Emphatically-named comedian Steve Punt is investigating classic cold cases. The difference between him and, say, Sarah Koenig is that he's doing it in the manner of a pun-slinging 1950s gumshoe crossed with your bumbling, well-meaning dad. We're not even totally clear how self-aware this production is - maybe by BBC measures, Punt is a suave and Bond-like figure? - but either way, we cherish his dad-gags, which are dispensed with alacrity over the course of two (2014 and 2015) mini-seasons. "A cold chill ran down my spine," he says at one point, grimly, whilst standing in a rainy field. "And then I realised David had nicked my umbrella." And later: "At 12 sharp, I was to look for a man drinking [meaningful emphasis] a ginger ale." Delightful delivery aside, the cases themselves are interesting, and might ring familiar - a woman's body, hidden in a Wych elm; the disappearance of MP Victor Grayson. Punt digs up experts and evidence in pursuit of his leads, and injects new feeling into these well-handled mysteries. Enjoy the seven hour-long episodes available now and let's cross fingers for another crop.
Gateway episodes: Who Put Bella in the Wych Elm? (1 Aug 2014) / The Case of the MP Who Vanished (25 July 2014) / The Murder of Hollywood Director William Desmond Taylor (8 Aug 2015)