The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)

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Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

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 Inspector Fowler (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Mina Anwar ...
 P.C. Habib / ... (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 P.C. Goody (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Serena Evans ...
 Sergeant Dawkins (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 D.I. Grim (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Rudolph Walker ...
 P.C. Gladstone (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
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 D.C. Kray (7 episodes, 1995)
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 D.C. Boyle (7 episodes, 1996)
Joy Brook ...
 D.C. Crockett (7 episodes, 1995)
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Inspector Raymond C. Fowler is the officer in charge of Gasford police station, a devoted and integer servant of the crown, and a terrible stickler for rules and all forms of correctness. His second in command, Sergeant Patricia Dawkins, is also his partner and very much in command in all non-police matters, with a nasty tendency to forget her professional place too. The uniform branch is further manned by three Constables: old Trinidadian-born Frank Gladstone, promising foxy Pakistani Maggie Habib and English simpleton Kevin Goody, good friends but constantly arguing and overeager, especially by Fowler's impossibly high standards. They share the station with loudly arrogant but rather stupid and shockingly in-courteous Detective Inspector Derek Grim's CID branch, which further includes Detectives Robert Kray and Gary Boyle. The female mayor is a further worry, the crooks usually cause much less trouble then the permanent cast. Written by KGF Vissers

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The series contains numerous in-jokes referencing the Blackadder series, which also starred Rowan Atkinson and was co-written by Ben Elton. For example, Inspector Fowler often addresses his girlfriend, Sergeant Dawkins, as 'Sergeant Darling' - 'Captain Darling' is a character in _Blackadder goes Forth (1989)_. There are also references to strangely shaped turnips, 'Stephen Fry' guest starring as an extremely loud and hare-brained authority figure, amongst others. See more »

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Const. Frank Gladstone: I could not tell you why all the women I have ever loved say to me "I've got a fat bottom!", and when I say "Yes, I like it!", they throw the dinner at me!
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A wonderful British sitcom
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This show has Rowan Atkinson (Inspector Raymond "Feely" Fowler) at his very best, funnier than either Mr. Bean or Black Adder. He shares the screen with a delightful array of competent actors who all know how to deliver a funny line without squashing it, although sometimes I find David Haig's delivery of Detective Inspector Grimm's rants to be just a little too much.

I don't find much of what Ben Elton has written to be that funny, but this show has me laughing out loud time and again. Almost every episode in the two seasons available is well paced and loaded with double entendres. If only American sitcoms could match or come close to this!


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