Strangers (1978)

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Strangers is a UK police drama that appeared on ITV between 1978 and 1982.

After the success of the TV series The XYY Man, adapted from books by Kenneth Royce, Granada TV devised a new series to feature the regular characters of Detective Sergeant George Bulman and his assistant Detective Constable Derek Willis. The result was Strangers.

The series began as a fairly standard police drama series with Bulman as its eccentric lead. Its premise was that a group of police officers have been brought together from different parts of the country to the north of England. There, the fact that they are not known locally gives them the opportunity to infiltrate where a more familiar local detective could not. Initially, the team consisted of Bulman, Willis and Linda Doran. Their local liaison was provided by Detective Sergeant David Singer; their superior was Chief Inspector Rainbow. Despite being based around a comparatively small team of detectives, a regular feature of the programme in its early years was that few episodes featured the entire team, with most using just two or three of the regulars in any major role.

Series Cast

  1. Don Henderson as George Bulman

    Don Henderson

    George Bulman

    32 Episodes

  2. Dennis Blanch as Derek Wills

    Dennis Blanch

    Derek Wills

    32 Episodes

  3. Peta Wilson as Martha

    Peta Wilson


    32 Episodes

  4. Gabriel Byrne as Johnny Maguire

    Gabriel Byrne

    Johnny Maguire

    32 Episodes

  5. Bruce Bould

    32 Episodes

  6. Fiona Mollison

    32 Episodes

  7. Frances Tomelty as

    Frances Tomelty

    32 Episodes

  8. John Ronane as

    John Ronane

    32 Episodes

  9. Mark McManus as

    Mark McManus

    32 Episodes

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Last Season

(uk) season 4

1982 • 6 Episodes

Season 4 of Strangers premiered on September 25, 1982.

Soldiers of Misfortune

(4x6, October 30, 1982) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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