Dixon of Dock Green

Dixon of Dock Green was a BBC television series about daily life at a fictional London police station, with the emphasis on petty crime, successfully controlled through common sense and human understanding. The central character was a mature and sympathetic police constable, George Dixon, played by Jack Warner in all of the 432 episodes, from 1955 to 1976.

Dixon of Dock Green
Jack Warner as Constable George Dixon
Created byTed Willis
StarringJack Warner
Country of originUnited Kingdom
No. of series22
No. of episodes432 (400 missing)
Running time30 minutes & 50 minutes
Original networkBBC Television Service
Picture formatBlack and white (1955-69)
Colour (1969-76)
Original release9 July 1955 
1 May 1976

Dixon was the embodiment of a typical "bobby" who would be familiar with the area and its residents in which he patrolled and often lived there himself. The series contrasted with later programmes such as Z-Cars, which reflected a more aggressive policing culture. It retained a faithful following throughout its run and was voted second most popular programme on British TV in 1961.

Jack Warner

The actor Jack Warner was already well known to the public. Born Horace John Waters in London in 1895, he had been a comedian in radio and in his early film career. Starting in the early 1940s, he broadened his range to include dramatic roles, becoming a warmly human character actor in the process. But as well as playing in films with dramatic themes (such as The Blue Lamp (1950), in which the character George Dixon first appeared), Warner—by now hugely popular—continued to play in comedies such as the successful Huggett family programmes on BBC Radio and films made between 1948 and 1953.

Warner's success as Dixon was popular amongst various police forces. He was made an honorary member of both the Margate and Ramsgate Police Forces in the 1950s. Warner said of Dixon of Dock Green: "It has been a very good meal ticket for twenty-one years—although the taxman has never been far behind."[1] In his autobiography, Jack of All Trades,[2] Warner tells of a visit by the Queen to the studios where the series was made, where she commented "that she thought Dixon of Dock Green had become part of the British way of life".

The regard in which Warner's portrayal of a fictional policeman was held was seen at the actor's funeral at Margate Crematorium on 1 June 1981. Six Margate constables stood as guards-of-honour outside the chapel, where hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects. Among the mourners were officers from the Kensington District, where Warner had lived in London, and Paddington Green, where the Ealing Studios film The Blue Lamp was based. Delegations of officers attended (some coming from as far away as Wales and Newcastle upon Tyne), including 16 from the Metropolitan Police, led by Deputy Assistant Commissioner George Rushbrook and Commander John Atkins.[3]

Character and name origins

The character of Police Constable George Dixon was based on an old-style British "bobby"—a slang term for policeman. He first appeared in the iconic British film The Blue Lamp (1950) as a typical bobby on the beat, an experienced constable working out of the Paddington Green police station. The film was produced by Michael Balcon, who had been educated at George Dixon School in Birmingham, named after a local politician: this inspired the character name.

In The Blue Lamp Dixon has a wife named Em (Gladys Henson). It is mentioned that their only son, Bert, was killed in the Second World War[4]—hence Dixon adopts a paternal aspect towards PC Andy Mitchell (Jimmy Hanley), a young policeman on his first day. Dixon comes across a raid and is shot. The rest of the film focuses on catching the perpetrator, a thug named Tom Riley (played by Dirk Bogarde). This gears up hugely once Dixon, who was said to be rallying in hospital, unexpectedly and suddenly dies, and Mitchell embarks on a perilous quest to find and bring Tom Riley to justice.

Series conception

In 1955, the BBC Television Service was preparing to face competition from the forthcoming launch of the Independent Television network of commercial TV companies. The BBC therefore resurrected George Dixon for a new series featuring "everyday stories of a London policeman". The series came with an already familiar hero, played (as in the film) by a much-loved entertainer. The image of Jack Warner in police uniform with helmet made for an effective symbol of policing in Britain.

The series was the creation of writer Ted Willis, who not only wrote the series over its 20 years on television but also had a controlling hand in production. This helped ensure that radical changes were few. The designer was Laurence Broadhouse. Long-time producer was Douglas Moodie, whose other television credits include The Inch Man and The Airbase. Despite being a drama, the series was produced in its early years by the BBC's light entertainment department. It was originally produced at the BBC's Riverside and Lime Grove studios. Episodes in series 1 to 7 ran to 30 minutes. From series 3 to 7 each series' final episode was extended to 45 minutes. From series 8 (1961) onwards all episodes were 45, then 50, minutes in duration.

