1 9 6 9 – 1 9 7 1 (UK)
16 x 60 minute episodes
Based on a character created by Edgar Wallace in a series of 1925 short stories of the same name, Hugh Burden played the titular character – A mild-mannered investigator with the Department of Public Prosecutions.
Reeder was a shabbily dressed, bespectacled, diffident civil servant who preferred a cup of tea and a slice of seed cake to a shot of something stronger. He was also a master detective with a razor-sharp brain and an intuitive understanding of the criminal’s devious intellect.
In 1920s London, his talent for cracking even the most impenetrable of crimes was known throughout the underworld, and much valued by his department head, Sir Jason Toovey (Willoughby Goddard).
As he himself put it, he saw evil in everything – much to the misfortune of crooks up and down the country.
Bank heists, jewel thefts, and murder were among the many and varied cases that were passed on to Mr Reeder to solve in his own singular way.
Although set in the 1920s, Reeder’s clothes were an anachronism. He dressed strictly pre-1914, with long side-whiskers, a square bowler and a closely furled umbrella.
Mr J. G. Reeder
Sir Jason Toovey
The Treasure Hunt | The Stealer of Marble | The Green Mamba | Sheer Melodrama | The Strange Case | The Poetical Policeman | The Troupe | The Investors | The Duke | The Man with a Strange Tattoo | The Shadow Man | Death of an Angel | The Willing Victim | The Fatal Engagement | Find the Lady | The Treasure House