Wycliffe Classic TV Show
Supt. Wycliffe keeps the Cornish coastline crime free as he tackles arsonists, kidnappers and the odd psycho. Jack Shepperd plays the eponymous hero in the one hour TV adaptations of W. J. Bailey's creation.
Wycliffe Fan Tributes70 helen bird from portsmouth: I love watching wycliffe, and am trying to find the music. I found a book, the house og fear, and will be searching for more. think He's great.
69 Anne Taylor from Melbourne Australia: For some strange reason, I was under the illusion that there was a series made in the 1970's. Was it merely a dream? Great series from the 90's but sometimes it is too late to stay up and watch. TV programmers Bah! humbug.
68 Jon Woodward from somerset: My best remembered episode was filmed on the N coast, around Porthtowan, partly in the clifftop hotel where I stayed. They also built a surfshop especially for the episode, (title eludes me right now). Most amusing was spotting when locations miles apart were put together for the storylines as being in the same village ! I'm about to buy the series 1-5 as I've given up on the TV re=runs being hopelessly sporadic . Why do they never number them ?!
67 Roger Edwards from Kent: Great episodes. I wonder if anyone knows where the cafe is that overlooks the sea in the episode feeding the rat.
66 pat seebonn from northamptonshire: vote for wycliffe lines close on the 8th ocotber at 9 am itv3 the more votes the more likely he will win the greatest dective cop show on tv at the awards
65 Gwen from Essex: For personal reasons I have not seen Wycliffe until the repeate this year (2010). It is quite my favourit although W.J. Burleys books are not too well reproduced, I stll enjoy the dramas and JS's lovely brown eyes.
64 pat seebonn from great britain: love the series and have voted for jack shepherd (best one to play him)on the crime series awards which close in october 8th 2010 at 9 am
63 daisy from york: Just superb - very easy to watch and enjoy and i love JS's serious and pensive face.
62 rachel from northumberland: Been enjoying the re-runs on itv3. Wycliffe is one of my favourite dramas, certainly one of the best on TV. Love the music as well as the scenery.
61 phill boag from newcastle: well i was always at work back when it was on tv at the time. i have only recently seen the re-runs on tv and i love it. great show, stories, acting, etc.
60 david godwin from middleton,manchester uk: my wife diana are big fans of wycliffe. especially as diana is cornish and comes from st austell.we have fun trying to work out the locations!!in fact when we are down 'home'we visit them.one of our favourite places is gunwalloe...remember, the episode in which wycliffe is being 'fitted up'. wycliffe is just brilliant. from the stories to the actors.brilliant casting and fine acting.
59 tom'stella'+daniel from st'helens merseys,de: beautiful scenerey brilliant acting from all of the cast
58 Jerome Farrell from Ireland: I played the uilleann Pipes with our band Scatter the Mud in the episode 'Standing Stone' featuring actor Thomas Lockyer as the 'baddy' as well as the Bouzouki player in the group...Bless him! The music recording was done at an abandoned wing of Budock Hospital in Falmouth and the filming with the band was done in the Chain Locker pub in the town.
Wycliffe Studios were based in Truro in an old building by the river where Cornwall and Devon media newspaper offices are now and where ironically I ended up working for 2 years some 12 years later. Spooky!
Jack Shepherd wanted something atmospheric on the pipes for the intro so I played him a slow air called 'The Blackbird' I knew once he heard the haunting sound of a few notes bending it would be in the can. I lived in Cornwall for 20 years but moved to Ireland 3 yrs ago. They still have Irish sessions in the Chain Locker every other Thursday night where the bands fiddle player can still be seen scraping away. It's nice to have SKY here and see the episodes are now getting a regular play. Ah, Happy Days!
57 Steve from Oxford Canal: I too have managed to get hold of the entire series on DVD from Australia. Jack Shepherd is an actor of great gravitas. Wonderful series, great stories and a great theme tune too! Worth getting the entire series so an ITV3 link person doesn't chatter all over the haunting theme.
56 james from UK: All the Wycliffe series are now available on DVD. I just bought the entire Series 105 on Amazon.co.uk They're Australian but play perfectly on my R2 player. Quite expensive but worth every penny, in my opinion.
55 Jared Wallace from Cheltenham: love Wycliffe, understated with rugged settings, little gem.
54 david charlton from now of dobwalls: bring it back, even now it would make a great series, love the show and defo the music just watched it again on sky plus, thank you sky nd wycliffe
53 Chrisso from London: Absolutely unmissable first time around, how wonderful to see these repeated on ITV3!
Love the show, one of the best of it's kind. Great actors, beautiful scenery & some fantastic storylines.
