List of The Thin Blue Line episodes

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The following is a list of episodes for the British sit-com The Thin Blue Line, which first aired on 13 November 1995 and ended on 23 December 1996. It has broadcast two series with seven episodes each, including a Christmas special at the end of series 1 on 26 December 1995.[1]

Series summary[edit]

Series Episodes Originally broadcast Complete series DVD release date
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
Series 1 7 13 November 1995 – 26 December 1995 15 June 2004 17 September 2001 7 November 2002
Series 2 7 14 November 1996 – 23 December 1996

Series 1 (1995)[edit]

Series 1 was broadcast between 13 November 1995 and 26 December 1995. On the DVD the episodes are not shown in the order they were broadcast; "The Queen's Birthday Present" is the first episode, but "Rag Week" is the first shown on the DVD, the order the DVD shows the episodes is noted on the following list.[1]

Ep # DVD # Title Director Writer Airdate
S1 E1 2 "The Queen's Birthday Present" John Birkin Ben Elton 13 November 1995 (1995-11-13)
It is the tenth anniversary of Fowler and Dawkins' relationship, but Fowler manages to forget, being instead more concerned with the Queen's Official Birthday. Guest appearance by Stephen Moore.
S1 E2 5 "Fire and Terror" John Birkin Ben Elton 20 November 1995 (1995-11-20)
Habib falls for a fireman named Gary, much to Goody's jealousy, while Fowler finds himself pestered frequently by a man who claims to have committed impossible, solved or extremely historical crimes, much to DI Grim's amusement, until a terrorist begins making threats that cause Special Branch to become involved. Featuring Owen Teale as Gary and Rupert Vansittart as Commander Crow (interestingly, Teale and Vansittart would later co-star again in Game of Thrones).
S1 E3 4 "Honey Trap" John Birkin Ben Elton 27 November 1995 (1995-11-27)
Dawkins begins to suspect Fowler and Habib of having an affair behind her back when Grim enlists Fowler and Habib's help in catching a criminal via entrapment.
S1 E4 1 "Rag Week" John Birkin Ben Elton 4 December 1995 (1995-12-04)
It's Rag Week in Gasforth, and Fowler and his men are frequently disturbed by teenagers in scary masks – that is until a bank robbery by three men in rag masks occurs while Dawkins is there, leaving it uncertain whether or not the robbery is genuine.
S1 E5 3 "Night Shift" John Birkin Ben Elton 11 December 1995 (1995-12-11)
Pestered by his ex-wife, Fowler reluctantly agrees to let his son Bill stay with him and Dawkins for a fortnight (she's apparently sick of him). When Dawkins overhears Bill making love to his girlfriend in the bedroom, she becomes envious and attempts to talk Fowler into going to see a sex therapist. Guest appearance by Sheila Gish.
S1 E6 6 "Kids Today" John Birkin Ben Elton 18 December 1995 (1995-12-18)
Fowler and Grim clash over their views of handling juvenile troublemakers so they decide to take them on a retreat. Further tension arises when Goody punches a teenage skinhead for racially abusing Habib and is subsequently charged for assault. Guest appearance by Stephen Fry.
S1 E7 7 "Yuletide Spirit" John Birkin Ben Elton 26 December 1995 (1995-12-26)

Goody buys Fowler a puncture repair kit and Habib some sexy underwear, but accidentally gives them the wrong presents, and matters are made more complicated when Dawkins believes the underwear is a gift for her from Fowler. Guest appearance by Ben Elton.

  • Final Appearance:
    • D.C. Robert Kray
    • D.C. Crockett

Series 2 (1996)[edit]

Series 2 was broadcast between the 14th of November 1996 and the 23rd of December 1996.

Ep # Title Director Writer Airdate
S2 E1 "Court in the Act" John Birkin Ben Elton 14 November 1996 (1996-11-14)

Grim and Boyle enlist the help of Fowler and his officers to search the home of a suspected drug-dealer, and Goody finds the drugs in the kitchen. But the too-obvious location, Boyle's discretion and Grim's uncomfortableness lead Fowler to believe something is going on behind the arrest.

  • First Appearance:
    • D.C. Gary Boyle
    • Dame Cristabelle "Crissy" Wickham
S2 E2 "Ism Ism Ism" John Birkin Ben Elton 21 November 1996 (1996-11-21)
Dawkins discovers circumstantial evidence of a domestically abused wife, Grim applies to join the Todgers, and Mayoress Christabel Wickham informs Fowler of the presence of an illegal immigrant in Gasforth. Fowler apparently solves the crimes, but soon realises that they seemed a little too easy.
S2 E3 "Fly on the Wall" John Birkin Ben Elton 28 November 1996 (1996-11-28)
Fowler receives a letter from the BBC, who then come and make a fly on the wall documentary about Gasforth Police Station. Unfortunately, Grim convinces the officers, sans Fowler, that they are all going to become international TV Stars, prompting them all to undergo many sexy changes to look "nice for the telly" and end up making fools of themselves in front of the cameramen until a farmer enters the station with a gun. Guest appearance by Trevor Peacock.
S2 E4 "Alternative Culture" John Birkin Ben Elton 5 December 1996 (1996-12-05)
Constable Habib finds her younger sister holding drugs during a drug raid in a rave club, and hides the drugs to protect her, but she is discovered and charged for withholding evidence. Fowler, unhappy with the injustice, does his best to protect Habib. Guest appearance by Archie Panjabi.
S2 E5 "Come on You Blues" John Birkin Ben Elton 12 December 1996 (1996-12-12)

Gasforth Football Club is about to play Premiership team Chelsea, and Mayoress Wickham orders Fowler and his officers to personally see to it that nothing goes wrong in exchange for her recommending him for an MBE. However, things get complicated when the football players get up to no good.

  • Final Appearance:
    • Dame Cristabelle "Crissy" Wickham
S2 E6 "Road Rage" John Birkin Ben Elton 19 December 1996 (1996-12-19)
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, forcing Dawkins to choose between their arrogant leader, Stallion, or Fowler. Guest appearances by Jonathan Cake and Natalie Walter.
S2 E7 "The Green Eyed Monster" John Birkin Ben Elton 23 December 1996 (1996-12-23)
Inspector Fowler proposes to Sergeant Dawkins so as to help his chances for promotion, but his lack of sensitivity during the proposal prompts her to leave him instead. Fowler tries to find a new woman, but loses his interest when he hears that Dawkins is now with someone called "Toby".