TV reviewers from the national newspapers have applauded the decision to cast northern playright Alan Bennett as the tough cop Inspector Jack Regan in a remake of the 1970s series.
In the first episode of the new series 'Chaos at the wool shop' Regan faces a pensioner holding-up Ethel's Wool Shop in Brighton following a long-run disagreement over the silver content of a sewing thimble.
'You told me it was Sterling Silver you lying bitch' says the pensioner whilst a terrified Ethel is forced to admit it is much lower quality electro-plated nickel silver, and does not, in-fact, bear an official hallmark.
Hard drinking Regan, and his assistant George Carter, played by Stephen Fry, decide to try an organise an intellectual quiz or poetry review, to distract the criminal from taking Ethel's life 'After all, Ethel loved a bit of Byron' interjected Bennett, now adopting a more threatening stance as his jacket and tie was changed for a lambswool cardigan.
Regan next ordered Carter to 'Pour me a Latte, and don't skimp on the warm milk' and an energised Carter obeyed instructions whilst eating a mueseli bar and wearing an Oscar Wilde inspired smoking jacket.
The conclusion of the episode cannot be revealed at present, as viewers will need to tune-in to the surprise ending, but there are rumours that Regan attached the hostage taker with knitting needles from the middle shelf whilst Carter recorded the whole event on his i-Phone and broadcast it on You Tube and Twitter.