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    Roddy the rat has been replaced by Martha the mouse!
    I noticed that straight away ... maybe rats are seen as too scary ??


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    Ahhhh Glynis Barber as Makepeace was gorgeous !!




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    Dempsey and Makepeace was really quite good. Dempsey irritated me for some reason I can't quite put my finger on, but who would want to look at him when Glynis Barber was on-screen?

    Department S I really liked and is one of my favourite of the ITC series. Very unusual plots, a cracking titles sequence and a black guy as boss, which at the time was practically unheard of.

    Desert Crusader I can just about remember--I'm not holding my breath for it to be repeated by the BBC.

    Dick Turpin was shown at teatime on Saturdays. I used to sleep at my gran's house on saturdays and Dick Turpin was usually the first programme that would be on after I arrived.

    Dixon of Dock Green I only remember from the late 60s onwards. In itself it wasn't bad, but shows like The Sweeney and Jack Warner's advancing age really made it creak.

    I get a bit confused with all the different 'Doctor' series, although I would always watch them when they were on TV. My clearest memories are from when Robin Nedwell was the main character. Barry Evans I remember more from Mind your Language.

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    I think I remember something titled Doctor At Sea. It seemed like there was one series with the same main character but a slightly altered title, based on some books if I remember correctly. I always remembered the theme music whatever it was called.

    I'm sort of immersed in old Z Cars shows, the first year or so with Bert Lynch, 'Fancy' Smith (Brian Blessed) and the Scots Rugby bloke, Webb? Lynch and Rugby bloke were in it later on even after Softly Softly had broken off from it. I have the set of 1971-72 episodes too. 'Zed' was a quality show, seemed to get some directors like Paddy Russell and Derek Martinus who had also done Doctor Who, maybe that's why? If Douglas Camfield did one I haven't seen that one. I'd watch anything he worked on.

    I also like the original professionals with Gordon Jackson (hope I haven't mentioned that before), and wondering if there is anything I might dig up from the '60s-'70s along the lines of either show I would like? The Sweeney with John Thaw? Never seen the old original but heard about it. And maybe Van Der Valk? Is that the one shot in Holland?

    I do like The Strange Report and The Omega Factor well enough, but not enough to spend what they would want for Department S. Maybe if I find a second-hander on cheap though...
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    Yes, those ITC shows are not cheap on DVD now. Van Der Valk was indeed set in Holland with Barry Foster as the title character.

    Other ITC shows to check out....Man in a Suitcase, The Baron, The Champions, Randall & Hopkirk (Deceased), The Persuaders.

    I remember seeing Edward and Mrs Simpson, and Edward VII at the time. There was also Upstairs, Downstairs and The Duchess of Duke Street.

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    I also like the original professionals with Gordon Jackson (hope I haven't mentioned that before), and wondering if there is anything I might dig up from the '60s-'70s along the lines of either show I would like? The Sweeney with John Thaw? Never seen the old original but heard about it. And maybe Van Der Valk? Is that the one shot in Holland?
    The Sweeney is absolutely terrific, one of the greatest UK police dramas ever. I would very highly recommend it.

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    I'll see if I can get to see some of the earliest Van Der Valk and The Sweeney. I have The Champions, it's a bit like Sapphire And Steel in some ways. My BF wants to see the old Randall And Hopkirk so maybe I can get him that for a pressie (got him the complete Prisoner one birthday). I should also look at The Protectors someday an Anderson fan, the one most people overlook that he produced, I've read good things about it for the kind of thing it was even if there were problems with Robert Vaughn.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beccabear67 View Post
    I'll see if I can get to see some of the earliest Van Der Valk and The Sweeney. I have The Champions, it's a bit like Sapphire And Steel in some ways. My BF wants to see the old Randall And Hopkirk so maybe I can get him that for a pressie (got him the complete Prisoner one birthday). I should also look at The Protectors someday an Anderson fan, the one most people overlook that he produced, I've read good things about it for the kind of thing it was even if there were problems with Robert Vaughn.

    The original Randall & Hopkirk from 1969 is far better than the Reeves/Mortimer effort imo. If you like the other ITC shows I think you will also like R & D.

    I remember watching The Protectors when it was first broadcast. It was a good series and was a 25 minute show so it had a fast pace but didn't have the time to develop plots like the 50 minute shows could.

    A few more 60s/70s show you might like:

    UFO and Space: 1999 were both live action Gerry Anderson sci-fi series with top-notch SFX.

    Callan was a very gritty espionage drama and certainly one of the best ever produced here. Very dour and depicted a world where no-one could be trusted.

    Adam Adamant Lives! A BBC series from the swinging mid 60s with Gerald Harper as an Edwardian adventurer frozen for 60 years and emerging into permissive 60s London to continue fighting crime, picking up a proto hippy girl as a side-kick. Great fun in black & white.

    Special Branch was a series from the late 60s to around 1974. The first couple of series were very serious dramas and featured Derren Nesbitt tackling various threats to national security. Later series were in colour and George Sewell replaced Nesbitt, with the plotting becoming slicker and with more action.

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