The Detectives

The BEST episodes of The Detectives

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

The Detectives began life as a regular sketch on Jasper Carrott's 'Canned Carrott' series. Jasper, and his long time friend Robert Powell (As Jasper said 'He was once Jesus Christ and now I've got him down to my level), play Bob Louis and Dave Briggs, two detective constables so happless, it is inconcievable that they ever graduated from Hendon police school. Their boss 'the super' although worn out by their inabillities within police work, always had a special bond for them, and partook in a love-hate relationship with them. The Super, Frank Cottom, was played by veteran London actor George Sewell. There are subtle differences from the sketch to the TV series. For instance, in the sketches, Dave Briggs was married, yet both Bob and Dave are single in the series, and it is made clear that they both lack in romantic experience.

Last Updated: 3/6/2022Network: BBC One
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Cardiac Arrest
star
8.70
40 votes

#1 - Cardiac Arrest

Season 5 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/21/1997

When a gang member is shot during a getaway, Briggs and Louis are dispatched to the hospital. But with so many sick people, doctors and nurses around, Louis' hypochondria knows no bounds...

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Teed Off
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8.55
67 votes

#2 - Teed Off

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/10/1993

Johnny McKenna is an arms dealer and a keen golfer. Briggs and Louis have to get evidence of his illegal activities.

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Hostage
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8.53
96 votes

#3 - Hostage

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/3/1993

A fanatical murderer has escaped from prison and Superintendent Cottam orders Briggs and Louis to catch him but the two detectives would rather be watching the F.A. Cup Final.

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Never Without Protection
star
8.51
51 votes

#4 - Never Without Protection

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 3/16/1994

A Duchess keeps appearing in the tabloids canoodling withher police bodyguards. What the Super needs are two completely unappealing detectives...

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Rear Window
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8.47
17 votes

#5 - Rear Window

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 4/6/1994

While Louis is confined to a wheelchair, he witnesses a brutal crime of passion, but has trouble convincing Briggs that it wasn't all in his mind.

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Back to Class
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8.38
16 votes

#6 - Back to Class

Season 4 - Episode 3 - Aired 2/29/1996

After Briggs and Louis manage to murder the last female white-flippered turtle on the planet, they are only too pleased to investigate a drug scandal at an exclusive girls school.

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Studs
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8.28
67 votes

#7 - Studs

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/24/1993

Briggs and Louis find themselves on an assignment in Jersey. It isn't long before they get on the wrong side of Jim Bergerac.

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Strangers in Paradise
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8.23
62 votes

#8 - Strangers in Paradise

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 3/3/1993

Gangster Tony Mazola has been murdered. Superintendent Cottam thinks that gang warfare may be about to start. He sends Briggs and Louis on an undercover assignment to the Paradise Club in the East End of London.

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The Wembley Stadium Mystery
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8.20
15 votes

#9 - The Wembley Stadium Mystery

Season 4 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/14/1996

Although Louis and Briggs have been assigned to a security operation at Wembley Stadium, they have their minds on winning the police table football tournament.

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Best Man
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8.19
16 votes

#10 - Best Man

Season 5 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/11/1997

Much to his and everybody else's astonishment, Briggs is chosen to be best man at a colleague's wedding. When he discovers just who the bride's father is, Briggs isn't exactly keen either...

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The Curse of the Comanches
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8.17
12 votes

#11 - The Curse of the Comanches

Season 5 - Episode 4 - Aired 2/4/1997

When Briggs and Louis, helped by a mysterious Commanch Chief, go on the hunt for a sacred Indian carving, they soon find themselves on the trail of tragedy, death and disaster...

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Fur Coat, No Knickers
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8.15
13 votes

#12 - Fur Coat, No Knickers

Season 4 - Episode 2 - Aired 2/22/1996

Louis and Briggs are called in to investigate a murder that has taken place during the re-creation of a medieval battle scene. However they are more concerned with the police football quiz.

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Witness
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8.08
25 votes

#13 - Witness

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 3/9/1994

Two tough detectives are required to go undercover at a monastery. Unable to find any, the Super employs Briggs and Louis.

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Between a Rock and a Hard Place
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8.07
14 votes

#14 - Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 2/6/1995

After 30 years of watching and waiting, Superintendent Cottam ropes the boys into helping him catch notorious bullion thief, Ronnie Richardson.

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Mine's a Large One
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8.07
14 votes

#15 - Mine's a Large One

Season 5 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/18/1997

Briggs and Louis have found their true vocation - the river police. With peace, quiet and the total absence of any type of crime, it seems like paradise. Then the boat runs into an unexploded WWII river mine...

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Sparring Partners
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8.07
45 votes

#16 - Sparring Partners

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 3/30/1994

Briggs and Louis masquerade as the manager and trainer of a boxer as they investigate a steroid that promotes raw aggression - and enhances sexual prowess.

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What the Butler Saw
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8.02
103 votes

#17 - What the Butler Saw

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/27/1993

When the Earl of Lisson is murdered, Briggs and Louis try to discover ""who dunnit"".

Directors: Ed Bye
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Collared
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8.02
52 votes

#18 - Collared

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 3/2/1994

Suspended after an unfortunate incident involving the Queen, Briggs and Louis decide tore gain favour by nicking some serious East End villains.

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Dutch Cops
star
8.00
49 votes

#19 - Dutch Cops

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/23/1994

On Customs and Excise duty, Briggs and Louis find themselves trapped in the back of a pilchard lorry - with a large quantity of diamonds.

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Flash
star
8.00
21 votes

#20 - Flash

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/16/1995

After mixing their drinks at the policemen's ball, Louis and Briggs confront a new horror involving a flasher, a Marquess and the commissioner's wife.

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The Beast of Hackney Marshes
star
8.00
12 votes

#21 - The Beast of Hackney Marshes

Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/28/1997

A night patrolling the marshes, on the lookout for an escaped bear, is really not what our heroes had in mind - particularly when their umbrella act for the Super's variety show is really coming together.

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Art Attack
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7.89
18 votes

#22 - Art Attack

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 1/23/1995

When forced to transfer into the Fine Arts Squad, our heroes are despatched to recover the latest artistic creation of 'enfant terrible' Hadyn Smailes - a pair of maracas, a tin of peaches and a fish tank of the artist's own urine.

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Sacked
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7.82
11 votes

#23 - Sacked

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 3/7/1996

There's a new person in charge of 'C' Division - and she's a woman. As Briggs and Louis find themselves heading for the career dustpan an unexpected saviour appears...

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On Thin Ice
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7.72
18 votes

#24 - On Thin Ice

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 1/30/1995

When Briggs and Louis investigate an attack on a top figure skater, the pair wind up on ice but fail to gain marks for artistic interpretation.

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Special Branch
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7.71
17 votes

#25 - Special Branch

Season 5 - Episode 1 - Aired 1/14/1997

The Superintendent selects the duo for a particularly sensitive assignment. His granddaughter has become involved in an anti-road protest and he needs Louis and Briggs to 'rescue' her.

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