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Television: Crime Drama

Writers

Sherlock (BBC1, 2010-) Click to show or hide the answer
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Widows (1983), Prime Suspect (1991–2006), Civvies (1992), Mind Games (2001), Trial & Retribution (1997–), The Commander (2003–): writer Click to show or hide the answer
Cracker: creator Click to show or hide the answer

Series

Note: where the name of a series includes the name of a character (usually the detective), it's listed under that character's surname.

ITV, from 2010: based on a series of novels by Peter Robinson, starring Stephen Tompkinson in the title role Click to show or hide the answer
Started as a one–off drama called Woodentop (1983); started as a series 1984, discontinued 2010 Click to show or hide the answer
ITV series starting 2003, starring Caroline Quentin as DCI Janine Lewis, set in Manchester Click to show or hide the answer
Australian series, 1972–3, starring James Laurenson as a mixed race (Aborigine / European) detective (full name Napoleon Bonaparte) Click to show or hide the answer
Better Call Saul (2015–) is a prequel to (crime drama series, 2008–13) Click to show or hide the answer
CBS series, 1996-2001: starred Don Johnson in the title role, as an Inspector with the elite Special Investigations Unit of the San Francisco Police Department Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1967–72: started with a TV play called A Magnum for Schneider. Starred Edward Woodward as a former secret agent Click to show or hide the answer
Spin–off from The Gentle Touch: featured the Covert Activities Thames Section Click to show or hide the answer
CBS series, 2003–(2010), starring Kathryn Morris as Detective Lilly Rush, shown on UK Sky One; features crimes that have remained unsolved for some time Click to show or hide the answer
Title character drove a 1959 Peugeot 403 Convertible; arrested (among many others) Johnny Cash, Billy Connolly, Faye Dunaway, Janet Leigh, Leonard Nimoy, Donald Pleasence, William Shatner, and Dick Van Dyke Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 2003–5 (and later specials): starred Robbie Coltrane as criminal psychologist Eddie 'Fitz' Fitzgerald Click to show or hide the answer
BBC, 1997–: title character, played by Alan Davies, is creative consultant to a stage magician, who also solves seemingly supernatural mysteries through his talent for logical deduction and understanding of illusions Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1960–8: secret agent John Drake, played by Patrick McGoohan, was the title character of Click to show or hide the answer
BBC1, 2011–present: British–French comedy crime drama series, based on the fictional Caribbean island of Saint–Marie, filmed on Guadeloupe; stars Ben Miller, Kris Marshall and Ardal O'Hanlon (in successive series) as British detectives Click to show or hide the answer
BBC 2001–7, starring Martin Shaw in the title role as a high court judge Click to show or hide the answer
US courtroom drama, 1961–5: starred E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father–and–son team of defence lawyers specialising in legally complex and socially sensitive cases (civil rights, mercy killing, etc.) Click to show or hide the answer
"Ladies and gentlemen: the story you are about to hear is true. Only the names have been changed, to protect the innocent." Starred Jack Webb as LA police sergeant Joe Friday Click to show or hide the answer
Former secret agent Robert McCall (played by Edward Woodward) was the eponymous character in Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 2001–: created by Anthony Horowitz; set in Hastings (series 1–6) during and shortly after World War II; stars Michael Kitchen as the eponymous detective Click to show or hide the answer
Central character was Doctor Richard Kimble – a physician who is falsely convicted of his wife's murder, and searches for the real killer, a "one–armed man" Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1980–4: starred Jill Gascoigne as DI Maggie Forbes Click to show or hide the answer
BBC1, from 2007: based on a series of novels by Alan Hunter; the novels are set in Norfolk, but the TV series is based in the North East of England; stars Martin Shaw in the title role Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, from 2014: based on a series of short stories by James Runcie; stars James Norton as Anglican vicar Sidney Chambers, and Robson Green as DI Geordie Keating; set in the eponymous Cambridgeshire village Click to show or hide the answer
