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FATHER DOWLING AND SISTER 'STEVE' OSKOWSKI
on 12 February 2012
Tom Bosley makes an unlikely parish priest and Tracy Nelson an unlikely nun in this excellent detective series. Father Frank Dowling is a Catholic priest serving a district of Chicago. How he finds the time is anybody's guess, but apart from his parochial duties, he likes to involve himself in the solving of murders which happen all too often in and around the area in which he lives. Aiding him in his investigations is a young streetwise nun called Sister Stephanie who was brought up in a tough neighbourhood and is all too familiar with criminal behaviour.
Bosley and Nelson make a great team and have an excellent rapport.
Other members of the cast are James Stephens as Father Prestwick, an amiable but somewhat ambitious young priest who tends to get on everyone's nerves, veteran actress Mary Wickes as grouchy cook and housekeeper Marie, and Regina Krueger as Police Sgt.Clancy who invariably arrives in the nick of time when Father Dowling has got himself into a tight corner.
Great stuff in the same vein as 'Murder She Wrote' and 'Diagnosis Murder'. At times, the series ventures into fantasy, and in some episodes you get two Bosleys for the price of one when he plays not only Father Dowling but also his twin brother who, unfortunately, has criminal tendencies. The superb theme music was composed by Dick DeBenedictis.