Thursday, February 5, 2015

2/5/1980 Mystery! premieres

February 5, 1980.  PBS demonstrated why they are sometimes known as the  Petroleum and British Society, by introducing a series of British detective stories sponsored (and indeed proposed by) Mobil.  One of the hits  that first season was Rumpole of the Bailey.  Others that followed included Sergeant Cribb, Inspector Morse, Prime Suspect, Foyle's War, and The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes with Jeremy Brett.  Hosts: Gene Shalit, Vincent Price, and Diana Rigg.  Nowadays Mystery! is part of Masterpiece.  And let's not forget those wonderful Edward Gorey illustrations...


  1. Look quick in the original intro and you can spot Edward Gorey himself, wearing the fur (and surrounded by girls!)