The Front Line (TV series)

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The Front Line
Created by Alex Shearer
Written by Alex Shearer
Directed by Roger Race
Starring Paul Barber
Alan Igbon
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of episodes 6
Producer(s) Roger Race
Running time 30 minutes per episode
Original network BBC1
Original release 6 December 1984 – 17 January 1985

The Front Line was a 1984/1985 BBC sitcom about two half-brothers of West Indian descent who shared a house, one brother a policeman and one a dreadlocked Rastafarian.

The series starred Paul Barber as the elder, policeman brother Malcolm, and Alan Igbon as the younger brother Sheldon.[1] It was written by Alex Shearer, filmed in Bristol and Cardiff, and transmitted between 6 December 1984 and 17 January 1985.[2] A pilot for the series, On The Frontline, was broadcast in the 1970s.

The theme tune to the series was written and performed by Black Roots, and the opening credits of the show featured the band performing the song.[3]


  1. ^ Vahimagi, Tise (1994) British Television: an Illustrated Guide, Oxford University Press, ISBN 978-0-19-818336-5, p.294
  2. ^ Daniels, Therese & Gerson, Jane (1989) The Colour Black: Black Images in British Television, BFI, ISBN 978-0-85170-232-2, p.60
  3. ^ Larkin, Colin (1998) The Virgin Encyclopedia of Reggae, Virgin Books, ISBN 0-7535-0242-9, p.27-28