35 user 2 critic

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.


Ben Elton
3,726 ( 276)




2   1  
1996   1995  
1 win & 1 nomination. See more awards »




Series cast summary:
Rowan Atkinson ...  Inspector Raymond Fowler 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Mina Anwar ...  W.P.C. Maggie Habib 14 episodes, 1995-1996
James Dreyfus ...  P.C. Kevin Goody 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Serena Evans ...  Sergeant Patricia Dawkins 14 episodes, 1995-1996
David Haig ...  D.I. Derek Grim 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Rudolph Walker ...  P.C. Frank Gladstone 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Kevin Allen ...  D.C. Robert Kray 7 episodes, 1995
Mark Addy ...  D.C. Gary Boyle 7 episodes, 1996
Joy Brook Joy Brook ...  D.C. Crockett 7 episodes, 1995


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

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis


Comedy | Crime


See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

View content advisory »

Did You Know?


The 2nd and final season of the sitcom had some changes: Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson) talking to the audience. The theme tune is done in different styles. Instead of the regular intro sequence. The opening credits appear on the screen during the opening scene. Kevin Allen didn't return as D.C. Robert Kray and is replaced by Mark Addy as D.C. Gary Boyle and there is a new closing credits sequence which each cast member is seen having his and her photo taken. See more »


Detective Inspector Derek Grim: [about how to deal with persistent offenders] You nick 'em, you lock 'em up and you throw away the door!
See more »


Referenced in The Thick of It: Episode #3.7 (2009) See more »

User Reviews

British comedy at its best
30 November 2007 | by mcw2112See all my reviews

As an American I have no problem with saying that British sit-coms are light years ahead of the crap that plays well here in the U.S. After being a huge fan of "BlackAdder", I was reluctant to buy "Thin Blue Line" for fear of being let down because "Blackadder" was so incredibly good, especially "Blackadder Goes Fourth", but I was immediately taken with these characters and the crisp, witty writing. With America's lame sex-coms, uh... I mean sit-coms being so sophomoric and so completely predictable, it's always a breath of fresh air to watch a Brit-com. I'd rather watch "Red Dwarf" or "Thin Blue Line" repeatedly than most of the tripe offered on the major U.S. networks these days. Brit-coms are funnier, smarter and always more colorful. If you love brit-coms don't miss this little jewel!!

42 of 43 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 35 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.






Release Date:

13 November 1995 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

The Thin Blue Line See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs


| (1 episode) | (3 episodes) | (7 episodes) | (1 episode) | (1 episode) | (1 episode)

Sound Mix:



See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Recently Viewed