1 9 6 3 – 1 9 6 8 (UK)
65 x 60 minute episodes
In the melting pot of 1890s London, Sergeant Cork (John Barrie) works for Scotland Yard’s newly formed Criminal Investigation Department, enthusiastically employing the pioneering techniques of the new science of forensics to tackle crimes born of poverty and deprivation, passion, vengeance, and greed.
Ably assisted by youthful detective Bob Marriott (William Gaunt), Cork is astute, years ahead of his time, and knows that even the most convincing evidence can all too often deceive.
Devised by Dixon Of Dock Green creator Ted Willis, this long-running series from ATV was atmospheric, meticulously researched and historically realistic.
The Sherlock Holmes comparison was unavoidable, with the only real difference being that the detection was viewed from a pro-police point of view rather than showing up their inefficiencies.