1 9 9 0 – 1 9 9 5 (UK)
35 x 50 minute episodes
The “Chief” of the title was Chief Constable John Stafford (Tim Piggot-Smith) who was in command of the (fictional) Eastland police service in East Anglia. Karen Archer was his 2IC, Assistant Chief Constable Anne Stewart.
Stafford – who was often involved in head-to-head clashes with the Home Office and the Police Authority – was eventually promoted to Europol and Chief Constable Alan Cade (Martin Shaw) took over.
Life at the top was more about politics than policing, although Cade, in particular, was forever trying to get his hands dirty at the sharp end and was seemingly incapable of delegating responsibility.
Chief Constable John Stafford
Asst. Chief Constable Anne Stewart
Det. Chief Supt. Jim Gray
Chief Constable Alan Cade
Dr Elizabeth Stafford
PC Jack Sayers
Det. Chief Supt. Sean McCloud
Deputy Chief Constable Arthur Quine