Wycliffe

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1994TV-14
Dedicated Cornwall DS Charles Wycliffe (Jack Shepherd) works with steadfast colleagues DI Kersey (thespian Jimmy Yuill) and DI Lane (Helen Masters) to investigate the most puzzling murder cases with trademark determination and clinical accuracy.
Starring
Jack ShepherdHelen MastersJimmy Yuill
Genres
SuspenseDrama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. The Four Jacks
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    July 24 1994
    51min
    TV-14
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A wealthy novelist points Wycliffe in the direction of a serial killer with a taste for theatrics.
  2. 2. The Dead Flautist
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    July 31 1994
    51min
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    English [CC]
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    An amateur flautist is shot with his own gun on the wealthy Bottrell family's land, but Wycliffe suspects this supposed suicide is not what it appears.
  3. 3. The Scapegoat
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    August 7 1994
    51min
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    Wycliffe investigates the dramatic murder of a local undertaker, who was swapped out for the usual life-size effigy villagers light aflame and hurl into the sea every year as part of an ancient ritual.
  4. 4. The Tangled Web
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    August 14 1994
    51min
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    Wycliffe must find the connection between a runaway pregnant teenager and the corpse of an old woman, locked in her own freezer.
  5. 5. The Last Rites
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    August 21 1994
    51min
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A reverend discovers the body of the famously lustful church steward posed deliberately in front of the altar, but Wycliffe suspects a motive more practical than simple conservative disapproval.
  6. 6. The Pea Green Boat
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    August 28 1994
    51min
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    English
    Wycliffe must unravel a fisherman's knot of loose ends when Harry Tremaine, a man whom many might want dead, is blown up on his boat.

More details

Directors
Martyn FriendAlan WareingMichael Owen MorrisDavid Innes
Producers
Michael BartleyGeraint Morris
Season year
1994
Network
FilmRise
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4.0 out of 5 stars

18 global ratings

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  3. 29% of reviews have 3 stars
  4. 0% of reviews have 2 stars
  5. 0% of reviews have 1 stars
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PETER WILLIAMSONReviewed in the United States on November 15, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent relaxing little puzzle
The show depicts detective and forensic work in a reasonable way, with the emphasis on the background stories. Wycliffe is a quiet, thinking detective, not all guns cells phones and flash. He is able to observe others to arrive at a solution. It was a no tension puzzle. He is not a narcissistic extrovert, fraught with personal drama, which is a fun change. If you are looking for an American detective show you will most likely not enjoy Wycliffe.
21 people found this helpful
HMS WarspiteReviewed in the United States on February 10, 2019
4.0 out of 5 stars
Crime in Cornwall...
This nicely understated 1990's British police procedural stars Jack shepherd as Detective Supervisor Charles Wycliffe. The low-key but driven Wycliffe works the Cornwall area in southwest England. He is assisted by series regulars Jimmy Yuill as Detective Inspector Kersey and Helen Masters as Detective Inspector Lucy Lane.

The stories typically feature the discovery of a murder, followed by the deployment of Wycliffe's team to the locality to work the case. The plot focuses on the sorting of clues and the questioning of multiple suspects. To the show's credit, the guilty party or parties are rarely apparent up front. Also to the credit of the show, the stories take full advantage of the gorgeous seaside scenery in Cornwall. The modern viewer may find some amusement in the '90s computers, mobile phones, and hair and clothing styles. Season One is well recommended as decent entertainment.
8 people found this helpful
bonfireblondieReviewed in the United States on November 30, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Really Good British Mystery Crime Show!
I really enjoy British mysteries. They may seem slow to some but this is well written and interesting. The acting is very good!
14 people found this helpful
BrgnHntrReviewed in the United States on December 26, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Steady Drama-based Mystery
Excellent story lines, brilliant cast, beautiful scenes of Cornwall, great music, and sometimes tricky mysteries set in the early to mid-1990's. Much more realistic than most of the BBC mysteries loaded with angst and over-acting. Of course, the guest stars include many familiar names equally brilliant. Anyone looking for high-speed action, smart phones, sex, and/or violence won't enjoy the series. More along the lines of Joan Hickson's Miss Marple than Julia MacKenzie's.
6 people found this helpful
ChrisReviewed in the United States on December 31, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
A great British mystery series.
I love getting into long-running British police dramas. Of course, "Inspector Morse" is the standard by which all others are judged. "Taggart" and "A Touch of Frost", which are available on Britbox, are also very good. Wycliffe is right up there, too. Detective Inspector Wycliffe is a conservative lead investigator backed up by conflicted Sergeant Kelsey and practical Sergeant Lane. The Cornish coast provides a beautiful setting to these engaging murder mysteries. I only wish there were more than 5 seasons.
One person found this helpful
OluReviewed in the United States on June 28, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best of the Lot
Definitely some of the best and most nuanced acting and detective writing in British crime television. No stupid car chases and crashes, and no meaningless voyeuristic violence. Jack Shepherd, Jimmy Yuill, and Helen Masters delivered consistently superb, natural acting, Yuill and Masters offer more by way of body language alone than even the very best actors today can deliver on the whole. The occasional story line cliché makes an appearance, for example, the underlining cliché of conflict between administrative superior and plodding, unambitious detective, but it’s far less pronounced in this series than in any other British detective series. Otherwise, brilliant. They don’t make them like this anymore.
2 people found this helpful
Careful ConsumerReviewed in the United States on December 16, 2018
3.0 out of 5 stars
so so detective series
Excellent script and direction but the man who plays Wycliffe is boring with the same facial expressions all the time. Seems lifeless also. Does not have the same excitement and energy as Inspector Lewis or DCI Banks, for example, both of which I really enjoyed.
3 people found this helpful
ArtReviewed in the United States on March 13, 2019
3.0 out of 5 stars
One Dimensional
The series takes place in an area of the SW with some great scenery, but that doesn't compensate for the main character who has one expression, never complement's anyone on the force reporting to him, and is one dimensional -we know nothing about him. Not up to Lewis, and Vera standards. It's a combination of poor writing and poor acting.
Update: it does improve by the second series so I will continue.
Ckeck out Wycliffe's cell phone I used to have one of those, and the plots look good.
7 people found this helpful
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