Cynical, dour and world-weary, private eye Frank Marker is frequently the unwitting stooge in bigger criminal wheels in his attempts to make a tenuous living on the outskirts of London.
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Alfred Burke Alfred Burke ...  Frank Marker 87 episodes, 1965-1975
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Cynical, dour and world-weary, private eye Frank Marker is frequently the unwitting stooge in bigger criminal wheels in his attempts to make a tenuous living on the outskirts of London. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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UK

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English

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23 January 1965 (UK) See more »

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Detective público See more »

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(87 episodes)

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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Even though it was written into the scripts that Frank Marker didn't get along with the police and vice versa, occasionally this particular status quo was altered slightly. During the episodes when Frank was based in Windsor, he and a police officer named D.I Firbanks managed to tolerate each other quite well and had a mutual respect. See more »

Goofs

At the start of the second season, Marker moves into new premises in Birmingham which overlook Kane's Timber Yard. Despite the busy sound effects added by the production team to convey the atmosphere of a hectic workplace, the view from his office window regularly depicts the same selection of long-untouched wooden planks, since the scene is a stationary backdrop. By the following series Kane's have been taken over and presumably demolished, as a view of tower blocks has replaced the yard. See more »

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Referenced in Remembering Douglas Camfield (2013) See more »

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Public Eye
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Composed by Robert Sharples (as Robert Earley)
[series theme tune]
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An urban hero, Frank Marker
19 September 2004 | by dmcslackSee all my reviews

Alfred Burke deserves to be ranked with Sean Connery, Edward Woodward and Roger Moore for his portrayal of Frank Marker in Public Eye. This was the detective story from the council estate, and at the time in the UK, there were no better writers nor better actors. Burke plays the poor man's private eye, operating in an environment where there is neither money not glamour. He needs his fee to pay the rent and light, but often does not collect anything other than a beating. His cases are not the stuff of Sam Spade, but Marker is the right stuff nonetheless.

I missed the UK Gold reruns, but will not miss them again. If you watch no other '60s specials, watch this.


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