The Thin Blue Line

BBC (ended 1996)


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The Thin Blue Line

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The Thin Blue Line is about Chief Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson) of uniformed division his life Gastherth police station, coping with his failing 10 year girlfriend who is receptionist, Patrica or 'Cabbage', the insolence around him A.K.A. C.I.D. officer Derek Grim and his non-personal life (Which he doesnt have) Starting in 1995 (Season 1) and ending in 1996 (Season 2) this 14 episode Ben Elton comedy gets you drawn in and laughing for ages, truly a classic for the video shelf!
Rowan Atkinson

Rowan Atkinson

Inspector Raymond C. Fowler

David Haig

David Haig

D.I. Derek Grim

Joy Brook

Joy Brook

D.C. Crockett (1995)

Rudolph Walker

Rudolph Walker

P.C. Gladstone

Serena Evans

Serena Evans

Sgt. Patricia Dawkins

Mina Anwar

Mina Anwar

W.P.C. Maggie Habib

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  • Should be continued

    Great show, great actors, funny stories... too bad, that there were only two seasons! This series should be continued!
  • A classic 90's comedy

    Thin Blue Line was a complete joy to watch. Including a diverse set of well designed charecters and library of fantasic one-liners.

    The show had a great mix of comedy and point-making, the show was loaded with simple comedy but wasn't afraid to be a bit more clever if the situation required it. Having them poke open a social issue and deal with it every week played out great with a nice balance of ideology - each side of a issue being represented by each charecters. This show was always good at letting you make up your own mind and not loosing sight of the fact that each episode should make you laugh more than think. The actors chosen were all perfect for thier roles and played them well for the most part, the on screen charecter chemistry ment that lines were very often timed and toned to comedy perfection, this show stands out as personally being a show I laughed at more than many other comedies, also finding that I still find it as funny as I did as a young teen.

    I really wish that this show had gone on longer than 2 short series.moreless
  • Welcome to Gasforth Police Station – CID headed by Detective Inspector Grimm and the traditional "bobbies" lead by Police Inspector Fowler.

    This is the wonderfully funny world of 1990's policing written by Ben Elton. The CID officers and the uniformed officers seem, at times, to be warring against each other but when it comes down to the crunch, they are both one the same side. The quick witted humour will have you laughing so hard you miss the next punch line!

    It's set in the fictional town of Gasforth and various troubles are in store for our PC Plods to deal with such as a drugs raid on a rave, trying to outsmart football hooligans and dealing with activists protesting against a new bypass (including one of their own!)

    Most episodes touch on the 10 year relationship between Inspector Fowler and Sergeant Patricia Dawkins. She is always seeking sexual attention from her partner however the poor fellow is very reluctant to oblige! This creates funny and sometimes moving scenes and you can really feel for her. It was such a shame that the series ended as I consider it to be one of the finest British comedies to have ever been produced.moreless
  • The adventures of a small English police station, led by Inspector Raymond Fowler...

    The Thin Blue Line was a BBC comedy written by Richard Curtis and starred Rowan Atkinson as Inspector Raymond Fowler, the main character of a small English police station. His main nemesis was Detective Inspector Derek Grim, the officer in charge of the CID unit. Usually they would try to out-do each other, often ending in hilarious failure.

    Only 14 episodes were made – 12 regular plus 2 Christmas – in 1995 and 1996. The main cast were good in their roles, and although the scripts weren’t the best, they would try and get the best performances out of them.

    Available on DVD, if you haven’t seen it, then go and try it – only then would you be able to give an honest opinion like mine...moreless
  • Certainly not a 10 out of 10, but also not utter garbage... certainly been harshly compared to other works instead of being judged on its own merits.

    This is a typical sitcom, that had an Ok first series and a pretty good second series. There is nothing really new here, and for those looking to be shocked, a la Little Britain's second series upping the ante of "bitty", you may be disappointed. It isn't flash or toilet humour... you will never wince or cringe at what is being done or said, and it that respect functions like an old time sitcom.

    The characters are very sitcomish in that they are playing obvious roles and have no semblance of realism. For example, Rowen Attkinson and his grilfriend act very similar to Al and Peggy Bundy from "Married With Children" with regards to the bedroom. Not inventive, but staying to a tride and true formula that guarantees laughs if you dot your 'i's and cross your 't's, which this does successfully.

    Yet, personally, I was sucked in and enjoyed it, particularly the head of CID who, like JJ's "Dyn-o-mite", has a catch-phrase of "fannying about" which rears its head as more and more as the series goes on, which you will either love or hate.

    If you prefer the growing trend and idea of comedy, that the charcters in humourous situations is funnier rather than gags and jokes, then this is not the show for you. For example, P.C. Goody's apparent homosexuality as well as his affinity for W.P.C. Habib, a voluptuous woman, is the basis of many gags and jokes.

    Yet, taken for what it is, and not necessarily comparing it to much better shows, it is a simple and entertaining "old school" sitcom, that packs some fun lines and witty moments on par with Blackadder, only they are fewer and further between.moreless