British police drama following the team at the Complaints Investigation Bureau - the unit that polices the police.

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 Det. Supt. Tony Clark / ... 35 episodes, 1992-1994
Tom Georgeson ...
 Det. Insp. Harry Naylor / ... 35 episodes, 1992-1994
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 Det. Sgt. Maureen Connell / ... 35 episodes, 1992-1994
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 Chief Supt. John Deakin / ... 27 episodes, 1992-1994
Robin McCallum ...
 Det. Supt. David Graves / ... 18 episodes, 1992-1994
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This show is set in the Complaints Investigation Bureau (C.I.B.), the department responsible for investigating other police officers, of London's Metropolitan Police [the British counterpart to the Internal Affairs Bureau (I.A.B.) of a U.S. city's police force]. The first two seasons had stories based around various different aspects of the darker side of the police, ranging from such topics as petty corruption, racism, and sexual harassment through to grand conspiracy, with some plot threads running through the season over several episodes. The series also dealt with the personal lives of it's less-than-clean-cut characters, particularly the womanizing lead character Tony Clark, and is also notable for its inclusion of a lesbian character in a major role. In the third and final season, the focus changed significantly, moving away from the police force to other areas of security and espionage. Written by <mcollins@nyx.net>

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A downward spiral
25 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

To my mind, this show, now 15 years old (well, nearly) is an excellent portrayal of the progress, or not, of its main character.

Well placed, and pushing all the right buttons, he was promoted but with a qualifier:- do this s$$t job and... so he was transferred into a job he didn't request, nor did he care for in any way, shape or form.

But, he was told, if do this you will get what you really want:- all in the fullness of time. This, over the course of the first season, proved to be BS. Luckily, or unluckily, he was blessed with a good team. He was interested in doing a good job and thought, wrongly, that it was a means to an end. Wrong, indeed. If he had not had a strong team, or if he had not been motivated to do a good job, for the job's sake, he would not have found himself in the situations revealed in Seasons Two and Three.

Without wishing to prolong the agony here, the three seasons are an excellent demonstration of a downward spiral of a police officer's career attributable largely to external forces, coupled with his own inability to cope with these forces.

Been there done that, bought the Tee shirt.

And where do I buy the DVDs ??


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