When evening news shows have time to fill they often run short reports by freelance news teams about pressing social problems. A common theme right now is the rise of shoplifting among senior citizens, a development that has in turn given rise to specialty security guards who patrol department stores and grocery stores.
That’s also the theme of the mystery drama “Manbiki G-Men: Nikaido Yuki 18” (Shoplifting Detectives: Yuki Nikaido 18; TBS, Mon., 9 p.m.), in which veteran actress Nana Kinomi plays a plain clothes security guard assigned to patrol a department store food section. One day Yuki comes across an old man who has fainted and she brings him to the hospital by ambulance. The old man has suffered a stroke and knows he will not live much longer, so he asks Yuki if he can hear his last will and testament.