"Doc" Job
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.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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