Oliver's Travels (1995– )

Looking for Aristotle 

An ex-humanities professor and a female cop on suspension set out on an odyssey to find a missing crossword puzzle compiler.


Giles Foster


Alan Plater


Episode cast overview:
Alan Bates ... Oliver
Sinéad Cusack ... WPC Diane Priest
Michael Byrne ... Moody
Sue Roderick ... Norma Moody
Robert Blythe Robert Blythe ... Sgt Willis
Richard Davies Richard Davies ... Signwriter
Muriel Pavlow ... Librarian
John H. Francis ... Landlord (as John Francis)
Brinley Jenkins Brinley Jenkins ... Boswell
Ian Tucker Ian Tucker ... Hotel Bellboy
Noni Lewis Noni Lewis ... Student
Richard Harrington ... Student


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Oliver is an eccentric professor of comparative religions at a university which is downsizing its humanities department. Now in forced retirement, Oliver, who is addicted to word games, puzzles, and anagrams, sets out in search of Aristotle, his favorite crossword puzzle compiler, but finds his Welsh home has burned down. When he reports Aristotle as a missing person to the police, he is considered a crackpot and assigned to WPC Diane Priest. In order to prove his sincerity to her, he researches the cold case of a murdered farmer and turns up evidence that her superintendent may be implicated in the unsolved homicide. When Priest confronts her superior with the evidence, she is put on suspension and conditionally agrees to accompany Oliver on his odyssey. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Oliver: You taught yourself computer technology?
T. H. Moody: [nods] Social and Economic History, that was my field. But when I saw what was happening in the real world...
Oliver: Ah, yes, the real world.
T. H. Moody: Survival of the fittest. Adapt or die. I realised that history was, er...
Oliver: ...a thing of the past.
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11 June 1995 (UK) See more »

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