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Pulaski: The TV Detective 

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Actor Larry Summers stars in the TV-series 'Pulaski', about a brave and honest private detective and former priest. Off-camera, Summers is a drunk and general bad-boy - his television ... See full summary »


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Series cast summary:
David Andrews ...  Larry Summers (aka Pulaski) 8 episodes, 1987
Caroline Langrishe ...  Briggsy / ... 8 episodes, 1987
Kate Harper ...  Paula 8 episodes, 1987
Rolf Saxon ...  Jerome Summers 8 episodes, 1987
Timothy Carlton ...  Hilary 7 episodes, 1987
Terry Cade ...  Brad 4 episodes, 1987
Nigel Pegram ...  Director 4 episodes, 1987


Actor Larry Summers stars in the TV-series 'Pulaski', about a brave and honest private detective and former priest. Off-camera, Summers is a drunk and general bad-boy - his television character's exact opposite. Problems arise when Summers begins to find it hard to separate fiction and real life. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

2 October 1987 (UK) See more »

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England, UK See more »

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1.33 : 1
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When the show was cancelled, writer Roy Clarke took the basic premise (TV detective mistaken for the real thing) to a rival network, and re-worked it as The World of Eddie Weary (1990) See more »

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Best darn TV Detective series ever with the name Pulaski in it!!!!!
17 August 2006 | by nuntukamenSee all my reviews

It appears that no one caught the U.S. cable network rerun of this fifteen or so years ago. I believe it was on Lifetime, and I wish they would run it again so this time everyone could record it. The basic premise is that an American actor, a womanizing drunk, sort of an updated Nick Charles, minus some of the upper crust class, plays Pulaski, the TV Detective, on British television. The only problem is that the actor is hung over or drunk most of the time when he's needed as Pulaski. David Andrews stars as actor Larry Summers, who plays an ex-priest of the highest character and concern for his fellow man, who has given up the cloth to become a first rate private eye. In the detective show about the detective show, a fan of Pulaski turns up every week with some outrageously difficult case, and Summers explains he is only an actor and wants nothing to do with the problem, and then through twists and circumstance, he nonetheless not only gets knee deep in the case, but, relying on the role he has every week, actually solves the case. This is made possible especially because his greatest fans are the crooks and culprits themselves, who absolutely believe Summers/Pulaski is the greatest and bravest, the smartest and wisest. A few shows into the only season it appeared (1987) they added a recurring British Inspector who played the straight man for Pulaski and his drunken investigations, and the show really gained with this additional character. A running gag was a huge Magnum, just like Dirty Harry's, that criminals were convinced Summers was an expert with, a dead on shot, and he uses this prop from the TV show to extricate himself and Briggsey (his weekly female sidekick and companion) and the Inspector out of several jams. The friends we invited over loved the show, and we all thought we were watching a new cult classic that was right up there with The Avengers. Apparently, we were the only people in America watching, and its a shame this witty British series stalled out somewhere over the Atlantic. Just like Amelia Earhart, no one seems to know what ever happened to Pulaski.

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