7.6/101 Votes Alchetron
Theme music composer Edwin Astley
Country of origin United Kingdom
First episode date 18 March 1965
Number of episodes 26
Number of seasons 1
Created by John Creasey
Composer(s) Edwin Astley
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 10 May 1966
Cast John Gregson
|Starring John Gregson
Similar The Baron, Man in a Suitcase, Department S, Randall and Hopkirk, The Champions
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Gideon's Way is a British television crime series made by ITC Entertainment and broadcast for ITV in 1965/66, based on the novels by John Creasey (as J. J. Marric). The series was made at Elstree Studios in twin production with The Saint television series, which likewise was produced by Robert S. Baker. It stars John Gregson in the title role as Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard, with Alexander Davion as his assistant, Detective Chief Inspector David Keen, Reginald Jessup as Det. Superintendent LeMaitre (nicknamed Lemmy), Ian Rossiter as Detective Chief Superintendent Joe Bell and Basil Dignam as Commissioner Scott-Marle. The show did not acknowledge any help from Scotland Yard or any other police force or advisor.
Daphne Anderson starred as Gideon's wife, Kate; their three children were played by Giles Watling as younger son Malcolm, Richard James as elder son Matthew (who seemed to have a lot of new girlfriends), and Andrea Allan as daughter Pru. Unusually for police stories, Gideon was shown as a family man at home though urgent phone calls from his bosses tend to disrupt family plans too often. However, he did admit in "State Visit" that his wife had walked out on him for a while years ago when he put the job first and her second. They live in an expensive detached house in Chelsea.
Many well-known British actors appear in guest roles, including Keith Baxter, George Cole, Gordon Jackson, Ronald Lacey, Anton Rogers, Rosemary Leach, Richard Carpenter and John Hurt. There was an early role for Donald Sutherland in the episode "The Millionaire's Daughter". Several actors, including Mike Pratt, Jean Marsh and Kay Walsh, appear twice in the series, cast in different roles.
The series was released on Region 2 DVD by Network Video in August 2005.
Filmed June 1964 - May 1965 on location and at Elstree Studios. Fifteen episodes (#101 - #115 below) were filmed by December 1964, after which the cast and crew were allowed a week's break before filming on the second batch of eleven episodes (#116 - #126 below) began on 11 January 1965.
Airdate is for ATV Midlands. ITV regions varied date and order.
The Australian rights are held by the Nine Network who, over many decades, have shown numerous repeats in non-peak viewing times. Since 2012 there have been numerous showings in the early hours of the morning on Gem, a Nine Network digital outlet, sometimes twice per morning. The Gideon's Way repeats alternate with re-screenings of another British series Danger Man, and of the Canadian program Seaway.