Early series

There were some changes made before the first series aired. Paddington Green police station became the fictitious Dock Green police station in the East End of London. The character of PC Andy Mitchell became raw new constable PC Andy Crawford (Peter Byrne). According to the first series episode "Needle in a Haystack" Dixon is a widower, his wife having died in an air raid during the Second World War, though they had an only daughter, Mary (played by Billie Whitelaw in early episodes, later replaced by Jeanette Hutchinson). They lived in a small mid-terrace house on a busy road. Dixon would remain basically the same character as in the film; he could be relied on to be friendly with a lot of heart, a cornerstone of which was his honesty with which you knew he would be absolutely dependable and cool in a crisis. The actor's age meant Dixon was always an older bobby and the viewer was left to wonder why promotion hadn't come his way earlier.

Dixon's mentoring of Crawford was seen from Dixon of Dock Green's first series opener, "PC Crawford's first Pinch", broadcast on Saturday 9 July 1955. Dixon was portrayed as having a paternal and steadying influence on his colleagues and episodes often highlighted the family-like nature of life in the station as well as Dixon's actual family life at home. With his experience as a police constable frequently in evidence, he was often shown as being able to solve crimes and to keep the peace using his knowledge of human behaviour and of the Dock Green area. The initial run of six episodes ended on 13 August with the "London Pride" segment and was deemed a success; a further series of 13 episodes was commissioned to start broadcasting on 9 June 1956. Plots often focused on the role of the police in dealing with low-level, community-based crimes.

The last five episodes from series two are the earliest episodes of Dixon known to exist. One of those is "The Rotten Apple"[5] (broadcast 11 August 1956), a story which illustrates Dixon's belief in the honour of wearing the police uniform. A young constable, Tom Carr (Paul Eddington) appears to be enjoying a lifestyle that was more lavish than would be expected on his salary. His life begins to unravel after Dixon gets a visit from a local (legal) horse bookmaker, Harry Ross, to whom Carr owes a lot of money: Ross needs it back but knows Carr will lose his job if he makes his complaint official. With the force's reputation at stake, Dixon visits a nervous Carr in his flat changing into his uniform. Carr agrees to settle the debt, but as Dixon prepares to leave, accidentally knocks over a box, sending silverware clattering across the floor. The items, it transpires, are stolen, and the proceeds of a series of mysterious burglaries in the area. Dixon is affronted by this betrayal of trust and orders the disgraced Carr to remove his uniform before he will escort him in through the streets to Dock Green Station.

Series two ended on 1 September 1956 with the episode "Father-in-Law". Dixon is the father-in-law of the title, with Andy Crawford marrying his 23-year-old daughter, Mary. Dixon gets to sing a few songs at the wedding, but a small matter of a missing wallet emerges. At the end of the episode, with the mystery solved, Dixon wishes the viewers goodbye while the happy couple go off, to move to a flat in Chelmsford. An indicator of the series' success is that the start of series three was a mere four months away.

In the early days, a subtitle declared the series to be "Some Stories of a London Policeman", with each episode starting with Dixon speaking directly to the camera (breaking the "fourth wall"). He begins with a salute and the greeting "Good evening all",[6] which was changed to "Evening all" in the early 1970s, which has lived on in Britain as a jocular greeting. In similar fashion, episodes finished with a few words to camera from Dixon in the form of philosophy on the evils of crime, before saluting and wishing the viewers "Goodnight, all". Some felt Dixon to be a real person; at the end of a series, he would inform the audience that he was "going on holiday for a few weeks" so they shouldn't worry about not seeing him around.

As Ted Willis noted, in bringing Dixon to the small screen, he sought to portray "an ordinary, working-class policeman on the beat" with focus more on people, with the tendency to "concentrate on the smaller everyday type of crime, and put the emphasis on people rather than problems."[7] Willis talked in 1957 about seeking "to break away from the accepted formula for police and crime stories […] The average policeman might go through a life-time of service without being involved in one murder case. His life is one of routine […] Would [viewers] take simple, human stories about a simple ordinary copper and the people he meets?"[8] Change for the central character was slow, and it took until the opening episode of series 11 before George Dixon earned his stripes and was promoted to sergeant in "Facing the Music" (S11, E01, 19 September 1964).


The BBC scheduled Dixon of Dock Green in the family time slot of 6:30pm on Saturday night. At the time it started on air in 1955, the drama schedule of the BBC was mostly restricted to television plays so that Dixon had little trouble in building and maintaining a large and loyal audience. In 1961, the series was voted second most popular programme on British television with an estimated audience of 13.85 million. Even in 1965 after three years of the gritty and grimy procedural police-work of Z-Cars, the audience for Dixon stood at 11.5 million. However, as the 1960s wore on, ratings began to fall and this and health questions were asked around Jack Warner.

