ACTION TV ONLINE EPISODE GUIDE
EPISODE GUIDE INDEX
Between The Lines
BBC 1992 - 1994
SEASON ONE
Private Enterprise
TX : 4th September 1992
Director : Charles McDougall
Script : J C Wilsher

Cast : Ciaran Hinds (Detective Inspector Micky Flynn), James Laurenson (Superintendent Pat Salter), Ben Chaplin (Andy Spence), Alan Stocks (Police Constable Stoddart), Matthew Long (Chief Superintendent Pollock), Peter McNamara (Detective Sergeant Paul Tanner), Janet Amsden (Scene Of Crime Officer), Iain Rattray (Flying Squad Commander), Lynn Turner (CIB Officer), John Ashe (CIB Officer), Amanda Boxer (Sheila Curry), Annie Hulley (Carol Salter), Sharon Duncan-Brewster (The Teenage Girl), Jesse Owen (The Teenage Girl), Vincent Regan (Thomas McMurray) and Geraldine O'Connell (The Bank Cashier).

Publicity : Yet another police series, you may groan, but this thirteen-parter created by J C Wilsher does seem to have found a new angle. It is about investigations within the police force and the tensions which arise when the police have to be judge and jury in their own cases. Neil Pearson (of Drop The Dead Donkey) plays Tony Clark, a pushy young detective hoping for promotion to the Flying Squad, who finds himself having to root out corruption at his own station. The main storyline, about officers taking kick-backs from laundered drugs money, sustains a tense and exciting narrative, filmed with convincing realism. At the same time we have glimpses of Clark's life off-duty, revealing him as a womaniser enjoying an extra-martial affair with a WPC. On the early evidence, Between The Lines (BBC-1, 9:30pm) is the best new cop show since Jimmy Nail's Spender. (The Times, September 4, 1992).

Notes :
The season was originally transmitted 9:30pm to 10:20pm on BBC 1.


Out Of The Game
TX : 11th September 1992
Director :
Alan Dossor
Script : Russell Lewis

Cast : Pete Postlethwaite (Chief Superintendent Jameson), Bill Leadbitter (Inspector Tom Reith), David Richard-Fox (Detective Sergeant McAllister), Steve Ellis (Scene Of Crime Officer), Wayne Foskett (Police Constable Jelks), Steve Nicholson (Police Constable Webb), Phil Smeeton (Police Constable Galton), Marc Warren (Police Constable Underwood), Jamie Foreman (Police Constable Roper), Duncan Duff (The First Officer), Joe Duttine (The Second Officer), Mark Drewry (Councillor Everett), Lee Ross (Michael Brandell), Vicky Murdock (Julie Kavanagh), Meryl Hampton (Iris Brandell), Peter Ferdinando (Vernon Brandell), Kenneth Hadley (Gregory Brandell), P J Nicholas (Colin Ferber), Lennox Greaves (Mr Lowry), Gerart Casey (The First Hack) and Ian Thompson (The Second Hack).

Synopsis :
When a youth is shot by police on a troublesome estate violence erupts, but it is nothing compared to the temper of Chief Superintendent Jameson.

Words Of Advice
TX : 18th September 1992
Director :
Alan Dossor
Script : Steve Trafford

Cast : Myles Hoyle (Chief Superintendent Drake), Richard Howard (Inspector Carter), Paterson Joseph (Sergeant Viv Jones), Alister Cameron (Detective Chief Inspector Pinkney), Claire Hackett (Women's Police Constable Gillian Tate), Thomas Craig (Police Constable Wilks), Joanne Adams (Police Constable Smith), Ben Walden (Police Constable Finch), Douglas McFerran (Sergeant Mount), Denise Black (Police Constable Frank), Badi Uzzaman (Jasbeer), Anton Phillips (Doctor Moore), Sanjeev Bhasker (Karim), Lloyd McGuire (Tommy Butler), Daniel Illsley (The First Youth), Ricci Harnett (The Second Youth) and Ian Talbot (Tomkins).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark, with his married life in tatters, investigates a complaint of sexual harassment by a wife against a black sergeant.


