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Scotland Yard

All Episodes 1953 - 1961

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  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1953-01-31T19:00:00-05:00
  • 30 mins
  • 19 hours, 30 mins (39 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Crime, Drama
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Scotland Yard was perhaps the best-known series to emerge from Anglo-Amalgamated’s output of crime drama. Shot as cinema support features at the company’s Merton Park Studios in South Wimbledon, these half-hour thrillers – based on real-life cases from the vaults of London’s Metropolitan Police headquarters – were a successful regular feature in cinemas over nearly a decade from the early 1950s onwards. Like sister series Scales of Justice, Scotland Yard is introduced by celebrated writer and criminologist Edgar Lustgarten and presents case after intriguing case, with many solved onscreen by the redoubtable Inspector Duggan (played by Australian-born Russell Napier).
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39 episodes

1x01 The Drayton Case

  • Series Premiere

    1953-01-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A 1941 air raid uncovered a firewatcher’s strangled wife. During an argument over maintenance money after their divorce Drayton strangles her. Her body is discovered in a school cellar, and the search begins. Her dental records identify her as Mrs Drayton, and her ex-husband eventually confesses to the murder.

1x02 The Missing Man

  • 1953-05-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Upon their arrival in London, a retired vicar and his wife are disturbed to find that their son, Gerald Neil, who they had planned to visit, has, without notice, sold all his belongings and gone to live in Paris. Eager for news and an explanation, the two send word to Paris and, when no reply is received for several weeks, Reverend Neil decides to travel to Paris and find his son. The search proves fruitless and, when Scotland Yard exhaust every avenue of enquiry, Mr. Gerald Neil is filed away under "Missing Person" seemingly having vanished into thin air. A few days later the Reverend's wife is woken in the middle of the night by a vision of her son's murder - can the grisly dream find the key to finding her son?

1x03 The Candlelight Murder

  • 1953-09-30T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

An Inspector unmasks a blacksmith as a killer of an old hermit.

1x04 The Blazing Caravan

  • 1954-01-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A perfect murder requires the culprit to escape detection and capture, a complicated task when the full force of Scotland Yard is determined to bring you to justice. Arthur Cox has just won £30,000 on the football pools but his luck comes to a very sudden and sinister end when George Buxton decides to murder him and steal his identity and winnings. Buxton is no fool, planning the murder and his escape down to the very last detail but to accomplish the perfect murder requires nerves of steel and a little bit of luck.

1x05 The Dark Stairway

  • 1954-02-28T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A blind man is pushed over on a darkened stairway during a murder. When questioned by the police the old man becomes frightened until his friend comes to the police station. The Inspector holds an identity parade and the murderer is picked out by the smell of his after shave.

1x06 Late Night Final

  • 1954-06-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A missing crippled witness turns out to be drug smugglers in disguise.

1x07 Fatal Journey

  • 1954-07-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A happily married husband living in an isolated location returns home to find his wife collapsed on the floor.

1x08 The Strange Case of Blondie

  • 1954-09-30T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A murderous blonde cat burglar is a man in disguised as a women.

1x09 The Silent Witness

  • 1954-09-30T18:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

he Strange Case of a self-confessed killer who almost escaped the full weight of the Law

1x10 Passenger to Tokyo

  • 1954-10-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A highly unusual operation helps track down the killer of a wealthy woman murdered and sent to Tokyo in a trunk.

1x11 Night Plane to Amsterdam

  • 1954-12-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

The case of a murder which baffled the police of two countries.

1x12 The Stateless Man

  • 1955-04-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A late night crime in London’s Docklands baffles the Police.

1x13 The Mysterious Bullet

  • 1955-06-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A ballistics expert traces the killer of a widow's fiancé

1x14 Murder Anonymous

  • 1955-10-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

An Inspector proves that a blind man murdered his wife's lover.

1x15 The Wall of Death

  • 1956-02-29T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

An Inspector proves that a woman caused the death of her fairground husband wall of death rider.

1x16 The Case of the River Morgue

  • 1956-05-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The Police are summoned when a dead body is stolen from the morgue.

