The adventures of tough lady cop Maggie Forbes.


Terence Feely




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1984   1983   1982   1981   1980  




Series cast summary:
Jill Gascoine ...  Det. Insp. Maggie Forbes / ... 56 episodes, 1980-1984
William Marlowe ...  Det. Ch. Insp. Russell / ... 56 episodes, 1980-1984
Paul Moriarty Paul Moriarty ...  Det. Sgt. Jake Barratt / ... 43 episodes, 1980-1984
Brian Gwaspari Brian Gwaspari ...  Det. Insp. Bob Croft / ... 35 episodes, 1980-1983
Nigel Rathbone Nigel Rathbone ...  Steve Forbes / ... 33 episodes, 1980-1984
Derek Thompson ...  Det. Sgt. Jimmy Fenton / ... 25 episodes, 1980-1982


The adventures of tough lady cop Maggie Forbes.

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Crime | Drama


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The first British series to feature a female police detective as its leading character. See more »


Referenced in Cruise of the Gods (2002) See more »

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have to review again after 56 episodes.
22 October 2018 | by ib011f9545iSee all my reviews

I reviewed this series a month ago but have now managed to watch all 56 episodes of the series.

I have not too much to add to my previous comments. The series is better than I remember it being.

It was made in 1980-1985 but I remember a lot of the episodes although I don't think it has been repeated much.

As I said previously people go on about The Sweeney and Prime Suspect but this series was regarded as being tough and realistic when first shown and it tries to be but sometimes fails.

This series was based on the idea of a policewomen in a senior position. American tv had had Policewomen with Angie Dickinson,6 years after The Gentle Touch people got excited about Prime Suspect but it never seemed that realistic to me.

But as much as I am praising The Gentle Touch it had run out of steam by the last series. There were some good episodes in all the series but there were some really silly ones as well.

If you look at the wikipedia entry for this series please don't believe the statement there that this series was the product of conservative government propaganda.

It is true that some of the episodes focus on changing society and the challenge faced by the police. I was 20 in 1980 and politics apart society was changing a lot in the 1980s,wanting a more stable law respecting society does not make some a conservative. Indeed there are several episodes where characters talk about the problems of mass unemployment and racism and sexism.

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11 April 1980 (UK) See more »

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Auf die sanfte Tour See more »

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(56 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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