Dirk Gently

Created by Douglas Adams (1952-2001) THAT Douglas Adams? The guy with the BBC show and the Vogons and the towels and the three-armed Betelgeusians? Yup, that Douglas Adams. So now he's writing about trenchcoats, fedoras, smoky jazz, and femmes fatales? Well, no... Even in an era of maverick and increasingly non-traditional P.I.'s, DIRK GENTLY defies … Continue reading Dirk Gently

Jake & Malachy Doyle (The Republic of Doyle)

Created by Allan Hawco, Perry Chafe & Malcolm MacRury "Why are you such an arse, Jake Doyle?" -- the eternal question At last! The Rock gets some P.I. love! MALACHY and JAKE DOYLE are a father-and-son team of P.I.s working St. John's, Newfoundland in Republic of Doyle, an endearingly quirky television show that consistently delivered … Continue reading Jake & Malachy Doyle (The Republic of Doyle)

Dick Barton

Created by Norman Collins "With one bound Dick, was free!" The beloved star of the BBC's first daily radio serial was sometimes a private investigator, sometimes an adventurer, sometimes a "special agent"and sometimes--this is my favourite--a  "world-famous secret agent." But whatever his actual occupation was (it seemed to be dictated by the story), DICK BARTON was … Continue reading Dick Barton

Eliza Scarlet (Miss Scarlet & The Duke)

Created by Rachael New Lord knows there were several "lady detectives" bouncing around in the late 1800s that would make for a great film or television adaptation, but the Irish/Anglo producers of Miss Scarlet & The Duke decided to scratch build their own, no doubt eying the success of such period mysteries as Miss Fisher (Thumbs up!) … Continue reading Eliza Scarlet (Miss Scarlet & The Duke)

Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Created by Sylvie Lussier and Pierre Poirier Non-Montrealers may think the lead character in the Radio-Canada private eye TV show Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter is some sort of hands-across-the-water homage to Michael Caine's character in the iconic 1971 Brit noir Get Carter. But they'd be wrong. It's all given away by numerous publicity stills which … Continue reading Jack Carter (Les aventures tumultueuses de Jack Carter)

Nick Knatterton (aka “Nikolaus Kuno Freiherr von Knatter”)

Created by Manfred Schmidt (1913–1999) Much loved West German private eye NIKOLAUS KUNO FREIHERR von KNATTER has possibly the longest monicker in gumshoe history. No wonder most folks, including his his well-off, hoity-toity parents, prefer to refer to him simply as NICK KNATTERTON. Anyway, whatever you call him, his loopy, tongue-in-cheek comic strip escapades, as chronicled … Continue reading Nick Knatterton (aka “Nikolaus Kuno Freiherr von Knatter”)

Bill O’Keefe and Douglas Hawke (Shooting Stars)

Created by Michael Fisher and Vernon Zimmerman ''This is not a television show-- this is reality.'' -- O'Keefe explains to Hawke More lameness from the House of Spelling. In Shooting Stars, a 1983 TV flick, BILL O'KEEFE (Parker Stevenson) and DOUGLAS HAWKE (Billy Dee Williams) are actors (and co-owners of a failing restaurant) who get … Continue reading Bill O’Keefe and Douglas Hawke (Shooting Stars)

Hawk (A Man Called Hawk)

Created by Robert B. Parker (1932-2010) Developed for television by Stephen Hattman and William Robert Yates "You push yourself till you can't stand the pain, then you push yourself a little bit more.'' -- Hawk counsels black youth He's big, he's Black and he's mean. And he knows you didn't watch his show!!! It's generally … Continue reading Hawk (A Man Called Hawk)

Willie Dante (Dante’s Inferno)

Created by Blake Edwards (1922-2010) In the fifties, realizing he was perhaps a little too long in the tooth to reprise his role as Richard Diamond for television, Dick Powell turned to directing and producing. In 1952, along with David Niven, Charles Boyer and Ida Lupino, Powell created create Four Star Television (later Four Star … Continue reading Willie Dante (Dante’s Inferno)

David Cleveland

Created by Dick Francis (1920-2010) DAVID CLEVELAND, the hero of Dick Francis' Slay Ride, a 1973 standalone, is the chief investigator for the British Jockey Club. There were a series of TV-movies, possibly Canadian-made, based on Francis's books, which used the Cleveland character as their continuing hero, substituting Cleveland for whoever actually served as the … Continue reading David Cleveland