“I look forward to the debate, sir!” – a Bartitsuesque fight scene from “Q.E.D.” (1982)

Readers of a certain age may fondly recall the short-lived TV series Q.E.D. (also titled The Mastermind), which screened during the early 1980s. The show featured Sam Waterston as the eccentric former Ivy League professor Quentin E. Deverill, who becomes embroiled in a variety of adventures in Edwardian London. The character of Deverill is reminiscent of Craig Kennedy, the scientific detective who featured in a number of popular short stories written by Arthur B. Reeve during the first decades of the 20th century.

In this scene, during the course of investigating a mysterious disappearance at sea, Deverill attends and debunks a hoax seance, provoking an attack by the “medium’s” henchmen. The hero responds with a very Bartitsuesque combination of fisticuffs and jiujitsu …

One thought on ““I look forward to the debate, sir!” – a Bartitsuesque fight scene from “Q.E.D.” (1982)”

  1. I enjoyed this show. One of several Victorian or western themed shows that were interesting, but never found an audience. cancelled too soon, alas.

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