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The Thin Blue Line 

Various mishaps at a police station in an English town. The main character is the anachronistic, yet charming and funny Inspector Fowler. CID foil to Fowler, Inspector Grim is a bumbling, seething idiot.

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Series cast summary:
Rowan Atkinson ...  Inspector Raymond Fowler 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Mina Anwar ...  W.P.C. Maggie Habib 14 episodes, 1995-1996
James Dreyfus ...  P.C. Kevin Goody 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Serena Evans ...  Sergeant Patricia Dawkins 14 episodes, 1995-1996
David Haig ...  D.I. Derek Grim 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Rudolph Walker ...  P.C. Frank Gladstone 14 episodes, 1995-1996
Kevin Allen ...  D.C. Robert Kray 7 episodes, 1995
Mark Addy ...  D.C. Gary Boyle 7 episodes, 1996
Joy Brook Joy Brook ...  D.C. Crockett 7 episodes, 1995
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Storyline

Inspector Raymond C. Fowler is the officer in charge of Gasforth police station, a devoted and integer servant of the crown, and a terrible stickler for rules and all forms of correctness. His second in command, Sergeant Patricia Dawkins, is also his partner and very much in command in all non-police matters, with a nasty tendency to forget her professional place too. The uniform branch is further manned by three Constables: old Trinidadian-born Frank Gladstone, promising foxy Pakistani Maggie Habib and English simpleton Kevin Goody, good friends but constantly arguing and overeager, especially by Fowler's impossibly high standards. They share the station with loudly arrogant but rather stupid and shockingly in-courteous Detective Inspector Derek Grim's CID branch, which further includes Detectives Robert Kray and Gary Boyle. The female mayor is a further worry, the crooks usually cause much less trouble then the permanent cast. Written by KGF Vissers

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Release Date:

13 November 1995 (UK) See more »

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A Bela Farda Azul See more »

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The sitcom chronicles the devoted and charming Inspector Raymond Fowler and the incompetent and bumbling officers of Gasforth Police Station: Fowler's hapless partner Sargeant Patricia Dawkins. Fowler's rival the tough and arrogant Detective Inspector Derek Grim. The childish and moronic Constable Kevin Goody. The wise Constable Maggie Habib. Aging PC Frank Gladstone. The cynical snacker DC Robert Kray and the equally cynical, but intelligent DC Gary Boyle. See more »

Quotes

Detective Inspector Derek Grim: [about how to deal with persistent offenders] You nick 'em, you lock 'em up and you throw away the door!
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No Fannying about!!!
12 November 2002 | by Mmyers2003See all my reviews

The best characters in this sitcom have to be Inspector Fowler and Inspector Grimm. Grimm cracks me up everytime with his bad use of speech and his catchphrase "No Fannying about". I like the idea of the CID and the Police officers not wanting to accept help from each other. Goody is also very funny as is Constable Kray (Series 1). A rare find in the 90's sitcom era thats actually good (Bottom, Vicar of Dibley and Men Behaving badly are the only other good comedies from the decade). British comedy at its best as always.


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