enthralling BBC television police
drama Dixon Of Dock Green was a
much-loved television favourite that ran
1955 to 1976 and as such is
a worthy tribute to bygone policing;
demonstrated by main character
Sergeant Dixons firm-but-fair policies
and this nostalgic series is now
available on DVD...
A FORERUNNER OF SUCH NOTABLE television police dramas as Z Cars, Softly
Softly, The Thin Blue Line and the much-lamented The Bill,
Dixon Of Dock Green was an enormously successful series and, as one of
the longest-running police series on television, was a highlight of the television
week for twenty-one years.
exceptionally high viewing figures, Dixon Of Dock Green was voted the
second most popular programme on British television at the time of showing and
the programme is now making its debut on DVD.
storylines and the kindly,
Dixon, this brilliant
television series is still
relevant today as a
fascinating period police
the charismatic and inimitable Jack Warner (Carve Her Name With Pride;
A Christmas Carol) as Sergeant George Dixon, the series was filmed on
set and on location around the fast-disappearing dockland community of London's
East End and features a host of interesting and colourful characters.
Sergeant Dixon is likeable and friendly. Opening each episode with his welcoming
"Evening all" and his words of wisdom, he is the kind of policeman you could
feel comfortable enough with to invite in for a cuppa and a chat even
if you have just robbed a bank.
Both the Police and criminals were very different back then. As with the constabulary
today, the Dock Green Police have diverse and difficult cases to deal with in
these first available colour episodes. In the episode Wasteland, an abandoned
Morris Minor Panda Car (remember those?) begins an investigation into the disappearance
of a policeman who had been savagely attacked by a criminal while working with
After his recovery, he joined the Metropolitan Police; but why did he choose
to work at Dock Green? Did he have a secret assignation on the night of his
disappearance and does it have anything to do with the attack on him in Kent?
Jig-Saw sees the investigation of a woman who has disappeared in an area
where there had been three previous attacks on lone women along the towpath
and the suspicion falls on a local night-watchman who may be responsible for
the assaults. A female detective volunteers to help trap the assailant, but
will it be in time to find the missing woman safe and well?
In Eye Witness, Anne Hastings (Gwyneth Powell) is a witness to a gangland
killing. Although the perpetrators are unaware of her presence, it is not long
before word is out on the street that there has been a witness and Anne is in
Against her will she is escorted to a remote hotel by George and a female detective,
but she is desperate to get back to London in spite of the threat to her life.
A well-connected gangland boss is set on having Anne tracked down and when she
makes a foolish mistake she brings the threat right to her door.
Among the derelict areas and abandoned warehouses of London's East End, criminals
thrive. In the three further episodes a charming crook with friends in the right
places gives the Dock Green police a run for their money; the hidden world of
marital abuse is brought out in the open and a police shooting of an unarmed
criminal gives George Dixon cause for concern.
These are the days of old-style policing with polite-but-strong policemen; where
the teenaged must-have is a transistor radio. Women wore pink housecoats and
those who were lucky enough to have cars drove the now-classic Jaguars, Rovers,
Triumph Spitfires and Vitesse Convertibles.
In our modern world of DNA and CCTV much has changed and technology has come
a long way, so enjoy a slice of history as Dixon Of Dock Green takes
you back to the days of the traditional bobby on the beat. No mobile phones
With colourful characters, suspenseful storylines and the kindly, warm-hearted
George Dixon, this brilliant television series is still relevant today as a
fascinating period police drama. Many respected actors appeared in Dixon
Of Dock Green, including Michael Caine, Windsor Davies, Liz Frazer, Cardew
Robinson, Alan Lake, Yootha Joyce, Melvin Hayes, Billl Kenwright, Tom Baker
and Patrick Mower.
Dixon Of Dock Green also features: Peter Byrne (Television's Blakes
7; Holby City) as Detective Sgt Andy Crawford; Scott Fredericks as
P C Forbes; Arnold Peters as Chief Superintendent Bannister; Geoffrey Adams
as Detective Constable Lauderdale; James Grant as Chief Inspector Prescott;
Michael Osborne as P C Newton; Glynn Edwards as Chief Inspector Jameson; Nicholas
Donnelly as Sgt Wills; Angela Ginders as WPS Garrard; Joe Santo as Plain Clothes
Detective; Kenneth Watson as Detective Chief Inspector Scott.
Also appearing are: Diana Scougall as Jane; Margaret John as Mrs Norman; Frank
Mills as Milkman; Karin MacCarthy as Ruth Perry; Anna Karen (On The Buses)
as A Housewife; Victor Maddern as Forbes; Charles Houston as Colin Warren; Windsor
Davies as Morris; Kay Humblestone and Nicholas Wright as Children; David Rose
as Chirs Bowie; Stephen Greif as Tony; Steve Plytas as Mr colly; Gordon Bilbae
as Paul; Sidney Kean as Albert; Andrew Lodge as John Pierce; Chubby Oates as
Terry (Snout); Richard Reeves as Billy; Robert Tayman as Peter; John
Salthouse as Cliff.
Series Created by Ted Willis; Writers include Eric Paice and Derek Ingrey; Signature
Tune Composed by Jeff Darnell; Produced and Directed by Joe Waters.
Media is delighted to announce the release of the much loved police drama Dixon
Of Dock Green on DVD on 16 July 2012. RRP: £19.99 | Catalogue Number: AV3034
| Running Time: 284 Minutes Approx on 2 discs.
Special Features: Cast Filmographies | Picture Gallery.
"Dixon Of Dock Green… With colourful characters, suspenseful storylines
and the kindly, warm-hearted George Dixon, this brilliant television series
is still relevant today as a fascinating period police drama" Maggie
Special Interest Note: the Eye Witness episode (written by Derek
Ingrey) was filmed at the delightful Art Deco Burgh Island Hotel, just off the
Devon coast at Bigbury-on-Sea, serviced by a sea tractor that was designed in
1969 by Robert Jackson, CBE, in exchange for a case of champagne.
of the Series, referring to the London Docks: "In a few years time it will
be a housing estate, I suppose".