Juliet Bravo

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Juliet Bravo
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Juliet Bravo Titles
Format Police procedural
Created by Ian Kennedy Martin
Starring Stephanie Turner
Anna Carteret
Country of origin UK
No. of series 6
No. of episodes 88
Production
Running time 50 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel BBC1
Original run 30 August 1980 –
31 December 1985

Juliet Bravo is a British television series, which ran on BBC1 between 1980 and 1985. The theme of the series concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in the fictional town of Hartley in Lancashire.

Programme Name[edit]

Despite popular misunderstanding, there never was any character named "Juliet Bravo" in the show. The name of the show is the inspector's radio call sign, "J-B", or "Juliet Bravo" in the phonetic alphabet as practised in European NATO states. In fact this call sign was only used once during Stephanie Turner's tenure, during the last episode of Series Three. However from Series Four to Six the call sign was frequently used. The working title of the programme employed by series creator Ian Kennedy Martin was "Inspector, Ma'am", a reference to the lead character's rank and title—a title whose use she was forced to insist upon from one of her Sergeants in the first episode of series 1, due to his preference for the informal "Boss". However, "Inspector, Ma'am" was dropped during filming of the first series.[vague]

Concept[edit]

The series was devised by Ian Kennedy Martin, who had already enjoyed success with another police drama series, The Sweeney. The genre of police/crime dramas was well established on British television by 1980; however the BBC's Juliet Bravo, along with London Weekend Television's The Gentle Touch, which started a few months earlier, dealt with female officers as lead characters having to fight both crime and the prejudice of male colleagues.

Production[edit]

Seasons 1 and 2 were produced by Terence Williams. From season 3, the producer changed to Jonathan Alwyn, and was script edited by Chris Boucher. Series Four, Five and Six were produced by Geraint Morris.

The fast-moving theme tune for the programme was arranged by Derek Goom. Bob Cosford was the initial graphic designer who matched the theme tune to opening and closing graphics centred around a revolving police "star and crown" cap badge which bore the familiar "E II R" device of English police forces, but in place of the force name around the blue circle had instead the generic words "County Constabulary".

Studio scenes were taped at the BBC's Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. Exterior scenes were filmed in the Lancashire towns of Colne, Bacup, Accrington, Nelson, Burnley, and in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Other locations around east Lancashire and West Yorkshire & the Black Country (Tipton & Dudley) were also used. The series was seen by many as a replacement for the BBC's Classic Police series "Dixon of Dock Green" and "Z-Cars".

Regular cast[edit]

The lead role of Inspector Jean Darblay was played by Stephanie Turner between 1980 and 1982, and her replacement Inspector Kate Longton was played by Anna Carteret between 1983 and 1985.

  • Stephanie Turner (Insp. Jean Darblay) (1980-82 / Series 1–3 / 44 episodes)
  • David Hargreaves (Tom Darblay) (1980-82 / Series 1–3 / 24 episodes)
  • David Ellison (Sgt. Joseph Beck) (1980-85 / Series 1-6 / 88 episodes)
  • Noel Collins (Sgt. George Parrish) (1980-85 / Series 1-6 / 87 episodes)
  • Mark Drewry (PC Roland Bentley) (1980 / Series 1 / 15 episodes)
  • Tony Caunter (DCI Jim Logan) (1980-82 / Series 1–3 / 14 episodes)
  • Gerard Kelly (PC David Gallagher) (1981 / Series 2 / 13 episodes)
  • David Straun (PC Martin Helmshore) (1982 / Series 3 / 10 episodes)
  • Anna Carteret (Insp. Kate Longton) (1983-85 / Series 4–6 / 44 episodes)
  • C.J. Allen (PC Brian Kelleher) (1983-85 / Series 4-6 / 41 episodes)
  • Mark Botham (PC Danny Sparks) (1983-85 / Series 4-6 / 44 episodes)
  • Tom Georgeson (John Holden) (1983 / Series 4 / 10 episodes)
  • Edward Peel (DCI Mark Perrin) (1983-85 / Series 4-6 / 21 episodes)

