The Detectives

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Original run: 27 Jan 1993 – 28 Dec 1997

Country of origin: UK

Genre: Comedy

Network: BBC One UK

Watched by: 5 of 708 162 0%

Total running time: 12 hours 28 minutes

Episode duration: 22 minutes

IMDB rating: 7.3 of 10 1 316


The Detectives is a British comedy television series, starring Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell, and George Sewell. It aired on BBC One, and was a spoof of police dramas. It was written by Mike Whitehill and Steve Knight.

The Detectives originated from a five-minute sketch that first appeared on Jasper Carrott's sketch/stand-up show Canned Carrott. Because of its success, it was turned into a television series. There were a few differences from the sketch to the TV series, such as Dave Briggs being married in the sketch (to Brenda), yet both he and Louis are single and hopeless at romance in the series, and according to one plotline both virgins.

Jasper Carrott and Robert Powell play the bumbling detective constables Bob Louis and David Briggs. They were hopeless at their job, to the despair of their "super" Frank Cottam (played by Sewell). However, they usually ended up solving their cases and retaining their jobs, though they came close to being fired on occasion. Louis was more downbeat, whereas Briggs tried to emulate the gung-ho cops shown on TV and in film.

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