After finishing a 2 year prison sentence for a bribe he never took Ex detective inspector Alan Lomax wants answers. Lomax has at least one luxury left - a narrowboat. And it's on the canals... See full summary »


Roger Marshall




2   1  
1985   1984  




Series cast summary:
Leigh Lawson ...  Alan Lomax 13 episodes, 1984-1985
Terence Taplin ...  Robinson 8 episodes, 1984-1985
Learn more

More Like This 

The Sweeney (1974–1978)
Action | Comedy | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Jack Regan and George Carter are hard-edged detectives in the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police. They pursue villains by methods which are underhanded and often illegal, frequently violent and - more often than not - successful.

Stars: John Thaw, Dennis Waterman, Garfield Morgan
Minder (1979–1994)
Comedy | Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Arthur Daley (George Cole), a small-time conman, hires former boxer Terry McCann (Dennis Waterman) to be his "minder", so Terry can protect him (Arthur) from other small-time crooks. While ... See full summary »

Stars: George Cole, Glynn Edwards, Dennis Waterman
Callan (1967–1972)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Greg Callan's cousin David Callan is the top agent/assassin for the Security Service (British counterintelligence), but he is an embittered man who performs his duties "for Queen and ... See full summary »

Stars: Edward Woodward, Russell Hunter, Lisa Langdon
Ruth Rendell Mysteries (1987–2000)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

From cold, rock-strewn moors to comfortable suburban estates, award-winning writer Ruth Rendell explores the dark fissures between friends and family members that motivate murder.

Stars: George Baker, Christopher Ravenscroft, Louie Ramsay
Auf Wiedersehen, Pet (1983–2004)
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  

Seven British construction workers escape Britain's ever growing dole queues and travel to Germany to work on a site in Düsseldorf. We follow their trials and tribulations of working away from home and away from the women they left behind.

Stars: Timothy Spall, Jimmy Nail, Tim Healy


After finishing a 2 year prison sentence for a bribe he never took Ex detective inspector Alan Lomax wants answers. Lomax has at least one luxury left - a narrowboat. And it's on the canals, among the day trippers and travelers, that he means to find revenge. Not an easy task for an ex-detective isolated on the wrong side of the law. Written by <>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Crime | Drama


Did You Know?


Theme From Travelling Man
Music by Duncan Browne, Written by Sebastian Graham Jones
Performed by Duncan Browne and Sebastian Graham Jones
See more »

User Reviews

Thirty years old and still looking great
16 May 2015 | by rodneymarshallSee all my reviews

I should confess that I am biased as my father created and wrote this series in the mid-1980s. Nevertheless, having recently purchased and watched this thirty years on, I think it is still a wonderful drama series. It offers the three key ingredients which any successful detective series requires: a fascinating but flawed protagonist; a memorable setting; first class guest actors/characters. Leigh Lawson plays the framed ex-cop to perfection, setting off on a series of one-off tales while also searching for both his missing son and the diabolical mastermind who put him in jail for two years. The canals allow the show to have an ever-changing backdrop and dictate the delightfully leisurely pace. Harmony, Lomax's narrow-boat, becomes both his home and his means of transport. Drawing on the Western tradition, it is his horse and wagon. The guest actors are, generally speaking, superb: Colin Jeavons, Tony Doyle, John Bird, Tom Wilkinson, Julian Glover, Morag Hood, Lindsay Duncan, Susan Fleetwood. Terry Taplin steals the 'guest' billing as a surprisingly complex gutter journalist. Travelling Man is both a series and a serial, with self-contained stories and overarching narratives. The fact that one writer wrote every script provides an organic consistency. Private detective, Western, action adventure, drugs...there is a fascinating blend. Twelve of the thirteen episodes are first class. (I enjoyed re-watching the series so much that it inspired me to write a critical guide. The show really is that good.)

10 of 10 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 3 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

7 November 1984 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

トラベリング・マン See more »

Company Credits

Production Co:

Granada Television See more »
Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


(13 episodes)

Sound Mix:




Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Your Next Binge Watch Awaits

Looking for something to watch? Check out IMDb's "What to Watch" series to find out what's really worth watching.

Recently Viewed