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Expert, The (BBC-2 1968-1976 with Marius Goring and Ann Morrish)

UK / BBC Two / 62×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 5 July 1968 – 26 November 1976

Creators: Gerard Glaister, N.J. Crisp / Producer: Gerard Glaister

Crime drama series. John Hardy, based in Warwickshire, is a pathologist attached to the police – usually working with Detective Chief Inspector Fleming.

Based on the background of series creator Gerard Glaister’s Uncle who was once Professor of Forensic Science at Glasgow University.

Marius Goring was typically excellent in the main role and the series ran from 1968-1971 before returning for one more season four years later in 1976.

The Expert was also the first BBC2 drama to be made in colour.

cast
Marius Goring as John Hardy
Ann Morrish as Jo Hardy (seasons 1-3)
Victor Winding as Detective Chief Inspector Fleming (seasons 1-3)
Michael Farnsworth as Detective Sergeant Ashe (seasons 1-3)
Sally Nesbitt as Jane Carter (season 1)
Valerie Murray as Sandra Hughes (seasons 2-3 )
Virginia Stride as Susan Bartlett (season 4)
Jeremy Sinden as Price (season 4)

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 5 July – 27 September 1968
1. THE UNKNOWN FACTOR
2. IT CAN’T BE DONE
3. LIARS, DAMN, LIARS
4. MISS DALEY
5. NICE DAY
6. THE LONG HATE
7. NOBODY’S GOING TO HURT YOU
8. HERE LIES…
9. THE CONTACT
10. HE’S GOOD FOR IT
11. FIRE WITHOUT SMOKE
12. FULL CHOKE
13. AND SO SAY ALL OF US

SEASON TWO 4 April – 26 September 1969
1. THE VISITOR: HYPOTHESIS
2. THE VISITOR: HARD FACTS
3. THE VISITOR: JUDGEMENT
4. THE YELLOW TORRISH
5. THE GUNB THAT WALKED
6. ONE LIFE – MORE OR LESS
7. A QUESTION OF GUILT
8. A FAMILY AFFAIR
9. DEATH IN THE RAIN
10. PROTECTION
11. POST-MORTEM ON HARRY KIRBY
12. DO NOT GO GENTLE
13. PLAYING WITH FIRE
14. THE SARDONIC SMILE
15. THE WITNESS: THREATS
16. THE WITNESS: INVOLVEMENT
17. THE BLUE SPOT
18. LETHAL WEAPON
19. LIE DOWN, YOU’RE DEAD
20. EDDIE
21. NO HOME IN THE CITY
22. YOUR MONEY FOR MY LIFE
23. DEPENDENCE: A LIFE SAVED
24. DEPENDENCE: A LIFE LOST
25. FLESH AND BLOOD
26. SUFFICIENTLY LOVED AND CARED FOR

SEASON THREE 3 January – 28 March 1971
1. A WAY TO DIE
2. WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
3. THE MAN ON MY BACK
4. GO SOMEWHERE ELSE
5. WHOSE CHILD?: THE WIFE
6. WHOSE CHILD?: THE HUSBAND
7. CEDRIC
8. A SCIENTIFIC FACT
9. THE COAT
10. TRUE CONFESSION
11. SMITHEREENS
12. HOTHOUSE
13. A CLEAR AND EASY DAY

SEASON FOUR 24 September – 26 November 1976
1. SECOND APPEAL
2. BLOOD LINE
3. INHERITANCE
4. PREJUDICE
5. A FAMILY AFFAIR
6. SUSPENDED VERDICT
7. SUSPICIOUS DEATH
8. FAIL SAFE
9. HOUR OF THE SNAKE
10. TAINTED MONEY