Catchphrase "Let's be careful out there" Click to show or hide the answer
Ed Brown, Mark Sanger and Eve Whitfield were assistants to Click to show or hide the answer
Title character was assisted by detectives (Bobby) Crocker, Stavros, Saperstein and Rizzo Click to show or hide the answer
BBC2, 2012–: stars Martin Compston as DS Steve Arnott and Vicky McClure as DC Kate Fleming Click to show or hide the answer
BBC1, 2010–15: starred Idris Elba in the title role, as an obsessive and sometimes violent DCI, working for the Serious Crime Unit – later renamed the Serious and Serial Crime Unit Click to show or hide the answer
Assisted by Sergeant Barbara Havers Click to show or hide the answer
Italian series, first broadcast 1999, based on books by Andrea Camilleri Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1967–8: Richard Bradford plays former CIA agent turned travelling private investigator, 'Mac' McGill (first name never revealed) Click to show or hide the answer
One of the lead characters (Sonny Crockett) had a pet alligator called Elvis Click to show or hide the answer
Central character DI Tom Barnaby, played by John Nettles; successively assisted by (sergeants) Gavin Troy, Dan Scott, Ben Jones Click to show or hide the answer
BBC TV series, 2004–: features the Unsolved Crime and Open Case Squad Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1959–67: starred Raymond Francis as DCS Tom Lockhart of Scotland Yard Click to show or hide the answer
BBC2, 2013–: stars Cillian Murphy as Tommy Shelby, leader of a criminal gang in the years following World War I, and Sam Neill as the detective tasked with suppressing them; set in Birmingham, and inspired by an urban youth gang that was active there in the late 19th century Click to show or hide the answer
BBC1, 1994–7: starred Richard Griffiths as Henry Crabbe, a police inspector who ran a restaurant as a hobby Click to show or hide the answer
Set in Wentworth Detention Centre Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1965–75: starred Alfred Burke as the unglamorous private investigator Frank Marker Click to show or hide the answer
Central character, played by James Garner, lived in a caravan (trailer) and kept his gun (for which he didn't have a permit) in a biscuit tin (cookie jar) Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1987–2000: set in Kings Markham, starred George Baker as Inspector Wexford Click to show or hide the answer
Elementary is the title of the American version of (British series) Click to show or hide the answer
BBC, from 2013: based on the novels by Ann Cleeves; stars Douglas Henshall as DI Jimmy Perez Click to show or hide the answer
BBC, 1979–80: set in Bristol, starred Trevor Eve as the eponymous private detective Click to show or hide the answer
BBC thriller series (from1996), starred Amanda Burton as pathologist Dr. Sam Ryan; Burton replaced 2004 by Emilia Fox as Dr. Nikki Alexander Click to show or hide the answer
BBC detective series, 1991–3, based in Newcastle, title role Jimmy Nail; written by Ian La Frenais and Jimmy Nail Click to show or hide the answer
Set in Denton (a fictional town, not the suburb of Manchester!); title character (played by David Jason) was awarded the George Cross after intervening in a shooting incident; sidekick George Toolan played by John Lyons Click to show or hide the answer
Created by Lynda La Plante, 1997–(2009), starring David Hayman as DCS Mike Walker Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 2015–(2017): stars Nicola Walker as DCI Cassie Stuart, Sanjeev Bhaskar as DI Sunil 'Sunny' Khan, and Peter Egan as Martin Hughes (father of DCI Stuart); Stuart and Khan work together to solve historic disappearances and murders (student Jimmy Sullivan in Series 1, Conservative Party consultant David Walker in Series 2) Click to show or hide the answer
Eye Level: theme to Click to show or hide the answer
Wolf to the Slaughter (1987) was the first mini–series to feature Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 2002–8: based on a series of novels by Val McDermid; stars Robson Green as Dr. Tony Hill Click to show or hide the answer