Lies And Damned Lies
TX : 26th September 1992
Director : Roy Battersby
Script :
Michael Russell

Cast : David Bradley (Sergeant Harry Ross), Jim Carter (Detective Inspector Dick Corbett), Neil Dudgeon (Detective Sergeant Alan Hanson), Jonathan Phillips (Detective Constable Mike Seddons), Peter Sproule (Chief Superintendent Salthouse), David De Keyser (Martin Feldman), Simon Chandler (James Hardcastle MP), Debra Gillett (Mary Shibden), Richard Evans (The Punter), Juliet Sheldrake (The Stripper), Anna Nygh (Mrs Huxtable), Dorothea Alexander (Mrs Feldman) and Judy Loe (The Interviewer).

Synopsis :
In the course of his investigations, three detectives close ranks against him and Tony Clark is faced with an up-hill battle to find the answers he seeks. With one eye keenly trained of his imminent promotion, he will allow nothing to stand in his way …

A Watch And Chain Of Course
TX : 2nd October 1992
Director : Roy Battersby
Script : J C Wilsher

Cast : Ray Winstone (Sergeant Godley), John Benfield (Michael Carswell), Anthony Trent (Jimmy McQueen), Stevan Rimkus (Police Constable Chris Hawker), Jonathan Lacey (Police Constable Dave Farris), Dorian Healy (Police Constable Geoff Richards), Mark Lewis-Jones (Police Constable Terry Gilzean), Simon Kunz (Sergeant Wightwick), Albert Willing (Inspector Dukes), Jeffrey Roberts (The Home Office Representative), Ray Armstrong (The Provincial Chief Constable), Susan Beresford (The Chair Of The Police Committee), Wayne Norman (Police Constable Snow), Malcolm Browning (Police Constable Thomas), Elizabeth Downes (The Reporter), Nick Hobbs (The Violent Prisoner), Gary Powell (The First Youth), Vince Keane (The Second Youth), Maxwell Hutcheson (Controller, Scotland Yard) and William Hoyland (Chief Inspector, Administration).

Synopsis :
Sergeant Maureen Connell needs all the help she can get when her cover is blown while investigating a hostile police station.

Lest Ye Be Judged
TX : 9th October 1992
Director : Charles McDougall
Script :
Rob Heyland

Cast : Jaye Griffiths (Molly Cope), Michael Angelis (Detective Inspector Kendrick), John Rowe (Deputy Assistant Commissioner More), Paul Broughton (Detective Constable McPherson), Arthur Kelly (Sergeant Poynton), Edward Tudor-Pole (Teddy Dicks), Andrew Naylor (Clive), John Crocker (The Judge), Russell Boulter (Police Constable Alfreds), David Hobbs (Sergeant Hickey), John Grillo (Solicitor), Ray Burnside (The Policeman), Ted Martin (The Shop Keeper), Tina Malone (The Waitress), Brian Hayes (The News Presenter), Diane Adderley (Mrs Kendrick) and Ben Onwukwe (Doctor Bedi).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark has to decide who is the real victim when he investigates the conviction of a vicious armed robber. Is Detective Inspector Kendrick responsible for a miscarriage of justice? The difference being knowing the suspect was guilty and proving it in court becomes a fine line in Clark's pursuit of the truth.


Breaking Point
TX : 16th October 1992
Director : Charles McDougall
Script : Rob Heyland


Cast : Jaye Griffiths (Molly Cope), Jack Shepherd (Commander Neame), Paul Moriarty (Sergeant Rick), Christopher Saul (Inspector Offer), Jane Wymark (The News Editor), Paul Brightwell (Police Constable Hartwell), Gary McDonald (Police Constable Cameron), Kevin McGowan (Police Constable Dunn), Carrie Davies (Mrs Page), Christopher Driscoll (Mr Colin Page), Dickon Tolson (Billy Page), Anna Nygh (Mrs Huxtable), Andrew Tansey (The Medic) and Colin Buchanan (Dan Page).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark investigates an accusation of police brutality during a riot. Getting no assistance from Commander Neame, he enlists the help of journalist Molly Cope.


