The Chief (1990–1995)

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Focussing on the politics at the top of a typical English police force in its continual battle to solve the problems the times, in this case the fictional Eastland of East Anglia.


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Series cast summary:
 Chief Constable Alan Cade / ... (23 episodes, 1993-1995)
Karen Archer ...
 Asst. Chief Constable Anne Stewart / ... (23 episodes, 1990-1994)
Gillian Martell ...
 Diane Lewis (20 episodes, 1991-1995)
 Nigel Crimmond (18 episodes, 1990-1995)
Dean Lepley ...
 PC Jack Sayers / ... (15 episodes, 1990-1995)
 Chief Constable John Stafford (14 episodes, 1990-1993)
 Dr. Elizabeth Stafford (13 episodes, 1990-1993)
Stuart McGugan ...
 Det. Chief Supt. Sean McCloud / ... (12 episodes, 1993-1994)
Tony Caunter ...
 Deputy Chief Constable Arthur Quine / ... (11 episodes, 1990-1994)
Eamon Boland ...
 Det. Chief Supt. Jim Gray (10 episodes, 1990-1993)
 Colin Fowler (10 episodes, 1991-1994)


Focussing on the politics at the top of a typical English police force in its continual battle to solve the problems the times, in this case the fictional Eastland of East Anglia.

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24 April 1990 (UK)  »

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£3,000,000 (estimated)

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1.33 : 1
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Tim Piggot-Smith was Chief Constable John Stafford in series 1, 2 and the first 2 episodes of series 3. Martin Shaw's Alan Cade was assisting Stafford in the initial episodes of series 3 before being awarded the Chief's job following Stafford's promotion to a job with Europol. See more »


Chief Constable Alan Cade: [to his superior] My arse belongs on the bonfire! I don't want to sit with you! I'm in the arena, fighting for freedom of expression, right of assembly, access to information, all the things that you people are chipping away at. I'm not doing this out of caprice, I'm doing it because I believe it's right, it's what I have to do!
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It's Smug Judge Deed in the Police Force.
29 July 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

There were, of course, actually two chiefs. Tim Piggot Smith did the first two years followed by Martin Shaw. The series was set in East Anglia with the Chief in charge of a fictional large force covering all of it. There is also the obligatory woman senior officer. Neither was an accurate representation of a Chief Constable because both of them were still trying to be Police Officers when they are really just senior management. Shaw, in particular, was forever trying to get his hands dirty at the sharp end and was totally unable to delegate responsibility. I actually enjoyed their battles with the Home Office and Local Politicians a lot better. There is scope to have further series but the writers need to forget that it is about crime and criminals. Just concentrate on the politics.

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