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 2 - Fire And Terror

Constable Habib falls in love with a fireman, much to Goody's distress. Back at the station, Fowler is having trouble with a hoaxer and Grim is chasing terrorists.

Further details

Habib takes a fancy to a fireman, much to Goody's horror - but this fireman seems keen to spend time with both officers. Meanwhile, Fowler is having a hard time with hoax callers, much to Grim's delight; even more so because he believes he is on the verge of catching a terrorist (although Kray seems to be spending a lot of time on the phone to the kebab shop).

Habib goes on a date with Gary the fireman and is very disappointed when he turns down the sex being offered to him on a plate. Goody's still trying his best to impress Habib himself and convince her that Gary isn't right for her.

Grim and his CID officers head off to join Special Branch outside the terrorist's home (after rubbing uniforms' noses in it) and successfully make the arrest. Back at the station Patricia allows a drunk past the front desk because "he's a sad useless excuse for a man and I thought you might get on". Roughly translated, she's angry that Fowler keeps avoiding sex!

Next, Grim arrives with the commander of Special Branch who asks to see Fowler. Whilst he rushes out to buy a leather jacket, Fowler is visited by a member of the Neighbourhood Watch from estate where the terrorist lived. He soon discovers that the so-called terrorist is none other than the hoax caller. As the man leaves he tries to take Habib, Goody and Gary hostage, in the course of which fireman Gary reveals he's rather fallen for someone after all.

Broadcast details

Monday 20th November 1995
30 minutes

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
Owen Teale Gary (Fireman)
Rupert Vansittart Commander Crow
Darren Brown Drunk
Bill Thomas Mr Dibley (Hoaxer)
Bridget Turner Mrs Rabbit (Neighbourhood Watch Representative)
Writing team
Ben Elton Writer
Production team
John Birkin Director
Geoffrey Perkins Producer
Ben Elton Producer
Peter Bennett-Jones Executive Producer

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