The opening five episodes from the first season of the classic series written by award-winning crime writer Peter Lovesey, starring Alan Dobie as Victorian Detective Sergeant Cribb. Known for his wry sense of humour, Cribb is the backbone of Scotland Yard's newly formed Criminal Investigation Department aided, and sometimes hindered, by the faithful Constable Thackeray (William Simons). In 'Swing Swing Together', Cribb and Thackeray are called in to investigate when students out for a midnight swim witness a body being dumped in the river. In 'Abracadaver', the sleuths are trying to trace the saboteur of a music hall show. 'The Detective Wore Silk Drawers' sees the detectives uncovering the world of bare-knuckle fighting after a headless corpse is discovered in the river. In 'The Horizontal Witness', the discovery of a body in a brothel leads to the investigation of the murder of a London crime lord. In 'Wobble to Death', Cribb and Thackeray are on the case of a murdered participant in the world Pedestrian championships.