others

  • John Ringham (Divisional Supt. Lake) (1980 / Series 1 / 3 episodes)
  • Geoffrey Larder (DS Dave Melchett) (1980 / Series 1 / 5 episodes)
  • Wendy Allnutt (Jennie Randall) (1980 / Series 1 / 3 episodes)
  • Martyn Hesford (PC Ian Skelton) (1980-81 / Series 1-2 / 3 episodes)
  • James Grout (Divisional Supt. Albert Hallam) (1981 / Series 2 / 3 episodes)
  • Lloyd McGuire (DS Bernie Duckworth) (1981, 83 / Series 2&4 / 7 episodes)
  • David Gillies (PC Peter Sims) (1982 / Series 3 / 7 episodes)
  • Sebastian Abineri (DS Dick Maltby) (1983-85 / Series 4-6 / 6 episodes)
  • Julie Foulds (WPC Sheila Saunders) (1985 / Series 6 / 4 episodes)

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Writer Director Guest stars

Series 1[edit]

(BBC1, 30 August to 13 December 1980)

1 Shotgun Ian Kennedy Martin David Reynolds Joanne Whalley, Tony Melody
2 Fraudulently Uttered Ian Kennedy Martin Derek Lister Patricia Hayes, Ray Smith, Dicken Ashworth, Bruce Alexander
3 The Draughtsman Ian Kennedy Martin Paul Ciappessoni Del Henney, John Rowe
4 Coins Ray Jenkins Pennant Roberts George A. Cooper
5 Trouble At T’Mill Brian Finch Derek Lister Alan Lake, Christine Hargreaves
6 The Runner Ian Kennedy Martin Pennant Roberts Eileen Helsby, David Ashton
7 Coming Back Tony Parker Carol Wilks Bernard Gallagher, Kevin Whately, Rachel Davies
8 Cages Kenneth Clark Jonathan Alwyn David Ryall
9 Rage John Foster Tristan DeVere Cole Christian Rodska
10 The One Who Got Away Kenneth Clark Carol Wilks Geoffrey Hutchings, Shirley Stelfox, Andy de la Tour
11 Expectations Paula Milne Peter Moffatt Sara Sugarman
12 Home Grown Or Imported? Simon Masters Pennant Roberts Ivor Danvers, Eric Richard, John Judd
13 Family Unit Ian Kennedy Martin Jonathan Alwyn Maggie Ollerenshaw, Iain Blair, Sheila Raynor
14 Oscar Keith Dewhurst Derek Lister Sherrie Hewson, Paul Copley, George Irving
15 The Anastasia Syndrome Steven Morgan Pennant Roberts Jim McManus, Pat Roach, Madhav Sharma
16 Relief Ian Kennedy Martin Jonathan Alwyn Andrew Burt

Series 2[edit]

(BBC1, 5 September to 5 December 1981)

1 New Arrivals Ian Kennedy Martin Derek Lister
2 Arlene Brian Finch Les Chatfield Patsy Rowlands, Rosalie Williams
3 Party Fun Ian Kennedy Martin Leonard Lewis Frank Middlemass, Robert Russell
4 Lies And Liars Ray Jenkins Jonathan Alwyn Jean Boht, Jeff Rawle
5 A Private Place Colin Haydn Evans Jonathan Alwyn Arthur Hewlett, David Daker, Norman Bird, Edward Kelsey
6 Unpicking The Stitches Simon Masters Christopher Barry
7 Clever Boy William Humble Leonard Lewis Malcolm Terris, Frances White
8 Aunt Sally John Foster Les Chatfield Margery Mason, Alan Bennion
9 Gorgeous Keith Dewhurst Leonard Lewis Derek Newark, Betty Alberge
10 Whispers Tony Parker Leonard Lewis Jeremy Nicholas, Elizabeth Power, Malcolm Hebden
11 Barriers Ian Kennedy Martin Jonathan Alwyn Jack Watson, Bill Dean, James Garbutt, George Waring, Albert Moses
12 Journeys Ian Kennedy Martin Ben Rea Geoffrey Bayldon, Madhav Sharma, Frank Jarvis
13 Catching Up John Foster Ken Hannam John Forgeham, Brenda Fricker, Paul Angelis
14 The Third Man Ian Kennedy Martin Derek Lister Nadim Sawalha

