Police Surgeon was a short-lived tape series set in London’s Bayswater, featuring a young police surgeon, Dr Geoffrey Brent, who was unable to resist turning investigator on his cases.
So-so crime show, but assured of a place in the TV annals as the origin of famed spy caper The Avengers, since actor Ian Hendry carried on his white coat and magnifying glass – under the new name of Dr David Keel – into that show’s opening episodes.
Police Surgeon aka Dr Simon Locke was also title for a Canadian series (1972, syndicated) about a doctor attached to a police emergency unit who, like Hendry’s Brent, had the sleuthing habit. Sam Groom played the said Dr Simon Locke. The concept of a medical detective, of course, was most successfully exploited by Quincy ME.
UK / ITV – ABC / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 September – 3 December 1960
Producers: Julian Bond, Leonard White
IAN HENDRY as Dr Geoffrey Brent
JOHN WARWICK as Inspector Landon
INGRID HAFNER as Amanda Gibbs
1. EASY MONEY (10 Sep 60)
2. UNDER THE INFLUENCE…? (17 Sep 60)
3. LAG ON THE RUN (24 Sep 60)
4. SMASH BUT NO GRAB (1 Oct 60)
5. WILFUL NEGLECT (8 Oct 60)
6. DIPLOMATIC IMMUNITY (15 Oct 60)
7. A HOME OF HER OWN (22 Oct 60)
8. YOU WON’T FEEL A THING (29 Oct 60)
9. SUNDAY MORNING STORY (5 Nov 60)
10. THREE’S A CROWD (12 Nov 60)
11. MAN OVERBOARD (19 Nov 60)
12. OPERATION MANGLE (26 Nov 60)
13. THE BIGGER THEY ARE (5 Dec 60)