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Chief, The

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 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, loved to get his hands dirty and was Shaw, 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
Tim Pigott-Smith
Asst. Chief Constable Anne Stewart
Karen Archer
Det. Chief Supt. Jim Gray
Eamon Boland
Diane Lewis
Gillian Martell
Chief Constable Alan Cade
Martin Shaw
Dr Elizabeth Stafford
Judy Loe
PC Jack Sayers
Dean Lepley
Det. Chief Supt. Sean McCloud
Stuart McGugan
Deputy Chief Constable Arthur Quine
Tony Caunter
Nigel Crimmond
Michael Cochrane