TV Detective World Series Result - Columbo Vs Charlie's Angels

The results are in, they have been checked and independently verified, and the final bout of Round One of The Murder Mystery Company's TV Detective World Series is at an end. Colombo vs All 3 of Charlie's Angels

We can now reveal that the winner is...Lt Columbo

Of course it was.

Columbo didn't let the fact he was up against three opponents faze him in the slightest, and the result was one of the most significant whitewashes in the history of this fine event.

He played a textbook match, putting the Angels at ease straight away by mentioning how much his wife loves them, and then massaging their egos by deftly pretending he needed their advice on an unrelated matter.

In the final minutes of the match Columbo struck with a knock out punch of 'Just one more thing...' that managed to tie up a whole range of loose ends while giving the audience the satisfaction of watching a game well played.

The Angels, though experienced crime fighters, could do nothing against this onslaught, and early objections that Columbo had actually collected the winning trophy in the pre-credits sequence of the match and therefore unfairly gamed the system fell on deaf ears.

This was a masterclass in TV Detection, and Columbo rightly joins the other 15 contestants that are through to Round 2.

Round 2 will begin shortly, but if you can't get enough murder mystery, check our our website in the meantime!

TV Detective World Series Result - Morse Vs Luther

The Murder Mystery Company isn't all award-winning events and corporate entertainment. We've also been trying to discover, once and for all, which is the greatest TV detective of all time. The latest heat of Round 1 of The TV Detective World Series has been concluded!

Morse vs Luther

We can now reveal that the winner is...Inspector Morse

This was a tightly contested battle, with each contestant having a dedicated fan-base. In the end, though, Morse's calm reason and unparalleled classic car ownership won out over Luther's desk smashing, rule breaking, serial killer befriending, unorthodox ways.

With only one more bout in the opening round of the TV Detective World Series it really is everything to play for!

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TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Columbo Vs Charlie's Angels

We come to it at last. Here at the Murder Mystery Company, when we're not running award-winning events for a variety of corporate groups and other organisations, we've been trying to settle an important score - which is the greatest TV Detective of all time?

So began the TV Detective World Series, which saw 32 contestants chosen from an initial short-list of 60, pitted head to head in a straight up knock out match. The results for each heat have been decided by you, the viewing several, and have been independently verified by our own vote counters.

We have now reached the 16th and final 1st round bout - after this we will have our 16 second round players, but for now, one battle remains.

Columbo vs All 3 of Charlie's Angels

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Judges Overview

He was the favourite coming into this first round, seen by many as the definitive TV Detective. Columbo has shuffled and smoked and 'just one more thing'ed through 68 episodes of his TV series over a massive four decades - he has managed that all but impossible feat of being current, dated, modern, old-fashioned and for all time.

It caused no small controversy when it was announced that Columbo would be up against all three of Charlie's Angels in the opening bout, and on paper things are even more interesting - Charlie's Angels ran to 110 episodes but over a much shorter timespan - only five years. But combining their score that gives them a massive 330 episodes between them!

Who will win? You decide!

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TV Detective World Series Result - Frost Vs Gadget

Here at The Murder Mystery Company we've been gripped by possibly the most important tournament in living memory. The most recent bout in the first round of the TV Detective World Series has been concluded, the results independently verified and checked. Jack Frost vs Inspector Gadget

We can now reveal that the winner is...

Jack Frost

Of course it was.

Voting was furious, and Inspector Gadget found himself with an early lead. Judges felt though that in the end Gadget was too ineffective a crime-fighter to stand up to the trials ahead, whereas the world-weary cynicism of Jack Frost was exactly what this contest needed.

With only two more bouts to be contested in the first round, judges are starting to get serious for the second round, where the world's best television crime fighters will battle to get into the final eight!

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TV Detective World Series Round One - Morse vs Luther

Life at The Murder Mystery Company isn't all murder, you know. When we're not running award-winning corporate events up and down the country, we like to take a moment to consider the important things. It's time for another round of The TV Detective World Series.

This time...

Morse vs Luther

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Judges' Overview

This round practically speaks for itself, as two great detectives, each very much a product of their time and place, go up against each other in the penultimate fight in this massive first round.

One set the pace for a thousand to follow, the other balanced those ideas on a cheap wooden desk and then flipped them over in a fit of uncontrolled rage.

But when all is said and done, which is best?

