Murder, mystery and suspense have been a staple of the TV schedules for as long as there have been TV schedules. There was actually a TV series called Murder, Mystery and Suspense, so I rest my case. Here at The Buckshot Brogue Library, we’ve looked beyond the blindingly obvious of title to point you in the direction of some rarely seen or long-forgotten televisual treats.

Some of these shows never finished their run on TV, being judged too weird or too controversial for audiences at the time, and have been dusted down by enthusiasts to see the light of day on DVD or YouTube. Some were big in their day and have fallen by the wayside. In most cases, the theme tunes are extremely catchy and the fashions truly terrible. You’ll wonder how some of these detectives could ever be considered plain-clothes…

Read on.