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Crime Traveller (BBC-1 1997, Michael French, Chloe Annett)

Crime Traveller

Crime Traveller was a crime drama series with a scifi twist. Detective Jeff Slade discovers that forensic scientist Holly Turner, working within his department has actually got a working time machine. The twist being that the machine can only go back in time about half a day, just far back enough to gather evidence from the scenes of crimes (often as they happen).

The machine was invented by Holly’s father and she is initally unwilling to use it because her father failed to return from the past in time and became trapped in the “loop of infinity”. Slade eventually persuades and for eight cases the pair travelled back in time just far enough to solve the crime, they had to be especially careful not to bump into their past selves.

The series was pretty light hearted and didn’t take itself too seriously with moments such as Slade being convinced that he could use the time machine to win the lottery (of course he could do no such thing). The series was pretty much in the vein of the late 1960’s ITC series like Department S and Randall and Hopkirk.

Despite the great premise the show never really set the public alight and was cancelled after this one series.

production details
UK / BBC-1 – Carnival / 8×50 minute episodes / 1997

Writer: Anthony Horowitz / Titles: Red Pepper / Producer: Brian Eastman

cast
MICHAEL FRENCH as Jeff Slade
CHLOE ANNETT as Holly Turner
SUE JOHNSTON as Grisham
PAUL TRUSSELL as Morris
RICHARD DEMPSEY as Nicky