The Only Good Copper
TX : 23rd October 1992
Director : Tom Clegg
Script : Russell Lewis


Cast : Trevor Peacock (Sergeant Don Royal), Judith Scott (Inspector Jane Toynton), Robert McIntosh (Chief Superintendent George Bull), Tony Haygarth (Colin Keogh), Johnny Lee Miller (David Ringwood), Colin Tierney (Police Constable Ken Bilton), Howard Ward (Police Constable Steve Norton), George Anton (Police Constable Peter Standish), Neil Clark (Police Constable Jack Fenton), Kate Eaton (Police Constable Caroline Foley), Mary Jo Randle (Kate Norton), Ben Maw (Matthew Norton), Toby Salaman (Mr Gilden), Caroline Loncq (Frances Poulson), Alex Lowe (Police Constable Farlow), David Herlihy (Police Constable Chagnell), Richard Platt (The Traffic Policeman), Jason Cheater (The First Salesman), Morgan Jones (The Second Salesman) and Jazz A Belles (The Street Band).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark looks into the case of a policeman killed on duty who had outstanding complaints against him. Was there more to his death than originally thought?


Watching The Detectives
TX : 30th October 1992
Director : Tom Clegg
Script : Steve Trafford


Cast : Kenneth Cranham (Detective Chief Inspector Stubbs), James Gaddas (Detective Sergeant Markham), Geoffrey Whitehead (Deputy Assistant Commissioner Flint), Rupert Holliday Evans (Detective Sergeant Caplan), Brian Gwaspari (Chief Superintendent Horsforth), Andy Powrie (Detective Sergeant Kramer), Geoffrey Church (Detective Constable Timothy), Anna Gilbert (Detective Constable Pimm), Andrew Tiernan (David Panter), Ian Barritt (Barclay), Anthony May (George Tolley), Max Mason (The Desk Sergeant), Burt Caesar (The Manager Of The Left Luggage Desk), Amanda Drew (Angela), Liz Brailsford (Mrs Paddon) and Simon Chadwick (The Probationary Police Constable).

Synopsis :
Detective Sergeant Markham is accused of accepting a bribe and Tony Clark's mistress, WPC Jenny Dean, could be implicated in the Carswell affair.


Nothing To Declare
TX : 6th November 1992
Director : Jenny Killick
Script : Michael Russell


Cast : Keith Allen (Jim Ryman), Nicky Henson (Chief Superintendent Charlie McGregor), Des McAleer (Inspector George Anderson), Mamta Kaash (Zenab), Paul Higgins (David Ray), Andrew Seear (Harry Chandler), Colin Farrell (Hughes), Nigel Lindsay (Inspector Alan Grant), Crispin Letts (Steve Fisher), Simon Scott (Sergeant Andrew Carr), Anu Vidarti (Karunadasa), Luke Hanson (The Dutch Heavy), Omar Salimi (Mr Patel), Peter Van Dissell (Hendriks) and Charubala Chokshi (Sushita).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark and his internal police investigation team are caught in the flak between Customs and Excise and the River Police during a case of extortion, drug smuggling and illegal immigration.


Nothing Personal
TX : 13th November 1992
Director : Jenny Killick
Script : Rob Heyland


Cast : Breffeni McKenna (Detective Inspector Gordon), John Hannah (Detective Constable Mellis), David Cann (Inspector Rooney), Barry Woolgar (Chief Superintendent Lyon), Peter Caffrey (Sergeant Graystoke), Dona Croll (Mrs Pearce), Rudolph Walker (Mr Pearce), Sean Baker (Sergeant McCormack), Steven Mackintosh (Police Constable Fulford), Pip Donaghy (Don Nichols), David Fishley (Dilly), Andrew Ballington (Police Constable Peacock), Spencer Leigh (Dave Potter), Tony Oparei (Doctor Owen-Smith), Dhobi Oparei (Ruby), Eileen Nicholas (Pearce's General Practitioner), Alan Barker (The Custody Sergeant), Hilary Lyon (The Solicitor), Roger Hyams (Police Constable Hamilton), Farmiang Singhateh (Joey Pearce) and Joshue losey (The Photographer).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark looks into Joey Pearce's suspected suicide in custody. Is it all it seems?


