17 and 18). Script Editor for Series 2 and Series 3 was Anthea Browne-Wilkinson. The signature tune for the series was composed by John Addison.