• The Rockford Files (1974-1980) was the best ever television private-detective series: American or otherwise and it captured the zeitgeist of LA in 1974. James Garner's acting is as effortlessly competent and charming as a well driven Rolls Royce- he is so rational and highly professional. Each episode had a zen-like feel and the very '70s urban aesthetics of LA, Malibu, Bel Air and Beverly Hills are marvellously conjured up. The theme tune by Mike Post is stylish and memorable and the unpredictable and sometimes weird plot-lines are highly entertaining and extremely well-written. It shows just how original and manifold '70s television could be.