Nobody's Fireproof
TX : 27th November 1992
Director : Alan Dossor
Script : J C Wilsher


Cast : Stephen Moore (Detective Superintendent Urquhart), Ciaran Madden (Sandra Urquhart), David Richard-Fox (Detective Sergeant McAllister), Garry Cooper (Detective Sergeant Mercer), Stephen Petcher (The King's Cross Police Constable), Abigail Bond (The King's Cross Women's Police Constable), Maggie McCarthy (Inspector Capstick), Johanna Hargreaves (Linda Jordan), Larry Lamb (Dennis Ralston), Stewart Harwood (Mark Lumley), Kathy Austen (Justine), Deborah Pollington (Sheri Donaldson), Sharon Doughty (The Television News Presenter) and Darryl Lwin (The Filipino).

Synopsis :
Tony Clark investigates a police superintendent caught kerb-crawling in King's Cross, and discovers murder, blackmail, pornography and perhaps police corruption at the highest level.


The Chill Factor
TX : 4th December 1992
Director : Alan Dossor
Script : J C Wilsher


Cast : Bernard Horsfall (Chief Constable Gordon), David Richard-Fox (Detective Sergeant McAllister), Ciaran Madden (Sandra Urquhart), Anna Hygh (Mrs Huxtable), Chris Crooks (Mr Dean), Adele Salem (Jackie Dean), Barry McCarthy (Edmunds), Paul Williamson (The Vicar), James Coyle (The Bank Clerk), Sara Powell (The School Teacher) and Darryl Lwin (The Filipino).

Synopsis :
In the last of the series, the Deputy Chief Constable is suspended. Commander Huxtable is told to stay at home and Tony Clark is determined to discover why his lover, Women's Police Constable Jenny Dean, committed suicide. He soon finds that the trail leads back to the bureau.

SEASON TWO
New Order
TX : 5th October 1993
Director : Alan Dossor
Script : J C Wilsher


Cast : Steven Sinscoe (Inspector Cole), Richard Ireson (Chief Inspector Lodge), Brian Southwood (Chief Inspector, Personnel), Alison Sterling (Sergeant Judy Prescott), James Clyde (Police Constable Tulloch), Philip McGough (Norman), Daniel Craig (Joe Rance), Michael Cronin (Derek Lee-Metford), John Carlisle (Douglas Carter MP) and Angus MacInnes (Patrick Ingram).

Publicity :
Neil Pearson is back as Tony Clark, the pushy, loutish police complaints investigator in a second series of Between The Lines (BBC-1, 9:30pm), a well-received drama notable for its crisp storylines and frequent bedroom scenes. As it happens our hero manages to keep his trousers on tonight, in my view much to the programme's advantage. The opening title sequence, with its montage of naked bodies, suggests that the absence is only temporary. But for the time being, at least, Clark can concentrate on his day job. This involves dealing with a high-flying young policeman who has infiltrated a fascist organisation but appears to be getting too enthusiastic about its ideas. Neil Pearson returns as Tony Clark, now acting Detective Chief Superintendent, in the Royal Television Society Award-winning drama series based on the work of the Metropolitan Police's Complaints Investigations Bureau. (The Times, October 5, 1993)

Notes :
The season was originally transmitted 9:30pm to 10:20pm on BBC 1.

Manslaughter
TX : 12th October 1993
Director : Alan Dossor
Script : Rob Heyland


Cast : Paul Bentall (Chief Superintendent Powers), Mark Benson (Detective Constable Minten), Jason Watkins (The Custody Sergeant), David Hayman (David Lindsay), Hermione Norris (Gail Myles) and Geraldine Newman (Betty Myles).

Synopsis :
Clark and his team become involved in what at first appears to be a straightforward murder investigation. However, the fact that the murderer is a high-profile police officer (having investigated forty murders himself, and described by his superiors as "calm, cool-headed and a very private man") and the victim is his wife further complicates matters.


Crack Up
TX : 19th October 1993
Director : Robert Bierman
Script : Ray Brennan

Cast : Neil Stuke (Detective Constable Green), Steven Waddington (Detective Sergeant Slater), Charlie Creed-Miles (Lloyd Manning) and Ewen Cummins (Harvey Mannel).

Synopsis :
When a black youth is shot dead by police, Clark and his team become embroiled in the ensuing crossfire between the local community and a hostile police force. In the course of their investigations, they venture into the underworld of crack cocaine.


