Complete list of 1970s British detective series

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Below is a complete list of British detective/mystery/crime series from the 1970s. This includes series that started prior to 1970 and continued into the decade, as well as shows that started in the 1970s and continued into the 1980s.

Clicking on a title link in the list below will take you to my post about that specific show (if I have created one). Additionally, the list also includes information and links to places where you can watch/stream the show online or purchase the series on DVD. The final column includes any additional notes and comments.

Note: Most of the links lead to US sites since most visitors to this website are based in the US. However, the majority of the DVD releases are in Region 2 format (i.e. are imported from the UK and would require a multi-region DVD player for viewers based in the US). Additionally, wherever possible, I link to “complete” DVD boxed sets; however, in some cases, it may be more economical to purchase individual seasons.

A-C

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Adventurer1972-1973A complete series DVD has been released.
Barlow at Large1971-1975
Cribb (a.k.a. Sergeant Cribb)1979-1981
Crown Court1972-1984[stream here]

D-F

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Danedyke Mystery1979
Dixon of Dock Green1955-1976DVD Collection (Region 2)
The Famous Five1978-1979children’s programme based on the Enid Blyton novels
Father Brown1974DVD Set 1 ; DVD Set 2

G-I

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Gangsters1976-1978
Hazell1978-1979
Hunter’s Walk1973-1976

J

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Jack the Ripper
1973
Jason King
1971-1972Complete DVD collection (Region 2)
Justice1971-1974

L-O

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Law & Order1978
The Mind of Mr. J.G. Reeder1969-1971Complete series DVD set (Region 2)Based on the stories by Edgar Wallace
New Scotland Yard1972-1974Individual seasons were released in Region 2 DVD format: [Series 1] [Series 2] [Series 3]
Out1978

P

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Parkin’s Patch 1969-1970
Paul Temple 1969-1971Based on the books by Francis Durbridge
The Persuaders! 1971-1972[stream here]Complete DVD collection(starring Tony Curtis and Roger Moore)
Police 51962-1992, 2014
The Professionals1977-1983Complete series DVD.
The Protectors1972-1974[stream here]Complete DVD collection
Public Eye1965-1975A DVD collection of all the remaining episodes (i.e. those that haven’t been lost) has been released.

R

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Raffles 1977[stream here]Complete DVD collection
Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) 1969-1970[stream here]Complete DVD collection (Region 2)a remake of the series was produced in 2000-2001
The Rivals of Sherlock Holmes1971, 1973[stream here]Complete DVD collection (Region 2)

S

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
The Sandbaggers1978-1980[stream here]Complete DVD collection
Second Verdict1976
Sexton Blake1967-1971
Shoestring1979-1980Complete DVD collection
Softly, Softly: Taskforce1969-1976[Series 1 DVD] [Series 2 DVD]
Special Branch1969-1974[stream here]
Spyder’s Web1972Complete DVD collection
Strange Report1969-1970Complete DVD collection
Strangers1978-1982A spin-off of The XYY Man; later produced the spin-off Bulman.
Sutherland’s Law1973-1976
The Sweeney1975-1978[stream here]Complete DVD set(starring John Thaw)
A reboot of the series was also produced in 2012.

T-V

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Target
1977-1978
Van der Valk
1972-1992[stream here]Complete DVD box setA reboot of the series was also produced in 2020.
Villains1972

W-Z

Show TitleAir DatesAvailable to stream?Available on DVD?Other notes
Whodunnit?
1972-1978(game show)
The XYY Man
1976-1977Complete DVD collectionProduced the spin-off Strangers, which itself produced the spin-off Bulman.
Z-Cars1962-1978Complete DVD collection 1 and 2

If you know of a show that is missing from the list above, or if you have any other additions or corrections, please let me know in the comments!

4 comments

  1. What about “Hunters Walk” ? I can vaguely remember it. And “Strangers” with Don Henderson. And it’s spin off “Bullman”.

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