Charters and Caldicott (TV series)

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Charters and Caldicott
Written by Keith Waterhouse
Directed by Julian Amyes
Starring Robin Bailey
Michael Aldridge
Caroline Blakiston
Gerard Murphy
Tessa Peake-Jones
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Ron Craddock
Running time 50 Minutes
Original network BBC One
Original release 10 January (1985-01-10) – 14 February 1985 (1985-02-14)

Charters and Caldicott is a 1985 BBC mystery series featuring the characters Charters and Caldicott from the Hitchcock film The Lady Vanishes but updated to the 1980s. It comprised six 50 minute episodes broadcast on BBC1 at 9.25pm on Thursdays from 10 January to 14 February 1985.


The story shows the pair in their retirement. Caldicott lives in the splendid Viceroy Court in Marylebone, whilst Charters is a widower living in a country cottage near Reigate, travelling up to his Pall Mall club on a Green Line bus (hailing it on the street as if it were a taxi). When a young girl is found murdered in Caldicott's flat, Charters and Caldicott forsake their regular Friday lunch and cinema visit to involve themselves in solving the crime. Inevitably, the plot involves the game of cricket, with the two finding coded messages in a letter that purports to correct errors in the description of a game in the Wisden Cricketers' Almanack, the official Bible of first-class cricket.



  • Keith Waterhouse – Writer
  • Julian Amyes – Director
  • Ron Craddock – Producer

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