The Thin Blue Line (1995–1996)
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Fowler, Gladstone, Habib and Goody go camping with some juvenile criminals while Goody faces charges of assault for punching a skinhead who used racist language towards Habib.


John Birkin


Ben Elton, Ben Elton (creator)


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Episode complete credited cast:
Rowan Atkinson ... Inspector Raymond Fowler
Kevin Allen ... D.C. Robert Kray
Mina Anwar ... W.P.C. Maggie Habib
James Dreyfus ... P.C. Kevin Goody
Serena Evans ... Sergeant Patricia Dawkins
David Haig ... D.I. Derek Grim
Rudolph Walker ... P.C. Frank Gladstone
Stephen Fry ... Brigadier Blaster Sump
Alexander Armstrong ... Arrested Man
Joy Brook Joy Brook ... D.C. Crockett
Amelda Brown Amelda Brown ... Mrs. Bludger
John Scott Mitchell John Scott Mitchell ... Geoffrey Bludger
Jay Simpson ... Baz
Nicola Stapleton ... Natalie
Albie Woodington Albie Woodington ... Neighbour


Gasford is hosting a sub-regional police district conference and is invited to suggest a project to deal with delinquent youth. Grim just plans to raid teenage squatters. Fowler decides to take some risk teenagers on a camping trip. When racist punker Geoffrey (15) verbally abuses Habib, Kevin can't control himself, and faces an official abuse charge. Written by KGF Vissers

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Comedy | Crime







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18 December 1995 (UK) See more »

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After being hit with the halibut following the discussion about having children, inspector Fowler tells Patricia that "it is a good thing we are not having a lamb leg for supper." This is a reference to Roald Dahl's short story "Lamb to the Slaughter", in which a young pregnant woman kills his husband -a local detective- by hitting him with a frozen mutton leg and serving it to the police officers, all friends of his husband, who to come investigate. See more »


When Grim and his officer conduct the raid on the house, the position and location of their parked car changes between shots. See more »


Brigadier Blaster Sump: Here's your gear. You'll find everything you could possibly need from lavatory paper to sand paper. Don't confuse the two! I did myself once. Not a wholly unpleasant experience, but then I went to Charterhouse.
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This one pushes the boundaries.
11 June 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The episodes before and episodes after are all very funny. Kids today goes one step further, it's funny, but also shocking. Twenty five years after this was made, and racism is sadly still visible in our society, it's delivered here in quite shocking, realistic fashion, with Habib on the end of it, it's a strong moment.

Some brilliant guest performers in this one, Stephen Fry is awesome, Alexander Armstrong also very funny in a smaller capacity.

It's a terrific mix of funny and serious, with some quite profound messages. One of the best. 9/10

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