Mixed Doubles Close Quarters Man Without A Past Slush Fund Involvement Stirring Of Dust The Ojuka Situation Hunter/Hunted Discovered In A Graveyard Kickback
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
I agree - a really tricky one, and my choices could well change at any time. For today, I'll go for...
The Madness Of Mickey Hamilton Discovered In A Graveyard Operation Susie Spy Probe Hunter/Hunted Close Quarters Fugitive Heroes The Purging Of CI5 No Stone
The first four of those I've included because I think they are simply bl*ody brilliant TV shows - any series today would be proud of the quality of writing, acting, camerawork, locations and editing in each of these. The mix of action and humour is like nothing you see on television today. 'Spy Probe' for example seems so far ahead of its time - in fact I think all four of those have aged very well indeed.
The following six I've been a little more subjective with, and have tended to include a few more of the episodes that I remember enjoying as a kid. Some, like 'Close Quarters' for example, haven't really aged that well, and could look rather odd in so many ways to a youngster watching today. But the pace, action, camerawork and so much more does more than make up for that, and it's still great television at almost forty years old. I re-watched 'Hunter/Hunted' the other day, and felt just as excited by it as I did watching it for the first time as a ten-year-old! The drama of the red bead of laser light and Tony Caunter getting shot in his own pub from half-a-mile away - fantastic!
In truth (with the exception of just two or three of them), almost any of the fifty-seven episodes deserves to be in someone's top-ten.