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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Series cast summary:
 Inspector Raymond Fowler (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 W.P.C. Maggie Habib (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 P.C. Kevin Goody (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 Sergeant Patricia Dawkins (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 D.I. Derek Grim (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 P.C. Frank Gladstone (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 D.C. Robert Kray (7 episodes, 1995)
 D.C. Gary Boyle (7 episodes, 1996)
Joy Brook ...
 D.C. Crockett (7 episodes, 1995)


Inspector Raymond C. Fowler is the officer in charge of Gasforth 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 »


Detective Inspector Derek Grim: I've been liaising with some *geeeeeezers* from 'The Met'; pooling our intelligence.
Inspector Raymond C. Fowler: Goodness. Between you, you must have made an imbecile.
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Great Police Comedy!
3 May 2001 | by (Liverpool, ENGLAND) – See all my reviews

This is a fantastic British police comedy! It's simply so funny with all the characters like Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), Inspector Grim (David Haig), Constable Goody (James Dreyfuss), Constable Habib (Mina Anwar) and Constable Gladstone (Rudolph Walker). Each episode has individuality from 'Honey Trap' to 'Come On You Blues' and 'Yuletide Spirit', Ben Elton seems to cover all storyline areas with ease and brilliant invention. It's a great show that takes a light-hearted look at the life in a police station and beyond which I thoroughly enjoyed and watched over and over again. Great stuff!

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