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26 Jul 15 18:29
Date Joined: 30 Aug 02
| Topic/replies: 9,623 | Blogger: Velasquez's blog
Woz too young to remember this - kind of mixed it up with Callan...there are loads of episodes on YouTube...Susan Penhaligon, Lesley Anne Down, David Suchet, Vivien Heilbron, Brian Blessed and loads of well known faces. Watched 8 episodes so far, all excellent.

Gin n tonic is 19p...private detective works for £7.50 per day...and you need to carry loads of 5p pieces to make phone calls...£300 is a MASSIVE bribe...anybody remember this series? Peak viewing from 9-10pm it was, for nine or ten years...
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Pause Switch to Standard View PUBLIC EYE - ALFRED BURKE.
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Report Velasquez July 26, 2015 7:31 PM BST
In one episode, Red Galleon, 1/2 Fav. is doped...Shocked
Report The Leopard July 26, 2015 7:37 PM BST
Must have been ITV.....our TV was usually on BBC
Report Velasquez July 26, 2015 7:44 PM BST
Yes, Thames TV - Euston films (Minder and Sweeney) wanted to chuck more money at Public Eye in 1975, but Alfred Burke didn't want to continue.

Does this sound familiar? "Just one more thing..." Frank Marker says, and he wears a shabby raincoat - I was wondering if it pre-dates Columbo...
Report Pounf July 26, 2015 8:04 PM BST
I recall a mug with "Frank" on for some reason
Report Velasquez July 26, 2015 8:15 PM BST

That's right, - the "F" wears off and the mug says "rank", ounf...Shocked

Marker usually drinks his tea with a ginger snap or, if he's in work, a nice bit o'shortbread, a luxury item in 1973. Nell Holdsworth, the lovely antique dealer with the "agreeable disposition" usually visits Marker for tea and a chat.
Report Velasquez July 26, 2015 8:20 PM BST
Kenny Mann would surely like the episode, "Mrs. Podmore's Cat" in which Frank Marker the ENQUIRY AGENT, is paid to take care of a pure black house-cat for a week while Mrs. Podmore visits a health farm.
Report dunlaying July 26, 2015 11:30 PM BST
I used to watch television and Public Eye was a favourite of mine. A superb show and the music was great .
Report dunlaying July 26, 2015 11:35 PM BST
Velasquez, both go back to the detective in Les Diaboliques - Henri George Clouzot.
Report Velasquez July 27, 2015 4:44 PM BST
Ta, Dunlaying - I've got that but have never watched it...yes, the theme music is great...arranged by "Uncle Bob Sharples" from Opportunity Knocks...he used a pseudonym.

Watched another one last night...The Bankrupt...posh con-man (in court) names a horse he backed - stuck £1000 on it - Marker does some research and finds out the horse opened at 20/1 but didn't move much in the betting...£1000 would have done some damage at a minor track in 1970...hence, porkies being told...Plain
Report terry mccann July 27, 2015 8:40 PM BST
was it the one with the lightbulb at the start? or was that callan?
Report Ramruma July 27, 2015 9:22 PM BST
Callan had a lightbulb.
Report TheBaron July 28, 2015 6:05 PM BST
My parents loved Public Eye. Just watched an episode really interesting to see how tv drama has changed. 

Another favourite was Budgie with Adam Faith and Ian Cuthbertson as Charlie Endell.
Report alun2005 July 28, 2015 6:34 PM BST
'Budgie' was indeed superb.
Report terry mccann July 28, 2015 6:38 PM BST
ah thanks ramruma,all 3 named above were superb
Report Velasquez July 29, 2015 8:04 PM BST
Saw a few Charlie Endell episodes recently, in the spin-off STV series, but it wasn't as good as Budgie.
Report ebulGery July 29, 2015 8:43 PM BST
I loved Public Eye

Thanks for that memory Velasquez

I hope it gets reshown some time
Report ebulGery July 29, 2015 8:44 PM BST
The same with Callan
Report ebulGery July 29, 2015 8:45 PM BST
You were deprived as a child LeopardSad
Report alun2005 October 11, 2018 8:56 PM BST
Being repeated from start this week on Talking Pictures Channel. Have recorded first few episodes to give it the once over. A bit before my time.
Report ribero1 October 11, 2018 10:50 PM BST
Yes,just watched the first 2,good actor Alfred Burke,it was my Dad's fav programme.
Report UBLE/REGY October 11, 2018 11:46 PM BST
Great program
Report Facts October 13, 2018 9:32 AM BST
Public Eye

