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Strangers: Briscoe (ITV 3 July 1978)



In Briscoe Bulman is undercover as a beat copper investigating the dodgy antics of a sergeant (the Briscoe of the title). Briscoe knows every trick in the book but is he crooked? It’s up to Bulman to find out.

Michael Byrne is Briscoe, he’s one of those actors that does unsympathetic really well. He’s definitely sailing close to the wind in terms of job, moving white goods in the police van, drinking on duty in the local pub (making sure he doesn’t pay for the beer either) and paying a couple of home visits.

The whole episode takes place over the course of one night shift, Bulman is the only regular cast member to appear. There is also the added bonus of a scene involving Bulman dancing.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episodes / Broadcast Monday 3 July 1978 at 9.00pm


Writer: Leslie Duxbury / Production Design: Margaret Coombes / Director: Brian Mills

Series: Strangers Season 1 Episode 5

Don Henderson as Bullman
Michael Byrne as Sgt Briscoe
Bill Tarmey as Alf
David Neilson as Torchy
Michael Turner as Inspector Veevers
Anna Nygh as Josie
Johnny Allen as Billy
Kenneth Alan Taylor as Harris
Russell Dixon as Ridgeley
Sara Aimson as Diana
Jonathan Barlow as Constable
Suzanna Hamilton as Judy Collins
Bartlett Mullins as Dobson


Alastair James is the editor in chief for Memorable TV. He has been involved in media since his university days. Alastair is passionate about television, and some of his favourite shows include Line of Duty, Luther and Traitors. He is always on the lookout for hot new shows, and is always keen to share his knowledge with others.


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