Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Making its Granada Television debut in 1965, the British detective series The Man in Room 17 starred Michael Aldridge as a police criminologist named Oldenshaw (Richard Vernon). Sequestered in Room 17 of the Department of Social Research, Oldenshaw and his assistants Dimmock (Michael Aldridge) and Defraits (Denholm Elliott) solved a steady progression of crimes, usually homicidal in nature. The gimmick was that Oldenshaw and his staff never left Room 17, leaving the "rough stuff" to other characters. Created by Robin Chapman, The Man in Room 17 lasted two seasons and 26 hour-long episodes, spawning a pair of sequels, The Fellows and Spindell.