The Chinese Detective

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The Chinese Detective
This is the main title caption that was seen throughout the series.
Created by Ian Kennedy Martin
Starring David Yip
Derek Martin
Robert Lee
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 14
Running time 1 Hour
Original channel BBC
Original run 30 April 1981 – 5 November 1982

The Chinese Detective is a British television series, transmitted by the BBC between 1981 and 1982 and created by Ian Kennedy Martin, who had previously devised The Sweeney and Juliet Bravo.

The series starred British-born Chinese actor David Yip as Detective Sergeant John Ho, and offered traditional police procedural storylines in a setting of occasional prejudice and distrust within the police force, and the prejudice displayed by those Ho encounters whilst doing his job. Like many other TV detectives, Ho was something of a maverick, often using unorthodox methods to solve crimes.

Ho's immediate superior in the police force was Det. Insp. Berwick (Derek Martin) and he was also often seen visiting his father Joe (Robert Lee) at his restaurant for advice.

Like many British TV detectives of the 1980s TV era, DS Ho drove a 'classic' car - in his case a Morris Minor Traveller.


Episode list[edit]

Series 1: 1981[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
1 1 "Release" Ian Toynton Ian Kennedy Martin 30 April 1981 (1981-04-30)
Guest stars: Alan Ford, Shirley Stelfox
2 2 "Hammer And Nails" Terry Green Ian Kennedy Martin 7 May 1981 (1981-05-07)
Guest stars: Brian Croucher, Matthew Scurfield, John Judd, James Marcus, David Sibley, Keith Hodiak
3 3 "The Four from Fulham" Ian Toynton Ian Kennedy Martin 14 May 1981 (1981-05-14)
Guest stars: Michael Melia, Peter Dean, John Judd
4 4 "Income Tax" Ian Toynton Ian Kennedy Martin 21 May 1981 (1981-05-21)
Guest stars: Lee Montague, Marc Zuber, Bill Treacher, Renu Setna, Dicken Ashworth, Ishia Bennison
5 5 "Washing" Tom Clegg Ian Kennedy Martin 28 May 1981 (1981-05-28)
6 6 "Ice And Dust" Tom Clegg Ian Kennedy Martin 4 June 1981 (1981-06-04)
Guest stars: Ian Hendry, Roger Sloman, Michael Melia

Series 2: 1982[edit]

Ep Title Directed by: Written by: Air date
7 1 "Trials" Ian Toynton Ian Kennedy Martin 10 September 1982 (1982-09-10)
Guest stars: Maurice Denham, Frank Gatliff
8 2 "Oblomov" Terence Williams Ian Kennedy Martin 17 September 1982 (1982-09-17)
Guest stars: Michael Barrington, Alan Ford, John Savident, Albert Moses, Robert Russell
9 3 "Wheels Between Wheels" David Green Ian Kennedy Martin 24 September 1982 (1982-09-24)
Guest stars: Rudolph Walker, George Sewell, Rosemary Martin
10 4 "Tapdancer" Ian Toynton Ian Kennedy Martin 1 October 1982 (1982-10-01)
Guest stars: Edward Hardwicke, Bryan Marshall, Linda Marlowe, Pam St. Clement
11 5 "Bounty Hunter" Laurence Moody Eddie Boyd 8 October 1982 (1982-10-08)
Guest stars: Maurice Roëves, Michael Attwell
12 6 "Chorale" Jeremy Summers Ian Kennedy Martin 15 October 1982 (1982-10-15)
Guest stars: George Baker, Derren Nesbitt
13 7 "Pasts" Leonard Lewis Eddie Boyd 22 October 1982 (1982-10-22)
Guest stars: James Ellis, Peter Copley, John Collin, Patsy Smart
14 8 "Secret State" Brian Lighthill Ian Kennedy Martin 5 November 1982 (1982-11-05)
Guest stars: Tony Caunter, Patrick Malahide, Michael Robbins, Anna Wing

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