Foyle's War was a British detective drama television series set during (and shortly after) the Second World War.''It starred Michael Kitchen as Foyle, Honeysuckle Weeks as his driver Sam Stewart and Anthony Powell as his sidekick sergeant Paul Milner

IN PICTURES: Detectives series from TV's past

Freeview is a haven for past detective and private eye series.

We take a look at some of the series still being shown - and those waiting for an outing.

The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.'' The programme's title derives from Sweeney Todd, which is Cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad. ''It starred John Thaw - who went on to play Morse - as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as his partner, Detective Sergeant George Carter. ''Waterman played a retired detective - Jerry Standing - in New Tricks.''Such was its popularity in the UK thatThe Sweeny spawned two feature film spin-offs, Sweeney! and Sweeney 2.''Great quotes: Regan to two violent thugs in answer to their query: Who are you, Jack Regan says: We're the Sweeny son, and we haven't had any dinner

5. Flying squad

The Sweeney is a 1970s British television police drama focusing on two members of the Flying Squad, a branch of the Metropolitan Police specialising in tackling armed robbery and violent crime in London.'' The programme's title derives from Sweeney Todd, which is Cockney rhyming slang for Flying Squad. ''It starred John Thaw - who went on to play Morse - as Detective Inspector Jack Regan and Dennis Waterman as his partner, Detective Sergeant George Carter. ''Waterman played a retired detective - Jerry Standing - in New Tricks.''Such was its popularity in the UK thatThe Sweeny spawned two feature film spin-offs, Sweeney! and Sweeney 2.''Great quotes: Regan to two violent thugs in answer to their query: Who are you, Jack Regan says: We're the Sweeny son, and we haven't had any dinner
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Shoestring was a British detective fiction drama series, set in an unnamed city in the west of England and filmed in Bristol, featuring the down-at-heel private detective Eddie Shoestring, played by Trevor Eve, who presents his own show on Radio West, a local radio station.

6. Anything but strait-laced

Shoestring was a British detective fiction drama series, set in an unnamed city in the west of England and filmed in Bristol, featuring the down-at-heel private detective Eddie Shoestring, played by Trevor Eve, who presents his own show on Radio West, a local radio station.
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Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the Lancashire town of Hartley. She is the first woman to be placed in charge of the station and initially there.''First to play Jean Darbly was  Stephanie Turner, and after the third series, she was replaced by Anna Carteret in the role of Inspector Kate Longton.

7. Yes Ma'am

Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the Lancashire town of Hartley. She is the first woman to be placed in charge of the station and initially there.''First to play Jean Darbly was Stephanie Turner, and after the third series, she was replaced by Anna Carteret in the role of Inspector Kate Longton.
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Police Woman is an American television Police procedural starring Angie Dickinson.''The series revolves around Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson  an undercover police officer working for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. 'Sergeant William "Bill" Crowley (Earl Holliman) was her immediate superior.'' In many episodes, Pepper went undercover (as a prostitute, nurse, teacher, flight attendant, prison inmate, dancer, waitress, etc.) in order to get close enough to the suspects to gain valuable information that would lead to their arrest.

8. Sgt Pepper's parade

Police Woman is an American television Police procedural starring Angie Dickinson.''The series revolves around Sgt. "Pepper" Anderson an undercover police officer working for the Criminal Conspiracy Unit of the Los Angeles Police Department. 'Sergeant William "Bill" Crowley (Earl Holliman) was her immediate superior.'' In many episodes, Pepper went undercover (as a prostitute, nurse, teacher, flight attendant, prison inmate, dancer, waitress, etc.) in order to get close enough to the suspects to gain valuable information that would lead to their arrest.
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