Yellowthread Street

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Yellowthread Street
Genre Action
Developed by Ranald Graham
Starring Ray Lonnen
Doreen Chan
Bruce Payne
Robert Taylor
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Keith Richardson
Producer(s) Ranald Graham
Running time 52 minutes
Production company(s) Yorkshire Television
Original network ITV
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release 13 January (1990-01-13) – 7 April 1990 (1990-04-07)

Yellowthread Street is a 1990 ITV police drama about detectives of the Royal Hong Kong Police developed and produced by Ranald Graham based on the novels by William Leonard Marshall.

In the Yellowthread Street series, the detectives of the Yellowthread Street police station in fictitious Hong Bay, Hong Kong -- DCI Harry Feiffer, a European born and raised in Hong Kong; Senior Inspector Christopher O'Yee, half-Chinese, half-Caucasian American, and all neurotic; and the ever-bickering team of Inspectors Auden and Spencer -- attempt to find the rational basis for inexplicable and seemingly bizarre crimes. For example, in 1988's Out of Nowhere, DCI Feiffer must figure out why in the pre-dawn hours, four people in a plate-glass-filled van with Chinese opera blaring out the tape deck were driving on the wrong side of a deserted motorway, miles from the nearest on-ramp, before dying in a violent collision with an oncoming lorry. And why, moments before the collision, did one of the passengers shoot the van driver?

Thirteen fifty-minute episodes were made.[citation needed]

Cast members included: Ray Lonnen, Bruce Payne, Robert Taylor, Tzi Ma, Mark McGann and Catherine Neilson. Tetchie Agbayani appeared in one episode.

Yellowthread Street Novels[edit]

  • Yellowthread Street (1975)
  • The Hatchet Man (1976)
  • Gelignite (1976)
  • Thin Air (1977)
  • Skulduggery (1979)
  • Sci-fi (1981)
  • Perfect End (1981)
  • War Machine (1982)
  • The Far Away Man (1984)
  • Roadshow (1985)
  • Head First (1986)
  • Frogmouth (1987)
  • Out of Nowhere (1988)
  • Inches (1994)
  • Nightmare Syndrome (1997)
  • To The End (1998)



Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
Original airdate
1 "Power Play" David Wilks Ian Studdard TBA 13 January 1990 (1990-01-13)
2 "The Lost Man" Eric Wendell Roger Cheveley TBA 20 January 1990 (1990-01-20)
3 "Key Witness" Robert Hammond Syd McCartney TBA 27 January 1990 (1990-01-27)
4 "Middleman" David Wilks Roger Cheveley TBA 3 February 1990 (1990-02-03)
5 "Angel Eyes" Lawrence Gray Syd McCartney TBA 10 February 1990 (1990-02-10)
6 "Fan Tan Man" Steve Burns Roger Cheveley TBA 17 February 1990 (1990-02-17)
7 "Rummy's Cut" Claude Harz Gerry Mill TBA 24 February 1990 (1990-02-24)
8 "Sprint Runner" William Marshall Gerry Mill TBA 3 March 1990 (1990-03-03)
9 "The Red Pole" Steve Burns Ian Studdard TBA 10 March 1990 (1990-03-10)
10 "Chinese Boxes" Phil O'Shea Ian Studdard TBA 17 March 1990 (1990-03-17)
11 "Slicing the Dragon" Robert Hammond Syd McCartney TBA 24 March 1990 (1990-03-24)
12 "Big Circle" Steve Burns Gerry Mill TBA 31 March 1990 (1990-03-31)
13 "I Knew a Man" Lawrence Gray Tim Dowd TBA 7 April 1990 (1990-04-07)


The series was well received by most, however one reviewer opined that "its chiefest goal seemed to have been to explore just how very badly a dramatization can corrupt and befoul the ideas and characters of a book"[1] On the other hand, many viewers celebrated the new technology involved with the production, including the fact that this was one of the first British TV series to use stereo sound as opposed to mono, and was the cause of many teenagers to plug in hi-fi speakers to their TVs for this reason alone.[citation needed]


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