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The Week: Play it again, Jericho.

Byline: Roz Laws

PLAY it again, Sam. Or maybe, here's looking at you, Robert! There's more than a touch of the Humphrey Bogart about TV's newest detective.

Robert Lindsay looks as if he could be in Casablanca as he dons a trilby and mac to play the title role in Jericho (ITV1, Sunday).

He's not going back to wartime, but not too far off.

The series is set in 1958, when Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis and Perry Como were topping the charts, Dixon Of Dock Green and Hancock's Half Hour were on TV and Vertigo was at the cinema.

Robert plays Det Insp Michael Jericho, one of Scotland Yard's finest officers, in four feature-length episodes.

Memories of a happy childhood spent growing up in Ilkeston, Derbyshire, in the 1950s came flooding back as he filmed Jericho.

'We listened to Round The Horne and Family Favourites on the radio, and my dad liked Frank Sinatra,' remembers Robert.

'I was born in December 1949. The war was over. People suddenly had council houses. We had a stove and a garden where Dad grew vegetables. We had long summers and winters when it snowed on Christmas Eve.'

He's joined by a great cast, including Peter Bowles, Jane Horrocks, Peter Egan, James Wilby, Brendan Coyle, Claire Bloom, Patrick Ryecart, Brooke Kinsella and Lucy Speed, plus David Troughton and Ciaran McMenamin as his police sidekicks.

In the first episode he investigates the mysterious disappearance of a wealthy businessman. The missing man's wife and daughter are played by Francesca Annis and Natalie Lunghi, daughter of Cherie, in her TV debut.


ON THE CASE: Robert Lindsay's Jericho fights 1950s crime with the help of David Troughton as Detective Sergeant Clive Harvey, below DEBUT: Natalie Lunghi as Anne Wellesley
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Publication:Sunday Mercury (Birmingham, England)
Date:Oct 16, 2005
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