Juliet Bravo

Juliet Bravo

infobox television
show_name = Juliet Bravo


caption = "Juliet Bravo" Series 1 DVD release
format = Police procedural
runtime = 50 minutes
creator = Ian Kennedy Martin
starring = Stephanie Turner
Anna Carteret
country = UK
network = BBC
first_aired = 30 August 1980
last_aired = 31 December 1985
num_episodes = 88
imdb_id = 0080234

"Juliet Bravo" was a British television series which ran between 1980 and 1985. The theme of the series concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in a fictional town of Hartley in Lancashire. The name of the show is the inspector's radio call sign.

Concept

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 TV by 1980, however "Juliet Bravo", along with London Weekend Television's "The Gentle Touch", dealt with female officers as lead characters having to fight both crime and the prejudice of male colleagues.

The role of Inspector Jean Darblay was played by Stephanie Turner between 1980 and 1982, and her replacement Inspector Kate Longton was played by Anna Carteret between 1983 and 1985.

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.

Regular cast

* Stephanie Turner (Inspector Jean Darblay) (Series 1–3)
* Anna Carteret (Inspector Kate Longton) (Series 4–6)
* David Ellison (Sergeant Joseph Beck)
* Noel Collins (Sergeant George Parrish)
* C.J Allen (Police Constable Brian Kellehar)
* Mark Botham (Police Constable Danny Sparks)
* Edward Peel (Detective Chief Inspector Mark Perrin) (Series 5 & 6)
* Tony Caunter (Detective Chief Inspector Jim Logan) (Series 1–3)
* James Grout (Div. Supt. Albert Hallam)
* David Hargreaves (Tom Darblay)(Series 1–3)
* Tom Georgeson (John Holden) and (Mark Peake)
* Bob Davidson (Tim Forbes)

Episode list

Trivia

*Exterior scenes filmed in the Lancashire towns of Bacup Nelson Burnley, and in Todmorden, West Yorkshire. Other locations around east Lancashire and West Yorkshire were also used.

*Bacup police station was only ever used as an external view, the interior is fictional and studio based. When leaving the police station to go on mobile patrol, the vehicles were driven from the front of the police station, to the left, which in reality, leaves them driving into a wall and shuttered warehouse.

*The existing and currently operational Bacup police station is likely to be sold soon as alternate accommodation for the police is currently being sought.

*Juliet Bravo refers to a radio callsign. However at first many viewers assumed it was the name of the lead character.

*In the Big Finish "Doctor Who" audio drama "Deadline", "Juliet Bravo" has become a cult phenomenon in a world where "Doctor Who" never caught on; in a bit of satire, we learn there's an official magazine and even audio dramas with the old cast.

*In 1989, Anna Carteret reprised her role as Kate Longton in Alexei Sayle's Stuff (episode 5, series 2). Viewers were fooled into believing that the first few minutes of the programme was a real Juliet Bravo episode, the illusion being broken only when one of her male colleagues appears not to "know what a woman is".

DVD Release

All six series of "Juliet Bravo" have now been released on DVD (region 2/4) by 2|Entertain/Cinema Club.

External links

*imdb title|id=0080234|title=Juliet Bravo
* [http://www.tvtome.com/tvtome/servlet/ShowMainServlet/showid-6783/ Juliet Bravo on TV Tome]
* [http://www.action-tv.org.uk/guides/julietbravo.htm Action TV]
* [http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/976585/index.html British Film Institute Screen Online]


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