Classic drama series

Good to see mainstream TV is airing good series lately


Killing Eve
The Cry
Report dunlaying October 13, 2018 9:32 AM BST
The box set A Box Named Frank is only 28 quid from Amazon .
It contains 46 episodes .
Other great shows going for a song include ;
Edge Of Darkness
Undermined,  1965
The Singing Detective , Michael Gambon
The Hanged Man , Colin Blakely
Report hologon October 13, 2018 4:31 PM BST
Missed the first few episodes  is there a way to catch up ?
Report alun2005 October 13, 2018 4:47 PM BST
At the moment they seem to be showing from Series 3 (?) onwards, and not the very beginning.
Report alun2005 October 19, 2018 4:48 PM BST
Enjoying this series which was completely new to me.

Jim Bergerac's screen ex-wife turned up yesterday evening in a mini dress which even by 60s standards barely covered her pert derriere.
Report themightymac October 19, 2018 7:30 PM BST
The best episodes are still to come Alun. The colour ones when Marker moves to Windsor and sets up his own agency.
Report Dr Crippen October 19, 2018 7:43 PM BST
I thought that was set in Birmingham.

There you go, white flight again.
Report themightymac October 19, 2018 7:44 PM BST
If my memory is correct, he left Brighton to Birmingham and on finally to Windsor.
Report Dr Crippen October 19, 2018 7:47 PM BST
Died aged 93.
Report Dr Crippen October 19, 2018 7:49 PM BST
Okay themightynac.
Report themightymac October 19, 2018 7:51 PM BST
No problem Dr C.
Report alun2005 October 20, 2018 8:31 PM BST
I’ve watched around 10 of these ‘PUBLIC EYE’ episodes now, dating from the mid to late 60s.

Who would have thought there was a time when British TV dramas concentrated on script, plot, characterisation, dialogue and performance?

None of the episodes to date have involved :

(a) A completely contrived storyline set up purely to persuade the viewer that ‘white people are generally intolerant backward racists’

(b) A storyline into which ethnic minority characters have been parachuted just for the sake of being ‘inclusive’

(c) A storyline where those pesky white people are once again discriminating against people who follow Peaceful Religions.

(d) The worship of “Trans” characters.

Perhaps the individuals who green-light TV dramas in 2018 and beyond might do well to learn from dramas such as ‘Public Eye’.
Report kenny mann October 20, 2018 10:06 PM BST
Excellent advice, alun.

26 Jul 15 20:20
Joined: 30 Aug 02
| Topic/replies: 9,623 | Blogger: Velasquez's blog
Kenny Mann would surely like the episode, "Mrs. Podmore's Cat" in which Frank Marker the ENQUIRY AGENT, is paid to take care of a pure black house-cat for a week while Mrs. Podmore visits a health farm.

Thank you Vel'. I'll look out for that one. As mentioned these are being repeated on Talking Pictures at the moment. The current series is from 1969, and the colour is of a crystal clear quality almost.
Hard to realise when watching, that a fresh faced 35 year old will be 84 now if still around. Good series.

Next episode, seems to have moved on 2 years.

Mon 22 Oct 18     20:00     Public Eye     1971. Detective & Mystery Drama. Well, There Was This Girl, You See. Stars Susan Brodrick, Alfred Burke & Brenda Cavendish. Things are looking up when Marker is invited to join an enquiry agency.
Report themightymac October 21, 2018 6:56 PM BST
A lot of the early episodes, like Callan, were lost and TP are showing all the surviving episodes. That is why there is a gap Alun. Tape was quite expensive in the 60s and they reused a lot of the tapes, taping over some classic programmes.
Report Ramruma October 24, 2018 12:01 AM BST
Bought the Budgie and Public Eye box sets on the back of this thread.

Budgie -- good though got a bit silly towards the end. Apparently (according to one of the DVD extras) it was originally going to be called Loser. A charming, handsome, petty thief in over his head but too stupid to realise it. Brought back a vague nostalgia for the old Soho: a terrible place, really, with the sordid dirty book shops, rip-off clip joints and half the Met on the payroll.

Public Eye -- might save for Christmas (or November, whichever comes first).
Report themightymac October 26, 2018 12:25 AM BST
Department S has just been released on Blu Ray. A great buy at £16.00p.
Report Dr Crippen October 26, 2018 7:44 PM BST
Find myself watching Public Eye every night now.
Report kenny mann October 26, 2018 9:21 PM BST
1961 the one tonight, going way back.
Report themightymac October 26, 2018 9:27 PM BST
I wonder if they will eventually show Callan.
Report kenny mann October 26, 2018 9:40 PM BST
next couple of days or so.

