The Thin Blue Line. Image shows from L to R: D.I. Grim (David Haig), P.C. Habib (Mina Anwar), Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), P.C. Goody (James Dreyfus), D.C. Boyle (Mark Addy), Sergeant Dawkins (Serena Evans), P.C. Gladstone (Rudolph Walker). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

The Thin Blue Line

BBC One sitcom about the team at a small town police station. 14 episodes (2 series), 1995 - 1996. Stars Rowan Atkinson, David Haig, Serena Evans, James Dreyfus and others.

The Thin Blue Line. Image shows from L to R: P.C. Goody (James Dreyfus), Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

The Thin Blue Line

Police sitcom about fastidious Inspector Raymond Fowler, his array of uniformed officers, and the oafish CID Inspector Grim

Genre
Sitcom
Broadcast
1995 - 1996
Channel
BBC One
Episodes
14   (2 series)
Creator
Ben Elton
Starring
Rowan Atkinson, David Haig, Serena Evans, James Dreyfus, Mina Anwar, Rudolph Walker, Kevin Allen, Mark Addy and others
Writer
Ben Elton
Director
John Birkin
Producers
Geoffrey Perkins and Ben Elton

Police Inspector Raymond Fowler is in charge of the uniformed police officers at Gasforth Police Station. They include the very camp Kevin Goody, Constable Gladstone and brainy Constable Habib.

Fowler, who is an old fashioned policeman and does everything by the book, is in an unsatisfactory long-term relationship with Desk Sergeant Dawkins. The yobbish CID, lead by the bitter and constantly complaining Derek Grim, clash constantly with the uniformed officers with whom they must share the station.

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  • TTBL (Acronym)
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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 13th November 1995 on BBC One at 8:30pm
Last new broadcast
Monday 23rd December 1996 on BBC One at 9:30pm
Last repeat
Monday 25th September 2017 at 3:10am on Gold

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