As ever, you decide. Voting closes in a month, and if you can't wait that long, take a look at what we get up to when we're not doing this.

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We come to it at last. The bookie's favourite coming into the World Series is up against not one, not two, not four but three opponents in his opening round!

Colombo vs All 3 of Charlie's Angels

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TV Detective World Series Round One - Frost vs Gadget

At The Murder Mystery Company we continue to split our time fairly between running award-winning corporate events for clients and answering the important questions about Life, the Universe, and Everything. Questions that don't need asking but certainly seem to need answering. Questions so significant that you couldn't find them in any textbook. Questions so important that once you learn the answer your life will probably be very similar to how it was before.

Questions like 'Which is the Greatest TV Detective of all time?'

To answer that question we have gathered 32 of the world's greatest crime fighters and are pitting them against each other, one after another in a battle of wits the like of which the world has never seen.

Who wins? You decide. But one thing is for sure - once you've decided, there's no going back. Well, until the next TV Detective World Series, anyway.

This time...

Jack Frost vs Inspector Gadget

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It's a battle of the Trilby in this heat.

On the one hand we have Frost, a mild-mannered and untidy Inspector who is unmatched in solving mysteries. He doesn't mess about, has no time for grandstanding, and will not rest until he has caught his man.

On the other, we have Gadget. A mad cap and bumbling idiot of an Inspector, completely hopeless despite a number of cybernetic enhancements, and only alive today because of the quick thinking of his niece Penny, who he really shouldn't be bringing on crime fighting jobs anyway.

(Unless there's something in the compelling fan theory that Inspector Gadget and his Nemesis Claw are actually the same person, though that's as unlikely as a man having an extendable arm living in his hat).

It's over to you. Who deserves to be victorious in this bout and move on in the competition?

Voting closes in one month.

Next time

It's Heavyweight time...

Morse vs Luther

TV Detective World Series Result - Scully vs Watson

Here at The Murder Mystery Company we continue to attempt to answer the great question of which TV Detective is the best. Putting one star up against another in a series of matches and asking you to vote for who you believe should go through. The first round of the TV Detective World Series continues apace, and one of the hottest bouts yet has been concluded.

Scully vs Watson

We can now reveal that the winner is...


With little more than 60% of the vote, Dana Scully proves that in the battle of sidekicks, it's really anybody's fight.

Watson is out, much to the disappointment of Sherlock himself who has been waiting patiently in the Winner's Enclosure since he gave Jonathan Creek a sending off back in May.

Scully has suffered her own heartache of course, having watched her partner Fox Mulder roundly sent packing by Diagnosis Murder's Mark Sloane back in May 2012!

So the rest of this contest will be about her proving that there's space in the world of TV Detection for reason, science, cynicism and a propensity for being knocked unconscious at crucial moments.

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The TV Detective World Series Result – Tyler vs Dowling

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.

Tyler vs Dowling - the TV Detective World Series

It gives us great pleasure to announce that the winner is...

Sam Tyler beat Father Dowling with more than 90% of the vote

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.

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TV Detective World Series Result – Holmes vs Creek

The results are in and have been counted and verified, in the latest great heat of The Murder Mystery Company's TV Detective World Series!

Sherlock Holmes vs Jonathan Creek

We can now announce that the winner is...

Sherlock Holmes

It was a close run thing! At the time the vote closed Benedict Cumberbatch's Sherlock Holmes held 60% of the vote to Jonathan Creek's 40%.

The judges felt that Holmes had a timeless quality that enabled him to sway popular opinion, while reports that Jonathan Creek is getting a little older, a bit more married, and a lot less living-in-a-windmill may have cost him this battle.

So Holmes steps through into the Winner's Enclosure, where he can now wait patiently for the start of Round Two - he'll certainly be hoping for an easier ride next time!

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TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Scully vs Watson

Here at the Murder Mystery Company we've been trying to ascertain just who is the finest TV Detective of them all... and the first round is nearly over. So far we've seen Jimmy McNulty face off against Miss Marple, Poirot take on Jack Bauer and David Hasselhoff lose a scrap with himself - to name but a few. This time...


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Judge's Overview

This is really the battle of the sidekicks, as two of television's favourite supporting sleuths meet each other in a freak scheduling shock.

FBI Agent and Doctor of medicine Dana Scully looks at the cases of her leading man through the eyes of a scientist, trying to keep Mulder's elaborate theories in check as he rages against aliens, government conspiracies and the paranormal.

