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?
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?
Name some famous prisons?
Alcatraz, Colditz, San Quentin, Wormwood Scrubs, Pentonville
In which prison was the Australian series 'Prisoner Cell Block H' set?
What is the name of the Police Chief in 'The Simpsons'?
What is the name of the Police Officer in 'Top Cat'?
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'?
Who wrote the 'Sherlock Holmes' books?
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
Who starred as Sherlock in the recent BBC TV adaptation?
Where was 'The Hound Of The Baskervilles' set?
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?
Who wrote 'The Famous Five' books?
Who stars as the TV amateur detective sleuth 'Father Brown'?
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'?
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:
- Rear Window
- North by Northwest
- The Birds
- Dial M for Murder
- 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'?
Who starred as Atticus Finch in the 1962 film version of this book?
In which type of building did the amateur TV detective 'Jonathan Creek' live?
Who starred as Inspector Frost in 'A Touch Of Frost'?
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'?
What is a 'Gumshoe' or 'Dick'?
A private investigator
Who had a hit single with 'Watching The Detectives'?
What about 'I Shot The Sheriff'?
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?
Who was it before Amber Rudd?
Theresa May (our second female British Prime Minister)
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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?
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?
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