Post by jno on Aug 16, 2019 7:58:01 GMT
Little known US series of just 11 episodes starring forum favourite Edward Woodward (post-Equalizer).
As far as I am aware this was unaired in the UK but some of our US members might remember this.
Edward Woodward stars as Maxwell Beckett, a former Scotland Yard detective turned crime author. He is known throughout the US as an author and the local PD as a researcher - his early novels were best sellers but recently when he's been down on his luck, his newer novels have bombed. After she witnesses a murder, young, struggling reporter Nicki Page (Jessica Lundy) comes to him for help. Soon, Beckett and Page uncover a link to a string of prostitute murders going back years.
The pilot was pretty good, albeit very 80s and clearly Edward Woodward had this gig off the back of The Equalizer. That said, he is not Robert McCall in this, more like a moaning Paul Temple, using his former skills as a Scotland Yard inspector and his contacts at the police to get to the bottom of a mystery. Sadly Beckett's ex-wife is after him causing a lot of unnecessary agg along the way. The Paul Temple connection is also there with Beckett driving a Rolls Royce, albeit in this it is a bit clapped out.
7/10 - if you can manage to get hold of this, it is worth a watch, though it is a festival of early 90s fashion. The pilot is 1.5 hours long which is probably a bit too long as parts of it drag along the way. Edward Woodward is on top form as usual and his sidekick Jessica Lundy is very pretty and a pretty likeable amateur super-sleuth - which is what all this is about, solving a mystery each week.
It reminds me a little of Edward Woodward's mid 90s US TV movies 'The Shamrock Conspiracy' (1995) and 'Harrison: Cry of the City' (1996), both of which are clearly based on the premise of this series, retired Scotland Yard detective in the US. According to what I have found online, this was series cancelled after a run of less than three months, and some episodes aired later in June 1991.
I would expect a few never 'erds for this one.
IMDB link: www.imdb.com/title/tt0098884/