1 9 6 7 – 1 9 6 8 (UK)
13 x 50 minute episodes
12 x 45 minute episodes
This BBC2 action-adventure series (later repeated on BBC1) revolved around the experiences of the Customs and Excise Investigation Branch in their pursuit of smugglers, hijackers, tax frauds, duty evaders and drug traffickers.
Caesar Smith (Ewen Solon) and Ross McInnes (James Grant) were the principal investigators. Stuart Campbell (Callum Mill) and Luke Frazer (Claire Nielson) – the most secretarial secretary on television – were also involved in investigations.
The unexpectedly good thing about The Revenue Men was how exciting such dry subjects as Purchase Tax could be made to seem. Each case – were it taken straight from dusty office files – would be mildly interesting at best, but cleverly dramatised and with the relentless and unforgiving Caesar Smith on the case, the series quietly earned a considerable reputation.
Guest stars included Edward Woodward, Leonard Rossiter, Adrienne Corri, Jack Smethurst, Glyn Owen, Geoffrey Palmer, Patrick Cargill, Victor Maddern, Annette Andre, Tom Conti, Peter Wyngarde, Barbara Shelley, Jack Hedley and Charles Tingwell.