Oct 18    6:00    Ambush In Leopard Street    1962. Crime Thriller. Stars James Kenney & Bruce Seton. A retired thief forms a gang for one last job, a diamond shipment. With good locations and a British cast it’s an enjoyable British B film.
Sat 27 Oct 18    7:10    The Hi-jackers    1963. Drama. Directed by Jim O’Connolly. Starring Anthony Booth & Jacqueline Ellis. A lorry driver meets Shirley at a cafe and offers her a lift. His truck carrying valuable whiskey is later hijacked.
Sat 27 Oct 18    8:30    Not Wanted On Voyage    1957. Comedy. The rollicking adventures of two stewards aboard a pleasure cruiser. Starring Ronald Shiner and Brian Rix.
Sat 27 Oct 18    10:10    The Strange World Of Planet X    1958. Sci-fi. A British laboratory studying magnetic fields is warned by a cosmic visitor of the dangers in their experiments. Starring Forrest Tucker and Martin Benson.
Sat 27 Oct 18    11:40    Get Cracking    1943. Comedy. Directed by Marcel Varnel. Starring George Formby, Dinah Sheridan & Ronald Shiner. Formby joins the Home Guard and launches his own style of commando raid wallop to steal a machine gun.
Sat 27 Oct 18    13:40    Wanted For Murder    1946. Drama. Directed by Lawrence Huntington Starring Eric Portman, Dulcie Gray, Derek Farr & Roland Culver. The son of a Victorian hangman is driven insane by thoughts of his father’s profession… (Subtitles Available)
Sat 27 Oct 18    15:45    Weekend With Lulu    1961. Comedy. Directed by John Paddy Carstairs. Starring Bob Monkhouse, Leslie Phillips, Alfred Marks & Shirley Eaton. Three friends plan a fun weekend, but they have surprise company tagging along.
Sat 27 Oct 18    17:35    The Detective    1954. Comedy. Directed by Robert Hamer. Starring Alec Guinness, Joan Greenwood, Peter Finch & Cecil Parker. Works of art are being stolen by a master thief who Father Brown must catch!
Sat 27 Oct 18    19:20    Yesterday’s Enemy    1959. War. Director: Val Guest. Stars Stanley Baker, Guy Rolfe, Gordon Jackson & Leo McKern. During the Japanese invasion of Burma, the remnant of a British Army Brigade HQ escapes through the jungle.
Sat 27 Oct 18    21:20    The Sand Pebbles (Part 1)    1966. Adventure. Director Robert Wise. Stars Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough. In 1926, the USS San Pablo patrols the Yangtze River.
Sat 27 Oct 18    23:10    The Sand Pebbles (Part 2)    1966. Adventure. Director Robert Wise. Stars Steve McQueen, Candice Bergen, Richard Attenborough. In 1926, the USS San Pablo patrols the Yangtze River.
Sat 27 Oct 18    0:55    Invasion of the Bee Girls    1973. Sci-Fi Horror. Starring William Smith, Anitra Ford, Victoria Vetri. A cosmic force is turning earth girls into queen bees who ‘love’ their men to death.
Sat 27 Oct 18    1:40    Legend Of The Witches    1969. Docu-drama. Directed by Malcolm Leigh. Originally X-rated, the famous cult film about witches and witchcraft in Britain.
Sat 27 Oct 18    3:05    Mysterious Mr Nicholson    1947. Crime drama. Directed by Oswald Mitchell and starring Anthony Hulme, Lesley Osmond and Frank Hawkins. A solicitors’ clerk is sent to deliver a will and finds the recipient murdered.
Sat 27 Oct 18    4:40    Third Alibi    1961. Drama. Directed by Montgomery Tully. Starring Laurence Payne, Patricia Dainton. A married composer finds that his affair with his wife’s half-sister has resulted in her death.
Sun 28 Oct 18    6:00    Wilf Watters Presents Final Performance    A short documentary based around the closing day of The Regent Cinema, Amersham in 1962
Sun 28 Oct 18    6:15    Dateline Diamonds    1965. Directed By Jeremy Summers. Comedy musical stars The Small Faces, The Chantelles and Kiki Dee. Lester Benson (Kenneth Cope) the manager of top rock band The Small Faces, is hiding a secret. (Subtitles Available)
Sun 28 Oct 18    7:45    Old Mother Riley’s Jungle Treasure    1952. Comedy. A pirates’ ghost-ship takes Old Mother Riley across the world in search of treasure. Starring Arthur Lucan, Kitty McShane and Peter Butterworth.
