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For other uses, see Spender (disambiguation).
Genre Drama
Created by Jimmy Nail
Ian La Frenais
Written by Jimmy Nail
Ian La Frenais
Kenneth Ladd
Val McLane
Directed by Mary McMurray
Roger Bamford
Starring Jimmy Nail
Theme music composer Tony McAnaney
Original language(s) English
No. of series 3
No. of episodes 20
Producer(s) Martin McKeand
Running time 50 mins
Production company(s) BBC Television/Big Boy Productions
Original network BBC One
Picture format 16:9
First shown in 1991
Original release 1991 – 1993

Spender is a BBC television drama set in Newcastle upon Tyne, written by Ian La Frenais and Jimmy Nail, who also starred. The series was produced by Martin McKeand (1-14). The series was broadcast on BBC between 1991 and 1993. In all, 20 episodes were produced across three series, and one feature length special, set in and filmed in France.

It focused on the life and exploits of Detective Sergeant Freddie Spender (Nail) who was often chosen to carry out more daring police cases. With his criminal sidekick Stick (Sammy Johnson), Spender was one of the more remarkable TV detectives of the 1990s. The series featured a large amount of back story for the main characters with many episodes dealing with Spender's domestic life, his family and circumstances. Some of the storylines were surprisingly dark; one episode featured the death of Spender's wife at the hands of a ruthless gangster, another on the kidnap of one of his daughters. No further series were produced after the special, despite the popularity of the show, and it being a smash hit for the BBC in terms of ratings.

Ford provided a Ford Sierra Sapphire RS Cosworth for each series.

Cast and characters[edit]

Character Portrayed by Role/Position Seasons
1 2 3
Freddie Spender Jimmy Nail Detective Sergeant Main
Kenneth Norman 'Stick' Oakley Sammy Johnson Criminal / Friend Main
Dan Boyd Berwick Kaler Detective Sergeant Main
Frances Spender Denise Welch Ex Wife Main
Keith Moreland Tony McAnaney Musician / Music store owner Supporting
Det. Chief Supt. Gillespie Peter Guinness Police Officer Main
Supt. Yelland Paul Greenwood Police Officer Main
Kate Spender Lynn Harrisson Daughter Supporting
Laura Spender Dawn Winlow Daughter Supporting

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