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Focussing on the politics at the top of a typical English police force in its continual battle to solve the problems the times, in this case the fictional Eastland of East Anglia.

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Cast

Series cast summary:
Gillian Martell Gillian Martell ...  Diane Lewis 27 episodes, 1991-1995
Martin Shaw ...  Chief Constable Alan Cade / ... 23 episodes, 1993-1995
Karen Archer Karen Archer ...  Asst. Chief Constable Anne Stewart / ... 23 episodes, 1990-1994
Dean Lepley Dean Lepley ...  PC Jack Sayers / ... 20 episodes, 1990-1995
Michael Cochrane ...  Nigel Crimmond 17 episodes, 1990-1995
Tim Pigott-Smith ...  Chief Constable John Stafford 14 episodes, 1990-1993
Stuart McGugan ...  Det. Chief Supt. Sean McCloud / ... 13 episodes, 1993-1994
Judy Loe ...  Dr. Elizabeth Stafford 13 episodes, 1990-1993
Eamon Boland Eamon Boland ...  Det. Chief Supt. Jim Gray 11 episodes, 1990-1993
Tony Caunter Tony Caunter ...  Deputy Chief Constable Arthur Quine / ... 11 episodes, 1990-1994
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Focussing on the politics at the top of a typical English police force in its continual battle to solve the problems the times, in this case the fictional Eastland of East Anglia.

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

20 April 1990 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Chelmsford, Essex, England, UK See more »

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Budget:

£3,000,000 (estimated)
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Anglia Television See more »
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Runtime:

| (35 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Tim Piggot-Smith was Chief Constable John Stafford in series 1, 2 and the first 2 episodes of series 3. Martin Shaw's Alan Cade was assisting Stafford in the initial episodes of series 3 before being awarded the Chief's job following Stafford's promotion to a job with Europol. See more »

Quotes

Chief Constable Alan Cade: [to his superior] My arse belongs on the bonfire! I don't want to sit with you! I'm in the arena, fighting for freedom of expression, right of assembly, access to information, all the things that you people are chipping away at. I'm not doing this out of caprice, I'm doing it because I believe it's right, it's what I have to do!
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It's Smug Judge Deed in the Police Force.
29 July 2005 | by Sulla-2See all my reviews

There were, of course, actually two chiefs. Tim Piggot Smith did the first two years followed by Martin Shaw. The series was set in East Anglia with the Chief in charge of a fictional large force covering all of it. There is also the obligatory woman senior officer. Neither was an accurate representation of a Chief Constable because both of them were still trying to be Police Officers when they are really just senior management. Shaw, in particular, was forever trying to get his hands dirty at the sharp end and was totally unable to delegate responsibility. I actually enjoyed their battles with the Home Office and Local Politicians a lot better. There is scope to have further series but the writers need to forget that it is about crime and criminals. Just concentrate on the politics.


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