The Odd Man was a police series produced by Granada Television, running over four series between 1960 and 1963. This series originally dealt with the investigations of theatrical-agent-cum-detective Steve Gardiner (played by Geoffrey Toone in the first season, replaced by Edwin Richfield thereafter). Gardiner was the "odd man" of the series' title, and his encounters with the police in the form of Chief Inspector Gordon (Moultrie Kelsall) for series 1 and 2. Kelsall was replaced by Chief Inspector Charles Rose (William Mervyn) from series three onward. Rose was assisted by Detective Sergeant Macbride (Alan Tilvern) who lasted just the one season. He was replaced by Detective Sergeant Swift (played by Keith Barron) for the final series in 1963. The characters of Rose and Swift were then given their own series, It's Dark Outside, which ran for two series in 1964 and 1965. The stories were edgy, with Barron's character frequently feeling repressed and confused by the turn of events, ...
This is a highly intelligent 1960's British detective show. We're fortunate that the series was preserved, as so many classic UK series were not. You can tell that the budget was probably small, as was commonly true of UK 1960's series. They could not compete with the Yanks on budget. But the quality of the acting was very high, as we often find with British TV series. It's B&W, as was common then.
I want to particularly mention the actress, Gillian Lewis, who was part of the main trio. Her work in the show is a delight. And she was one of the most attractive women to ever appear on British TV, period. She projects an elegance, sensuality and depth that adds much to the many merits of this series.
Note: there are two DVD sets available for this series. Miss Lewis only appears in the first one.
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