HTV series, 1993–8: set and filmed in Cornwall, title character (DS Charles W.) played by Jack Shepherd and assisted by (DIs) Doug Kersey and Lucy Lane Click to show or hide the answer
Theme tune adapted by Fritz Spiegl from the traditional folk tune Johnny Todd Click to show or hide the answer

General

Agatha Christie's Poirot Title role (Hercule Poirot) Click to show or hide the answer
Bad GirlsName of the prison Click to show or hide the answer
Banacek Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Banacek's occupation Click to show or hide the answer
Bergerac Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Charlie Hungerford (Bergerac's dodgy father–in–law) Click to show or hide the answer
Set in Click to show or hide the answer
Department that Bergerac worked for Click to show or hide the answer
The Bill Station Click to show or hide the answer
DI, later DCI, played by Christopher Ellison (1984–2000) Click to show or hide the answer
DS, played by Tony Scannell (1984–2000): resigned after punching Inspector Monroe in the face during an argument at the station; notable for his Irish accent (or was it Welsh?) Click to show or hide the answer
Sergeant, played by Eric Richard (1984–2001) Click to show or hide the answer
DC, later DS, played by Mark Wingett (1984–2005) Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Trudie Goodwin (1984–2007) Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Jeff Stewart (1984–2008): the last surviving character from the first episode. After being axed, Stewart slashed his wrists on set in a suicide attempt Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Graham Cole (1987–2009) Click to show or hide the answer
DC, played by Kevin Lloyd (1988–98): Lloyd was sacked after turning up drunk, and died a week later, aged 49, from inhaling his own gastric contents (choking on his vomit) in a detox centre Click to show or hide the answer
Chief Inspector, played by Ben Roberts (1988–2002): killed in a car bomb attack during the riots leading up to the Sun Hill fire Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Andrew Paul (1989–2002) Click to show or hide the answer
DCI, later Supt., played by Simon Rouse (1989–2010): notable for his Bradford accent Click to show or hide the answer
Inspector, played by Colin Tarrant (1990–2002): died in the Sun Hill fire Click to show or hide the answer
Sergeant, played by Tony O'Callaghan (1991–2003): shot dead by his daughter's boyfriend, to claim insurance money to fund her drug habit Click to show or hide the answer
DS, played by Billy Murray (1995–2004): went on the run after murdering DS John Boulton Click to show or hide the answer
DC, played by Chris Simmons (2000–10) Click to show or hide the answer
Played psychotic PC Gabriel Kent (2003–5) Click to show or hide the answer
Breaking Bad Filmed and set in Click to show or hide the answer
Walter White Click to show or hide the answer
Walter White's alias Click to show or hide the answer
First name of Walter White's wife (played by Anna Gunn) Click to show or hide the answer
Walt's former student, and right–hand man, played by Aaron Paul Click to show or hide the answer
Cagney & Lacey Christine Cagney Click to show or hide the answer
Mary Beth Lacey Click to show or hide the answer
Played Cagney in the first 6 episodes Click to show or hide the answer
Played Cagney in the original TV movie Click to show or hide the answer
Campion (BBC, 1989–90) Title role (created by Margery Allingham, originally as a parody of Dorothy L. Sayers's Lord Peter Wimsey) Click to show or hide the answer
Callan Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Callan's unlovely petty criminal "snout", played by Russell Hunter Click to show or hide the answer
Callan's boss Click to show or hide the answer
Cannon Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Cannon's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Colonel March of Scotland Yard (ITV, 1956–7) Title role Click to show or hide the answer
ColumboTitle role Click to show or hide the answer
CrackerSet in Click to show or hide the answer
Crown CourtSet in Click to show or hide the answer
Dalziel & Pascoe Supt. Andy Dalziel Click to show or hide the answer
DI Peter Pascoe Click to show or hide the answer
Danger Man Title character Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
