Detective Jeff Slade teams up with scientist Holly Turner, who's late father has created a time machine that can travel back several hours. Together they solve mysteries using the device.

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Michael French ...
 Detective Jeff Slade (8 episodes, 1997)
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 Science Officer Holly Turner (8 episodes, 1997)
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Paul Trussell ...
 Detective Morris (8 episodes, 1997)
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 Graduate Trainee Nicky Robson (8 episodes, 1997)
Bob Goody ...
 Danny, the caretaker (7 episodes, 1997)
Jack Chissick ...
 Frank (5 episodes, 1997)
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Detective Jeff Slade and his beautiful colleague Holly are armed with something very special in the ongoing fight against crime their very own time machine. Invented by Holly's father, Professor Frederick Turner, the time machine may be a bizarre mixture of D.I.Y. technology, but it works, just, sending the charming, maverick detective Slade on a dangerous roller-coaster ride through both the present and the past. Intriguing complex puzzles are solved with the aid of their unreliable collection of nuts and bolts and flashing lights, but they must always obey the rules of quantum physics, or risk being lost forever. Written by Bai

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Michael French and Chloe Annett would work together again 15 years later, as Chloe Annett appeared in a guest role in "Casualty" Hero Syndrome (#26.20), which Michael French stars in the long-running BBC hospital drama series as Nick Jordan. See more »

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The BBC do time-travel on a 15p budget!
3 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Let's face it, the BBC just can't rival US companies for slick, high-concept TV. 'Crime Traveller' was one of those shows that should have been dreadful but was actually kind of good! It was a pretty ambitious undertaking to do a series about time-travel, and with talented writer Anthony Horowitz they did have a good crack at it. Okay, so the acting was a bit ropey (as so many BBC series seem to be), the secondary characters were virtual cardboard cut-outs, and the special effects were clearly influenced by Dr Who, circa 1970. But in Jeff Slade (Michael French) and Holly Turner (Chloe Annett) 'Crime Traveller' had endearing, compelling leads who you actually cared about. In some ways their relationship was obviously based upon the old Mulder & Scully will-they-won't-they idea, which would no doubt have been developed further if the show had been given a second series. Unfortunately, 'Jonathan Creek' came out about the same time, and there clearly wasn't room for two programmes about a male/female duo solving crimes in unconventional ways! The science behind the time-travel was probably a bit dubious, but I was quite happy to suspend my disbelief and just enjoy it for what it was. It was welcoming to see British TV trying something different and ambitious. Still not sure why they insisted on Jeff's trademark hideous mustard-coloured suede jacket though....


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