* The Wrestler’s Tomb (10 May 1997) – a fantastic double-length opening episode, setting up the series’s humour, ingenuity and characters. Alan Davies and Caroline Quentin are superb right from the off.
* Jack in the Box (17 May 1997) – a brilliant locked-room mystery with plenty of twists.
* The Reconstituted Corpse (24 May 1997) – HOW DID A DEAD BODY GET INTO A WARDROBE THAT WAS EMPTY JUST A MINUTE AGO?!
* No Trace of Tracy (31 May 1997) – Danny from Withnail & I spends a night tied to a radiator. More fun than I’ve made it sound.
* Time Waits for Norman (31 January 1998) – a lovely little episode about neurosis.
* Black Canary (24 December 1998) – the best one of all, a fantastic Christmas special with a stunningly clever mystery and stellar guest turn from Rik Mayall.
* Ghosts Forge (18 December 1999) – a mystery solved by punctuation, and a fun subplot of Caroline Quentin’s Maddie winding up a rival character.
* Miracle in Crooked Lane (28 December 1999) – one of those seemingly simple/actually really complicated stories that the show does so well.
* The Seer of the Sands (14 February 2004) – probably the best of the largely disappointing fourth series, with a macabre twist.
* The Judas Tree (4 April 2010) – the best of the recent occasional specials, with Sheridan Smith fantastic as sadly short-lived sidekick Joey.