Dixon of Dock Green George Dixon Click to show or hide the answer
Dixon's son–in–law (played by Peter Byrne) Click to show or hide the answer
EndeavourTitle role (the future Inspector Morse) Click to show or hide the answer
Hamish Macbeth Set in Click to show or hide the answer
Filmed in (picturesque Scottish seaside village) Click to show or hide the answer
Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Hart to Hart Jonathan Hart, millionaire Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Jennifer Hart Click to show or hide the answer
Their dog Click to show or hide the answer
Name of the butler / chauffeur Click to show or hide the answer
Hawaii Five–O Significance of the Five–O Click to show or hide the answer
Steve McGarrett was played by Click to show or hide the answer
Hazell Writers: Gordon Williams and Click to show or hide the answer
Hazell was played by Click to show or hide the answer
Heartbeat Set in (fictional village) Click to show or hide the answer
Filmed in (North Yorkshire village) Click to show or hide the answer
Nick Berry's character Click to show or hide the answer
Claud Greengrass Click to show or hide the answer
Inspector George Gently (BBC1, from 2007) Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Inspector Morse Morse drives a Click to show or hide the answer
Morse's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Sergeant Lewis Click to show or hide the answer
Lewis's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Theme and incidental music composed by Click to show or hide the answer
Inspector Wexford Title role Click to show or hide the answer
IronsideTitle role: played in a wheelchair by Click to show or hide the answer
Jonathan CreekTitle role Click to show or hide the answer
His collaborator (1997–2000), Maddy Magellan Click to show or hide the answer
His collaborator from 2001 – Carla Borrego Click to show or hide the answer
Juliet Bravo Set in (fictional Lancashire town) Click to show or hide the answer
Central character (series 1–3) Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
Inspector Jean Darblay (Longton's replacement in series 4–6) Click to show or hide the answer
The Killing Detective Inspector played by Sofie Grabol Click to show or hide the answer
Setting (European city) Click to show or hide the answer
Kojak Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Kojak's first name Click to show or hide the answer
Kojak's trusted partner – played by Kevin Dobson Click to show or hide the answer
Detective played by Savalas's brother George Click to show or hide the answer
LA LawBritish actress, won a Golden Globe in 1992 for her role as the bisexual lawyer C. J. Lamb Click to show or hide the answer
LewisLewis's intellectual sidekick (played by Lawrence Fox) Click to show or hide the answer
McMillan and Wife Stuart McMillan Click to show or hide the answer
His wife, Sally Click to show or hide the answer
Maigret Played by BBC, 1960–3 Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 1992–3 Click to show or hide the answer
ITV, 2016– Click to show or hide the answer
Perry Mason Perry Mason's secretary Click to show or hide the answer
His principal antagonist Click to show or hide the answer
Miami Vice James 'Sonny' Crockett Click to show or hide the answer
Ricardo 'Rico' Tubbs Click to show or hide the answer
Crockett's pet alligator Click to show or hide the answer
Appeared as a sleazy con artist in Phil the Shill (season 2 episode 11) Click to show or hide the answer
Midsomer Murders Chief Inspector Tom Barnaby Click to show or hide the answer
Moonlighting Bruce Willis's co–star Click to show or hide the answer
Name of the detective agency they worked for Click to show or hide the answer
Murder, She Wrote Central character Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
Setting (small coastal town in Maine) Click to show or hide the answer
NCIS'CIS' stands for Criminal Investigative Service; 'N' stands for Click to show or hide the answer
New Tricks DCS Sandra Pullman Click to show or hide the answer
Jack Halford Click to show or hide the answer
Gerry Standing Click to show or hide the answer
Brian Lane Click to show or hide the answer
The three principal male characters are named after a stand at the ground of (football club supported by one of the original writers) Click to show or hide the answer
