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British Comedy: The Thin Blue Line

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People who added this item 165 Average listal rating (121 ratings) 6.6 IMDB Rating 7.5
Years: 1995-1996
Broadcaster: BBC
Genre: Sitcom
Written by: Ben Elton
Stars: Rowan Atkinson, Serena Evans
Episodes: 14
Episode Average: 7.643
BEST EPISODES:
Alternative Culture (1996), Honey Trap (1995)
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SERIES ONE

(1995)
7 episodes
Series Score: 54
Episode Average: 7.71
Perfect 10's: 0

Please note that DVD order differs from original broadcast order.
S1E1

THE QUEEN'S BIRTHDAY PRESENT

Originally broadcast: 13 November 1995
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Fowler forgets the personal significance of the day, Habib considers quitting the force, and Goody tries to make up for an earlier mistake with gifts.

"The way to stop credit cards being stolen is for people to take care of their property. I'd like to meet the man who can get inside my trousers."
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S1E2

FIRE AND TERROR

Originally broadcast: 20 November 1995
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Fowler receives a series of hoax calls, Habib falls for a fireman, and Grim brings in special branch to deal with a terrorist threat.

"Sir, I've got those doggy-doo details you asked for. Pavement fouling is really getting out of hand, Sir, and personally, I think it's time we stamped on it."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S1E3

HONEY TRAP

Originally broadcast: 27 November 1995
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Dawkins is jealous of Habib, Grim's planning an entrapment operation, and there's a new er in the station.

"Well, I hope not, because it's my backside on the line and I'm right up to my neck in it."
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 9

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S1E4

RAG WEEK

Originally broadcast: 21 November 1982
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Grim yearns for real crime by real criminals, a group of students are brought in after a hoax call, and Sgt. Dawkins gets caught up in a bank robbery.

"Look. This may be a hoax, it may not be. All I know is if it is genuine, my arse will be on the line... and I don't want a cock-up."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S1E5

NIGHT SHIFT

Originally broadcast: 11 December 1995
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Fowler has his son stay over, Grim's called to Scotland Yard, and a car thief is passed on to CID.

"Yes, Sir, he's already named his two Scottish associates, Ben Doone and Phil Macavity"
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S1E6

KIDS TODAY

Originally broadcast: 18 December 1995
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Goody faces an assault charge, a baby is found in a box outside the station, and Fowler organises a camping trip for a group of juveniles.

"Look, I'm not having you disgracing this station with a load of wishy-washy, diddles, half cock, up-your-social-worker, fol de rol, blame-it-on-society, psycho-sicko-socio, claptrap crap!"
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S1E7

YULETIDE SPIRIT

Originally broadcast: 26 December 1995
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
A mix-up means that Habib receives a rather strange Christmas gift, a report comes in that there are dangerous carol singers on the loose, and Fowler gets inside a crocodile.

"Not for us the simple pleasures of Christmas. Sherry, chestnuts, father bringing home a big fat bird and telling mum to stuff it."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 9

SERIES TWO

(1996)
7 episodes
Series Score: 53
Episode Average: 7.57
Perfect 10's: 1
S2E1

COURT IN THE ACT

Originally broadcast: 14 November 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Grim and Boyle frame a drug dealer, Goody models a new police uniform, and Dawkins is jealous of the Mayoress..

"You are a police offer, not a model, and police offers do not mince!"
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S2E2

ISM ISM ISM

Originally broadcast: 21 November 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Grim intends to become a Todger, Dawkins spots something worrying on CCTV footage, and the issue of race is discussed when an illegal immigrant is found in Gasforth.

"Well, I'm quite pleased really. It's been a long time since I put you on any sort of horn at all."
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 7

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S2E3

FLY ON THE WALL

Originally broadcast: 28 November 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
The BBC arrive to make a fly-on-the-wall documentary, everyone rushes to make themselves look better for the cameras, and a farmer enters the station with a gun.

