No Hiding Place (1959–1967)

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No Hiding Place (TV Series 1959–1967)

Tales of Scotland Yard centering on a detective team. A sort of half-way house between Dixon of Dock Green and 'Z' Cars. The detectives are still 1950s style with good elecution and authoritative manner. A range of classic cases but gritty it isn't. Each case centres on one crime and one criminal.
UK
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Creators
Creator Richard Sidwell
Creator Ian Fordyce
Creator C.S. Abraham
Creator Cyril Abraham
Information
Release Date1959-09-15
Runtime
GenreCrime, Drama
Content Rating
Awards
CompanyAssociated-Rediffusion Television
CountryUK
LanguageEnglish
Raymond Francis
Raymond Francis
Chief Det. Supt. Tom Lockhartas Chief Det. Supt. Tom Lockhart…
Eric Lander
Eric Lander
Det. Insp. Harry Baxteras Det. Insp. Harry Baxter…
Det. Sgt. Russellas Det. Sgt. Russell…
Michael McStay
Michael McStay
Det. Sgt. Perrymanas Det. Sgt. Perryman…
Julian Fox
Julian Fox
Constable (1959)as Constable (1959)…
Det. Sgt. Greggas Det. Sgt. Gregg…
Gerald Turner
Gerald Turner
Fingerprint manas Fingerprint man…
Barry Raymond
Barry Raymond
Sgt. Bowmanas Sgt. Bowman…
Det. Sgt. Joe Yorkas Det. Sgt. Joe York…
Hamilton Dyce
Hamilton Dyce
Asst. Commissioneras Asst. Commissioner…
Frank Henderson
Frank Henderson
Bank manageras Bank manager…
3rd Guardas 3rd Guard…
Clive McBrideas Clive McBride…
Malcolm Webster
Malcolm Webster
Charles Newellas Charles Newell…
Michael Corcoran
Michael Corcoran
Blaggeras Blagger…
James Raglan
James Raglan
Commander Hutchinsas Commander Hutchins
Rowena Gregory
Rowena Gregory
WPO Sally Jordanas WPO Sally Jordan…
Chief Insp. Blytheas Chief Insp. Blythe…

No Hiding Place

No Hiding Place is a British television series that was produced at Wembley Studios by Associated-Rediffusion for the ITV network between 16 September 1959 and 22 June 1967.

It was the sequel to the series Murder Bag (1957–1958) and Crime Sheet (1959), all starring Raymond Francis as Detective Superintendent, later Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart.


Production

No Hiding Place carried on from where the TV series Murder Bag and Crime Sheet left off. Murder Bag featured 55 episodes. 30 in Season One (16 September 1957 to 31 March 1958), all untitled and 25 in Season Two (30 June 1958 to 1 April 1959), all titled, and all featuring the word "Lockhart" as the first word of their title. All episodes were 30 minutes long and featured Raymond Francis as Superintendent Lockhart. Backup sergeants and others changed regularly. The murder bag in the title carried 42 items which were needed in the investigation of a crime. The show was produced live in the studio.

In Crime Sheet, Lockhart had now been promoted to Detective Chief Superintendent. The writers of the series revealed to the TV Times in 1962 that Lockhart could not be promoted above this rank, as he would no longer be expected to visit the crime scene, thus hindering the potential of the storylines. 17 episodes of 30 minutes were produced from 8 April 1959 to 9 September 1959. Due to Raymond Francis contracting mumps, the final episode of Crime Sheet did not feature Lockhart but Chief Superintendent Carr, played by Gerald Case.

No Hiding Place continued to follow the cases of Detective Chief Superintendent Tom Lockhart at Scotland Yard, with a new longer one-hour format allowing for more story and character development. He was initially assisted by Detective Sergeant later Inspector Harry Baxter (Eric Lander), followed by Det. Sgt. Russell (Johnny Briggs) and Det. Sgt. Perryman (Michael McStay), and finally by Det. Sgt. Gregg (Sean Caffrey).

Still largely studio-based, the series now included more pre-recorded film segments. A decision was made to cancel the series in 1965, but there were so many protests from the public and the police that it started again for another two years. 236 episodes were made in total.

Detective Sergeant Harry Baxter was there from episode one until episode 141. Midway through the series he was transferred to E Division's Q Car Squad and promoted from Sergeant to Inspector, a rank he retained when he returned to the Yard in 1963. Baxter had his own short TV series, Echo Four-Two. Unfortunately the show suffered from poor scripts and of 13 planned episodes, only 10 were made (30 minutes each, 24 August 1961 to 25 October 1961), interrupted by an actor's strike, and no more were made.


Cast

ActorRole
Raymond FrancisTom Lockhart
Eric LanderHarry Baxter
Johnny BriggsSergeant Russell
Michael McStaySergeant Perryman
Sean CaffreySergeant Gregg
Heather ChasenBrenda

Missing episodes

Murder Bag and Crime Sheet are considered lost television series; according to www.lostshows.com, no complete episodes of the former exist, and only one survives of the latter. However, one episode of Murder Bag (retitled Mystery Bag), "Lockhart Finds a Note", was found in the form of a film telerecording from Australia, and included on Network's ITV 60 compilation box set. The longer-running No Hiding Place fared marginally better than its predecessors, although only 26 of the 236 episodes produced are known to exist in either a full or partial form. This figure includes episodes known to be held by the National Film and Television Archive and those held in private collections. Some early episodes were broadcast live and were not recorded.