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Wycliffe (ITV Crime, Jack Shepherd, Jimmy Yuill)

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Wycliffe ITV Crime Jack Shepherd

Crime drama series Wycliffe starred 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, the series takes us into the heart of the Cornish coast where Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe and his team (especially DI Lucy Lane (Helen Masters) and DI Doug Kersey (Jimmy Yuill)) investigate murder, kidnap, arson and all manner of other devious crimes.

No super hero is Charles 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.

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

Producer: Michael Bartley

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