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Story

Set in a fictitious British suburb, The Thin Blue Line is the wickedly funny story of a rather down-at-heel police station headed by Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson, best known as Mr. Bean), a pompous, repressed but well-intentioned anachronism who wants to do the right thing but who is constantly hampered by his own shortcomings, not to mention his blundering Criminal Investigation Department colleagues. Atkinson expertly balances his character's inflated sense of self-importance with the insight born of old-school police values, for which his galumphing, shiny-suited CID counterpart, DI Grim (David Haig) has no time at all. Strongest among the supporting cast is Sgt. Pauline Dawkins (Serena Evans), who also happens to be Fowler's live-in lover--a moral dilemma that his traditional values won't allow him to resolve. He salves his conscience by avoiding sex with her whenever possible, an amusing subplot enhanced by Evans's brilliant performance--she positively vibrates with contained, ladylike lust in a manner only equaled by Penelope Keith in the classic sitcom To the Manor Born. Scripted by Ben Elton, this series manages to satirize provincialism, institutionalized pig-headedness, and dated moral values in one fell swoop, while also being chock-full of quick-fire, Black Adder-esque dialogue. --Roger Thomas

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • All 14 episodes
  • The Best of British: Ben Elton - exclusive 45-minute documentary of the creator
  • Amillie's People: Ben Elton - 15 minute interview
  • Trailers
  • Number of discs: 3

Cast

Rowan AtkinsonInspector Fowler
Kevin AllenD.C. Kray
Mina AnwarP.C. Habib
James DreyfusP.C. Goody
Serena EvansSergeant Dawkins
David HaigD.I. Grim
Rudolph WalkerP.C. Gladstone
Owen TealeGary
Rupert VansittartCommander Crow
Ricci HarnettDarren Grim
Perry FenwickArrested Man
Stephen FryBrigadier Blaster Sump
Alexander ArmstrongGeoffrey
Ben EltonHomeless Man
Jake WoodCarol Singer
Colin McFarlaneEuropean Commissioner
Neil MaskellFootball Official
Mark AddyD.C. Boyle

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: John Birkin
  • Producer: BBC Home Video
  • Length: 420 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaNov 13, 1995
  • Ratings
    Europe15
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaJun 15, 2004
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