Honourable Men
TX : 26th October 1993
Director : Robert Bierman
Script : Russell Lewis

Cast : Matthew Marsh (Detective Sergeant Peter Woodward), Michele Winstanley (Detective Sergeant Karen McPhail), Paul Freeman (Nicholas Shaw), Eleanor David (Penny Shaw), Julian Wadham (Nigel Winter), Sophie Dix (Louise Parker), Clovis Rau (George Shaw) and David Henry (The Committee Chairman).

Synopsis :
Suspicion falls on police protection officers when a high-profile Member of Parliament is caught in a compromising situation. A vicious tirade by the tabloid press only serves to fan the flames, but Clark's investigations reveal that the motives may lie in a systematic smear campaign.


Some Must Watch...
TX : 2nd November 1993
Director : Roy Battersby
Script : Rob Heyland

Synopsis :
Inter-service rivalry breaks out when an intruder is shot dead at a Territorial Army base. Forced to accept help from Angela Berridge, an attractive Home Office official, Clark's investigation into the activities of M15 and Special Branch teaches him a harsh lesson in the realities of power.


Manoeuvre 11
TX : 9th November 1993
Director : Roy Battersby
Script : Ron Rose

Cast : Bernard Hill (Chief Constable Harmsworth).

Synopsis :
After a police attempt to disperse a peaceful demonstration about council cuts goes tragically wrong when the mounted police are called in. Clark's investigation is hampered by Chief Constable Harmsworth. His team embarks on a race against time to establish the truth before the pressure to find a scapegoat becomes too great.


The Fifth Estate
TX : 16th November 1993
Director : Peter Smith
Script : Rob Heyland

Cast : Dearbhla Molloy (Assistant Chief Constable Jan Lewis), Bernard Hill (Chief Constable Harmsworth), Gerrard McArthur (Detective Inspector Jardine), Michael Kitchen (Roger Boshier), Michael Pennington (Thomas Wenleigh), Colin Salmon (Eric Hutchinson), Eamon Boland (The Chairman), Tom Chadbon (The Newspaper Editor), Jonathan Coy (Mike Collins), Judith Barker (Mrs Roberts), William Ivory (Andrew Hytner), Kate Rhodes (Vickie) and Merelina Kendall (Doctor Kingsnorth).

Synopsis :
Sergeant Maureen Connell's friend Kate Roberts is implicated in a sexual misconduct case. Meanwhile, Clark's search for a missing royal tape brings him into closer contact with Angela Berridge.


The Great Detective
TX : 23rd November 1993
Director : Peter Smith
Script : Nicholas Martin

Cast : Ian McElhinney (Chief Superintendent Trevor Dunne) and Shaun Prendergast (Ray Garner).

Synopsis :
Chief Superintendent Trevor Dunne becomes the target of a campaign to undermine his authority. Having recently been cleared by one enquiry, fresh evidence from a convicted criminal determined to reduce his sentence at the expense of Dunne ensures that the officer faces another enquiry in quick succession. When Clark and his team become involved in the matter, they are sharply divided between the duties they are instructed to perform and their loyalty towards an officer of great repute.

Jumping The Lines
TX : 30th November 1993
Director : Robert Bierman
Script : Julian Jones

Cast : Alexander Morton (Superintendent Tyrrell), Shaun Dingwall (Police Constable Curles), Peter Hugo Daley (Police Constable Jobson), Jonathan Cullen (Police Constable Reynolds) and Stephen Greif (Steven Ripley).

Synopsis :
Clark and his CIB team investigation a police officer suspected of being the culpable driver behind the wheel of a tragic hit-and-run incident.


What's The Strength Of This?
TX : 7th December 1993
Director : Robert Bierman
Script : J C Wilsher

Cast : Robin Ellis (Donald Berridge), Stephen Greif (Steven Ripley), Hazel Ellerby (Sergeant Carol Webb) and Michael Higgs (Detective Sergeant Luke).

