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.

Series 1, Episode 1 - The Queen's Birthday Present

It's the tenth anniversary of Inspector Fowler and Sergeant Dawkins's relationship. She thinks he has got her a present but actually he is preparing to celebrate the Queen's Official Birthday. CID, meanwhile, are investing in computers.

Further details

It's the 10th anniversary of Inspector Fowler and Patricia Dawkins's relationship, but Raymond has completely forgotten. He is far too busy with matters such as pickpockets and arranging a present for the Queen's Official Birthday.

Grim on the other hand is busy trying to bring CID into the 21st century by investing in computers for the department, who are trying to trace stolen credit cards (except Kray who is busy ordering pizzas and kebabs). Goody, meanwhile, is trying to impress Habib whilst they're on the beat. His eagerness results in him stopping a man from jay walking, arresting a man for helping his Gran with her shopping and nicking a lollipop man for standing outside a school.

Fowler loses his credit cards to a pickpocket and then can't get through to report it whilst Grim receives an early Christmas present when he discovers that Fowler's card has been used in a drug deal.

Goody tries to make up with Habib by buying her champagne and choccies only to hear that she hates it when a bloke thinks champagne and choccies make up for being an arse.

In the meantime, Fowler has been told about his anniversary and in an attempt to get himself and Goody off the hook he swaps the gifts each has bought - the only problem being he forgets to take Goody's "Dear Maggie (spelt Magy), sorry about arresting the lollipop man. Any chance of a bunk up? Love Kevin" label off the champagne. Both men get a slap!

Broadcast details

Date
Monday 13th November 1995
Time
8:30pm
Channel
BBC One
Length
30 minutes

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    Cast & crew

    Regular cast
    Rowan Atkinson Inspector Fowler
    David Haig D.I. Grim
    Serena Evans Sergeant Dawkins
    James Dreyfus P.C. Goody
    Mina Anwar P.C. Habib
    Rudolph Walker P.C. Gladstone
    Kevin Allen D.C. Kray
    Joy Brook D.C. Crockett
    Guest cast
    Stephen Moore Ron (Burglary Victim)
    Edwina Day Grocery Shopper
    Bo Poraj (as Bohdan Poraj) Grandson
    George Raistrick 'R. Sole' (Drunk)
    Writing team
    Ben Elton Writer
    Production team
    John Birkin Director
    Geoffrey Perkins Producer
    Ben Elton Producer
    Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer
    Graham Hutchings Editor
    James Dillon Production Designer
    Howard Goodall Composer
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