Stryker of the Yard

1961 | United Kingdom

Stryker of the Yard featured "The plain clothed men of the C.I.D." the TV Times of 1964 informs us. 

The series did in fact start out as a number of early 1950s b-movies, originally made for the cinema and was distributed throughout the UK by British Lion Films. These were then cut down for US television where the 35-minute films were condensed to a 25-minute format and shown on NBC in 1957. In November 1961 the first of a series of 15 episodes was shown in some ITV regions in a late night slot. 

All the episodes were titled The Case of... starting with The Case of The Black Falcon and ending with The Case of Uncle Henry in January 1962. The series was repeated in 1964 then occasionally between 1966 and 1972 with a final complete run on Channel Television. 

Welsh actor Clifford Evans played the lead, his first major television role, before playing a major part in The Power Game, as building tycoon Caswell Bligh. He is also notable for having been among several British actors to play the character of Number Two in the sixties cult TV series The Prisoner.

Published on February 4th, 2019. Written by Laurence Marcus for Television Heaven.