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 5 - Night Shift

Working the night shift has everyone on edge, particularly a moody Grim. Sergeant Dawkins is particularly overcome with frustration, whilst both Fowler and Grim have teenage problems to deal with.

Further details

Grim is getting involved in a nationwide operation with Scotland Yard, investigating a spate of stolen cars being shipped to the continent and sold on by a 'Mr Big'.

Meanwhile, the night shift is proving busy. A young lad is brought in for taking without consent and dangerous driving, and an arrested heroin addict threatens to kill someone unless he gets a fix.

Patricia has had a particularly bad day, made all the worse when Fowler informs her that his son Bill has come to stay. That night she attempts to coax Raymond into having sex, but he is typically embarrassed and uninterested. Patricia demands they see a therapist, which he dismisses at once.

The next day, Grim is late to arrive, and makes sure everyone knows he's been attending high-level meetings at Scotland Yard. Brimming with new-found importance he heads to interview the car thief, but is horrified to find the boy is none other than his own son, Darren.

After a concerned, friendly warning from Habib, Raymond agrees to see a sex therapist with Patricia. Their consultation proves rather overpowering - even for Sergeant Dawkins! However, in a bizarre twist, it seems it may have just done the job...

Broadcast details

Monday 11th 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
    Sheila Gish Maeve the Sex Therapist
    Laura Brattan Nymphomaniac
    Robert Demeger Heroin Addict
    Perry Fenwick 'Total Prat'
    Ricci Harnett Darren (D.I. Grim's Son)
    Tim Matthews Bill (Inspector Fowler's Son)
    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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