Situational Comedy in a police station
I have always loved workplace comedies. They are at once insightful and original. There is something quite exciting to learn more about a profession, see its personnel in action, facing unique challenges. The humor is in the idiosyncrasy.
Inspector Fowler runs a small town police station along with his team of officers, hailing from diverse ethnic background and holding differing viewpoints. They also share the station with the CID as they try to defend and uphold the thin blue line.
The beauty of such shows is the window they provide into professions deeply entwined into the fabric of everyday life that we know precious little about. It is a way for us to learn more about our world through the genre of comedy.
“Family meeting! Family meeting!”
— Dick Solomon
“Bernard, I have served eleven governments in the past thirty years.
If I had believed in all their policies, I would have been passionately committed to keeping out of the Common Market, and passionately committed to going into it…
… A nationalisation freak and a privatisation maniac; but above all, I would have been a stark-staring, raving schizophrenic.”
— Sir Humphrey Appleby
“Education in this country is a disaster. We’re supposed to be preparing children for a working life. Three quarters of the time they’re bored stiff!”
”Well I should have thought that being bored stiff for three quarters of the time was an excellent preparation for working life.”
— Jim Hacker & Sir Humphrey