Sergeant Cork

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Sergeant Cork
Series titles over a street sign for the Criminal Investigation Department
Genre Police drama
Created by Ted Willis
Starring John Barrie
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 66
Producer(s) Jack Williams
Running time 50 minutes
Production company(s) ATV
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3 Monochrome
Audio format Mono
Original release 1963 – 1968

Sergeant Cork is a British detective television series which first aired between 1963 and 1968 on ATV. It was a police procedural show that followed the efforts of two police officers and their battle against crime in Victorian London. In all 66 hour-long episodes were aired during the five-year run, although the last episode was not broadcast until January 1968, 16 months after the others.[1] Journalist Tom Sutcliffe has been credited as a first example of the use of the Victorian-era policeman in a television crime series.[2]

A 1969 review in The Age opined that rather than suspense, the strengths of the series were its "[e]xcellent period settings and wonderfully thick pea-soupers" which "add up to splendid evocative stuff", as well as the performance of star John Barrie.[3]

At no time during the whole series is Sergeant Cork's first name given.


Other actors appearing in two or more episodes included:

DVD Releases[edit]

Network DVD has released the entire series on Region 2, PAL DVD in the UK. The second series was an exclusive two-disc set on their website which has since been re-released on 3 September 2012, the third set was also a four disc set and it's available through the Network website. Series 4 became widely available from both the Network website and other retailers on 6 August 2012.[6] Series 5 was released on 19 November 2012, and Series 6 on 18 March 2013.