Later series

The series evolved, though slowly, Ted Willis ensuring that the familiarity of the format remained its greatest strength for many years. The procedural detail formed a backbone on top of which the dramatic story played out, allowing the whole to make perfect sense. Often delivered at a genteel pace, this approach led to criticism from some quarters in the face of faster-paced (and sometimes more violent) contemporaries such as The Sweeney and even Z-Cars. Overall, the show ran for 22 series. Fans continued their support for the character with each new series. When Dixon was shot in one episode, the BBC received 4,000 letters of anxious inquiry and had it announced on television that Jack was all right.[9] Other characters weren't forgotten; indeed, PC Andy Crawford —- as well as being the main character's son-in-law —- would go on to rise through the ranks of the CID to become chief inspector in Dock Green.

Dixon of Dock Green is sometimes unfavourably compared with later police procedural series (such as Z-Cars in the 1960s, The Sweeney in the 1970s and The Bill in the 1980s) which were seen as having a higher degree of realism due to their harder hitting and more dynamic nature. However the style of the programme did evolve over time and some of the 1970s episodes which have been preserved demonstrate little of the homely nature for which the show was often criticised.[10] Plot lines in this period included the suspected suicide of a police officer, a gangland killing, and the shooting of a suspect by police officers using firearms. Police in the UK do not routinely carry firearms, and in the 1970s guns were rarely ever seen in their hands.

"Firearms Were Issued" (20 April 1974, one of the surviving episodes) examines that last point. A notorious gang of bank robbers has performed a raid locally and Dock Green police are tipped off "from a reliable source" that they have retreated into a suburban house on their patch. Taking no chances, the go-ahead for a raid is given and Sergeant George Dixon issues firearms to D.I. Andy Crawford and his team. With the gang attempting to flee under cover of darkness, shots are fired, including two from Crawford. At least one of these apparently hits and kills the target in the dark, the truth of which only comes to light later during the investigation that is quickly launched back at Dock Green police station. All officers are quizzed and re-quizzed by a senior external CID officer, going over the rights and wrongs of each step, looking for accountability. Everyone involved is left in no doubt as to the consequences of their actions, should they prove to be truthfully theirs. In retrospect, the process can be seen as primitive compared to the in-depth procedural investigations of the 21st century but was rarely touched on in contemporary productions. The detail ensured that neither characters nor viewers could be completely sure about the outcome, ensuring gripping television drama.

By the final years of the series in the 1970s, Warner was getting elderly and looking increasingly implausible in uniform. He had increasing difficulty moving about, which was helped slightly by a treatment involving bee stings. When it became known that the 1976 series of eight episodes[11] would be the last, some changes saw familiar faces including long-standing and popular cast member Peter Byrne leave, bringing in some new blood. The final series was shown in 1976 when Warner was 80 and the producers saw the opportunity to make some changes to the format. George Dixon was shown as retired from the police and being re-employed as a civilian as the collator, a temporary appointment which allowed him to train up whoever would be the next permanent collator. The introductory monologue and winding-up speech continued to be delivered by George Dixon, now out of uniform and behind his collator's desk. There was an increase in action whilst retaining detailed storytelling with Dixon's values at the core.

The last series of eight episodes ended on Saturday 1 May 1976 with "Reunion", with Dixon retiring completely from Dock Green. Lord Willis said, "I knew it had to come to an end sometime and I thought something was in the wind. They usually renew my Dock Green contract in February and it hasn't been renewed this time".[9] There were thoughts about continuing with the current cast using the revamped format, though any continuation would have been under a different title.[12] Any ideas and plans were never seriously followed up and after 21 years of Dixon of Dock Green, with its lead character out of the picture, the series came to a natural end.