Ex Soldier and Doctor of medicine John Watson, on the other hand, looks at the cases of his leading man with calm bafflement, trying to keep Holmes' elaborate theories in check as he solves murders.

On paper there's barely a thing to separate them, unless you consider things like gender, nationality, job, belief system or torch size. This one is going to be close!

Voting closes in one month.

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TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Tyler vs Dowling

It's time for another 1st round battle in the TV Detective World Series! Here at the Murder Mystery Company we have been trying to answer the important questions, and at the top of the list is just who is the best TV crime fighting sleuth? You have been voting in your droves, and the second round is set to be a real fight... But for now, the first round nears its conclusion! sam-tyler-vs-father-dowling

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Judge's Overview

This one looks to be a most interesting bout, with time travelling coma victim Sam Tyler stepping out against Chicago's favourite crime solving Catholic priest, Father Frank Dowling.

Through 43 episodes and three seasons viewers were gripped in their tens as Richie Cunningham's dad swapped Happy Days for a dog collar and stepped out to clean up the streets, using his own blend of friendly cunning and religious fervour.

Sam Tyler, meanwhile, won the hearts of millions when TV executives realised that police shows these days were a bit dull and wasn't it more fun in the seventies when everyone was drinking, smoking, punching everyone, not wearing seatbelts and calling suspects 'slags'. Slipping into a coma following an accident, Sam is transported back to the seventies where his by-the-book politically correct police procedural mind is thrown into the world of hard drinking, hard hitting, hard arteried hard man DI Gene Hunt. And then called a slag.

This one is going to come down to whether the voters prefer the time shifting shenannigans of a show that starts in the noughties and ends in the seventies, or one that spanned the glory years of 1989-1991 but looks like it might have been made even earlier than that.

As ever, you decide. Voting closes in one month's time. If you fear that the wait will cause you to explode in anticipation then please feel free to spend the interim examining our award winning murder mysteries over at The Murder Mystery Company's main website!

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TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Holmes vs Creek

Here at the Murder Mystery Company we are doing our best to answer some of the important questions; questions like 'How can I arrange an amazing, affordable murder mystery evening for my team?' 'How can I choose the best venue and get the best rate?' And of course, 'Which is the greatest TV Detective of all time?'

This time...

Sherlock Holmes vs Jonathan Creek

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Judge's Overview

It's a battle of wits to an almost unprecedented scale as these two paragons of intellectual intimations step up to do battle.

On the one hand, you have the big coated, wavy haired, be-scarfed visage of Holmes who will stop at nothing to link seemingly innocent facts together until he has his man.

And facing him, the large of coat, springy of hair, scarf-fond Creek who will make a series of casual observations that will undoubtedly lead to solving a ridiculously elaborate crime that may or may not involve magic.

This is a first time for relative newcomer Holmes, as portrayed by Benedict Cumberbatch, though incarnations of the world's only consulting detective usually perform well in the World Series - we all remember the great Colombo upset of '89 like it was yesterday.

Creek on the other hand is a regular to the tournament, and is hoping to improve on his current record - he reached the semi-final in '97 only to be pipped at the post by a very much on-form Thomas Magnum.

Who wins? As ever, you decide. Voting closes in one month, and if you can't wait that long then please visit the main Murder Mystery Company website to see what we're doing when we're not doing this!

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TV Detective World Series Result - Grissom vs Doo

The results on the latest round of the TV Detective World Series 1st round are in! They have been checked and verified, confirmed by only the most independent of independent adjudicators and triple sealed with authority.

Grissom vs Scooby DooWe can now reveal that the winner is...Scooby_Doo

Yes, with 72% of the vote, everybody's second favourite cartoon dog that solves crime is the winner!

All Grissom can do is retreat to lick his wounds, while Doo himself is free to lick whatever he likes as he enters the winner's enclosure to look forward to round two.

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TV Detective World Series Result - Poirot vs Bauer

The final count is in on yet another bout from the opening round of the TV Detective World Series! Hercule Poirot vs Jack Bauer in the TV Detective World Series

We can now reveal that the winner is...


It was a close run battle, but with 62.5% of the vote at the time that it closed, the well turned out Belgian is the clear victor this time round.

