Talk:Between the Lines (TV series)

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Guide to political correctness in Britain[edit]

Between the lines is a carefully casted and beautifully shot drama that seemed to capture the changing values of the times (1992-1994) as The Sweeney did before it in 1974. It also involved some of the finest British TV character actors eg Ian postelthwait or Daniel Craig or Ian Holm.

One of the core themes is - the advancement of graduate career officers (flyers) at the expense of less 'politically correct' officers and, arguably, at the expense of justice. Within the context of policing 'political correctness' carries with it a menace which, in this show, is decided by journalists and politicians and then played out in the violent and dramatic cut and thrust between rival officers and rival villains.

The witchhunt mentality that seemed to pervade the police service in the early 90s helps to explain why 'law and order' in the UK appeared to become an outmoded concept at that time; in one scene a senior officer admits the crown prosecution service (cps) is more likely to try him on false allegations than those fabricating the allegations ie. the cps would take the opportunity for a 'show trial' to prove how the met was being purged of any impropriety. 10:01, 20 June 2007 (UTC)

Guide to 1990s police slang. I have decided to go through the series and explain jargon as best I can - for my own interest but it may help

Blag, as in a holding up an off license to rob the till, or robbing a bank
Nonce, someone who interferes with children
Ponce, aka pimp; provider of prostitutes
Nark, as in copper's nark - an informer
Verballed, as in 'verbal him up' putting words into someone elses mouth to effect a confession
Putting the black on ####, this means alleging treachery in someone else
Fingering ####, this means pointing out a miscreant to someone in authority

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Citizenclive76 18:41, 1 August 2007 (UTC)

Putting the black on ####, This actually means blackmailing someone. —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 22:07, 24 September 2008 (UTC)

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