Over the two-decades-plus that Dixon was broadcast, it came in for increasing criticism, especially in its later years. The Guinness Book of Classic Television[13] described the programme as "...an anachronism by the time it ended and a dangerous one at that". Ted Willis summarised the changing critical reception for Dixon in an article published in the TV Times in 1983. "In the first years, the critics were almost unanimous in their acclaim for Dock Green, hailing it as a breakthrough, praising its realism. But slowly, the view began to change. We were accused of being too cosy and the good word was reserved for series like No Hiding Place, Z Cars and Softly, Softly. These, in turn, were superseded by the violent, all-action type of police drama like The Sweeney, ... Strangers and Killer." He also stated that: "Eighty per cent of police work is ordinary and unsensational".[14]

Ted Willis made some observations. He found that, in fact and fiction, characters akin to Jack Regan (The Sweeney) were to be underplayed by the police who sought to restore their place in modern communities. The surviving episodes (with an emphasis on the latter years of the programme) which saw DVD releases allowed Dixon to be seen less deserving of its reputation as a "cosy" stereotype, and more as a programme that tells the stories honestly and entertainingly. Willis noted that it would be harder for the police to build relationships with the public if they were continually to go around beating up every suspect.

Indeed, Alan Plater, who wrote police drama as well as in any other avenue of drama he contributed to, made this argument in 1976 (published in the police publication Context); "It is just as irresponsible to portray the police as always chasing murderers and big-time criminals as it is to show them as boy scouts like George Dixon. The Sweeney is ridiculous. It's James Cagney and the Sundance Kid rolled into one and given a British background."[15] With a more enlightened view over a longer period of time possible from the 21st century than it was from the 1990s even, the chance to review some of those existing episodes has allowed some refinement of views on the series.


The police station featured in the original opening titles was the old Ealing police station, at 5 High Street, just north of Ealing Green.[16][17]

The opening and closing moments of each episode originally had PC Dixon deliver the famous lines "Evening, all" and "Goodnight, all", and a suitably moral homily, from outside Dock Green police station. However, most of these sequences were not filmed at Ealing police station—then still operational—but on the front steps of the (1902) Ealing Grammar School for Boys on Ealing Green. The BBC would attach a blue lamp next to the double doors, and the front oak-floored vestibule of the old school would warmly glow behind. During later series, Dixon addressed the audience standing in front of a painted backdrop of a London skyline.

The 1973 episode "Eye Witness" shows a shot of a derelict warehouse complex with a sign identifying it as part of the Metropolitan & New Crane Wharves; these are located in Wapping Wall. This episode also shows the bascule bridge across the entrance to Shadwell Basin in Wapping. The warehouse is long gone, now a supermarket.

At the end of the 1975 episode "Conspiracy", the exterior of Dock Green police station is represented by the Metropolitan Police's then recently built[18] Chiswick police station, on Chiswick High Road in west London.

Broadcast dates

(1955-1976, 22 series, 432 episodes)

Series From To Episode count
1 9 Jul. 1955 13 Aug. 1955 6
2 9 Jun. 1956 Sep. 1956 13
3 12 Jan. 1957 30 Mar. 1957 12
4 7 Sep. 1957 29 Mar. 1958 29
5 27 Sep. 1958 28 Mar. 1959 27
6 12 Sep. 1959 2 Apr. 1960 30
7 1 Oct. 1960 22 Apr. 1961 30
8 9 Sep. 1961 3 Mar. 1962 26
9 15 Sep. 1962 23 Mar. 1963 28
10 5 Oct. 1963 28 Mar. 1964 26
11 19 Sep. 1964 13 Mar. 1965 26
12 2 Oct. 1965 30 Apr. 1966 31
13 1 Oct. 1966 24 Dec. 1966 13
14 30 Sep. 1967 10 Feb. 1968 20
15 7 Sep. 1968 21 Dec. 1968 16
16 6 Sep. 1969 27 Dec. 1969 17
17 14 Nov. 1970 6 Mar. 1971 17
18 20 Nov. 1971 12 Feb. 1972 13
19 23 Sep. 1972 30 Dec. 1972 14
20 29 Dec. 1973 20 Apr. 1974 17
21 15 Feb. 1975 10 May 1975 13
22 13 Mar. 1976 1 May 1976 8