Still got a huge crush on Lucy too...
52 david kenyon from gillingham kent: i have been watching wycliffe for year's and i loved the sweeny and minder.but i must say that i loved wycliffe. is it possible to speak to the actor's
51 Peter Mussell from NW England: Great actors, good storylines and brilliant settings.
50 Rck Burrows from Manchester: My fav show. Just watching reruns on ITV3.
I've checked that FBO site in Australia and they have the 4th series as well. Just the 5th one to go. It's not cheap though if you buy all at once
49 Karen from London: Enjoyed the series too (currently being repeated on ITV3) and the beautiful theme music to Wycliffe is available on the CD "TV Themes of Nigel Hess".
48 netherfield4348 from Lancashire: Wycliffe is now available on DVD for series 1, 2 & 3. I have just ordered S3 from FamilyBoxOffice in Australia. I also bought Series 1 from them as well.
47 Andy from Truro: Want to be jealous? The late W.J.Burley was my biology lecturer at Newquay Grammar School in the early 70's, and as a Cornishman I am a confirmed fan. If I knew then what I know now..........
46 Ruth from brighton: Visited Mousehole many times and my favourite Wycliffe was the one filmed in Mousehole
45 Ian E. Cogger from West Sussex. UK: Big Wycliffe fan. This weekend special as ITV 3 Will be showing a Tribute to Wycliffe
44 REMONT JC from Paris - FRANCE: Hi !!
GOOD NEWS : Wycliffe Series 1 (2 DVD) with 7 episodes :
Wycliffe and the Cycle of Death
The Four Jacks
The Dead Flautist
The Tangled Web
The Last Rites
Wycliffe and the Pea-Green Boat
is now available on DVD in Australia since February 1st 2008. Just type "Wycliffe Series 1 DVD" on GOOGLE.
43 REMONT from Paris - FRANCE: I am a French Fan of "Wycliffe". I watched this tv Serie in the 1990's and I liked it very much. I have still some books and some VHS tapes. I hope one day all the episodes will be release on DVD.
42 Donna from Australia: I'm currently reading my 6th W.J.Burley "Wycliffe" novel and would love to see a dvd of the tv series. I have not seen one yet. From the previous posts the tv series sounds great. Can't seem to find Wycliffe dvds for sale in Australia.
41 jo baker from wORCESTERSHIRE: I too love Wycliffe, and would like to know when it will be available on DVD?
40 Roger from Colchester: Hope this will be issued on dvd soon. Pie in the sky has been issued and W is much much better.
Any one know of dvd issue?? date??
39 Ailsa from England: I am only 15 and had never seen a wycliffe episode until it was put on itv again this month. I was gripped. i can't believe i have never heard of it before. the first episode i watched was when the girl was locked in the science lab cupboard. i am hooked - wycliffe is amazing. does anyone know if ther is a box set of all the episodes. also how many episodes were actually made?
38 Paul F Morse from Swindon, Wiltshire: Wycliffe is superb, I've probably watched each episode around five times and it never ceases to amaze me how well it is put together. many people have mentioned the theme music which is used in many different guises at specific points in the action. Fabulous! Jack, Jimmy and Helen have cropped up in Dalziel, Frost and some other police series' made since Wycliffe and they haven't changed a lot. Surely could be brought back together?
37 sue cottis from essex: we holiday at least three times a year in glorious cornwall. watching wycliffe is lovely as we know a lot of places used in filming. apart from that it is a great programme and brilliantly acted. I wish there were more!
36 jack wright from runcorn: the theme tune is stunning. Does anyone know the title? My top memory is off a whole cast who could act and make each show totaly believable.
35 Jane Goodfellow from Glasgow: I have never forgotten the haunting theme tune of Wycliffe, and it's been a huge pleasure to hear this again during the current re-run on ITV1. The programme itself was always a winner in my view - understated yet compelling, with marvellous acting, stupendous settings, and, of course, music that perfectly matched the spirit of the programme. Pure joy to have this back on our screens.
34 Chris from LIskeard: I have been watching Wycliffe again, and memories of the 90's keep flooding back, whats happened to all of the marvellous actors who portrayed a superb TV show.
It was on this that Wycliffe in one episode did the US cops show thing, he put a blue light on the side of his roof, what fun!
