About the Series
Genre: British Sitcom
First Transmission: 1995-1996
The Thin Blue Line is a British sitcom written by Ben Elton.
The sitcom is set in the police station of the fictional English town of Gasforth. One of the main themes explored was the rivalry between the uniformed squad led by Inspector Fowler and the CID led by Detective Inspector Grim. Episodes usually saw the uniformed branch and CID disagreeing over which methods should be used to resolve a situation or to stage an operation. Generally, the uniformed section triumphed over the detectives.
Rowan Atkinson: Inspector Fowler
Serena Evans: Sergeant Dawkins
David Haig: Detective Inspector Grim
James Dreyfus: Constable Goody
Mina Anwar: Constable Habib
Rudolph Walker: Constable Gladstone
Best Episode [ S1 Ep7 ]
Yuletide Spirit – Goody buys Fowler a puncture repair kit and Habib some lingerie but accidentally gets them mixed up. Also, Sergeant Dawkins believes the lingerie is a gift for her from Fowler.
26 December 1995
Worst Episode [ S2 Ep6 ]
Road Rage – Sergeant Dawkins leaves for a break with some nature-loving activists but during this time they get into a feud with the police for their extreme methods. This forces Dawkins to choose between their arrogant leader, Stallion, or Fowler.
19 December 1996
Full Episode Guide
Blue episodes rated above par.
Brown episodes rated below par.
The Queen’s Birthday Present (1995) –
It’s Fowler and Dawkins’ tenth anniversary, but Fowler manages to forget.
Fire And Terror (1995) –
Grim and the CID initiate a counter-terrorism operation.
Honey Trap (1995) –
After Fowler drunkenly admits to having kissed Habib during a pub quiz match, Dawkins begins to suspect the two of having an affair.
Rag Week (1995) –
The Gasforth police deal with students’ pranks and bank robbers.
Night Shift (1995) –
Fowler reluctantly agrees to let his son Bill stay with him and Patricia for a few days.
Kids Today (1995) –
Fowler, Gladstone, Habib and Goody go camping with some juvenile criminals.
Yuletide Spirit (1995) –
Christmas comes to Gasforth and misunderstandings abound.
Court In The Act (1996) –
Grim and Foyle frame a drug dealer by planting evidence at the scene.
Ism Ism Ism (1996) –
Gasford police are to arrest an illegal immigrant.
Fly On The Wall (1996) –
The Gasforth PD is to be in a fly-on-the-wall documentary for television.
Alternative Culture (1996) –
CID plan a raid on a rave party.
Come On You Blues (1996) –
Gasforth Football Club is to play in a qualification game for Premier League.
Road Rage (1996) –
Patricia joins an environmentalist group.
The Green Eyed Monster (1996) –
Grim and Fowler compete against one another for promotion.