Judges felt that Poirot had more of the 'classic' TV Detective about him, and that was something they were keen to promote. While they conceded that Bauer did indeed 'detect', and often even 'solve' crimes including murder, he did so in such a gun ho fashion, committing so many crimes himself in the process, that it wasn't really worthy of merit on this, the finest of TV Detection Accolades.

Bauer looks... well, it's difficult to tell exactly how he looks. Angry, sure, but then there's nothing new there. The judges consider consoling him, but before they even put the kettle on he picks up Intel on a terrorist atrocity that is going to happen sometime in the next 24 hours (though probably not for the first 8, and even then it will be a precursor to something even worse happening about 15 hours later) and races off.

Poirot watches all of this with the calm detachment of somebody who is above petty squabbles, and if his victory means much to him it doesn't show. He merely nods curtly, and goes into the winner's enclosure with Sloan, Fletcher, Magnum, Marple and the other 1st round victors.

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TV Detective World Series Result - Quincy vs Hunt

The votes have been counted and verified and the latest round of the TV Detective World Series comes to a close. Quincey vs Hunt

We can now announce that the winner is...

quincy Yes, a close fought battle for the most part, followed by a well deserved surge following reports of the death of Jack Klugman.

Not even TV's hard man hero Hunt could begrudge Quincy his victory, and it even appeared as there may have been a tear in his eye as left the stadium.

Hunt takes an early shower in this round, and goes back to a life of time-shifting police brutality, which is just the way he likes it.

Quincy, on the other hand, lives to sleuth another day as he sails into the second round of the TV Detective World Series!

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By Mike Horner

TV Detective World Series Result - Drebin vs Cadfael

The votes have been counted and verified by independent verifiers, and thus we call time on another battle in this exciting opening round of the TV Detective World Series!

We can now announce that the winner is...

With an epic 82% of the vote Frank Drebin delivered a drubbing to Brother Cadfael of near Biblical proportions!

With just one series of six episodes to his name, Drebin was up against a powerhouse of period sleuthing, but judges felt on the day that a combination of his raw charisma and death meant nostalgic comedy fans threw their support behind him.

Drebin can now relax and consider a plan of action for his second round fixture. With such Sleuthing Stalwarts as Marple, Fletcher and Batman already through, the next round could surely* spell problems for our victor.

In the meantime, visit our main website for all of your murder mystery needs!

*Don't call him Shirley.

By Mike Horner

TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Grissom vs Doo

The excitement of the TV Detective World Series continues apace, with this week's contest between two stalwarts of the genre:

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Here we see two long serving pillars of justice and the law. Whether it's a grisly murder or some kind of scary-costume-themed caper, between the two of them they would get the job done. But how will they do(o) when pitted head to head? You decide...

Round One - Car

Grissom eschews the over the top madness of his Miami counterpart's vehicle choice. Rather than over-compensating with a General Motors Hummer, Grissom prefers to compensate just enough with a Chevrolet Tahoe, or a GMC Yukon, depending on what year it is. These no nonsense all-American 4x4s get him from A to B, whether B is a grisly desert crime scene or a grisly city-centre crime scene.

Doo travels from encounter to encounter in a bright blue van. Choosing style over subtlety, the van is painted in bright blue and green with orange lettering declaring it to be not simply 'a' but The Mystery Machine. Driven by Alpha-Male Fred, The Mystery Machine ferries Doo and his team wherever they are needed - whether that be a deserted fairground, a deserted mine or a deserted mansion on a hill.

Round Two - Being Based On The Famous Five

Grissom was the original televised Crime Scene Investigator. Focussed and determined, his analytical mind has been likened to Conan Doyle's Sherlock Holmes. It has also been said that he looks "a bit like one of the Baldwin's. Not sure which". But he has never been accused of being based upon children's author Enid Blyton's Famous Five books.

Doo on the other hand plays a sterling job here, because he and his colleagues were indeed based on the best-selling children's novels of the 40s, 50s and 60s. Some of the details were lost in translation - the dog Timothy, for example, was going to have a larger role; there would also be more criminals pretending to be monsters in order to affect the price of real estate - but on the whole Scooby Doo was a re-imagining of a tale of four friends and their dog becoming embroiled in mysteries.

Round Three - Catchphrase

"The evidence never lies" - Grissom

Brooding and steely, Grissom must work in an environment where people quickly forget even the most fundamental lesson about what kind of things can and cannot lie as he is compelled to remind those around him that the evidence never lies at least four times each episode. The phrase is his mantra, his very sword and shield and keeps his work grounded in science and fact.

