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Mr JG Reeder is the diametric opposite of Sam Spade, Philip Marlow and
Mike Hammer. He is a shabbily dressed, diffident civil servant who
prefers a cup of tea and a slice of seed cake to a shot of something
Despite his outward appearance - of course - Reeder is a master detective with a razor sharp brain. In fact his mind gives him great cause for sorrow. He has, he claims, a criminal mind which allows him insight into motive and method denied to other men.
These stories were well-presented (sadly in black and white) and Hugh Burden had the part of a life-time as Reeder, well supported by Willoughby Goddard as his expansive (in more ways than one) chief, Jason Toovey.
Worth a video release for nostalgia buffs.
The Mind of Mr.J.G.Reeder was a unique British series. Based on the Edgar Wallace novels it features Hugh Burden as the mild, meek and seemingly bumbling investigator. Of course in reality he is highly efficient, he always gets his man! Burden is quite brilliant and the series has an evocative atmosphere that lingers in the mind. Willoughby Goddard is also superb as his arrogant, doubting boss, he is quite happy to take the credit for Reeder's successfully solved cases. One of the running gags is that there is a different secretary in every episode. Presumably the boss is too much for them. There were only 16 episodes, two are in colour. At the time colour TV was in it's infancy on British TV. We can assume that either only 2 episodes were filmed in colour or that the colour prints for the rest of the series no longer exist and only survive in black and white. However we are presented with a thoroughly enjoyable series that really does capture the flavour of Wallace's books. Reeder investigates all aspects of crime ranging from murder, through blackmail to burglary.Sit back, relax and enjoy.
Just finished watching the entire series (one each Saturday night), and
it was absolutely superb!! Excellent video quality, although only two
episodes were in colour owing to the ITV strike. Hugh Burden perfect in
the part and Willoughby Goddard was brilliant - very funny.
Can't think of anything else to say about this really. (10 lines of text is the rule!?!) Go out and buy it!!
So, I'll just copy and paste........
Just finished watching the entire series (one each Saturday night), and it was absolutely superb!! Excellent video quality, although only two episodes were in colour owing to the ITV strike. Hugh Burden perfect in the part and Willoughby Goddard was brilliant - very funny.
All episodes of this series are now available on DVD from Network
(www.networkdvd.net). (Region 2/PAL only.) Some are even in colour.
This seems to be definitely worth buying. However, I don't have a copy yet so I can't comment on the quality. This is the first time it has been released on any home video format so I hope it hasn't been rushed out from duff masters.
The role of Reeder's boss (Sir Jason Toovey, played by the wonderfully named Willoughby Goddard) is a bit of cliché these day because, as I recall, he was always raising objections to Reeder theories or methods Strangely, IMDb states that the series is in colour but Vaughan Birbeck's comment suggests B&W.
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