Created by by Lester Powell
The 1952 BBC serial The Hidden Motive related the exploits of "DOC" JOB, an eccentric insurance investigator looking into the possibly fraudulent death claim of a legendary Shakespearean actor who died in her bath. Suspicion soon falls on her husband, an extremely successful and wealthy actor, who took out the £10,000 policy only six months before her death.
Supposedly, Doc (played by Tommy Duggan, an Irish-born actor) speaks with a Canadian accent as he works the case from his book strewn sick-bed, while chomping away on raw onions in an attempt to fight off a bout of influenza, and dispatching his hapless young assistant, Robert Damer, to do his legwork.
Before becoming a writer for radio and television, Lester Powell was a draughtsman, poultry farmer, and journalist. He also created The Inch Man, a short-lived 1951-52 BBC series about Stephen Inch, a house dick working in a busy London hotel, but is best known for creating the popular BBC radio P.I. Philip Odell.
Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.