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Cast

Series cast summary:
David Ellison ...  Sergeant Joseph Beck 87 episodes, 1980-1985
Noel Collins ...  Sergeant George Parrish 81 episodes, 1980-1985
Stephanie Turner ...  Inspector Jean Darblay 44 episodes, 1980-1982
Anna Carteret ...  Inspector Kate Longton 44 episodes, 1983-1985
Mark Botham ...  PC Danny Sparks 44 episodes, 1983-1985
C.J. Allen C.J. Allen ...  PC Brian Kelleher 41 episodes, 1983-1985
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Newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay takes charge of the police station in the Lancashire town of Hartley. She is the first woman to be placed in charge of the station and initially there is considerable scepticism from the long-standing staff of Sergeants Joe Beck and George Parrish. Jean Darblay is later replaced by Kate Longton. Written by Martin Underwood

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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UK

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English

Release Date:

30 August 1980 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(88 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The character of Jean Darblay, the first woman inspector in a small-town Lancashire police station, was based on the experiences of Wynne Darwin, a real-life woman inspector in the Lancashire force. See more »

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Referenced in The Adam and Joe Show: Episode #3.3 (1999) See more »

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Solid Police series
8 May 2006 | by WelshGoatSee all my reviews

This series was THE Police drama of the early eighties and in many ways managed to be groundbreaking and traditional. It relied on the tried and tested format of studio interiors and location film but also addressed in its time a number of emerging crime issues. The big issue initially was the fact that the Insp was female and yet due to excellent performances from both leading women it was their professional ability that shone through. It did pull some punches and was the first primetime Saturday night series that I recall that dealt with the effects of heroin that was rampant in Britain at the time. Dodgy as it seems my fondest memory is of Anne Cateret stood in her tights ironing her Police skirt. Many a male fan would agree!


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