The Odd Man

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The Odd Man
Created by Edward Boyd
Starring Moultrie Kelsall
William Mervyn
Keith Barron
Geoffrey Toone
Edwin Richfield
Sarah Lawson
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 32
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 19 October 1960 (1960-10-19) – 13 September 1963 (1963-09-13)
It's Dark Outside
Created by Marc Brandel
Starring William Mervyn
Keith Barron
John Carson
June Tobin
John Stratton
Veronica Strong
Anthony Ainley
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 16
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 3 January 1964 (1964-01-03) – 23 April 1965 (1965-04-23)
Mr. Rose
Created by Philip Mackie
Starring William Mervyn
Donald Webster
Gillian Lewis
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 24
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Release
Original network ITV
Original release 17 February 1967 (1967-02-17) – 5 July 1968 (1968-07-05)

The Odd Man was a police series produced by Granada Television, running over four series between 1960 and 1963. The character of pompous police Chief Inspector Charles Rose (William Mervyn) at the start of series 3 cemented the show's popularity and The Odd Man turned out to be the first in a trilogy lasting most of the 1960s, during which Rose's character slowly developed and became increasingly genial as they progressed.

The Odd Man[edit]

This series originally dealt with the investigations of theatrical-agent-cum-detective Steve Gardiner (played by Geoffrey Toone in the first season, replaced by Edwin Richfield thereafter). Gardiner was the "odd man" of the series' title, and his encounters with the police in the form of Chief Inspector Gordon (Moultrie Kelsall) for series 1 and 2. Kelsall was replaced by Chief Inspector Charles Rose (William Mervyn) from series three onwards. Rose was assisted by Detective Sergeant Macbride (Alan Tilvern) who lasted just the one season. He was replaced by Detective Sergeant Swift (played by Keith Barron) for the final series in 1963.

It's Dark Outside[edit]

The characters of Rose and Swift were then given their own series, It's Dark Outside, which ran for two series in 1964 and 1965. The stories were edgy, with Barron's character frequently feeling repressed and confused by the turn of events, which often had him one step behind his superior's superior approach and attitude. Barron left at the end of series 1, to be replaced by Anthony Ainley in the role of Detective Sergeant Hunter.

Mr. Rose[edit]

The third and final series in the trilogy was Mr. Rose, and saw the title character enjoying retirement in Eastbourne. Rose attempted to write his memoirs but found himself being drawn into private detection instead.

The theme tune for Mr. Rose was by John Snow, and issued on a single as a cover version by Roy Budd on the Pye Records label in 1967. A separate cover version was recorded on the album Time For TV by Brian Fahey and his Orchestra, on the Studio 2 Stereo label. John Snow's original recording was recorded by the De Wolfe mood music library, and is not commercially available.

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