Top TV Detectives
Benedict Cumberbatch as Sherlock and Martin Freeman as his able sidekick Dr. Watson have breathed new life into a Sherlock for the new millennium with laptops, computer graphics and forensics just as important as Sherlock's 'nose' for solving a case.
Starsky & Hutch
Starsky & Hutch (played by Paul Michael Glaser and David Soul) were the archetypal, seventies LA cops, racing around in their iconic red Ford Gran Torino with go-faster stripes and getting most of their inside information from street informer Huggy Bear, played by Antonio Fargas.
"Just one more thing m'aam." Quirky raincoat-wearing TV tec Columbo (played by Peter Falk) seemed totally unsuited to tec work but his unorthodox, at times slovenly methods always got results!
David Suchet followed in the footsteps of Albert Finney, Sir Peter Ustinov and Alfred Molina in his portrayal of the famous Belgian detective Hercule Poirot but he made the role his own and was so successful that there are rumours of a comeback!
John Thaw played highbrow sleuth Chief Inspector Morse, who loved poetry, art and opera. He was based on the character from Colin Dexter's novels.
"Who loves ya baby!" Telly Savalas played Lieutenant Theo Kojak, a lollipop-sucking, unconventional New York detective. Savalas made the role so successful that bald was soon cool!
Set in Jersey and played by John Nettles, this series featured detective Jim Bergerac, a recovering alcoholic who took on corrupt businessmen and public figures on the island.
Gene Hunt & Sam Tyler
Witty banter, great period detail and a fantastic soundtrack combined to make time-travelling detective tale Life On Mars a massive hit when it first aired on TV screens in 2006. Sony Entertainment Television will be repeating the series in June!
Tom Selleck made the handlebar moustache cool again in his portrayal of Thomas Magnum, the Hawaii-based private detective with a nice line in fast cars and loud shirts.