Our popular nostalgia quiz this week focuses on Gorton-born actor John Thaw and his most famous TV roles – most of which were connected to the law.

After appearing in Z-Cars, he starred as Sergeant John Mann in the ITV series Redcap and then played Detective Jack Regan in The Sweeney from 1975 to 1978.

He portrayed Inspector Morse from 1987 to 1993 and then played Lancastrian barrister James Kavanagh in Kavanagh QC.

Just for good measure, he even teamed up with burglar Bob Hoskins in the ITV sitcom Home to Roost.

How well do you remember John Thaw and 40 years of crime programmes? Why not test your knowledge in our quiz and share your score with friends?

 

Which English city was setting for the police crime drama Inspector Morse, based on the books of Colin Dexter?

Colin Dexter
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To which famous actress was John Thaw married from 1973 until his death in 2002?

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Which actor played Morses’s sidekick Sergeant Robbie Lewis? He was rewarded with his own spin-off TV series from 2006 to 2015.

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The TV series Inspector Morse proved hugely popular, especially since each episode featured a new murder investigation and a completely fresh story. What was its peak viewing audience, reached in the final three episodes in 1993?

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What role did Dennis Waterman play in police drama series The Sweeney?

Dennis Waterman (L) and John Thaw
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What car did John Thaw and Dennis Waterman race around in when chasing criminals in The Sweeney?

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What football team did James Kavanagh support? He even hurried off in one episode of Kavanagh QC to go to watch them!

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John Thaw starred alongside which actress in the 1993 adaptation of Peter Mayle’s memoir A Year in Provence?

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In September 2006, John Thaw came third in a poll of TV’s Greatest Stars of the past 50 years. Who came top?

John Thaw
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John Thaw attended the Ducie Technical School for Boys in Manchester before joining RADA (the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art) at the age of 16. In which theatre did he make his professional stage debut in a play called A Shred of Evidence?

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