I did say I would blog about this didn't I! Ah well, this is what comes of making promises during a flight of fancy.
One of the things I like about detective shows on TV is the fact that you are, in a sense, presented with a puzzle that you have to solve. The easiest one for me was Midsommer Murders, where twice I worked out who the murderer was, the oppurtunity, and indeed the motive. I also think I got it early on the one-off Lewis (a series is forthcoming), but missed the end and will have to see it repeated to see if I am right!
So below, here are my top five favourites and why!
Have already blogged on this, but basically he is failible, bad tempered, and yet has a strong sense of decency and tenacity which always shines through.
Plus he lives and works in Oxford, a favourite city of mine!
Liked or loathed, I quite like Bergerac, and yes all the cliches (such as Charlie Hungerford having connections with nearly every episodes villain). A maverick, and yet decent, plus he always has lovely girlfriends (although I couldn't quite see what he saw in Susan Young!)
Made by the same guys who did "Bergerac". Eddie Shoestring is vulnerable (he is a recovered mental paitent), yet manages to overcome all obstacles to get results.
Plus I like the theme tune :).
Wasn't so keen on the recent remake by ITV, but I do like the Joan Hickson ones. The great thing about Marple, is that, on the surface, she is a gentle old lady who indulges in village gossip, and yet underneath she has a needle sharp mind!
Being geeky here, I have to admit I have read all the Conan Doyle stories about this great detective. But as it was when I was twelve years old, I have forgotten many of them! Eccentric, totally dedicated to his work, an eye for detail, plus the sense of Victorian nostalga, my favourite so far is Jeremy Brett, although I think Tom Baker did well, the one time he played Holmes.