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Opening title card
Genre Drama
Created by Kenneth Royce
Starring Don Henderson
Siobhan Redmond
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 20
Location(s) Greater Manchester, England
Running time 60 minutes
Production company(s) Granada Television
Original network ITV
Original release 5 June 1985 – 8 August 1987

Bulman is a Granada TV series which ran from 1985–1987 and followed the fortunes of the major character from the earlier XYY Man and Strangers series.[1][2][3]

Bulman was based - increasingly loosely - on the character featured in the XYY Man novels by Kenneth Royce.[4]

In this incarnation, Don Henderson appeared again as former Detective Chief Inspector George Bulman, ostensibly retired from police work and repairing old clocks but active as a private investigator, with Lucy McGinty (played by Siobhan Redmond) as his (Scottish) assistant (the character was intended to be Irish, with a line explaining her accent added once Redmond was cast). They are frequently drawn into the clandestine world of the secret service through the machinations of security chief Dugdale (Thorley Walters) or Bulman's one-time police boss Lambie (Mark McManus).[citation needed]





Series 1[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Guest stars
1 "Winds of Change" William Brayne Murray Smith 5 June 1985 (1985-06-05) Dennis Blanch, Gary Holton, Valerie Lush, Simon Molloy
2 "The Daughter Was a Dancer" Ken Grieve Murray Smith 12 June 1985 (1985-06-12) Shirley Dixon, Neil Cunningham, David Hargreaves, Paul Angelis
3 "Pandora's Many Boxes" Christopher King Murray Smith 19 June 1985 (1985-06-19) Dennis Blanch, Clive Francis, Basil Henson, Hugh Dickson, Michael Sheard
4 "Death of a Hitman" Bill Gilmour Murray Smith 26 June 1985 (1985-06-26) Alun Armstrong, Tommy Boyle, Phillada Sewell, Lynda Marchal
5 "The Name of the Game" William Brayne Murray Smith 3 July 1985 (1985-07-03) George Sewell, Leslie Grantham, Lesley Manville
6 "One of Our Pigeons Is Missing" Charlie Nairn Murray Smith 10 July 1985 (1985-07-10) Ursula Howells, Murray Melvin
7 "Sins of Omission" Roger Tucker Murray Smith 17 July 1985 (1985-07-17) George Pravda, Christopher Villiers, Emma Relph, Katia Tchenko
8 "Another Part of the Jungle" Christopher King Henry Livings 24 July 1985 (1985-07-24) Freddie Jones, Godfrey James, Avis Bunnage
9 "Born Into the Purple" Bill Gilmour Paul Wheeler 31 July 1985 (1985-07-31) Pauline Jamieson, Alan David
10 "A Cup for the Winner" David Carson Murray Smith 7 August 1985 (1985-08-07) Bruce Boa, Anthony May, Richard Caldicot
11 "I Met a Man Who Wasn't There" Ken Grieve Henry Livings 14 August 1985 (1985-08-14) Peter Wyngarde, Sheila Hancock, Stefan Kalipha, Ken Campbell, Claire Nielson, Peter Childs
12 "A Moveable Feast" Bill Gilmour Paul Wheeler 21 August 1985 (1985-08-21) Tony Anholt, Carolyn Pickles, Simon Chandler, Colette O'Neil, Peter Brayham, Jonathan Elsom
13 "A Man of Conviction" Tom Cotter Murray Smith 28 August 1985 (1985-08-28) Alfred Lynch, Prentis Hancock, Richard Grayson, Tom Chadbon, Tim Wylton

Series 2[edit]

Episode # Title Directed by Written by Original airdate Guest stars
14 "Chinese Whispers" William Brayne Murray Smith 20 June 1987 (1987-06-20) Alfred Lynch, David Horovitch, John Forgeham
15 "Death by Misadventure" David Carson Murray Smith 27 June 1987 (1987-06-27) Robert Hardy, Iain Cuthbertson, George Irving, Ian Bleasdale, Jane Cox
16 "White Lies" Gareth Morgan Murray Smith 4 July 1987 (1987-07-04) Amanda Hillwood, Emrys James, Stephen Dillon, Karl Johnson, Peter Jonfield, Eamonn Walker
17 "Chicken of the Baskervilles" William Brayne Murray Smith 18 July 1987 (1987-07-18) Ingrid Pitt, Tony Mathews, Peter Armitage, Rosalind Knight
18 "Thin Ice" Bruce MacDonald Murray Smith 25 July 1987 (1987-07-25) Graham Crowden, Jack Shepherd
19 "W.C. Fields Was Right" Sarah Harding Murray Smith 1 August 1987 (1987-08-01) Tony Doyle, Albert Welling, Ken Campbell, Susan Tracy
20 "Ministry of Accidents" Brian Mills Murray Smith 8 August 1987 (1987-08-08) Shaughan Seymour, Katrin Cartlidge, John Rapley


  1. ^ "Sins of Omission (1985)". 
  2. ^ TV.com. "Bulman". 
  3. ^ Newcomb, Horace; Newcomb, Lambdin Kay Distinguished Professor for the Peabody Awards Horace (3 February 2014). "Encyclopedia of Television". Routledge – via Google Books. 
  4. ^ TV.com. "The XYY Man". 

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