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.

The Thin Blue Line. Image shows from L to R: Inspector Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), Traveller Boyfriend (Ben Elton). Copyright: Tiger Aspect Productions.

Series 1 - Yuletide Spirit

Grim is on the search for a group of dangerous carol singers, and the politics of Christmas workplace gift-giving throw the station into disarray when Goody buys Maggie some sexy lingerie. Fowler, meanwhile, has am-dram panto on his mind...

Further details

Christmas has arrived at Gasforth and with it the annual amateur dramatics society's production of Peter Pan. Raymond is determined to once and for all get the part of Captain Hook. Unfortunately he fails once again and just to add insult to injury, the part goes to none other than Grim.

Meanwhile, Goody has been getting into the Christmas spirit, splashing out on presents for his colleagues - including special ones for Fowler and Habib. However, neither get quite the treat they were expecting when Habib opens a bicycle puncture repair kit, and Fowler some lacy red lingerie...

Come Christmas Eve and a group of new-age travellers arrive at the station, having been detained for causing an obstruction. Whilst Raymond dismisses most of the group in annoyance, a heavily pregnant young woman and her boyfriend refuse to leave as their van has been impounded and are otherwise homeless. Predictably, it's not long before she goes into labour!

Grim, meanwhile, is juggling learning his lines for the panto with chasing a group of carol singers who distract residents at the front door whilst their gardens and homes are robbed round the back. It seems like it's going to be a good Christmas when he sees the group in action and calls for backup to assist in their immediate arrest, red-handed.

Back at the station, Goody's present mix-up causes a major headache for Raymond when Patricia finds the sexy undies and assumes them to be her gift; amidst all of the evening's interruptions, it seems Raymond could be in for quite a frosty Christmas morning...

Broadcast details

Tuesday 26th 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
    Geoffrey Chater Chief Constable
    Jacqueline Defferary Pregnant Traveller
    Ben Elton Traveller Boyfriend
    Cherith Mellor Second Home Owner
    Phil Nice First Home Owner
    Jake Wood Lead Carol Singer
    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


    Christmas Eve at the Police Station

    It's Christmas Eve in Gasforth Police Station.

    Featuring: Rowan Atkinson (Inspector Fowler), James Dreyfus (P.C. Goody), Mina Anwar (P.C. Habib), Rudolph Walker (P.C. Gladstone).


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