Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The title character in this five-part British miniseries was a university lecturer (Alan Bates) with a fondness for anagrams and crossword puzzles. Laid off from his academic job, Oliver embarks upon a search for Aristotle, his favorite crossword compiler and creator of the intellectual game Mastermind. Following the trail to Wales, Oliver and his predestined companion, police officer Diane Priest (Sinead Cusack), get entangled in a life-threatening mystery. Written by the prolific Alan Plater, Oliver's Travels made its BBC bow in 1995.
lecture, mystery [enigma], police-officer, word-problems