Actor best known as the private detective Frank Marker in the television series Public Eye
For 10 years, the actor Alfred Burke
, who has died aged 92, starred as the downbeat private detective Frank Marker in the popular television series Public Eye
(1965-75). The character was intended as a British rival to Raymond Chandler
's American gumshoe Philip Marlowe
. Tough, unattached and self-sufficient, Marker could take a beating in the service of his often wealthy clients without quitting. "Marker wasn't exciting, he wasn't rich," Burke said. "He could be defined in negatives."
An ABC TV press release introduced the character as a "thin, shabby, middle-aged man with a slightly grim sense of humour and an aura of cynical incorruptibility. His office is a dingy south London attic within sound of Clapham Junction
. He can't afford a secretary, much less an assistant, and when he needs a car, he hires a runabout from the local garage.