Main cast

ActorPortrayedYears activeSeries activeEpisode count
Jack WarnerPC/Sgt George Dixon1955–19761–22432
Peter ByrnePC/DC/DS/DI Andy Crawford1955–19751–21424
Arthur RigbySgt Flint1955–19651–11253
Neil WilsonPC 'Tubb' Barrell1955–1957, 19631–3, 932
Jeanette HutchinsonMary Dixon/Crawford No. 21956–1964, 19692–10, 16212
Moira MannionWP Sgt Grace Millard1956–19612–8142
Robert CawdronDI Bob Cherry1956–19652–1252
Graham AshleyPC/DC Tommy Hughes1958–19624–878
Anthony ParkerPC Bob Penney1957–19594–556
Geoffrey AdamsPC/DC 'Laudie' Lauderdale1958–19725–18298
David WebsterCadet Jamie MacPherson1959–19626–992
Jocelyne RhodesWPC Kay Shaw1960–1964, 1967, 19717–11, 14, 1852
Hilda FenemoreJennie Wren1960–19657–1239
Nicholas DonnellyPC/Sgt Johnny Wills1961–19768–22200
Anne RidlerWP Sgt Chris Freeman1962–19649–1155
John HughesPC John Jones1962–19649–1050
Jan MillerWPC Alex Johns1962–19649–1039
Peter ThorntonPC Burton1964–1966, 196810–13, 1542
Robert ArnoldPC/DC Swain1964–197011–17132
Anne CarrollWPC Shirley Palmer1964–196611–1349
Duncan LamontSgt Bob Cooper1965–1966, 196812, 1532
Joe DunlopDC Pearson1966–196813–1537
Michael OsbornePC David Newton1970–197217–1942

Other cast members

ActorPortrayedYears activeSeries activeEpisode count
Billie WhitelawMary Dixon No. 1195516
Dorothy CaseyNancy Murphy1955–19631, 4–928
Harold ScottDuffy Clayton1956–19622, 4–918
Anthony SagarDS Brownrigg1956–19582–47
David LynPC Jenkins1957312
Robert RaglanSupt ?1959–1962, 1964, 19666–10, 1313
Michael NightingaleDC Jack Cotton1961–1962824
Ruth LodgeWP Sgt "Scotty" Scott1961–1962817
Max LatimerPC "Tiny" Bush1961–19628–917
Janet MossWPC "Barney" Barnes1961–1962914
Christopher GilmorePC Clyde1962–1963925
Paul ElliottCadet Michael Bonnet1963–19641026
Anna DawsonMary Crawford No. 31964–196611–1223
Geoffrey KenionPC Roberts1964–19651123
Zeph GladstoneWPC Liz Harris1964–19651120
Jeanne MockfordMiss Lucas1964–19651119
Ronald BridgesPC Bryant1965–196611–1326
Jean DallasWPC Betty Williams1965–196612–1325
Pamela BuchnerWDC Ann Foster1967–19681415
Andrew BradfordPC Turner1967–19681419
Jenny LoganWPC Sally Reed1968–196915–1615
Kenneth WatsonDI/DCI Scott1972–197319–2014
Derek AndersDC Webb19721914
Gregory de PolnayDS Mike Brewer1974–197520–2129
Jacqueline StanburyWPC Hawkins1974205
Stephen MarshPC Harry Dunne1975–197621–2213
Richard HefferDS Alan Bruton1976228
Ben HowardDC Len Clayton1976228

Missing episodes

Most of the original 432 episodes of Dixon of Dock Green are still missing due both to the programme being broadcast live and not recorded in the early days, and the BBC's later policy of wiping video tapes for re-use. Only 32 episodes still exist in full and extracts exist for a further 19.

The existing episodes are as follows:

Series Year(s) Complete episodes Episode extracts
Series 2 1956 The last five episodes in full
Series 7 1960 One episode in full Extract from one other
Series 9 1962 Three episodes in full
Series 11 1964 One episode in full
Series 13 1966 Extracts from five episodes
Series 14 1967 One episode in full Extracts from eight others
Series 15 1968 Extracts from three episodes
Series 17 1970–71 First episode in full
Series 18 1971–72 Two episodes in full
Series 20 1974 Four episodes in full Extract from one other
Series 21 1975 Six episodes in full Extract from one other
Series 22 1976 Complete – eight episodes in full

An out-take sequence also exists from 'It's a Gift' (Series 21, Episode 3 – 1 March 1975) involving two criminals in which one of them, played by Victor Maddern, finds himself unable to deliver correctly the required line 'It's down at Dock Green nick!' – referring to a stolen necklace. After two failed attempts, in which the line is spoken both as 'It's down at Dock Green dick!' and 'It's down at Dick Green dock!', Maddern asks the unseen director (Vere Lorrimer) 'Couldn't I just say 'It's down at the nick'?'

The public appeal campaign the BBC Archive Treasure Hunt continues to search for lost episodes.


The ordinary, everyday nature of the people and the setting was emphasised in early episodes by the British music hall song "Maybe It's Because I'm a Londoner" with its sentimental evocations, being used as the series theme song. It was composed by Hubert Gregg, but this was replaced with an instrumental theme composed by Jeff Darnell[19] later released as a single under the name "An Ordinary Copper". Original incidental music for the early (1950s) series was written by Alan Yates (1912-1991).