33 Nigel Cattle from London: Answer to comment 32 - I was the film editor on 'Dance of the Scorpions' and the opers excerpt is from Madame Butterfly
32 Dick Rodger from Newbury: I wonder if anyone happens to know the name of the opera that was used briefly when we saw Rachel Shelley walking through Patrick Durno's house in Dance of the Scorpions.
31 Anthony R from Truro: I loved Wycliffe, and have just seen most of the reruns on ITV3.
In response to other comments, Wycliffe was filmed all over Cornwall, sometimes in Truro, when they were supposedly elsewhere in the county, but then again, the production office in Malpas Road was nearby.
Such a shame no more were made.
30 Joe Currah from Hartlepool-Teesside: I spent several years living in Cornwall working as a photographer for the Packet Newspaper. After this I worked on the Wycliffe series as an -extra- which I very much enjoyed. The locations chosen were fantastic. Best Wishes...Joe.
29 neil robinson from scunthorpe: My best episode of this series was when wyclife was being held at gun point by a man and he pulled the triger and shot himself dead and injured Wycliffe.
28 Andrew Josey from Invergordon. Ross-shire: I've read most of the novels by W.J. Burley and am quite distraught that I have only a couple left to go - the great author dying in 2002. I am sorry to say that I believe that the TV series never did the books any justice at all- pale, pale insipid reflections - though J.S. was an inspired choice as the Superintendent. Take my word for it - the novels are much superior. Pure class. Beautifully written, clever and humane. Unputdownable suspense.
W.J. Burley was an engineer and a biology teacher. There is a precision yet delicacy in the books. They get labelled as 'cosies' but there is a depth, originality and spareness in there worthy of Ross MacDonald, and Burley deserves a lot more credos and 'cool points' than he gets. He was a sharp and intelligent writer, and far, far more credible than the lauded writers gaining kudos and points today for almost total plotless, contrived pointless rubbish.
The whole 'Wycliffe' series builds up into something quite stunning. Cornwall's premier writer and one of Britain's best mystery writers. (As an evocation of Cornwall they are second to none. The settings, the coastal backgrounds, are so realistic, that the stories are the icing on the cake.)
W.J. Burley - !que lastima!- a wonderful, much underestimated writer. You will be missed very much.
27 Julie Fry from Portsmouth: I dearly love Wycliffe and especially the Actor Jack Shepherd. He is my No 1 fan and I would love to hear from him and have a signed photo, possibly even to meet him. He is an excellent actor and I pay tribute to his work.
26 Ellie Sutcliffe from St. Austell, Cornwall: I adore Wycliffe- it is the best programme ever made. The trailer music is so haunting it goes right through me. There could not be a better way of showing the beauty of our county. Helen Masters as DI Lane is my favourite- the way she always manages to send DI Kersey up tickles me every time!
25 Alan Bishop from London: I adore Wycliffe - both tv series and books for I, too, know Cornwall well and play "been there" when watching the locations.
The tv series is atmospheric, involving and well adapted from the books. Jack Shepherd will remain for me the image of Charlie Wycliffe.
24 Donald Duprey from Toronto Canada: Love the series. It's a great example of the terrific writing that comes from British televison as well as the excellent performances. Just great.
23 ben wilder from devon: I absolutely love the Wycliffe series. Growing up in Cornwall I can pin point places in the programmes in which I have visited.
22 jayne from staffordshire: Would anyone know what part of Cornwall Wycliffe is filmed in?
21 Tapsu from Finland: I consider Wycliffe as one of the best TV crime series ever. Almost all British series has always been of good quality but this is even more! Everything is perfect: form the beginning titles to the end. And you mustn-t forget Helen Masters, noe of the prettiest ladies ever seen!
20 Kristel from Estonia: I watched it in my English class and I must say that it wasn't bad at all. I have to write a film review so I'm looking for some information here.. It's got a thrilling and interesting plot and the characters are well-played. Especially Jack Sheperd - he was the one I liked most. Although I tried I couldn't predict the end. So keep it going!
19 Mike Fallon from Sothsea: I have Videos of all episodes in Series 1-4. I'm searching for Videos of all Series 5 Episodes:
'Feeding the Rat'
and the Pilot Movie 'Wycliffe and the Cycle'
and the 97 Christmas Special 'Dance of the Scorpions'.
Also can anyone tell me if there is a plan to release these Series as a complete DVD Boxset?
