• Simon O'Donovan

Watching The Detectives

The theme this week was 'Watching The Detectives'. We started by discussing the news about the increased rate in violent crime, which has been linked to 21,000 fewer police officers in the UK. We asked what members thought about this. Are the police less visible on our streets and in our communities lately? We then discussed the case of the man who killed an intruder in his home this week. The pensioner, having been arrested was later told he would not be facing charges. We discussed the phrase, 'An Englishman's home is his castle'. We then talked about modern day policing, compared with when we were children or teenagers in the 60s and 70s? The differences we could think of included the ever present terrorist threat, increased gun and knife crime and the recent phenomenon of acid attacks. We discussed how modern day uniform has changed, e.g. taser versus truncheon. Also the police helmet and cape are rarely seen these days. Police horses and officers with cameras are also often visible on our streets, especially when a match is on. We all agreed that we owe our police service a debt of gratitude for keeping us all relatively safe. And that we similarly highly value our fire and ambulance emergency services. Next, we spoke about the news this week. The champion darts player Eric Bristow had sadly died, aged 60, as well as Ray Wilkins, former England, Chelsea and Manchester footballer, aged 61. It was 'National Pet Day' this week. We all remembered our most beloved pets, whom most viewed as family members. Other news this week... Doris Day turned 96 Marlon Brandon would have been 94 James Garner would have been 90. Back to the theme, we asked each person to introduce themselves, by stating their name and their favourite TV detective show? THEMED QUIZ QUESTIONS Next we tried to remember all of the James Bonds that there have been and asked people to say what their favourite James Bond film is. James Bonds are: - Sean Connery: 1962–1967, 1971 and 1983 - David Niven: 1967 - George Lazenby: 1969 - Roger Moore: 1973–1985 - Timothy Dalton: 1986–1994 - Pierce Brosnan: 1995–2005 - Daniel Craig: 2006–present James Bond films are: - Dr. No (1962) - From Russia with Love (1963) - Goldfinger (1964) - Thunderball (1965) - Casino Royale (1967) - You Only Live Twice (1967) - On Her Majesty's Secret Service (1969) - Diamonds Are Forever (1971) - Live and Let Die (1973) - The Man with the Golden Gun (1974) - The Spy Who Loved Me (1977) - Moonraker (1979) - For Your Eyes Only (1981) - Octopussy (1983) - Never Say Never Again (1983) - A View to a Kill (1985) - The Living Daylights (1987) - Licence to Kill (1989) - GoldenEye (1995) - Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) - The World Is Not Enough (1999) - Die Another Day (2002) - Casino Royale (2006) - Quantum of Solace (2008) - Skyfall (2012) - Spectre (2015) How is 'Dr Who' linked to this week's theme? Dr Who's Tardis is a Police Box What is the Welsh word for Police seen on police cars locally? Heddlu In the game 'Monopoly', how do you get out of jail? Pay £200 or throw a double Who starred as Inspector Clouseau in the 'Pink Panther' movies? Peter Sellers Name some famous prisons? Alcatraz, Colditz, San Quentin, Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville

In which prison was the Australian series 'Prisoner Cell Block H' set?

