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 4 - Rag Week

The local college students get out of hand during their fund-raising 'rag week'. Meanwhile, Fowler and Dawkins have problems at the bank.

Further details

The local students' fund-raising 'rag week' hits Gasforth with full force, much to Fowler's irritation. Grim is not any happier, fed up with nicking juveniles rather than real, dangerous villains "like in the old days when if a man wanted to rob a bank he went out and bought a shotgun".

Following a hoax threat from the "Stneduts" demanding freedom and autonomy for "Egelloc" or they will attack with deadly "Dratsuc" (students, college, and custard) Grim decides to go to the local college to compare handwriting. He eventually comes back with a small group of students in tutus and gorilla masks who he wants charged.

Meanwhile, Fowler is under pressure from Patricia to get to the bank and sort out their standing orders. After a long wait in the queue and a row with DC Kray over using his police ID to push in, Fowler returns to work without having achieved anything.

Infuriated, Sergeant Dawkins goes herself. However, it's not long before she's in contact, radioing in to tell Raymond there's an armed hold up taking place! Grim is so happy he could cry.

As the police surround the bank, Grim enters negotiations with the would-be robbers. Fowler heads off to organise their demands for pizza, but disguises himself as the delivery man to get into the bank himself. Infuriated to see the same gorilla masks as donned by Grim's student charges earlier in the day, he soon takes control of the situation - much to Patricia's delight.

Broadcast details

Monday 4th December 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
    Jean Ainslie Old Woman
    Ruth Arnold Bank Clerk
    Dicken Ashworth Bank Robber
    Gabrielle Blunt Old Woman
    Lloyd McGuire Bank Manager
    Bill Moody Bank Robber
    Julian Rivett Man from Arcade
    Walter Sparrow Angry Old Man
    Paul Williams Pizza Delivery Boy
    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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