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. Journalist Tom Sutcliffe has credited it as a first example of the use of the Victorian-era policeman in a television crime series.
|Created by||Ted Willis|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||6|
|No. of episodes||66|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|Picture format||4:3 Monochrome|
|Original release||1963 –|
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.
At no time during the whole series is Sergeant Cork's first name given.
- John Barrie as Sergeant Cork
- William Gaunt as Robert 'Bob' Marriott
- Charles Morgan as Superintendent Rodway
- Arnold Diamond as Detective Joseph Bird
- John Richmond as Superintendent Billy Nelson
- Freddy Fowler as Chalky White
Other actors appearing in two or more episodes included:
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. Series 5 was released on 19 November 2012, and Series 6 on 18 March 2013.