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Dixon of Dock Green

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Dixon of Dock Green

"Evenin’ all" is a phrase that still brings back fond memories of a more innocent age to the generation that watched the BBC cop series Dixon Of Dock Green. It was the kindly bobby’s greeting in every episode from 1955 to 1976. The show was a far cry from the scandal and screeching car tyres of modern series like The Bill. Dock Green, somewhere in the East End of London, had very little serious crime and PC George Dixon, played by Jack Warner, tackled ordinary, everyday police work. The series originated in a 1949 film, The Blue Lamp, where a bobby was shot dead by Dirk Bogarde after just 21 minutes. The character was so popular that the BBC brought him back to life. In its heyday, Dixon Of Dock Green attracted audiences of 14 million. In time though, it began to seem outdated compared to tougher, grittier shows like Z-Cars and The Sweeney. The series ended in 1976, and when Jack Warner died five years later, his coffin was carried by police officers from Paddington Green.

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Dixon personifies more adequately than the helmet symbolises that strain of English policing whidh combines the dignity and authority of the state with the ordinariness and humanity with which it can treat even those who rebel against it.

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