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themightymac
04 Sep 18 02:25
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What is your favourite all time detective series? Americans made some terrific ones.

Kojak my favourite. Cannon my second best.
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Report morpteh mackem September 4, 2018 9:16 AM BST
the sweeney,  guv guv guv.
Report Crisp77 September 4, 2018 10:29 AM BST
Minolta
Report Ramruma September 4, 2018 10:33 AM BST
The Sweeney. It is a shame production values were a bit low by modern standards.

Morse. Beautifully filmed, even if (like most classic detective series) completely unrealistic as to how murders are investigated.

Come to think of it, maybe one of the best features of The Sweeney is the Flying Squad investigated robberies, not murders.
Report lfc1971 September 4, 2018 10:38 AM BST
James Garner the Rockford Files for me , and of course Columbo
Report lfc1971 September 4, 2018 10:40 AM BST
Garner was so laid back he suited the part perfectly . And it could be funny
“ I’m not going in there I might get killed “ : )
Report invicta September 4, 2018 10:43 AM BST
Columbo
DCI Banks
Poirot

apart from columbo didn't go much for the American ones.
Report CLYDEBANK29 September 4, 2018 11:35 AM BST
As a youngster The Professionals. 

As an adult The Cops which starred John Henshaw as PC Roy Bramwell.  It was really about the day to day life of the police rather than about solving crimes.  One of my favourite series ever.

If that doesn't count Helen Mirren in Prime Suspect.  I like period stuff like Poirot or Foyles War too.  Not a fan of the US stuff generally
Report alun2005 September 4, 2018 12:43 PM BST
Police :  The Sweeney, Taggart, Inspector Morse

Private Detectives : Shoestring, 

International TV Detectives :  'Spiral'  (Parisian serious crime squad led by Capt Laure Berthaud), "The Killing" (Danish police team headed by DI Sarah Lund)
Report SlippyBlue September 4, 2018 12:44 PM BST
I'm not a huge fan of detective series but I did watch The Rockford Files and Petrocelli back in the day. Of the British ones the only ones that I watched on a regular basis was Cracker and The Chinese Detective when they was on, the latter was ages ago, late 80's maybe.
Report FOYLESWAR September 4, 2018 12:48 PM BST
george gently .should drop the dodgy accent though !
Report Dr Crippen September 4, 2018 12:56 PM BST
Haven't got a favourite, but the one I find the most tedious is Murder She Wrote.

Actors and actresses should be easy on the eye, or have something about them which makes them stand out from others.

I find the lead in Murder She Wrote, whatever her name, to be absolutely average in every respect.
Report dunlaying September 4, 2018 1:01 PM BST
Frank Marker , Public Eye .
Report lovegod September 4, 2018 3:26 PM BST
Hazell, written or co-written by Terry Venables.
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 3:35 PM BST
Public Eye was a cracker and the early Taggarts
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 3:37 PM BST
Been watching  the Streets Of San Francisco dvds and I must admit thoroughly enjoying them. Big nose was very good in the part and I think it was first break in films/tv for Michael Douglas. Simon and Simon was another good one.
Report brassneck September 4, 2018 3:38 PM BST
Columbo="he knew the murderer ate Cheese"Laugh
Report leazes67 September 4, 2018 3:42 PM BST
Trying to think of the comedy detective series with Robert Powell.Anyone help.
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 3:49 PM BST
Was it The Detectives? also starring Jasper Carrot and George Sewell?
Report leazes67 September 4, 2018 4:36 PM BST
That's the one Mac.
Report Ibrahima Sonko September 4, 2018 4:42 PM BST
I enjoyed The Detectives, it was very funny.
Report lovegod September 4, 2018 4:45 PM BST
Victor starring Ray Winston, maybe not a detective more of a bloke who sorts things out, legally or otherwise.
Report Mick Sturbs September 4, 2018 4:58 PM BST
Don't know if you could call him a detective but i liked "the mentalist" A bit different from the usual stuff and he got the girl in the last episode
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 5:19 PM BST
Hazell mentioned earlier was very good.
Report Knight Commander September 4, 2018 7:24 PM BST
Mike Hammer
Report Capt__F September 4, 2018 8:11 PM BST
Hong kong Phoey
Report tictacman1 September 4, 2018 8:25 PM BST
Chief Ironside.....

Kojack.....Who loves ya, baby?
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 10:24 PM BST
Very good Capt>

Report Capt__F September 4, 2018 10:28 PM BST
faster than human eye
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 10:32 PM BST


Report SlippyBlue September 4, 2018 10:35 PM BST
Anyone remember 'The Travelling Man' Leigh Lawson? That was a good series.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Travelling_Man_(TV_series)
Report akabula September 4, 2018 10:43 PM BST
Kojak was superb and a must watch for me. Only other one I watched regularly had Angie Dickinson in it. Can't remember it's name.
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 11:07 PM BST
Police Woman

aka

Pepper Anderson
Report akabula September 4, 2018 11:13 PM BST
Thanks Mac, was just about to google. She was some looker Love
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 11:14 PM BST
She sure was Grin
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 11:16 PM BST
She was married to Burt Bacharach. Not a lot of people know that Crazy
Report themightymac September 4, 2018 11:18 PM BST
Aka, you are not going to believe this - she is 86 now Shocked
Report akabula September 4, 2018 11:22 PM BST
Tis unbelievable.  Googled Angie Dickinson Now.
Still a looker and belies her age.
Report the bairn September 5, 2018 12:09 AM BST
Columbo no 1, but The Untouchables was superb. cheers.
Report Joel September 5, 2018 1:30 AM BST
Inch High Private Eye was very well done. Inspector Gadget too.
Report trilby22 September 5, 2018 7:59 AM BST
"Book him, Danno.  Murder One."
Report trilby22 September 5, 2018 8:00 AM BST
Street of San Francisco's another fav from the 70's.  Karl Malden & a very young Michael Douglas.