Wentworth What is the name of the Police Chief in 'The Simpsons'? Clancy Wiggum What is the name of the Police Officer in 'Top Cat'? Charlie Dibble Where was the TV thriller series 'The Prisoner' set? Port Meirion in North Wales What did Nick Ross say at the end of every episode of the BBC 'Crimewatch' programme? Don't have nightmares What Gilbert and Sullivan opera is the lyric, 'A policeman's lot is not a happy one ...' from? The Pirates Of Penzance Which Agatha Christie detective featured in the book and film 'Murder On The Orient Express'? Hercule Poirot Who wrote the 'Sherlock Holmes' books? Sir Arthur Conan Doyle Who starred as Sherlock in the recent BBC TV adaptation? Benedict Cumberbatch Where was 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles' set? Dartmoor Name the characters in the game 'Cluedo'? Miss Scarlet, Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard, Miss White, Reverend Green, Miss Peacock What was 'The Famous Five's dog's name? Timmy Who wrote 'The Famous Five' books? Enid Blyton Who stars as the TV amateur detective sleuth 'Father Brown'? Mark Williams What was the name of the vehicle in the children's TV series 'Scooby Doo'? The Mystery Machine What year was 'The Great British Train Robbery'? 1963 How much was stolen from the Royal Mail train on that fateful night of 8 August 1963? £2.6m (£50m in today's money) Ask members to name their favourite or most memorable Alfred Hitchcock movie? The top grossing films are: - Psycho - Rear Window - North by Northwest - Vertigo - The Birds - Dial M for Murder - Notorious - The Man Who Knew Too Much. What did Alfred Hitchcock do in each of his films that was unique to him? He made a cameo appearance Who wrote the book 'Rebecca', which later became a Hitchcock hit movie starring Laurence Olivier and Joan Fontaine? Daphne Du Maurier Which film starring Michael Caine contains the phrase, "You were only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" The Italian Job Who wrote the book about racism in the deep south, 'To Kill A Mockingbird'? Harper Lee Who starred as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of this book? Gregory Peck In which type of building did the amateur TV detective 'Jonathan Creek' live? A windmill Who starred as Inspector Frost in 'A Touch Of Frost'? David Jason What was special about the TV detective 'Ironside'? He was in a wheelchair What is a 'Black Mariah'? A police vehicle for carrying apprehended suspects What is a 'Grass'? An informant What is a 'Gumshoe' or 'Dick'? A private investigator Who had a hit single with 'Watching The Detectives'? Elvis Costello What about 'I Shot The Sheriff'? Eric Clapton What was special about the TV police series 'Juliet Bravo'? First female detective inspector on British TV Who is our Home Secretary now, in charge of policing? Amber Rudd Who was it before Amber Rudd? Theresa May (our second female British Prime Minister)

