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Detectives on the Edge of a Nervous Breakdown 

When the lead star of 'The Gourmet Detective' mystery show is mysteriously bumped off. A bunch of various detectives from television shows from the seventies are teamed up with a television detective of the nineties to solve the crime.

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Bonehead / Gourmet Detective
Peter Richardson ...
Foyle / Jason Bentley
Dave Spanker
Sara Stockbridge ...
Virginia Fiol ...
TV Executive
Howie Nicol ...
TV Director
TV Producer
George Antoni ...
Writer (as George Yiasoumi)
Emma Bernard ...


The lead star of a Detective series called "The Gourmet Detective" is found shot dead during an after show party. The only clue is a spangly boot which leads the commander and chief of the local police force to suspect that the perpetrator of the crime is a seventies style criminal. Informing modern day "nineties" copper David Spanker that he must team up with a crew of various TV Detectives from the seventies. Spanker reluctantly has to follow orders. The assembled team of maverick police Detectives comprise of "Shouting" George of "The Weeny", Bonehead and Foyle of "The Bullshitters" and the suave, flamboyant Jason Bentley. But as the law of hackneyed Detective show's dictates. Attempting to solve the mystery proves stressful. As the five ego's and separate crime fighting methods clash. Solving the brutal slaying might be the least of the Detectives problems in this hilarious and anarchic spoof. Written by Robert McElwaine

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22 April 1993 (UK)  »

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Hilarious, or at least I thought so
19 June 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

If you like the Comic Strip type productions and have any knowledge of TV detective shows, then this is tremendous fun. There are so many little references thrown in to the detective shows we have loved over the years - The Sweeney, The Professionals, Jason King, Spender and so many more. The action is interspersed with the occasional song and dance number too, which adds to the fun. The Guv is in charge of the murder case of the Gourmet Detective and employs the talents of all kinds of TV detectives, using their different methods, to solve the case.

It'll get you running about in your underpants splashing in puddles...

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