1x17 Destination Death

  • 1956-08-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The discovery of a dead man at London Airport, a postcard photograph and a flask containing not only brandy, but poison, leads Scotland Yard to Lisbon and a giant currency smuggling ring.

1x18 Person Unknown

  • 1956-10-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A Polish spy changes places with a would-be assassin.

1x19 The Lonely House

  • 1956-12-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A trap is laid for a couple running a phony dating agency whose unsuspecting clients are tricked into proposals of marriage and ultimately murder.

1x20 Bullet from the Past

  • 1956-12-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

An Inspector solves a 27-year-old murder whilst investigating the shooting of an Insurance Agent.

1x21 Inside Information

  • 1957-05-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A murder hunt is launched the morning after Bonfire Night, when it emerges that a real body was used as the ‘Guy’

1x22 The Case of the Smiling Widow

  • 1957-07-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A combination of chance and hard work by the police lead them to question the circumstances of an apparent suicide.

1x23 The Mail Van Murder

  • 1957-09-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Supt. Hammond tracks down the boss of a gang who stole a mail van.

1x24 Night Crossing

  • 1957-09-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

The quiet of an idyllic port town is shattered when a body is found on the beach.

1x25 The Tyburn Case

  • 1957-09-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

Supt. Reynolds intends to proves that a lawyer drowned a widow for the insurance money.

1x26 The White Cliffs Mystery

  • 1957-09-30T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A dead rocket engineer is being blackmailed. But Why - and by whom?

1x27 Print of Death

  • 1958-04-17T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Supt.. Reynolds proves that payroll robbers dismembered an ex-convict and grafted his fingertips on to rubber gloves.

1x28 Crime of Honour

  • 1958-07-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A Thames Estuary dredger drags a man’s body from the bed of the river.

1x29 Cross Road Gallows

  • 1958-07-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A farmer discovers caravaners have been trespassing on his land- when he attempts to disturb the occupants he finds dead bodies inside.

1x30 The Unseeing Eye

  • 1959-01-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A night worker returning home through a sleeping London street sees smoke and flames coming from a building.

1x31 The Ghost Train Murder

  • 1959-11-30T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A body of a Hungarian girl is found in a fairground ghost train. She has been killed by being stabbed by knitting needles. The murderer is the owner of a guest house who is behind a gang of lady Shoplifters.

1x32 The Dover Road Mystery

  • 1960-01-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A Ford Consul has been stolen and is used in a bank robbery. Unknownto the police, the car has been tuned up to go faster. When it is spotted and chased by the police, it is too fast for the squad car.

1x33 The Last Train

  • 1960-03-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

Inspector Duggan investigates a murder in the London Underground

1x34 Evidence in Concrete

  • 1960-11-30T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A young girl is found dead off a busy motorway. A car accident seems to be the cause - until the police make an unexpected discovery.

1x35 The Grand Junction Case

  • 1961-01-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A body found in pieces is found by fishermen in a canal. The body is of a woman with an Edelweiss tattoo. The first suspect is a local man whose wife has gone missing after an argument, but he is cleared when she turns up. Inspector Duggan goes abroad and finds the tattooist who did the Edelweiss. On his return Duggan arrests the butcher who admits to the murder.

1x36 The Silent Weapon

  • 1961-01-31T19:00:00-05:00 — 30 mins

A horse rider is Killed using a boomerang

1x37 The Never Never Murder

  • 1961-05-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A woman's corpse found in a demolished building leads to the capture of a hire purchase swindler.

1x38 The Square Mile Murder

  • 1961-05-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

When a travel agency is burgled by a safebreaker, Superintendent Hicks is brought in to solve the case.

1x39 Wings of Death

  • 1961-05-31T19:00:00-04:00 — 30 mins

A light aeroplane comes down over Kent and crashes killing the pilot. It is found that the pilot was murdered, and Scotland Yard become Involved. It appears that a man, who is infact the killer, went to an old lady's house, and was treated by a local nurse for his injuries. The pilot was the husband of an actress,the actress was having an Affair with her co-star. When the killer ejected from the plane he sustained injuries to his leg which is in plaster. This is a giveaway to Inspector Hammond who arrests them both for murder as they plan their getaway.

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