MUSIC Spotify playlist here Murder She Wrote - TV Theme - Who starred as Jessica Fletcher? ANGELA LANSBURY Magnum P.I. - TV Theme - Who starred as Magnum? TOM SELLECK Mission Impossible - TV Theme Who starred in the later series of movies? TOM CRUISE Hawaii Five O - TV Theme Catchphrase of Steve McGarrett? BOOK HIM DANNO Kojak - TV Theme What was Kojak's catchphrase? WHO LUVS YA BABY (Always said with a lollipop in his mouth) Six Million Dollar Man - TV Theme How much was Steve Austin worth? 6 MILLION DOLLARS Starsky and Hutch - TV Theme Who was their sidekick? HUGGBY BEAR Rockford Files - TV Theme Who played Jim Rockford? JAMES GARNER Charlies' Angels - TV Theme Who made all their arrangements? BOSLEY (The Angels were Farrah Fawcett Majors, Cheryl Ladd, Kate Jackson & Jaqueline Smith) The Bill - TV Theme Where was The Bill set? SUN HILL POLICE STATION IN CANLEY BOROUGH Another question would be, think of as many 'slang' names for the Police as we can? FEDS, FUZZ, BOBBIES, ROZZERS, COPS, BOYS IN BLUE, PC PLOD Cagney And Lacey - TV Theme Who played Cagney and Lacey? TYNE DALEY AND SHARON GLESS Midsomer Murders - TV Theme John Nettles, the star of 'Midsomer Murders', also starred as another TV detective? BERGERAC (set in Jersey) Miss Marple - TV Theme Who wrote the Miss Marple series? AGATHA CHRISTIE (Favourite Miss Jane Marples could include Joan Rutherford, Joan Hickson, Geraldine McEwan & Julia McKenzie) Hill Street Blues - TV Theme What was Capt Frank Furillo's catchphrase? LET'S BE CAREFUL OUT THERE The Avengers - TV Theme Who were John Steed's (played by Patrick Macnee) most famous sidekicks? CATHY GALE (HONOR BLACKMAN) OR EMMA PEEL (DIANA RIGG) (The 'New Avengers' starred Joanna Lumley as Purdey) The Saint - TV Theme Who played The Saint, a.k.a Simon Templar? ROGER MOORE Columbo - TV Theme What type of clothing was Columbo known for always wearing? A Macintosh raincoat. (His catchphrase was, 'One more thing!') Batman - TV Theme Where was Batman set? GOTHAM CITY (His arch enemies included The Joker, The Riddler, The Penguin and Cat Woman. His sidekick was Robin.) Van Der Valk - TV Theme Where was this detective series set? AMSTERDAM The Sweeney - TV Theme John Thaw who played Det. Insp. Jack Regan (sidekick was Det Sgt George Carter played by Dennis Waterman) went on to play another TV detective? INSPECTOR MORSE Dennis Waterman also starred in another TV comedy-drama show about the London criminal underworld. What was it? MINDER The Professionals - TV Theme Who starred as Bodie and Doyle? LEWIS COLLINS AND MARTIN SHAW The X Files - TV Theme Who were the two sci fi investigation agents? FOX MULDER (DAVID DUCHOVNY) AND DANA SCULLY (GILLIAN ANDERSON) Dixon Of Dock Green - TV Theme Catchphrase? EVENING ALL (Jack Walker was the name of the police constable) Z Cars - TV Theme Ran from 1962 - 1978. Set in the fictional town of? NEWTOWN (based on Kirby, Lancs) Another question would be, what animal is a Police car commonly named after? A Panda Alias Smith And Jones - TV Theme Who were the main actors starring as villains turned good? BEN MURPHY AND PETE DUEL (At the end of the opening titles what phrase was always said? "I sure wish the governor'd let a few more people in on our secret!") Porridge - TV Theme What was the name of the criminal that Ronnie Barker starred as in this hit 1970s TV comedy? NORMAN STANLEY FLETCHER Tales Of The Unexpected - TV Theme Who wrote 'Tales Of The Unexpected'? ROALD DAHL Every Breath You Take - The Police What is Sting's proper name? GORDON SUMNER Band On The Run - Wings Who appeared on the 'Band On The Run' album cover? (Have a picture handy) Left to right Michael Parkinson, Kenny Lynch, Paul McCartney, James Coburn, Clement Freud, Linda McCartney, Vincent Price, Denny Laine & Tom Conte Nobody Does It Better - Carly Simon What James Bond film is this from (listen carefully)? THE SPY WHO LOVED ME Goldfinger - Shirley Bassey What is Shirley Bassey's nickname? THE GIRL FROM TIGER BAY Can anyone think of any TV police or detectives shows missing from this list? ACTIVITIES Our activities this week, linked to the 'Watching The Detectives' theme, included. - A game of 'Cluedo' - A game of 'Who Am I?' (sticky label name of well known celebrity on forehead of person guessing, with others answering questions and giving clues one at a time) - Some hidden objects and spot the difference photos printed off the internet for those who prefer individual activities - Jigsaw as an alternative

About Me

Simon O’Donovan MBE has worked in NHS Wales for most of his adult life, supporting people with dementia, their carers and families and developing and improving services to benefit this client group. 

He recently retired from working as a Community Mental Health Nurse within a Young Onset Dementia Service and continues to contribute to weekly CST 'Friendship Group' sessions as a volunteer co-facilitator.


He has been keeping a weekly 'Young Dementia CST Blog' to share and archive tried and tested activities resources, with the ultimate aim of providing an 'off the shelf' resource library of weekly themed CST sessions which can be used on rotation throughout the year. 


The main aim of this website is to share experience and resources freely, in order that others can dip in and out and use some or all of the materials provided in their own CST work. Thus it is hoped, facilitating and supporting the provision of uplifting and enjoyable sessions that optimise people with dementia's quality of life.

This site is not owned by or affiliated to any organisation. It’s a personal commitment, a not for profit exchange of ideas and a resource library which aims to enable more widespread use of CST approaches for people with dementia. 

To this end, 'Guest Blogs' are VERY welcome, but bearing in mind that no images of clients are to be used without their express written informed consent.

Please note that some images are reproduced on this blog from the internet under the 'fair use copyright' principle, in that they will only be used for educational purposes with disability groups and in no way will be linked to profit making activities.


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