1 9 9 0 (UK)
13 x 50 minute episodes
This ITV drama series revolved around a Brussels-based private detective agency called TECX.
The trio of detectives, or “tecs” (hence the title) – English drifter Chris Tierney (Rob Spendlove), successful Italian wine dealer Fabio Cavalcanti (Urbano Barberini) and East German computer whizz Anna Holz (Ulrike Schwarz) – worked hand in glove with two Brussels-based lawyers – Isabelle Souverain (Stéphane Audran) and Kate Milverton (Jenny Agutter) – operating as Souverain Associates.
The characters were thinly drawn and insubstantial, but the action flipped between Belgium, Holland, France and the UK as the trio tripped through a selection of European cities wearing a selection of designer clothes.
It was big-budget stuff, heavy on stunts and special effects, but viewing figures fell from 7.2 million to 4.7 million in just six weeks.
Part of the problem was seeking to convey a sense of international glamour but setting the series in Belgium. I went there once, but it was closed.