The Strange Report

1968 | United Kingdom

Anthony Quayle starred as retired Scotland Yard Commissioner turned private pathologist Adam Strange who was called into action whenever the authorities were baffled. 

Strange employed the latest techniques in forensic investigation, which he undertook in his own laboratory in his Paddington flat. The series was a little too strange for critics at the time who found many of the off-beat plots just a little too baffling. The Sunday Times described it as "pretty well incomprehensible and wholly barmy." 

The show was produced by London born Norman Felton who had produced long running US series' Dr Kildare and The Man From U.N.C.L.E. Originally it was planned to have the first 16 episodes filmed in the UK before moving to the US for the last 16. But this fell through and only the British episodes were made. 

The series starred the obligatory US actor Kaz Garas and also former Doctor Who girl Anneke Wills. Quayle was more likely to be seen at the theatre than on television and although he starred in numerous TV movies (such as Moses the Lawgiver, this was his only leading role in a series of any length. 

The full series was released on DVD in the UK by Network and an impressive list of guest stars can be seen in the episodes include John Thaw, Ian Ogilvy, Martin Shaw, Richard O'Sullivan and Bernard Lee.

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