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More Cops on TV: The Things They Said
Professions on TV
"Following on from my earlier quiz, 'Cops on TV: Let's Be Careful Out There!', here's a look at a few of the catchphrases and words of wisdom from some of my favourite TV detectives. The questions are based on both British and American television series."
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"Fire up the Quattro!" was the catchphrase of brutal and corrupt Detective Chief Inspector Gene Hunt. Described by a police colleague as "an overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding," Hunt laconically replied: "You make that sound like a bad thing." Which British TV series (subsequently adapted for American television) was this?
Life on Mars
Dalziel and Pascoe
Can you name the TV police lieutenant who opened most episodes of the Miami-based crime detection drama he/she starred in by voicing platitudes such as: "So they brought the war to us. Now we ... are going to take it to them" - while coolly putting on a trademark pair of sunglasses?
Lt. Arthur Fancy
Lt. Horatio Caine
Lt. Mike Stone
Lt. Anita Van Buren
Which Scottish television series, based in the real Maryhill district of Glasgow, was well known for its detective hero's catchphrase, delivered in a rolling Glaswegian accent: "There's been a murrr-derrr!"
The Gentle Touch
Which groundbreaking American TV cop drama, which claimed "to protect the innocent", began as a radio show in 1949 and included Sergeant Joe Friday's catchphrase: "All we want are the facts, ma'am"?
Which animated cartoon TV police officer - with bumbling similarities to Inspector Clouseau and Maxwell Smart - was responsible for the catchphrase "Wowsers!"?
Chief Clancy Wiggum
Officer P.J. 'Longarm' O'Malley
Oh come on, it'd be too easy to ask which lollipop-sucking TV detective's catchphrase was: "Who loves ya, baby?" So, can you tell me instead what 'Theo' is short for in the name of the character, Lieutenant Theo Kojak?
In which 1970s series, named after the Cockney rhyming slang term for the Flying Squad of London's Metropolitan Police, was no-nonsense Detective Inspector Jack Regan's catchphrase: "Get your trousers on - you're nicked!"
Wire in the Blood
No clues with this one. Which shabby detective's case-breaking catchphrase was: "Just one more thing ..."?
Lieutenant Al Giardello
Detective Vic Mackey
Detective Robert Goren
In which cop drama series, set in the fictional English town of Denton - and which marked a departure for actor David Jason from earlier comic roles in programmes like 'Only Fools and Horses' and 'The Darling Buds of May' - was the catchphrase heard: "We've got him bang to rights"?
A Touch of Frost
Murder in Suburbia
In which series does a phobia-driven homicide consultant for the San Francisco police say of his own obsessiveness: "It's a gift ... and a curse", and about his own investigative genius: "Unless I'm wrong, which, you know, I'm not ..."?
Law and Order: Criminal Intent
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Compiled Jun 18 13