The Gentle Touch

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The Gentle Touch

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Welcome to The Gentle Touch guide at TV.com. In 1980s Britain, with disaffected punks and skinheads taking to the streets, and the repercussions of racism triggering explosive riots, it is not the best time to be a member of Her Majesty's Constabulary - particularly if you are a woman. Set on location in colourful Soho and Covent Garden, The Gentle Touch tells the story of tough cop D.I. Maggie Forbes. But this is no conventional cops and robbers series - this is real-life drama. At times shocking, at times moving, and always utterly gripping. A spin-off series, C.A.T.S. Eyes, followed in 1985.
Jill Gascoine

Jill Gascoine

D.I. Maggie Forbes

Nigel Rathbone

Nigel Rathbone

Steve Forbes

William Marlowe

William Marlowe

D.C.I. Bill Russell

Paul Moriarty

Paul Moriarty

Det. Sgt. Jake Barratt

Brian Gwaspari

Brian Gwaspari

D.I. Bob Croft [ 1980 - 1983 ]

Derek Thompson

Derek Thompson

Det. Sgt. Jimmy Fenton [ 1980 - 1982 ]

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  • Excellent Early 1980\'s British Police Drama Series Starring Award-Winning Actress Jill Gascoine.

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    The Gentle Touch began in early 1980 and starred Jill Gascoine as Britains first ever lead female detective (just five months before the far inferior Juliet Bravo limped into action).



    Firstly Jill Gascoine possessed a lot of screen charisma which instantly made the show watchable. Her sensitive and intelligent portrayal of DCI Maggie Forbes has been considerably over-looked in more recent years for some bizarre reason, despite huge ratings in its day.



    The first episode saw Maggies husband killed in an armed robbery and shows her trying to deal with her grief and to bring the murderers to justice. In this two part story there is a particularly good supporting turn from Sue Nicholls (better known as Audrey Roberts in Coronation Street) as Joanne Blanden, the wife of Harry Blanden, one of the men responsible for the murder of Maggies husband.



    From then on The Gentle Touch, turned into a cracking detective series dealing with murders, prostitution, homeosexuality etc and accurately mirrored Thatchers Britain as it was in the early 80\'s.moreless

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