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Police Surgeon (ABC 1960, Ian Hendry, Ingrid Hafner)

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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.

production details
UK / ITV – ABC / 13×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 10 September – 3 December 1960

Producers: Julian Bond, Leonard White

cast
IAN HENDRY as Dr Geoffrey Brent
JOHN WARWICK as Inspector Landon
INGRID HAFNER as Amanda Gibbs

THE EPISODES

1. EASY MONEY
Dr Geoffrey Brent agrees to give an opinion on a young man arrested for robbery but the police officer who asked him to get involved isn’t too sure he should have.

guest cast
ALISTAIR WILLIAMSON as Sgt Manning / MICHAEL CRAWFORD as Young Thief / JOHN WARWICK as Inspector Landon

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: John Knight

 

2. UNDER THE INFLUENCE
Dr Brent tries to prove that a man arrested for driving under the influence is innocent and tangles with a fellow GP whilst doing so.

guest cast
BERNARD ARCHARD as Herbert Drew / HERON CARVIC as Barrister

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

3. LAG ON THE RUN
Brent turns ‘tec to solve a crime that a girl (obviously innocent) has confessed to committing.

guest cast
OLIVE McFARLAND as Jean Young / HARRY H. CORBETT as George Drake

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

4. SMASH BUT NO GRAB
Dr Brent gets caught up in the case of Sally HUghes who is claiming extensive damages after being injured in a road accident.

guest cast
JOYCE HERON as Sally Hughes / NEIL WILSON as PC Gregson / GEOFFREY PALMER as Peter Hughes

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

5. WILFUL NEGLECT
Brent tries to discover why two children have been abandoned by their seemingly respectable parents.

guest cast
NIGEL STOCK as Harry Davis / HAZEL HUGHES as Jean davis / PATIENCE COLLIER as Mrs Carver

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

6. YOU WON’T FEEL A THING
Brent helps a girl, certain to die unless she receives an injection, overcome her fear of needles.

guest cast
MAVIS RANSOM as Helen Graham / IVOR SALTER as PC Robinson

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Robert Hartford-Davis

 

7. A HOME OF HER OWN
Brent gets involved when a family try to get their elderly mother in law placed into a nursing home.

guest cast
JANE ECCLES as Mrs Lamond / DONALD MORLEY as George Lamond

WRITER: Bill MacIllwraithe
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

8. SUNDAY MORNING STORY
Dr Brent investigates the highly suspicious death of a female refugee, he knows who the guilty party is but can’t gather the evidence needed to prove it.

guest cast
JEAN ANDERSON as Miss Pears / DONALD CHURCHILL as PC Jordan / MICHAEL HARRISON as 2nd Police Surgeon

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

9. THREE’S A CROWD
Dr Brent crosses swords with a barrister after taking on an assault case involving a mother and daughter-in-law.

guest cast
ELIZABETH BEGLEY as Mrs Carroll / MAUREEN O’REILLY as Kathy Baker / PERCY HERBERT as Baker

WRITER: Julian Bond
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

 

10. MAN OVERBOARD
Brent tries to prove that one of two women was involved in a murder when a body is discovered at the bottom of a balcony.

guest cast
ANNE CASTLE as Miss Perkins / HELEN LINDSAY as Mrs Perkins

WRITER: Bill MacIllwraithe
DIRECTOR: Guy Verney

 

11. OPERATION MANGLE
A group of tenants decide to take action against their none too nice landlord, Brent finds himself caught in the middle.

guest cast
DUDLEY FOSTER as George Bates / EDNA PETRIE as Alice Bates

WRITER: W. F. Woodlands
DIRECTOR: James Ormerod

 

12. THE BIGGER THEY ARE
Whilst helping an injured night watchman who has been attacked by crooks, Brent and Landon discover another injured man on the edge of a roof but are unsure whether he is with the crooks or not.

guest cast
BLAISE WYNDHAM as Night watchman / JAMES CLIFFORD as West

WRITER: Richard Harris
DIRECTOR: Don Leaver

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