The Detectives. Image shows from L to R: Dave Briggs (Robert Powell), Bob Louis (Jasper Carrott). Copyright: Celador Productions.

The Detectives

BBC One sitcom about incompetent detectives. 31 episodes (5 series), 1993 - 1997. Stars Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell and George Sewell.

The Detectives. Image shows from L to R: Dave Briggs (Robert Powell), Superintendent Cottam (George Sewell), Bob Louis (Jasper Carrott), Bob Louis (Jasper Carrott), Superintendent Cottam (George Sewell), Dave Briggs (Robert Powell). Copyright: Celador Productions.

The Detectives

Sitcom starring Robert Powell and Jasper Carrott as Dave Briggs and Bob Louis, the Met's most incompetent detectives

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1993 - 1997
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
31   (5 series)
Starring
Jasper Carrott, Robert Powell and George Sewell
Writers
Steve Knight and Mike Whitehill
Directors
Ed Bye and Graeme Harper
Producers
Ed Bye and Nic Phillips

Detectives Dave Briggs and Bob Louis are incompetent to the extreme; a real 'dumb and dumber' duo. However, their stupidity is accompanied by amazing luck, and as such they always manage to come out on top, despite being ever on the edge of getting fired.

Production Details

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Laugh track
Recorded at screening

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 27th January 1993 on BBC One at 8pm
Last new broadcast
Sunday 28th December 1997 on BBC One at 8pm
Last repeat
Tuesday 29th January 2013 at 2:20am on CC Extra

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