Publicity :
"He's the bedrock of the department," says Between The Lines producer Peter Norris of the police Complaints Investigation Bureau's Harry Naylor. But in tonight's episode of this critically-acclaimed drama Naylor's future is in jeopardy. With his wife terminally ill, Naylor has been moonlighting for a security firm to raise funds for her treatment. Faced with a disciplinary hearing, will he go quietly? Will he fight? Will his boss Tony Clark stand by him? This is the first of three episodes which conclude the current series. Clark's infatuation with Angela Berridge continues. "In the first series he was the tough character who would kick his women out," says Norris. "Now it's the other way round". Tony Clark isn't used to rejection so he confronts Angela Berridge and comes face-to-face with her husband Donald. (The Times, December 7, 1993).


Big Boy's Rules (Part 1)
TX : 14th December 1993
Director : Richard Standeven
Script : J C Wilsher

Cast : Robin Ellis (Donald Berridge), Gavin Richards (Detective Superintendent Tyler), David Morrissey (Inspector Dilke), Tam Dean Burn (Detective Inspector Brian Cole), Adie Allen (Police Constable Linda Shore), Nick Dunning (Simon Bridge), Christine Kavanagh (Joanna Gould), Lizzy McInnery (Geraldine Dixon), Matyelok Gibbs (Mrs Ames), Lalor Roddy (Declan Harris) and Nina Marc (Pauline McNichol).

Publicity :
A familiar if not particularly friendly face returns in this week's episode of the police drama, which has been getting excellent notices from the press. It's the first of a two-part story and it provides the Complaints Investigation Bureau's Tony Clark with a chance to settle old scores with his former boss, Chief Superintendent John Deakin, who is now working with Special Branch. In the first episode of this series, Deakin was acquitted by a jury of criminal charges brought against him by Clark. They are involved in the suspected execution by the IRA of a police informer, who it is said, was under pressure from Special Branch. The Home Office's Angela Berridge adds her own mystique and Harry Naylor, now CID not CIB, is also called on to lend a hand. The story, and the series, conclude next week. (The Times, December 14, 1993).


Big Boy's Rules (Part 2)
TX : 21st December 1993
Director : Richard Standeven
Script : J C Wilsher

Cast : Frank Harper (Trevor Bull), David Morrissey (Inspector Dilke), Martin Troakes (Detective Inspector Stroud), Colin McCormack (Commander Bignall), Jude Akuwudike (The Custody Sergeant), Michael Bray (The Armed Response Vehicle Sergeant) and Ciaran O'Doherty (The Panda Police Constable).

Publicity :
Producer Peter Norris promises something special as the powerful police series comes to the end of its run. "The BBC have committed themselves to a third series," he says, before adding with a touch of mystery, "but it will have to be different because of questions left unanswered in this episode and the climactic end to the programme". Series creator J C Wilsher writes the conclusion of this two-part story in which Tony Clark is still trying to nail his former boss, John Deakin. But for Clark the real trouble is Trevor Bull, a victim of a police shooting years earlier. Bull is being put under pressure by both Clark and Deakin and this time he is not taking prisoners. (The Times, December 21, 1993).



SEASON THREE
Foxtrot Oscar
TX : 19th October 1994
Director : Alan Dossor
Script : Rob Heyland


Publicity :
Neil Pearson's pushy cop, Tony Clark, is a cop no longer. Unfinished business from the previous series sees him ejected from the Met with nowhere to go. Whereupon up pops Deakin (Tony Doyle), his old boss and adversary, with a job to help a tabloid newspaper to substantiate its story about an MP's private life. The question is whether Clark's enforced career moves from flushing out bent coppers to freelance trouble-shooter will provide the same compelling drama. The early signs are favourable, particularly as those excellent foils, Harry (Tom Georgeson) and Mo (Siobhan Redmond) emerge, but it can only be a matter of time. (The Times, October 19, 1994).

Notes :
The season was originally transmitted 9:30pm to 10:20pm on BBC 1.

A Safe Pair Of Hands
TX : 26th October 1994
Director : Alan Dossor
Script : Steve Griffiths


Synopsis :
A job drops into Clark's lap with suspicious ease, but it goes pear-shaped. And Naylor, numbered by Joyce's death, becomes a reckless liability.


A Face In The Crowd
TX : 2nd November 1994
Director : Richard Standeven
Script : Julian Jones

Synopsis :
Clark and Naylor take on a missing persons job for Deakin, but soon wish they had checked the small print first.


