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

The Thin Blue Line

  • TV sitcom
  • BBC One
  • 1995 - 1996
  • 14 episodes (2 series)

Police sitcom about fastidious Inspector Raymond Fowler, his array of uniformed officers, and the oafish CID Inspector Grim. Stars Rowan Atkinson, David Haig, Serena Evans, James Dreyfus, Mina Anwar and more.

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

Key details

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

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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Additional details

Also known as
  • TTBL (Acronym)
Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Multi-camera
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Monday 13th November 1995 at 8:30pm on BBC One
Most recent repeats

Recording details

  • BBC Television Centre

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