TECX

Chris Tierney, Fabio Calvalcanti and Anna Holz

Supposedly ho-hum, short-lived British TV show about a trio of Brussels-based private eyes. CHRIS TIERNEY, a former grape picker and teacher is convinced by an Italian wine businessman and Raymond Chandler junkie FABIO CAVALCANTI to help him form a detective agency called TECX.

On special contract to a Brussels law firm, Souverain Associates, Chris and Fabio were soon joined by ANNA HOLZ, a young lawyer with the firm, who was assigned to keep an eye on things by her boss, Isabelle Souverain. Their cases took the three young, ambitious sleuths all over the EC, particularly Holland, France, Britain and, of course, Belgium.

UNDER OATH

  • "... well-intentioned but uninspiring."

-- The Boxtree Encyclopedia of TV Detectives

  • "TECX... is a programme that I may be unique in liking a lot. I knew that it was a ratings disaster but I didn't know how bad until (had) some recent correspondence with the very well known executive producer Ted Childs. It seems that the programme may well have been the most hated ever on British TV, apparently even attracting condemnation for its existence in the newspaper editorials. Mr Childs said that he had made a strategic mistake in underestimating how pro-American and anti-European the British are. Being diametrically oppositely inclined myself, I suppose that I had not realised that there was a fundamental problem with the programme. The British might well not have a problem with a sitcom set in Auschwitz, but a series set (partially) on the Continent? Might as well have burned the Union Jack.
    I suppose that the comment 'well intentioned but uninspiring' is reasonable but I don't care, I love it anyway and wish that I had recorded all thirteen episodes but I only realised halfway through that I liked it so much. So I have only got the last five, which I have just been re-watching as TV has been a bit thin recently and so I am trawling though my favourites such as The Avengers, The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk, The Champions, etc."

-- Nigel

TELEVISION

  • TECX
    (1990, ITV)
    13 60-minute episodes
    Directors:  Antonia Bird, Rene Rey, Lawrence, Gordon-Clark, Alan Cooke.
    Producer: Simon Channing-Williams
    Executive Producer: Ted Childs
    A Central Films Production for Central Independent Television
    Aired on PBS in Fall 1994
    Starring Ron Spendlove as CHRIS TIERNEY
    Urbano Barberini as FABIO CAVALCANTI
    and Ulrike Schwarz as ANNA HOLZ
    Also starring Jenny Agutter, Stephane Audran

Respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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