Shoot To Kill
TX : 9th November 1994
Director : Richard Standeven
Script : Simon Andrew Stirling

Synopsis :
Harry and Clark are called on to help Connell with a difficult client.


Close Protection
TX : 16th November 1994
Director : Ian Knox
Script : Nicholas Martin

Synopsis :
Clark is given the task of protecting a visiting Chilean general.


Blooded
TX : 23rd November 1994
Director : Ian Knox
Script : J C Wilsher

Synopsis :
Mo goes undercover to find out who is setting fire to shops.


Unknown Soldier
TX : 30th November 1994
Director : Ross Devenish
Script : Julian Jones

Publicity :
Neil Pearson's Tony Clark may have left the police but in his new role of freelance troubleshooter in Between The Lines (BBC-1, 9:35pm) he is never short of work, even if it is usually dirty and morally compromising. A computer engineer in the defence industry is found dead in his garage and the coroner says suicide. Clark is called in to investigate. Predictably, he suspects something more sinister. Murder by M15 seems a reasonable hunch. Between The Lines is still compulsive, but is a series that prides itself on not getting stuck in the same groove starting to become a little formulaic? (The Times, November 30, 1994).


Free Trade
TX : 7th December 1994
Director : Ross Devenish
Script : Gordon Hann

Synopsis :
Mo is eager to be part of a profitable, but dangerous, arms job. However, Tony and Harry have other ideas.

The End User (Part 1)
TX : 14th December 1994
Director : Roy Battersby
Script : Dusty Hughes

Synopsis :
Tony Clark is in Belgium, undercover as a right-wing gun-runner.


The End User (Part 2)
TX : 21st December 1994
Director : Roy Battersby
Script : Dusty Hughes

Synopsis :
Tony and Harry are blamed for renewed unrest in Northern Ireland when an arms shipment appears to be on the way to the Province. But could warring factions within MI5 be to blame?



Characters
Portrayed By
Detective Superintendent Tony Clark
Neil Pearson
Detective Inspector Harry Naylor
Tom Georgeson
Detective Sergeant Maureen Connell
Siobhan Redmond
Chief Superintendent John Deakin
Tony Doyle
Detective Chief Superintendent David Graves
Robert Lermite
Deputy Assistant Commissioner / Deputy Chief Constable Dunning (Series 1)
John Shrapnel
Detective Sergeant Eddie Hargreaves (Series 1)
Jerome Flynn
Commander Brian Huxtable (Series 1)
David lyon
Commander Sullivan (Series 2)
HUGH ross
Women's Police Constable Jenny Dean (Series 1)
Lesley Vickerage
Sue Clark (Series 1)
Lynda Steadman
Angela Berridge (Series 2)
Francesca Annis
Joyce Naylor (Series 2 and 3)
Elaine Donnelly
Kate Roberts (Series 2 and 3)
Barbara Wilshere
Sarah Teale (Series 3)
Sylvestra Le Touzel

The series was created by J C Wilsher and produced by Peter Norris. Executive Producer was Tony Garnett. The signature tune for the series was provided by Hal Lindes.

Text © Matthew Lee, 2005.



British Television in the 1990s had become one of the most over-policed decades in the history of the medium, with The Chief, Waterfront Beat, Prime Suspect, Inspector Morse, Inspector Wexford, Chief Superintendent Adam Dalgliesh, Spender, Crocodile Shoes, A Touch Of Frost, Cracker, The Detectives (albeit a comedic offering), The Inspector Alleyn Mysteries, 99-1, Pie In The Sky, Wycliffe, Backup, Dangerfield (albeit to a limited degree), Crown Prosecutor (again, to a limited degree), Out Of The Blue, Thief Takers, The Knock (to a limited extent), City Central and The Bill dominating the schedules with a variety of maverick detectives, gruesome murders, police procedural dramas and corruption in the highest echelons of the force.



As the decade progressed, programme-makers endeavoured to approach the genre from every angle possible, some more successful than others, some proving to be spectacular failures. J C Wilsher, one of the most notable and consistently high-calibre contributors to Geoff McQueen's The Bill, was afforded the opportunity to branch out into his own serial when he joined forces with Tony Garnett's World Productions to devise and create Between The Lines, a slick new offering which spanned three series and cultivated an audience who became keenly addicted to the strength of the storylines and the conviction of the acting triad the series established.



