Set amid the windswept beauty of Cornwall, this popular and acclaimed series follows Detective Superintendent Charles Wycliffe as he investigates the region's most serious and challenging cases. While the storylines often highlight the social and economic diffi culties faced by the local community, the conscientious Wycliffe offers something of a contrast to the classic 'maverick detective'; a family man with a fastidious, tolerant approach, he tackles each investigation with a calm determination and a resolutely open mind, and his incisive style of questioning never fails to cut through to the heart of the mystery. Jack Shepherd is quietly charismatic in the title role, and the series also stars Jimmy Yuill and Helen Masters as Detective Inspectors Doug Kersey and Lucy Lane Wycliffe's dependable but very human colleagues. The series' haunting theme music, composed by Nigel Hess, received the Royal Television Society s award for the best television theme, and Wycliffe remained a top-rated drama throughout its five-year run. This release presents the third series, originally transmitted in 1996.