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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 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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Mark Addy would later go on to star as Robert Baratheon in the HBO series Game of Thrones (2011) (TV Series). Kevin Allen's nephew actor Alfie Allen would also star in the series as Theon Greyjoy and guest actor Owen Teale played Alliser Thorne in that series. See more »

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Sergent Patricia Dawkins: We are not the first, and we won't be the last couple to have problems with our sex life.
Inspector Raymond C. Fowler: We do not have a problem.
Sergent Patricia Dawkins: We don't have a sex life!
Inspector Raymond C. Fowler: Exactly, so I can hardly see how there could be a problem with it!
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A wonderful British sitcom
23 August 2008 | by See all my reviews

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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