"Scooby Dooby Doo" - Doo

Doo's catchphrase involves saying his full name. It is used as a victory salute, and often turns into a howl at the sky. It should be remembered that as Doo is a dog, the fact that he is able to enunciate even his own name is a truly remarkable feat that should hopefully see him pick up points in this round.

But what's this? Closer inspection from the judges reveals that Doo's nephew, a puppy that is perhaps six months old, has a perfect grasp of the English language - this casts Doo in a completely different light, and his language skills seem rudimentary by comparison.

Round Four - Legacy

Grissom was one of the pioneers of the Forensic Procedural Cop Show. He stood on the shoulders of the likes of Quincy, and proved that it was fine to have a TV Cop show that was just some scientists investigating stuff: CSI:NY/Miami, NCIS, Bones, Criminal Minds, Numb3rs, all followed in their wake. Grissom must take some responsibility for opening a door that brought CSI:Miami's Horatio Caine into the world and looks to take a points hit in this round for the crime.

Doo on the other hand hasn't been far from our screen since 1969. He has been revamped and re-imagined, had the stage stolen from him by his own nephew and seen some truly risable (one would imagine) motion pictures made in his honour. Scooby-Doo! Mystery Incorporated premièred on Cartoon Network in 2010 and has been repeated around the world ever since. A strong, albeit stained legacy from everyone's favourite van-based-crime-solving-cartoon-dog's-uncle.

So there you have it. Voting closes in once month, and in the meantime visit our main website for all your murder mystery needs.

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TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Poirot vs Bauer

The first round of the TV Detective World Series is now past the halfway point, and it's time to move into game nine of sixteen. This time...

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Round One - Interrogation Technique

"Only by interrogating the other passengers could I hope to see the light, but when I began to question them, the light, as Macbeth would have said, thickened" - Poirot

Poirot is the master of nuance and subtle wordplay, of setting deliberate traps for his suspects and then springing them expertly. His interrogation technique is determined, but polite. He makes his suspects want to confess.

Bauer also makes his suspects want to confess, but not for quite the same reasons. When a suspect confesses to Bauer it is not because they have been the victim of some clever bout of wordplay or disarmed by a charming demeanour. It is invariably because they don't want to be beaten up any more, or have a towel stuffed down their throat. Or a family member killed.

"Tell me where the bomb is or I will kill your son" - Bauer

So different approaches by these two detectives, but the judges agree you can't argue that they both get results.

Round Two - Never Having To Go To The Toilet

Poirot is a refined gentleman of impeccable manners. At no time throughout all of his adventures was he ever required to go to the toilet. And if he had, he certainly wouldn't have told anyone about it. Known across polite society as the Gentleman Detective, Poirot has lasted entire murder sprees without ever once having to visit the smallest room.

A great showing from Bauer as well, as he manages to resist the pull of visiting the lavatory. He also manages to go without eating and drinking and charging his mobile phone.

Round Three - Presentation

Poirot is always well turned out. From his shiny shoes to his expertly waxed moustache, he is always in perfect finery. Critics may argue that he cares more about his appearance than solving crimes, but Poirot claims in return that a gentleman should find time for solving dastardly murders and personal grooming.

Not so for Bauer, his priorities are firmly job-focussed. Whether he is climbing through tunnels or hacking off people's heads with hacksaws, Bauer finds that he just can't stay clean. Every now and then he changes his t-shirt, but it's only window dressing - his laundry bill is sky high and, judges realise with disdain, he doesn't even wax his moustache! Most of the time he doesn't even have one!

Round Four - Survival Rate of Sidekicks

A wonderful show from Poirot on this round. The loyal, trustworthy Hastings is with him right up until his own death. Hastings even makes Poirot's funeral arrangements - and what better final service is there for a sidekick to perform? A high scoring round for Belgium's finest.

Oh, dear... This was never going to be a good round and Bauer is angry to be drawn it. Just about every sidekick Jack has ever had has died - whether they turned out to be a spy and killed his wife only to be killed by him; or whether they died flying a nuclear bomb into the desert so Jack wouldn't have to; or whether they spent several seasons dying only to come back to life and switch sides only to die again or not die but actually die - being Bauer's sidekick has its dangers. Bauer tries to save face by reminding judges that he "only cut off Chase's hand", but it's a poor show for him.

