Dick Spanner

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Dick Spanner was a British comedy series created and written by Terry Adlam. Featuring unique looking puppets, the entirely stop-motion animation series, which premiered in 1986, initially aired in the United Kingdom as part of the Sunday morning TV show Network 7 on Channel 4, and was later repeated on the same channel in a late night time slot. Each short, six-minute episode parodies Raymond Chandler style detective TV shows with adventures involving the title character, square-jawed, mild-mannered robot private investigator Dick Spanner (Shane Rimmer). Set in a highly stylized, futuristic parallel universe, the tongue-in-cheek show has Dick Spanner, P.I. cracking jokes as he finds himself becoming immersed in a number of increasingly bizarre mysteries. Dick has a slick, street-wise approach to his cases, but lacks any expertise. He ineptly follows a trail of clues and avoids death by an unending series of flukes and outrageous good fortune. The series depicted two story arcs of equal length: the case of the Maltese parrot and the case of the human cannonball.

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Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 9/27/1987

Season 1 : Episode 2.11

Shane Rimmer

Shane Rimmer

Dick Spanner

Tony Barwick

Tony Barwick

Writer

Steve Begg

Steve Begg

Director, Animation, Lighting, Photography

Gerry Anderson

Gerry Anderson

Producer, Creative Consultant

Christopher Burr

Christopher Burr

Producer, Music, Music Composer

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