Sergeant Cork

Sergeant Cork is a British detective television series which first aired between 1963 and 1968 on ITV. It was a police procedural show that followed the efforts of two police officers and their battle against crime in Victorian London. In all 66 hour-long episodes were aired during the five-year run, although the last episode was not broadcast until January 1968, 16 months after the others.[1] Journalist Tom Sutcliffe has credited it as a first example of the use of the Victorian-era policeman in a television crime series.[2]

Sergeant Cork
Series titles over a street sign for the Criminal Investigation Department
GenrePolice drama
Created byTed Willis
StarringJohn Barrie
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of series6
No. of episodes66
ProducerJack Williams
Running time50 minutes
Production companyATV
Original networkITV
Picture format4:3 Monochrome
Audio formatMono
Original release1963 (1963) –
1968 (1968)

A 1969 review in The Age opined that rather than suspense, the strengths of the series were its "[e]xcellent period settings and wonderfully thick pea-soupers" which "add up to splendid evocative stuff", as well as the performance of star John Barrie.[3]

At no time during the whole series is Sergeant Cork's first name given.


Other actors appearing in two or more episodes included:

DVD ReleasesEdit

Network has released the entire series on Region 2, PAL DVD in the UK. The second series was an exclusive two-disc set on their website which has since been re-released on 3 September 2012. The third set was also a four disc set and is available through the Network website. Series 4 became available from both the Network website and other retailers on 6 August 2012.[6] Series 5 was released on 19 November 2012, and Series 6 on 18 March 2013.