Wycliffe (ITV 1994-1998 with Jack Shepherd and Jimmy Yuill)


UK / ITV – TVS – Red Rooster / 2×90 minute episodes 36×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 24 July 1994 – 1998

Producer: Michael Bartley

Crime drama series. Starring the under-rated Jack Shepherd (who for some reason has never quite achieved true house hold name status but is a brilliant actor) and based on the popular novels of W.J. Burley, Wycliffe takes us into the heart of the Cornish coast where Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe and his team (especially DI Lucy Lane and DI Doug Kersey) investigate murder, kidnap, arson and all manner of other devious crimes.

No super hero is Wycliffe though, towards the end of the shows run he is badly shot and almost dies, an experience that counters the way he investigates in future. Always tightly plotted, well acted and entertaining.

A 90 minute pilot was broadcast 7 August 1993 and a feature length Christmas special, Dance of the Scorpions, was broadcast 27 December 1997.

JACK SHEPHERD as Det Supt Wycliffe
JIMMY YUILL as Det Insp Kersey
HELEN MASTERS as Det Insp Lane
AARON HARRIS as Det Sgt Dixon
ADAM BARKER as Det Con Potter
LYNN FARLEIGH as Helen Wycliffe