Sun 28 Oct 18    9:15    The Marked One    1963. Crime. Director: Francis Searle. Stars William Lucas, Zena Walker & Patrick Jordan. Criminals kidnap a man’s daughter in order to obtain forgery plates which they believe to be in his possession
Sun 28 Oct 18    10:30    Liz Fraser’s Life in Film    Liz Fraser Exclusively discusses her life in film.
Sun 28 Oct 18    10:50    Desert Mice    1959. Comedy. Set in WW2, this is the story of an ENSA troupe of entertainers. Starring Sid James, Dora Bryan, Alfred Marks and Liz Fraser. (Subtitles Available)
Sun 28 Oct 18    12:30    Down Among The Z Men    1952. Comedy directed by Maclean Rogers and starring Michael Bentine, Harry Secombe, Spike Milligan and Peter Sellers. Prof. Pureheart loses a secret formula in the grocery shop.
Sun 28 Oct 18    13:55    Fire Over England    1937. Drama. Directed by William K. Howard. Stars Laurence Olivier, Flora Robson & Vivien Leigh. Queen Elizabeth is running this show. The men in her court should be thinking about how to add to the glory of the Elizabethan Age. (Subtitles Available)
Sun 28 Oct 18    15:40    We’ll Meet Again    1943. Musical. Directed by Philip Brandon Stars Vera Lynn, Patricia Roc & Donald Gray. A young dancer trying to make it in London during World War II discovers that people also like her singing voice!
Sun 28 Oct 18    17:20    Cast a Dark Shadow    1955. Thriller. Directed by Lewis Gilbert. Starring Dirk Bogarde, Margaret Lockwood, Kay Walsh & Kathleen Harrison. A clever fortune-hunter with a penchant for murder does in his elderly, rich, wife. (Subtitles Available)
Sun 28 Oct 18    19:00    Paper Tiger    1975. Drama. Directed by Ken Annakin and starring David Niven. An English man is hired as a tutor to the son of a Japanese ambassador. Life changes when the pair are kidnapped for political reasons.
Sun 28 Oct 18    21:00    The Edgar Wallace Mystery Theatre    On The Run. 1963. Directed by Robert Tronson. Stars Emrys Jones, Sarah Lawson, Patrick Barr, Delphi Lawrence & Kevin Stoney. The Governor is puzzled after Stewart makes a break from Prison.
Sun 28 Oct 18    22:10    You Can’t Do Without Love    1944. Comedy. Directed by Walter Forde. Stars Vera Lynn, Donald Stewart, Mary Clare & Frederick Leister. A singer meets the victim of a kidnap plot and is assumed by the gang to be his girlfriend.
Sun 28 Oct 18    23:40    Prime Of Miss Jean Brodie    1969. Drama. Director: Ronald Neame. Stars Maggie Smith, Celia Johnson, Robert Stephens & Gordon Jackson. A teacher wants her pupils to embrace romantic ideals rather than hard facts.
Sun 28 Oct 18    1:55    Beat Girl    1960. Drama. Directed by Edmond T. Gréville and starring Noëlle Adam, Christopher Lee and Oliver Reed. Paul, a divorcee, marries a French lady but his daughter is determined to spoil the relationship.
Sun 28 Oct 18    3:40    Fall of the House of Usher    1950. Horror. A traveller arrives at Usher mansion to visit his friend Roderick (Kaye Tendeter) and discovers that Roderick and his sister (Gwen Watford) have been inflicted with a strange disease.
Sun 28 Oct 18    5:00    Top of the Bill    1971. Lost Documentary feature about the great days of variety with Ben Warriss, Davey Kaye, Sally Barnes, Peter Cavanagh, Ken Goodwin & more.
Report themightymac October 26, 2018 10:04 PM BST
Thanks Kenny!
Report kenny mann October 26, 2018 10:26 PM BST
some lovely young chicks in beat girl, 3rd from bottom, tmm.
Report olddesperado November 14, 2018 9:11 PM GMT
Excellent episode tonight,
Horse and carriage,

Hilarious considering they are not generally comedic.
Report Ramruma November 16, 2018 5:00 PM GMT
Public Eye box set -- after the first 11 DVDs (so midway through 1973) I can report there are some good yarns in there, mixed in with some duff episodes. It is a shame only two episodes survive of the first two series.
Report Dr Crippen November 28, 2018 7:42 PM GMT
Back to the daily grind tonight for Frank after his good hiding.
He's got a mate to work with now.
A partner's the last thing you want in business if you're any good. It seldom works out.
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