18 Andrew Brown from Cheltenham: I'm left hanging here! You've shown 'Dance of the Scorpions, and because I didn't follow the original series, I'm left thinking that Wycliffe was killed in the final episode! Other readers comments have informed me that there is more to come. So where is it? Put it on!
17 John Newcombe from Paignton,Devon: I can't quite understand why you have shown "Dance of the Scorpions" in isolation.
I watched "On offer" earlier this year where Wycliffe was recuperating in hospital without having had the opportunity to see "Dance of the Scorpions" which explained how he came to be there.
There has just been a double murder of a husband and his wife in Cornwall so your timing was not good. I seem to remember that the BBC postponed an episode of "Waking the Dead" following the death of Holly Wells and Jessica Chapman.
16 Linda from Suffolk: I love the programme and I really love the music to it.
15 angela e willis from brantham,suffolk: i like jack shepherd and i am a jack shepherd fan i have bean since 1975 i would like to hear from him if posible. especialy as my birthday is the 30th of october to hear from him would be a birthday treat and he knows me as his no1 fan!
14 alan clinton from manchester: please can you tell me where i can get the theme music for the wycliffe detective show and on what album or cd it is on
13 Mr Lucock from dover: Way ahead of Morse & Frost..the best Detective series of the 90s..
shame they wont make more...Jack Shepherd was right to back up Jimmy Yuill when he was ill..and refuse to make more
12 Madeleine McKenzie from Sheffield: Thanks for showing the final series.
If only they would make more. Best Cop Show ever. I loved watching the characters develop, and always secretly hoped that Doug and Lucy would become an item!.
11 Sue from Wilts: Love the series. I enjoy watching the episodes and reading the books later. I especially enjoyed 'On Offer', with it's in depth look at the psychological effects of the attack on Wycliffe, but can't find the book.
10 Julie Foster from Worcester: I haven't got a favourite memory from Wycliffe but I love nothing more than to settle down infront of the TV at 2.00pm and watch with a cuppa and a sandwich...can't beat it. Lets have some more episodes made please!!!
9 Suesan Evans from west midlands: we are lifetime fan's of wycliffe and we spend 5 hrs a day sometimes looking for the places that wycliffe was filmed we wish more would be made and we have seen every episode 3-4 times each and we have most of them on tape
8 andy pearson from stafford: My parents used to take me to moesehole every year i look back with lots of happy memories now i take my family to cornwall. So to watch a fantastic detective series set in perfect surroundings brings back all those memories. Why dont they film some more!!!!!
7 Lindy from Cornwall: I like watching Wycliffe because i live in Cornwall and try to identify all the places. i think the best one is the one set at my school in which the teenage girl kills her twin.
6 Anne Karen Stokke from Norway: I love every episode of Wycliffe actually.. But my favourite moment from the series is when hes on the beach, making amends with his son.. can't remember the episode's name, but I encourage everyone to watch the series. It's as good as it gets, (and then some) :o)
5 Dorothy Prickett from Fonthill Ont. Canada: Wycliffe is sometimes carried
on our TVOntario Channel and
we love it. Visited Cornwall
on a trip to the U.K. years ago
and loved it. Great series
wish there were more epidodes.
4 Maddie from Sheffield: Any chance of showing the final series?
3 Linda from Newcastle Upon Tyne: Excellent Police Series. Loved the scenery more than anything else. My Mum spent a number of holidays as a youngster in Cornwall and it brings back fond memories for her. Just wish the Series hadn't come to an end.
2 LISA from BRIGHTON: Just the business really, a fantastic cop series. Jack Sheperd is just amazing and I love his acting. A great show, and I'm only in my 30's. Wish they could make some more.
1 Louise Davies from Pontypool: I love watching the re-runs of Wycliffe because it reminds me of my holidays in Cornwall! I watch it with my family and we all try to see if we recognise where the scenes were filmed. The scenery is spectacular and it makes you feel as if you are actually there. There is good chemistry between the leading characters - also, I think my mum has an ulterior motive for watching - Jack Shepherd!
Jack Shepherd as Supt. Wycliffe
Aaron Harris as D.S. Dixon
Helen Masters as D.I. Lane
Matthew Scurfield as D. S. Rinnick
Jimmy Yuill as D.I. Kersey
Adam Barker as D.C. Potter
Bill Nighy, Oliver Ford Davies, Leslie Grantham and Catherine McCormack.
1940-10-29: Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe) was born in Leeds, England
1942-05-03: Lynn Farleigh (Mrs Wycliffe) was born in Bristol, England.
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