Top of the Cops

Friday, 10 April 2009, 6:25AM on ITV3

Who is the greatest television detective of all time? It’s time for ITV3 viewers to have their say. From Morse to Marple and PD James to Prime Suspect, TV detective dramas have captured the imaginations of viewers for decades. Now we pit them head-to-head to see who is the greatest super-sleuth of all time.

Will Gene Hunt’s immortal catchphrases see him crowned king of the cops? Or is Sherlock Holmes’ victory an elementary result? The top 50 TV detectives of all time are facing off against each other, but will viewers pick Prime Suspect or Juliet Bravo for their top female detective? Will Magnum or Poirot be in the top ten in a battle of the moustaches? And which famous double act will be the nation’s favourite – Starskey & Hutch, Cagney & Lacey, Crocket & Tubbs?

The winning countdown of detectives will be featured in a three-hour programme, which will interview the actors who immortalised the famous sleuths as well as writers, producers, and critics. Amongst these exclusive interviews the programme will show classic clips from each drama featured as we count down to the coveted number one slot and find out who will be crowned Britain’s favourite detective.

The results will be revealed in a 3 hour countdown programme, which will be the highlight of a weekend of programming showcasing some of the series which made these detectives the top of the cops.

Top of the Cops is commissioned by Diana Howie, (Commissioning Editor, Features) on behalf of Emma Tennant (Controller of ITV3 and CITV). The series is Executive Produced by Mark Robinson (Creative Director of Shiver).


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