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Cynical, dour and world-weary, private eye Frank Marker is frequently the unwitting stooge in bigger criminal wheels in his attempts to make a tenuous living on the outskirts of London.
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Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ...  Frank Marker 87 episodes, 1965-1975
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Cynical, dour and world-weary, private eye Frank Marker is frequently the unwitting stooge in bigger criminal wheels in his attempts to make a tenuous living on the outskirts of London. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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Crime | Drama

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UK

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English

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23 January 1965 (UK) See more »

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Detective público See more »

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Runtime:

(87 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Most of the ABC Television episodes (Series 1-3) are lost, while the Thames Television episodes survive intact. The only ABC episodes to survive are Public Eye: Nobody Kills Santa Claus (1965), Public Eye: The Morning Wasn't So Hot (1965), Public Eye: Don't Forget You're Mine (1966), Public Eye: Works with Chess, Not with Life (1966) and Public Eye: The Bromsgrove Venus (1968) See more »

Goofs

At the start of the second season, Marker moves into new premises in Birmingham which overlook Kane's Timber Yard. Despite the busy sound effects added by the production team to convey the atmosphere of a hectic workplace, the view from his office window regularly depicts the same selection of long-untouched wooden planks, since the scene is a stationary backdrop. By the following series Kane's have been taken over and presumably demolished, as a view of tower blocks has replaced the yard. See more »

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Referenced in Remembering Douglas Camfield (2013) See more »

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Composed by Robert Sharples (as Robert Earley)
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Outstanding television drama
28 September 2006 | by mdepreSee all my reviews

These series in my opinion are British television at its very finest, centred around a marvellous sustained performance by Alfred Burke which stands comparison with anything to be seen anywhere in film, TV or theatre; and scripts of high intelligence, firmly grounded in the downbeat experiences of everyday English life, yet psychologically profound.

The support acting rises to the occasion too, in all the episodes I have seen - Pauline Delaney's performance in Series 4 for example.

By all accounts the show was widely popular when originally broadcast, and it is a mystery to this viewer why repeat broadcasts are so very seldom seen.


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