"Sport? Sport? When did you last see a wild boar in Gasforth? Or an Elk? If we did, dispatching it with a spear or an arrow would be sport, but deploying an elk-seeking missile is just cheating!"
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S2E4

ALTERNATIVE CULTURE

Originally broadcast: 5 December 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
The men and women of the station are forced to use the same toilets, Habib's sister gets into trouble during a visit, and Goody's worried about coming out.

"Drugs! Drugs! What is wrong with young people today? With their uppers, downers, poppers, toppers, speed, whizz, crack, junk, smack, splosh, zing, bop, barf, oink, wham-bam! Oops I've just destroyed the family braincell! Can't the amuse themselves without chemical stimulation? Haven't they never heard of Monopoly?"
HOLY GODIVA 5 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 8

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S2E5

COME ON YOU BLUES

Originally broadcast: 12 December 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Fowler has his son stay over, Grim's called to Scotland Yard, and a car thief is passed on to CID.

"Of course it is, Boyle. There's nothing builds up a girl's self-esteem like having a human gorilla, with a brain the size of a peanut, inviting you to peel his banana."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 4
TOTAL: 8

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S2E6

ROAD RAGE

Originally broadcast: 19 December 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
Dawkins joins a group protesting against a new bypass, Grim's car gets scratched, and Fowler stands up for his woman.

"Goody, Constable Habib is woman of the opposite sex. If I'm going to get between anybody's legs, it's going to be a man's.""
HOLY GODIVA 3 - ONION JACK 3
TOTAL: 6

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S2E7

GREEN EYED MONSTER

Originally broadcast: 23 December 1996
Directed by: John Birkin
Written by: Ben Elton
The Promotion Board are due to visit, a frozen dinner cools a romantic moment, and Fowler goes out on the pull.

"I think I've dislocated my trouser furniture."
HOLY GODIVA 4 - ONION JACK 5
TOTAL: 8
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CHARACTERS


INSPECTOR RAYMOND C.FOWLER

Played by Rowan Atkinson
14 Episodes
in... Fire and Terror (1995)

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POLICE SERGEANT PATRICIA DAWKINS

Played by Serena Evans
14 Episodes
in... Ism Ism Ism (1996)

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DETECTIVE INSPECTOR DEREK GRIM

Played by David Haig
14 Episodes
in... Road Rage (1996)

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CONSTABLE KEVIN
GOODY

Played by James Dreyfus
14 Episodes
in... Alternative Culture (1996)

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CONSTABLE MAGGIE
HABIB

Played by Mina Anwar
14 Episodes
in... The Queen's Birthday Present (1995)

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CONSTABLE FRANK
GLADSTONE

Played by Rudolph Walker
14 Episodes
in... Rag Week (1995)

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DETECTIVE CONSTABLE
ROBERT KRAY

Played by Kevin Allen
7 Episodes
in... Honey Trap (1995)

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DETECTIVE CONSTABLE
GARY BOYLE

Played by Mark Addy
7 Episodes
in... Come on You Blues (1996)

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MAYORESS
WICKHAM

Played by Lucy Robinson
3 Episodes
in... Court in the Act (1996)

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Part of the
British Comedy Collection
The Thin Blue Line is about the police of Gasforth. Uniform are led by Inspector Fowler, a man who likes to play by the rules. He often clashes with Detective Inspector Grim, his counterpart in CID. To add to his problems, Fowler's girlfriend works on the desk, and she's jealous of just about everything.
SERIES SCORES
Series 1: 7.71
Series 2: 7.57
FAVOURITE EPISODES
Holy Godiva
1. Alternative Culture
(Series 2, Episode 4 - 1996)

2. Honey Trap
(Series 1, Episode 3 - 1995)

3. Yuletide Spirit
(Series 1, Episode 7 - 1995)
Onion Jack
1. Alternative Culture
(Series 2, Episode 4 - 1996)

2. Yuletide Spirit
(Series 1, Episode 7 - 1995)

3. Come on You Blue
(Series 2, Episode 5 - 1996)

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