Police Woman Police woman's name Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
Prime Suspect Central character Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
The Professionals Bodie Click to show or hide the answer
Doyle Click to show or hide the answer
Their boss Click to show or hide the answer
Cowley played by Click to show or hide the answer
QuincyTitle role Click to show or hide the answer
Remington Steele Title role Click to show or hide the answer
The Return of Sherlock Holmes Sherlock Holmes Click to show or hide the answer
The Rockford Files Jim Rockford Click to show or hide the answer
Rocky (his father) Click to show or hide the answer
Jim's customary charge Click to show or hide the answer
Sherlock (BBC1, 2010–) Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Watson Click to show or hide the answer
Mrs. Hudson Click to show or hide the answer
Mycroft Holmes, Sherlock's older brother (co–creator of the series) Click to show or hide the answer
Shoestring (BBC1, 1979–80) Eddie Shoestring Click to show or hide the answer
Set in (English city) Click to show or hide the answer
Radio station that the title character worked for Click to show or hide the answer
Softly, Softly (BBC1, 1966–9) Set in (fictional English region – in reality, based on Bristol) Click to show or hide the answer
DS played by Norman Bowler Click to show or hide the answer
Word added to the title for the follow–up series, following the BBC's change to colour – based in the fictional south–east town of Thamesford Click to show or hide the answer
The Sopranos (HBO, 1999–2007) Principally set in (US state) Click to show or hide the answer
Central character, Tony Soprano: played by Click to show or hide the answer
Tony's wife – played by Edie Falco Click to show or hide the answer
Tony's volatile, narcissistic and impulsive protégé – played by Michael Imperioli; referred to by Tony as his nephew, but in fact a cousin of Tony's wife Carmela, and distantly related to Tony himself Click to show or hide the answer
Name by which Tony's 'surrogate father', Corrado Soprano, played by Dominic Chianese, is known to all characters Click to show or hide the answer
Starsky & Hutch Set in (real–life US city) Click to show or hide the answer
Starsky Click to show or hide the answer
Hutch Click to show or hide the answer
Their jive–talking informant, played by Antonio Fargas Click to show or hide the answer
Hutch's full name Click to show or hide the answer
Starsky's first name Click to show or hide the answer
(Starsky's) car – nicknamed "the striped tomato" Click to show or hide the answer
The Streets of San Francisco Veteran cop Lt. Mike Stone Click to show or hide the answer
Steve Keller, his college–educated assistant Click to show or hide the answer
The Sweeney John Thaw's character Click to show or hide the answer
Dennis Waterman's character Click to show or hide the answer
Regan's boss, played by Norman Dagley Click to show or hide the answer
Taggart Set in Click to show or hide the answer
Title role (1983–94) Click to show or hide the answer
Central character after McManus's death in 1994 (killed off 2002) Click to show or hide the answer
Played by Click to show or hide the answer
Jardine's replacement, played by Alex Norton Click to show or hide the answer
The Untouchables Eliot Ness Click to show or hide the answer
Van der Valk Title role Click to show or hide the answer
Set in Click to show or hide the answer
Wanted: Dead or Alive (CBS, 1958–61) Starred as Confederate civil war veteran and bounty hunter Josh Randall Click to show or hide the answer
The Wire (HBO, 2002–8) Set and filmed in (US city) Click to show or hide the answer
Z–Cars (BBC, 1962–78) DCI Charlie Barlow Click to show or hide the answer
DS John Watt Click to show or hide the answer
Sgt. Bert Lynch Click to show or hide the answer
Station sergeant played by Robert Keegan Click to show or hide the answer
PC 'Fancy' Smith Click to show or hide the answer
PC David Graham Click to show or hide the answer
PC played by Joseph Brady Click to show or hide the answer
PC played by Jeremy Kemp Click to show or hide the answer
Set in (fictional town) Click to show or hide the answer
Newtown was said to be based on Click to show or hide the answer
Spin–offs featuring Johns as Barlow Click to show or hide the answer
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