Diamonds (Canadian TV series)

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Diamonds
Written byJohn Brason
Starring
Theme music composerDominic Troiano
Country of originCanada
France
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes44
Production
Executive producer(s)Sonny Grosso
Larry Jacobson
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Alliance Entertainment
Grosso-Jacobson Productions
Release
Original networkGlobal (Canada)
CBS (United States)
Original releaseSeptember 22, 1987 (1987-09-22) –
1989 (1989)

Diamonds is a French and Canadian-produced television series, which aired from September 22, 1987 to 1989. The show starred Nicholas Campbell as Mike Devitt and Peggy Smithhart as Christina Towne, former actors who had met and married while playing private investigators on a TV series called Two of Diamonds, and continued to work together as real private investigators after both their divorce and the cancellation of their show.[1]

The show was frequently compared to the American series Moonlighting. In a direct nod to the comparison, one episode actually featured an encounter with a character who mistook Devitt and Towne for Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd.

The cast also included Roland Magdane, Geraint Wyn Davies and Tony Rosato. Campbell was also an occasional writer for the series.

Produced by Alliance Entertainment, the series aired on Global in Canada, and in a late night slot on CBS in the United States,[2] as well as on the USA Network. It was one of several Canadian-produced drama series to air in the CBS Late Night block of crime dramas — others included Adderly, Night Heat and Hot Shots. Of those shows, it was the only one to explicitly acknowledge that it was set in Toronto.[3]

Diamonds also aired on RTÉ Television in Ireland.

Cast[edit]

Episodes[edit]

Season 1: 1987–88[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
11"Poison Pill"TBATBASeptember 22, 1987 (1987-09-22)
22"Kiss & Tell"TBATBASeptember 29, 1987 (1987-09-29)
33"There Once Was a Lady from Katmandu"TBATBAOctober 6, 1987 (1987-10-06)
44"Here Comes the Bride"TBATBAOctober 13, 1987 (1987-10-13)
55"Domestic Spirits"TBATBAOctober 20, 1987 (1987-10-20)
66"Class Reunion"TBATBANovember 3, 1987 (1987-11-03)
77"Good Hands"TBATBANovember 10, 1987 (1987-11-10)
88"The Smiling Mortician"TBATBANovember 17, 1987 (1987-11-17)
99"Fan Club"TBATBAJanuary 5, 1988 (1988-01-05)
1010"Little Girl Lost"TBATBAJanuary 12, 1988 (1988-01-12)
1111"When the Wind Blows"TBATBAFebruary 2, 1988 (1988-02-02)
1212"Ay, There's the Rub"TBATBAFebruary 9, 1988 (1988-02-09)
1313"There's No Business"TBATBAFebruary 23, 1988 (1988-02-23)
1414"Family Plot"TBATBAMarch 1, 1988 (1988-03-01)
1515"Sweetheart Deal"TBATBAMarch 8, 1988 (1988-03-08)
1616"The Final Cut"TBATBAMarch 29, 1988 (1988-03-29)
1717"Man with a Gun"TBATBAApril 5, 1988 (1988-04-05)
1818"Where There's a Will"TBATBAApril 12, 1988 (1988-04-12)
1919"The Whistle Blower"TBATBAMay 3, 1988 (1988-05-03)
2020"Ghost Writer"TBATBAMay 10, 1988 (1988-05-10)
2121"Exposure"TBATBAMay 17, 1988 (1988-05-17)
2222"Goodbye Chain"TBATBAMay 24, 1988 (1988-05-24)

Season 2: 1988–89[edit]

No.
overall
No. in
season
Title Directed by Written by Original air date
231"A Couple of Couples"Mario AzzopardiNick ArnoldDecember 4, 1988 (1988-12-04)
242"All Bets Off"Mark SobelTBADecember 11, 1988 (1988-12-11)
253"Leap of Faith"TBATBADecember 18, 1988 (1988-12-18)
264"By the Book"Randy BradshawTBAJanuary 10, 1989 (1989-01-10)
275"Separate Ways"Mark SobelTBAJanuary 24, 1989 (1989-01-24)
286"Life is a Lot Like Hockey"René BonnièreChris AuerFebruary 7, 1989 (1989-02-07)
297"Family Business"TBATBAFebruary 21, 1989 (1989-02-21)
308"Le Cheval: Part 1"TBATBAApril 16, 1989 (1989-04-16)
319"Le Cheval: Part 2"TBATBAApril 23, 1989 (1989-04-23)
3210"Back in Fashion"TBATBAApril 30, 1989 (1989-04-30)
3311"Coming of Age"TBATBAMay 14, 1989 (1989-05-14)
3412"Doctor, Lawyer, Liar, Thief"TBATBAJuly 16, 1989 (1989-07-16)
3513"Lady Blue"TBATBAAugust 13, 1989 (1989-08-13)
3614"Hot Property"TBATBAAugust 20, 1989 (1989-08-20)
3715"Payola"TBATBAAugust 27, 1989 (1989-08-27)
3816"Voodoo"TBATBA1989 (1989)
3917"The List"TBATBA1989 (1989)
4018"Street Song"TBATBA1989 (1989)
4119"Dinosaur"TBATBA1989 (1989)
4220"13 Bis"TBATBA1989 (1989)
4321"Death Kiss"TBATBA1989 (1989)
4422"The Silver Leaf"TBATBADecember 3, 1989 (1989-12-03)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "'I'd be happy to do this forever' Series has Campbell beaming". The Globe and Mail, August 27, 1987.
  2. ^ "TV and movie company enjoys $70-million year". Toronto Star, November 24, 1987.
  3. ^ "Private networks making progress developing Canadian content". Ottawa Citizen, September 10, 1988.

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