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The Thin Blue Line 

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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[Sergent Patricia Dawkins nearly cast as tomahawk in Peter Pan panto last year]
Inspector Raymond C. Fowler: You'll be a wonderful red indian maid.
Sergent Patricia Dawkins: That's silly little costume, my thigh's too fat.
Inspector Raymond C. Fowler: What an absurd thing for you to say.
Sergent Patricia Dawkins: You're saying that just to be nice.
Inspector Raymond C. Fowler: No, I'm sure there's a number of red indians have fat thighs.
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Mr Bean speaks
14 July 2000 | by See all my reviews

I had all the episodes of TTBL on tape at one stage. The whole family watched them over and over. Ben Elton must be one of the best writers going. To spoof a police station and have such a variety of characters is fantastic. Each episode a comic delight. This show suits just about any age group too.


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