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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Series cast summary:
 Inspector Raymond Fowler (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Mina Anwar ...
 W.P.C. Maggie Habib (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 P.C. Kevin Goody (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Serena Evans ...
 Sergeant Patricia Dawkins (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
 D.I. Derek Grim (14 episodes, 1995-1996)
Rudolph Walker ...
 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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13 November 1995 (UK)  »

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Discontinued after 2 seasons. See more »


Detective Inspector Derek Grim: 'cause you know what'll happen Raymond, don't you - it'll be your cock up - my arse!
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Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #3.7 (2009) See more »

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Some of the funniest British comedy ever
5 September 1999 | by See all my reviews

The Thin Blue Line is some of the funniest british comedy ever.This show stars Rowan Attkanson the man behind the very funny Black Adder and the really stupid Mr. Bean. The show is all about the comic misshaps which take place in a police station giving a very funny look on the life of a police officer. Another good thing about the show is that it spawned the very funny Mark Addy of the Full Monty Crew.It was a shame that this show was cancelled because it is one of the best british comedy I have ever seen.

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