Sharman (TV series)

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Genre Crime drama
Written by
  • Tony Hoare
  • Guy Jenkin
  • Paul Abbott
  • Dusty Hughes
  • Mick Ford
Directed by
  • Suri Krishnama
  • Matthew Evans
  • Bob Bierman
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 5 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Tony Garnett
Producer(s) Bill Shapter
Running time 90 minutes
Production company(s) World Productions
Carlton Television
Distributor ITV Studios
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Original release 5 April 1995 (1995-04-05) – 25 November 1996 (1996-11-25)

Sharman is a British television crime drama series, broadcast on ITV1, starring Clive Owen, based on the "Nick Sharman" books written by London-based author Mark Timlin.[1]


The first episode, "The Turnaround", screened in 1995, was based on the book of the same name. The following year, a further four episodes screened. Each episode was ninety-minutes long, and all except the last episode were based on novels by Timlin of the same titles. The final episode, which does not appear to have been given an individual title, was an original story, though one scene was taken from the Timlin novel Pretend We're Dead.[2]

Clive Owen stars as the protagonist, South London private detective Nick Sharman. Other regular cast members included John Salthouse as Detective Inspector Jack Robber, a seedy but cunning police officer, and Roberta Taylor, as Aggie. Guest stars in the series included Ray Winstone, Keith Allen and Samantha Janus. The pilot episode was released on VHS in 1995.[3] The entire series, including the pilot, was released on DVD in 2010.[4]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1 "The Turnaround" Suri Krishnamma Tony Hoare 5 April 1995 (1995-04-05)
Sharman is approached by a man who is desperate to find out who was responsible for the murder of his sister and her family.
2 "Take The A-Train" Bob Bierman Guy Jenkin 4 November 1996 (1996-11-04)
Sharman is approached by a grieving widow and agrees to take on the case of a former colleague who is found murdered.
3 "Hearts of Stone" Bob Bierman Paul Abbott 11 November 1996 (1996-11-11)
Sharman is angered when he is tricked by Drugs Squad officers into going undercover to infiltrate a dangerous South London gang.
4 "A Good Year For The Roses" Matthew Evans Dusty Hughes 18 November 1996 (1996-11-18)
Sharman agrees to act as protector for a lesbian dance couple who are being threatened and harassed by their former manager.
5 "Untitled" Matthew Evans Mick Ford 25 November 1996 (1996-11-25)
Sharman is approached by a bank manager who wants to find out who is using his bank to launder counterfeit money.


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