As ever, voting closes in one month's time. In the meantime, if you think you've got Poirot's reasoning skills or Bauer's sense of the dramatic, then get in touch!

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TV Detective World Series Round 1 - Quincy vs Hunt

Round 1 of the TV Detective World Series has already seen its fair share of ups and downs, surprising results and easy wins. Ever since Jessica Fletcher cruised past Lewis in the opening bout fans have been glued to the battles and they haven't disappointed - from the whitewashing Batman gave to Horatio Caine to the neck and neck battle between Jimmy McNulty and Miss Marple, the TV Detective World Series has had something for everyone.  Well, everyone who finds such things interesting. Or just diverting. This time...

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Round One - Challenging Bureaucracy

If there's one thing Quincy hates, it's bureaucracy. Whether it's those pen pushers at City Hall and their vote-chasing-re-election-attempting-muck-scraping-double-talking-backhander-accepting nonsense, or Dr Asten trying to get Quincy to sign off bodies for a quick turn around, Quincy won't stand for any of it. In fact he will talk, at length, about just how much he hates it.

Every single episode.

Hunt opens up well in this round also. Unlikely to be accused of ticking all the boxes, dotting all the 'i's or crossing the 't's, Hunt prefers to get things done with the application of the two main tenets of good, old-fashioned police work - extreme violence and alcohol abuse.

Round Two - Being a Moral Crusader

Now you're talking! Quincy started well and now settles into this battle. He is so into being a moral crusader that he sets aside time at the end of every episode (and at several different points throughout) to explain the issue of the day. Whether it's statistical sermonising ("If this doesn't stop, there's an 80% chance when Joey grows up he'll beat his kids and his kids will beat their kids!") or simply having the right retort to a rogue Doctor who claims he is not a murderer ("Try telling that to those seven dead people"), Quincy has something to say, and it will no doubt be something about how something bad should be stopped from happening.

Hunt plays a more cagey round this time. True, he was described by a colleague as an "overweight, over-the-hill, nicotine-stained, borderline alcoholic homophobe with a superiority complex and an unhealthy obsession with male bonding." True, also, that he wouldn't be welcome on a road safety campaign ("Take that seat belt off! You're a police officer, not a bloody vicar)." But that doesn't mean Gene Hunt is without a moral code. He has a clear sense of who is on the good side and who is on the bad - true, it may not always be correct, legal or fair, but in his own way he is one of the good ones. Take his view on drugs, for example:

“Drugs, eh? What’s the point. They make you forget, make you talk funny, make you see things that aren’t there. My old grandma got all of that for free when she had a stroke.”

Round Three - Having a Chirpy Sidekick Called Sam

A great draw for Quincy, because he does indeed have a sidekick called Sam. When Sam's not assisting 'Quince' in his investigations he's invariably making him a cup of coffee using a conical flash and a Bunsen burner, or covering for Quincy while he goes off investigating - against Dr Aston's express orders! The capers come thick and fast, and Sam is always standing at the periphery, like a good sidekick should be.

Hunt starts this one with enthusiasm, because he's at least half sure his sidekick is called Sam. On closer observation though, Hunt's Sam is hardly chirpy, and barely gets involved in any light hearted high jinx - being too interested in having existential arguments about life and existence. On further observation one judge points out that Sam isn't Hunt's sidekick at all, but that provokes Hunt into a frenzy and in the ensuing discussion three judges' portakabins are burnt to the ground for 'resisting arrest'.

So that brings things to a close on this round, and the combatants are left to lick wounds and contemplate how things could have been. As ever, you decide who wins! Voting closes in a month, but if you can't wait that long jump inside for more murder mystery fun and games!

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TV Detective World Series Result - Knight vs Buchannon

And we're back! The TV Detective World Series was forced to take a temporary holiday as we enjoyed our busiest July on record, but is now back and raring to continue the competition.

The results on this heat are in, have been counted and checked and we can announce that the winner is...

Of course it was.

In a landslide even greater than the trouncing Batman gave Horatio Caine in the previous heat, Michael Knight took his later incarnation of Mitch Buchannon to school, then put his kids through university with the change.

Judges remarked that although on paper both crime-fighters were similar, voters flat out didn't like Buchannon.

One commented "sometimes things belong in a certain time, and sometimes other things should just be taken out behind the barn and shot."

Specifically what he was talking about is unclear.

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