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Juliet Bravo Titles
|Created by||Ian Kennedy Martin|
|Country of origin||UK|
|No. of episodes||88|
|Running time||50 minutes|
|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.
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, and possibly derogatory, "Boss". However, "Inspector, Ma'am" was dropped during filming of the first series.[vague]
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.
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, taking motifs and key changes from an original piece by Johann Sebastian Bach, The Well-Tempered Clavier, Prelude No. 2 in C Minor, BWV 847. 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".
- 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)
- 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)
All six series of Juliet Bravo have now been released on DVD (region 2/4) by 2|Entertain/Cinema Club.
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