1 9 8 0 – 1 9 8 5 (UK)
82 x 50 minute episodes
This British police drama series was created by the prolific Ian Kennedy Martin (creator of The Sweeney) and revolved around a newly promoted female police Inspector called Jean Darblay, whose radio call sign was “Juliet Bravo”.
Jean (Stephanie Turner, pictured above) created waves when she took over a small-town police station in the fictional town of Hartley, Lancashire (an amalgam of bits of Burnley, Nelson, Bacup and other east Lancashire cotton towns with chunks of the surrounding moorlands thrown in).
She was a career copper and housewife who battled against sexism from the start.
Her arrival in Hartley was greeted with distrust and resentment from her fellow officers – especially the obnoxious CID mob – but she rapidly earned respect, enjoying particular support from her solid, dependable sergeants, Joe Beck (David Ellison) and George Parrish (Noel Collins), as well as her husband, Tom (David Hargreaves), a social worker.
After three seasons Darblay was promoted upstairs and replaced by Kate Longton (Anna Carteret, pictured below right) who kept the police call sign that gave the show its title.
Cosy and reassuring, with an emphasis on human drama rather than sensational crime, Juliet Bravo proved particularly popular with female viewers.
Inspector Jean Darblay
Sgt Joseph Beck
Sgt George Parrish
PC Roland Bentley
Inspector Kate Longton
PC Brian Kelleher
C J Allen
DCI Mark Perrin
PC Danny Sparks