Series 3[edit]

(BBC1, 4 September to 4 December 1982)

1 Betrayals Nick McCarty Robert Tronson Frank Mills, Philip Martin Brown, Edward Kelsey, Peter Welch
2 Heat John Foster Paul Ciappessoni Terrence Hardiman
3 Amenities William Humble Peter Moffatt
4 Amateur Night Brian Finch David Maloney John Savident, Graham Seed, Diana Davies, Ken Farrington
5 A Breach Of The Peace Robert Holmes Paul Ciappessoni Alan Lake, Bernard Horsfall, Jack Smethurst
6 Family Ties Simon Masters David Maloney Bernard Kay, Edward Kelsey
7 Nothing To Report Henry Livings Robert Tronson David Daker, John Junkin, Harold Goodwin, Mark Strickson, Jean Boht
8 You Can Go Home Again Allan Prior Peter Moffatt Glyn Owen, Mary Wimbush, Juliet Cadzow
9 Past Lives Tony Parker Oliver Horsbrugh Tenniel Evans, Jeremy Nicholas, Glyn Jones
10 Cause For Complaint Tony Charles Christopher Barry Peter Jeffrey, Peter Martin
11 Hartley’s Midnight Cowboy Bill Lyons Diarmuid Lawrence Al Hunter Ashton, Nigel Humphreys
12 The Intruder James Doran Sarah Hellings Colin Baker, Colin Rix
13 Misunderstandings Valerie Georgeson Diarmuid Lawrence Marlene Sidaway, Betty Alberge
14 Where There’s Muck… Chris Boucher Sarah Hellings Del Henney, Harold Innocent, Kenneth Waller

Series 4[edit]

(BBC1, 3 September to 3 December 1983)

1 Teamwork Ian Kennedy Martin Peter Cregeen Dermot Crowley, Shirley Stelfox, Albert Moses
2 Teacher’s Pet Wally K. Daly Leonard Lewis
3 Retribution Ewart Alexander Leonard Lewis John Woodvine, Rosalie Williams, William Gaunt, Daphne Oxenford
4 Solvent Solution Wally K. Daly Sarah Hellings Simon Rouse
5 Who’s Your Friend? Tony Charles Marc Miller Kenneth Cope, Iain Blair, Gordon Reid
6 Mates Julia Jones Peter Cregeen John Quarmby, Maggie Ollerenshaw
7 Bad Seed John Foster Marc Miller Richard Kay
8 Doors Tony Parker Leonard Lewis Elizabeth Mickery, Oliver Smith, Gilly Flower
9 Guilt William Humble Sarah Hellings Rachel Davies, David Brierly
10 John The Lad Tony Parker Leonard Lewis Elizabeth Mickery, Jo Rowbottom, Gabrielle Daye
11 Who Says The War Is Over? Douglas Watkinson Marc Miller Leslie Sands, Peter Childs
12 Off Duty William Humble Leonard Lewis James Garbutt, Diana Coupland, Jean Boht, Gawn Grainger
13 Simple Simon John Foster Marc Miller Stephen McGann, Roy Holder
14 Backtrack Ian Kennedy Martin Leonard Lewis John Stratton, David Collings, Gordon Salkilld

Series 5[edit]

(BBC1, 1 September to 1 December 1984)

