The Expert 1968-1976
Directors: Prudence Fitzgerald, Ben Rea, Ronald Wilson, Viktors Ritelis,
Writers: N.J. Crisp, Gerard Glaister, John Pennington
Rôle: Professor John Hardy
Broadcast: 5 July 1968 to 20 November 1976 BBCTV
Synopsis: John Hardy is a forensic scientist who works not only for the police but also for other interested parties. In 62 episodes over 4 seasons, Doctor (later Professor) Hardy investigates crimes with the help of his assistants. He shares his life and and, sometimes, cases with his wife, Jo, a GP.
Comment: This groundbreaking series was a huge influence for many following forensic dramas in the U.S. such as 'Quincy M.E.', all the CSI series and 'Waking the Dead' in the U.K. The premise in one particular episode Series 3 Episode 11 'Smithereens' of reassembling a broken bottle and finding a fingerprint was later used in Season 1 Episode 19 'Crime and Misdemeanor' of CSI: NY.
Availability: Most of the original colour videotapes of this show were wiped by the BBC. Although many episodes survive as black and white telerecordings, the entire four seasons were originally produced and broadcast in colour. Unfortunately, only 1 episode of Season 1 exists. However, 6 episodes of Season 2, 11 of Season 3 & all of Season 4 can now be viewed on YouTube (see listing below).
Excerpt from a 2010 BBC Four documentary on crime and forensic science dramas