Thursday, 30 June 2016
430 The Enigma Files
First viewed : Spring 1980
This is one I'd forgotten about, a precursor to other cold case cop shows like Waking The Dead or New Tricks . Tom Adams from General Hospital played Nick Lewis, a Detective Chief Inspector whose unit specialised in re-opening unsolved crime cases. This being the era of Mrs Thatcher, he had a female boss who changed from Sharon Maughan to Carole Nimmons halfway through the series. Yorkshire comedian Duggie Brown provided some light relief as the unit's lab technician.
It was on BBC 2 at 9.30 pm on a Tuesday night and I doubt I caught more than a couple of episodes, without getting much involved. Adams was always the blandest , least interesting of the doctors on General Hospital and was more of a supporting player than a leading man. He was also getting on a bit for the action scenes . The series wasn't recommissioned after 15 episodes although it was repeated in full as part of BBC1's Friday night schedule in 1982. Adams wouldn't lead a series again and as time wore on you were more likely to see him doing adverts for DFS than TV drama. He died in 2014.
Contrary to what wikipedia currently says, there was a DVD of the series but it's hard to find now.