Starsky & Hutch yet another Cool
Report trilby22 September 5, 2018 8:01 AM BST
Bodie & Doyle
Report trilby22 September 5, 2018 8:01 AM BST
Scooby Doo?
Report trilby22 September 5, 2018 8:03 AM BST
"Book 'em, Danno" - sorry!
Report G Hall September 5, 2018 10:28 AM BST
McLeod, McMillan, charlies angels
Report G Hall September 5, 2018 10:29 AM BST
Or was it mcmillan and wife
Report Knight Commander September 5, 2018 1:55 PM BST
Hart to Hart with the delectable Steph Powers Wink
Report dambuster September 5, 2018 5:04 PM BST
Sergeant George Dixon a massive omission imo. Played by Jack Warner, I was told  he broke the law himself a few years later, worked for FIFA and was investigated and sacked for fiddling, same as all fifa officials Sad
Report kenny mann September 5, 2018 10:24 PM BST
The Fugitive with David Jansen in the 60s has never been bettered. Watched by over half the nation.
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 12:33 AM BST
The Fugitive was brilliant and still well worth a watch. David Jansen later had a good detective series which many have forgot. It was called Harry O.
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 12:34 AM BST
Dennis Weaver as McCloud was very good and Cagney & Lacey was ok.
Report nellie1970 September 6, 2018 9:47 AM BST
Vera
Report sofiakenny September 6, 2018 9:48 AM BST
Jack
Report dambuster September 6, 2018 10:13 AM BST
themightymac • September 6, 2018 12:34 AM BST
Dennis Weaver as McCloud was very good and Cagney & Lacey was ok.

Dennis Weaver was a very good actor as well, he was in Steven Speilbergs first ever film. Duel
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 11:35 PM BST
Duel was a classic thriller dambuster. Haven`t seen it for years. Will need to look it out now that you have reminded me of it. Cheers!
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 11:38 PM BST
Going a bit of track here but Dial M For Murder was a brilliant crime thriller. Hitchcock was a master of suspense. Came from Leytonstone, I think.
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 11:39 PM BST
*off
Report akabula September 6, 2018 11:41 PM BST
*off yerself mac.
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 11:43 PM BST
Mannix and Barnaby Jones were another two good ones. Buddy Ebsen (Jed Clampett) was great as BJ. I met him once. He was about 7ft tall and had two beautiful daughters. Nice family they were. He died in 2003 aged 95.
Report themightymac September 6, 2018 11:43 PM BST
Laugh aka
Report akabula September 6, 2018 11:47 PM BST
Grin
Report akabula September 6, 2018 11:49 PM BST
Prime Suspect was a no miss for me.
Report dambuster September 7, 2018 3:33 PM BST
I loved Columbo, quite comical as well.
Report GoOnThen September 8, 2018 9:28 PM BST
Banacek.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves September 8, 2018 10:10 PM BST
If they drive a Ford, you know you've got a proper TV detective. So for me it's a dead heat between Eddie Shoestring



and, of course:

Report lovegod September 9, 2018 11:40 AM BST
Jock Weir and Fancy Smith in Z Cars drove a Ford Zephyr, pwoper detectives!!!
Report dambuster September 9, 2018 5:42 PM BST
Fancy smith was Brian Blessed and Jock Weir was John Inman if i remember rightly
Report moisok September 9, 2018 6:39 PM BST
Vera    - ah  pet

used to love the sweeny  and the films too
Report Steamship September 9, 2018 7:20 PM BST
Let me throw in
Rebus
Waking The Dead
Hill Street Blues
Report Johnny_Mustang September 9, 2018 7:59 PM BST
Serpico.
Report dambuster September 10, 2018 9:36 AM BST
Serpico, great film, Pacino was brilliant.
Report screaming from beneaththewaves September 10, 2018 10:40 AM BST
I think I read that Inman turned down the role for fear of being typecast.
Report themightymac September 11, 2018 9:44 PM BST
Serpico was a brave man and a man of scruples who stood up against the corruption in N.Y. Police Department. Pacino was indeed brilliant in the part.
Report themightymac September 11, 2018 9:46 PM BST
The Saint was very good private detective series.

As was The Baron with Steve Forest playing the antique dealer turned private detective.
Report dambuster September 12, 2018 8:04 AM BST
The Persuaders, if for the theme tune alone
Report Gin September 12, 2018 8:35 AM BST
Andy sipowicz
Lenny Briscoe
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