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Thin Blue Line, The - The Complete Thin Blue Line DVD


Set in a fictitious suburb rather like, say, Pinner (only more so), The Thin Blue Line is the wickedly funny story of a rather down-at-heel police station headed by Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson), 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 CID 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 equalled by Penelope Keith in the classic sitcom To the Manor Born. Scripted by Ben Elton, this series manages to satirise provincialism, institutionalised pig-headedness and dated moral values in one fell swoop, while also being chock-full of quick-fire, Blackadder-esque dialogue. --Roger Thomas

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Please note this is a region 2 DVD and will require a region 2 or region free DVD player in order to play Features all the fourteen episodes from the television series &39;Rag Week&39; &39;The Queen&39;s Birthday Present&39; &39;Night Shift&39; &39;Honey Trap&39; &39;Fire And Terror&39; &39;Kids Today&39; Yuletide Spirit&39; &39;Court In The Act&39; &39;Ism Ism Ism&39; &39;Fly On The Wall&39; Alternative Culture&39; &39;Come On You Blues&39; &39;Road Rage&39; and &39;The Green Eyed Monster&39; Age Rating 15

Series one and two of Ben Elton's policing sitcom are gathered together. Rowan Atkinson stars as Inspector Raymond C. Fowler in the following episodes: 'The Queen's Birthday Present'; 'Fire and Terror'; 'Honey Trap'; 'Rag Week'; 'Night Shift'; 'Kids Today'; 'Yuletide Spirit'; 'Court in the Act'; 'ISM ISM ISM'; 'Fly on the Wall'; 'Alternative Culture'; 'Come On You Blues'; 'Road Rage'; and 'Green Eyed Monster'.

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