1 Attack Ewart Alexander Marc Miller Stephen Yardley
2 There’s None So Blind Tony Charles Michael Custance Leslie Schofield
3 The Day That The Circus Left Town Tony Parker Michael Custance Rita May
4 Getting Away With It Don Webb Adrian Shergold Del Henney, Irene Sutcliffe, Richard Mayes
5 No Peace William Humble Adrian Shergold Neil Morrissey, Ian Collier, Peter Halliday
6 Strike The Father John Foster Graeme Harper Rosalind Bailey, Edward Kelsey
7 Lost And Found Tony Charles Paul Ciappessoni Iain Cuthbertson
8 Work Force Tony Parker Paul Ciappessoni Jeremy Nicholas, Alan Lake, Barbara Keogh, Derek Benfield
9 Halloween Ewart Alexander Marc Miller Tony Anholt
10 Alibi Wally K. Daly Graeme Harper
11 Abuse Susan Pleat Jan Sargeant
12 Ducks In A Row Don Webb Marc Miller Melanie Hill, Hilda Braid
13 Resolution Don Webb Marc Miller Melanie Hill, Helena Little
14 Flowers Tomorrow Wally K. Daly Jan Sargeant Rachel Bell, George Irving, Malcolm Terris

Series 6[edit]

(BBC1, 7 September to 21 December 1985)

1 Hostage to Fortune Don Webb Andrew Morgan Simon Williams, Carolyn Pickles, John Challis, Joseph Marcell
2 Scab Ewart Alexander Colin Cant Geoffrey Hinsliff, Leslie Schofield
3 Chasing the Dragon John Foster Frank W. Smith Jonathan Newth, Sally Whittaker, David McAlister
4 Talk to Me Tony Charles Michael Owen Morris Mark Wing-Davey, Paul Copley
5 Friends and Neighbours William Humble Michael Owen Morris Rosalind Ayres, Martin Jarvis, Hilary Mason
6 The Cut Don Webb Graeme Harper Karl Howman, Bridget Lynch-Blosse
7 Keys Tony Charles Ron Jones Kevin Lloyd, John Gillett
8 Flesh and Blood Don Webb Ron Jones John Stratton, Yvette Fielding, Janet McTeer, Donald Pelmear
9 Unlawful Arrest Ewart Alexander Andrew Morgan Mona Hammond, David Daker
10 Inspection Tony Charles Graeme Harper Robert Glenister, Nicholas Courtney, Alec Linstead
11 We Are the People Don Webb Frank W. Smith John Ronane, Helena Little, Daphne Oxenford, Alex Norton
12 Turbulence Tony Parker Colin Cant Malcolm Stoddard, Brian Osborne, Stephanie Bagshaw
13 Girl Talk Wally K. Daly Roderick Graham David Garfield
14 Jobs for the Boys Wally K. Daly Roderick Graham
15 In a Man’s World Tony Charles Colin Cant Bernard Kay, William Simons, Jacki Webb, Raymond Murtagh
16 Reason for Leaving Don Webb Colin Cant John Rowe, Peter Childs

DVD release[edit]

All six series of Juliet Bravo have now been released on DVD (region 2/4) by 2|Entertain/Cinema Club.

Novelisations[edit]

The BBC licensed three 'TV tie-in' novelisations of the show. These were authored by Mollie Hardwick.

The first two were published by Pan Books:

  • Juliet Bravo 1 (1980) Novelisation of the Series 1 episodes Shot Gun, Fraudulently Uttered, The Draughtsman, The Runner and Family Unit.
  • Juliet Bravo 2 (1980) Includes novelisation of the Series 1 episodes Cages, The One Who Got Away, Relief and The Anastasia Syndrome.

A third novel was published by BBC Books:

  • Calling Juliet Bravo: New Arrivals (1981) Includes novelizations of the Series 2 episode New Arrivals and the Series 3 episode Cause For Complaint.

References[edit]

  • Down, Richard, and Christopher Perry (eds.). 1997. The British Television Drama Research Guide 1950–1997, second, revised edition. Ashton, Bristol: Kaleidoscope Publishing.
  • Tibballs, Geoff. 1992. The Boxtree Encyclopedia of TV Detectives. London: Boxtree Limited.

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