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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No Fannying about!!!
12 November 2002 | by (England, UK) – See all my reviews

The best characters in this sitcom have to be Inspector Fowler and Inspector Grimm. Grimm cracks me up everytime with his bad use of speech and his catchphrase "No Fannying about". I like the idea of the CID and the Police officers not wanting to accept help from each other. Goody is also very funny as is Constable Kray (Series 1). A rare find in the 90's sitcom era thats actually good (Bottom, Vicar of Dibley and Men Behaving badly are the only other good comedies from the decade). British comedy at its best as always.

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