Here at The Murder Mystery Company we've been doing what we can to answer a question that has plagued television audiences since... well, sometime in the seventies we suppose: just who is the greatest TV Detective of all time? The first round is nearing its completion, and it's time to check in on the final score for the latest bout.
It gives us great pleasure to announce that the winner is...
Of course it was.
With more than 90% of the vote this was a complete whitewash. Sam Tyler easily brushed off the competition from the older contender.
The judges felt on this occasion that it came down to giving the people what they wanted, and Tyler managed to perform. Dowling, on the other hand, never really committed to the battle.
But Tyler would be wrong to be complacent moving forward - the judges conceded that had the criteria been less about TV detection and more about, say, being Richie Cunningham's dad, then Dowling would have performed significantly better.
If Tyler was forced to go toe to toe with Dowling's alter-ego from Happy Days he may have found himself in trouble - Mr Cunningham wrote the book on having a TV show in one time that was set in another time, and could have shown him a thing or two about how to idealise the past while still taking lessons from it that can be applied to the present.
Tyler's win puts him in good stead though, and he has a brief rest before his second round encounter.