1 9 8 3 – 1 9 8 9 (UK)
13 x 60 minute episodes
This highly regarded Thames anthology from the 1980s presented a diverse range of high-quality single dramas that would serve as pilots for possible future series.
Among these screenplays were many notable successes: these included Woodentop, which introduced The Bill’s much-loved characters PC Carver and WPC Ackland; Lytton’s Diary, both created by and starring Peter Bowles; and linked screenplays The Traitor and A Question of Commitment, featuring Alec McCowen in the role of master spycatcher Mr Palfrey (later seen in Mr Palfrey of Westminster).
Ladies in Charge also became a regular series.
Inspector Ghote Moves In starring Alfred Burke and Tony Doyle | Judgement Day starring Carol Royle and Tony Steedman | Secrets starring John Castle and Barbara Kellerman | Woodentop starring Mark Wingett and Gary Olsen | The Traitor starring Alec McCowen and Tim Pigott-Smith | Lytton’s Diary starring Peter Bowles and Frances Tomelty | King & Castle starring Nigel Planer and Derek Martin | Ladies in Charge starring Carol Royle and Julia Hills | Thank You, Miss Jones starring Susie Blake and Patrick Barlow | Making News starring Bill Nighy and Nichola McAuliffe | Snakes and Ladders starring Peter Blake and Bruce Payne | A Question of Commitment starring Clive Wood and Donald Burton | Hunted Down starring Alec McCowen and Stephen Moore