Boris Karloff’s Colonel March of Scotland Yard back on UK TV
First broadcast in the UK in the 1955, and repeated on Granada TV in 1969, this will be the first time to catch the series in its entirety on TV.
Based on the John Dickson Carr/Carter Dickson collection of short stories, from the 1940 collection The Queer Complaints, the 26-episode series was ITV’s first home-grown police series and starred Boris Karloff in the title role of Colonel March, who headed up a division responsible for the investigation of cases which had baffled the regular officers.
The urbane one-eyed March was quite a unique sleuth, as his investigations often involved the supernatural. While popular on both sides of the Atlantic, the series, which was filmed at Southall Studios in Middlesex, was never been commercially released (hence why all the DVD releases have been of questionable quality).
Directors Arthur Crabtree (Fiend Without a Face) and Bernard Knowles (The 39 Steps) helmed many of the episodes, with Hammer stalwart Terence Fisher directing The Invisible Knife. The guest stars included Christopher Lee (At Night All Cats Are Grey), Anton Diffring (The Silent Vow), Patricia Owens (The New Invisible Man) and Anthony Newley (The Case of the Misguided Missal).
The episodes Hot Money, Death In The Dressing Room and The New Invisible Man were released as a theatrical release, and while only 12 episodes still exist as 35mm monochrome prints, the entire series has been made available by the Multicom Entertainment Group.
• Catch the first episode again tonight Monday 5 September then every night at 7.30pm on Talking Pictures TV (Sky 343, Freeview 81, YouView 81, Feesat 306)