1 9 9 0 (Australia)
40 x 50 minute episodes
A short-lived, equality-themed quality police drama from Roger Le Mesurier and Roger Simpson for Channel Seven (Australia).
Tracey Mann (former star of Sweet and Sour) and Mary Coustas (famous as Effie from Acropolis Now) might have been “women of action” (so said the marketing blurb), but in the rank and file of the old-school police force, the women officers of the welfare-based Community Policing Squad (CPS) were just “skirts”.
Mann played Senior Constable Pauline Readon – the heart and soul of the CPS who was in a hazardous love affair with Tom Waters (Gary Sweet) – while Coustas played Constable Julie Makris, who was possessed of a droll wit and joined the police force only to spite her mother, a prominent left-wing politciain.
The CPS had a wide brief to attend any calls requiring uniformed police but specialised in welfare problems and crimes affecting families.
English actor Nicholas Bell played the head of the squad, the smarmy but competent Sergeant Gary Block. Other “skirts” included Wanda the muscular fitness fanatic (Kate Gillick) – known as ‘Wanda Woman’ to the rest of the squad, Debbie (Karen Davitt) who had a heart of gold and Bevan (Ben Mitchell), the naive and sanctimonious token male from a family of cops (who his colleagues call “Beverley”).
The squad were based at a (fictional) inner-city Melbourne police station called City North.
Senior Constable Pauline Reardon
Constable Julie Makris
Sergeant Gary Block
Constable Debbie Priest
Constable Wanda Nowacek
Constable Bevan “Beverley” Quin
Tina Van Hervell