Home Television Drama Thorndyke


1 9 6 4 (UK)
6 x 50 minute episodes

Debuting at 9:35 pm on BBC1 on 3 October 1964, Thorndyke was based on the stories of Richard Austin from the early 1900s and evolved from a single play in the earlier Detective anthology series.

Peter Copley starred as Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke, an amateur detective, investigating cases in a very Holmesian scientific style, making use of the most up-to-date techniques such as fingerprinting.

The Doctor was a sophisticated middle-aged bachelor. His assistant was his medical friend Dr Jervis (Paul Williamson) and his shrewd manservant was Polton (Patrick Newell).

Dr John Evelyn Thorndyke
Peter Copley
Doctor Jervis
Paul Williamson
Patrick Newell
Superintendent Morton
Glyn Owen


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