Often nicknamed Between The Sheets owing to some of its more salacious content, the series concerned itself with investigations into endemic corruption in all the ranks of the police force, and explores the eternal question of the public's perception of the police force as the bastions of law, order and justice. Detective Superintendent Tony Clark (Neil Pearson), a morally ambiguous career-minded high-flyer, heads a unit of the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CID) which is required to "watch the detectives", as it were, and investigate possible avenues of corruption and the like at a variety of branches throughout the United Kingdom.



Thus, in many respects the series enjoyed strong storylines in the vein of Callan, Special Branch and The Sweeney in terms of its capacity to sustain soap-stylised storylines and content whilst featuring characters slipping undercover in order to acquire evidence against suspected corrupt officials. Clark was joined by Detective Inspector Harry Naylor (Tom Georgeson) and Detective Sergeant Maureen Connell (Siobhan Redmond), and between the three of them they successfully prosecuted their missions, though often the lines of distinction between corruption and bending the rules under the auspices of means and ends became frayed and blurred at the edges (often the characters would be placed in a moral dilemma between loyalty to the force and its officers, and their duty to ensure the letter of the law was observed, come what may).



The series opened with an episode concerning the team's endeavours to prove corruption with regard to Chief Superintendent John Deakin (Tony Doyle), a mission which they failed to successfully prosecute - and thus ensuring the power of a recurring villain in the first (and second) seasons of the programme. The prevailing mood that the higher the seniority, the higher and harder to prove the level of inherent corruption existed, proved palpable with audiences who flocked to the series in droves.

Its pioneering harder-edge, "in-your-face" realism, combined with the soap-stylised storylines which comprised the clash between professional and personal lives and priorities, ensured the series was ranked alongside the highly-regarded The Sweeney in terms of its achievements and dramatic framework. Further soap trimmings were exemplified by virtue of the fact that each series ended on a cliffhanger, though this became the sword upon which the programme would ultimately fall when its third and final season ended on an unresolved cliffhanger which failed to satisfy its audiences. The general consensus is that the programme "lost its way", as it were, during the third and final season, when Clark and Naylor ostensibly became international troubleshooters directed by the once-hated Deakin.

However, opinion is divided as others appreciated the power of the format to adapt to changing times and present the trio of leading characters now working above, alongside and beyond the confines and constraints of the law in order to survive (thus presenting a relative flip-side of the view presented in the opening episodes). Certainly, the third series had a far more lavish presentation (with the programme presented on a world stage as opposed to being confined to the United Kingdom), though audiences were left somewhat deflated when the final episode, concerning weapons exchanges with the IRA and Clark and Naylor's unfortunate implication with said exchanges, featured Mo looking on helplessly as the pair are trapped on a boat loaded with explosives, which is torn apart as they struggle to escape.

On the whole, however, Between The Lines succeeded in re-creating the mould of the standard police drama serial in such a way that it has become recognised as the pivtol serial of the 1990s (with programmes such as Prime Suspect and Cracker afforded the more high-profile recognition of mould-breaking drama productions with a police emphasis).

The series, which was produced by Peter Norris, had featured notable directorial turns from the likes of Alan Dossor, Roy Battersby, Richard Standeven and Ross Devenish, and attractive supporting performances from David Morrissey, Francesca Annis, John Shrapnel, Peter Postlethwaite, Neil Dudgeon, Ray Winstone, Michael Angelis, Jaye Griffiths, Kenneth Cranham, Keith Allen, Nicky Henson and Bernard Hill.

High-calibre writing contributions from J C Wilsher and Russell Lewis (experienced hands from The Bill), Rob Heyland (a notable contributor to The Knock and the creator of the enormously popular series The Vice) and Steve Griffiths (responsible for the ratings-busting Don Beech-Claire Stanton-John Boulton collection of episodes for The Bill) underlined the pedigree of the production, which was globally exported (becoming a notable prime-time fixture in Australia, to name but one country which firmly embraced the programme), and its commercial release extended to four VHS titles (comprising the first series of the programme) in the 1990s, several television tie-in novelisations and a soundtrack compact disc to accompany the series.
The series is available on DVD.