DVD release

A collection of six of the seven surviving colour episodes across series 17-thru-20(less Series 18, Episode 7, Molenzicht) was released by Acorn Media UK on DVD in July 2012, with the following episodes;

  • 1. Waste Land (Series 17, Episode 1 – 14/11/70)
  • 2. Jig-Saw (Series 18, Episode 1 – 20/11/71)
  • 3. Eye Witness (Series 20, Episode 1 – 29/12/73)
  • 4. Harry's Back (Series 20, Episode 3 – 12/01/74)
  • 5. Sounds (Series 20, Episode 16 – 13/04/74)
  • 6. Firearms Were Issued (Series 20, Episode 17 – 20/04/74)

A second collection of six episodes, comprising the entire penultimate 21st series, was released by Acorn Media UK on DVD in July 2013, with the following episodes: [20]

  • 1. Target (Series 21, Episode 1 – 15/02/75)
  • 2. Seven for a Secret – Never To Be Told (Series 21, Episode 2 – 22/02/75)
  • 3. Baubles, Bangles & Beads (Series 21, Episode 5 – 15/03/75)
  • 4. Looters Ltd (Series 21, Episode 7 – 29/03/75)
  • 5. A Slight Case of Love (Series 21, Episode 10 – 19/04/75)
  • 6. Conspiracy (Series 21, Episode 13 – 10/05/75)

A third collection of eight episodes, comprising the entire final 22nd series, was released by Acorn Media UK on DVD in March 2015, with the following episodes:

  • 1. Domino (Series 22, Episode 1 – 13/03/76)
  • 2. The Job (Series 22, Episode 2 – 20/03/76)
  • 3. Vagrant (Series 22, Episode 3 – 27/03/76)
  • 4. Everybody's Business (Series 22, Episode 4 – 03/04/76)
  • 5. Alice (Series 22, Episode 5 – 10/04/76)
  • 6. Jackpot (Series 22, Episode 6 – 17/04/76)
  • 7. Legacy (Series 22, Episode 7 – 24/04/76)
  • 8. Reunion (Series 22, Episode 8 – 01/05/76)

This release also includes the following special features:-

  • Picture gallery
  • Audio Commentary on "Domino" with actor Stephen Marsh [P.C. Harry Dunne]
  • Audio Commentary on "Legacy" with actor Ben Howard [D.C. Len Clayton]
  • Audio Commentary on "Alice" with director Michael E. Briant
  • The Final Cases: Documentary on the making of this last series, with actors Nicholas Donnelly [Sgt. Johnny Wills], Richard Heffer [D.S. Alan Bruton], Stephen Marsh [P.C. Harry Dunne], Gregory de Polnay [D.S. Mike Brewer] and production assistant Vivienne Cozens.
  • Good Evening All: A tribute to Jack Warner, with Nicholas Donnelly, Richard Heffer, Stephen Marsh, Gregory de Polnay and Vivenne Cozens.
  • Personnel Files: Extended Interviews with Nicholas Donnelly, Richard Heffer and Gregory de Polnay.


Remake for BBC Radio

In 2005, the series was revived for BBC Radio, adapted by Sue Rodwell, with David Calder as George Dixon, David Tennant as Andy Crawford, and Charlie Brooks as Mary Dixon:

  • 1. London Pride
  • 2. Needle in a Haystack
  • 3. Crawford's First Pinch
  • 4. Dixie
  • 5. Rock, Roll and Rattle
  • 6. Roaring Boy

A second series followed in 2006, with Hamish Clark replacing Tennant owing to the latter's Doctor Who recording commitments:

  • 1. Little Boy Blue
  • 2. The Gentle Scratcher
  • 3. The Captain (based on the episode "The Rotten Apple")
  • 4. Andy Steps Up
  • 5. Give a Dog a Good Name
  • 6. The Key of the Nick

Dixon in other shows

The Black and Blue Lamp by Arthur Ellis was screened in the BBC2 Screenplay series of drama plays on 7 September 1988. In the play – which begins with a montage of key scenes from The Blue Lamp – Tom Riley (Sean Chapman) and PC Hughes (Karl Johnson) are projected forwards into a violent parody of 1980s police procedurals called The Filth. Once there, they meet the corrupt Superintendent Cherry (Kenneth Cranham) and Superintendent Hammond (John Woodvine) and discover just how much policing has changed between the two periods.

One of Dixon's closing monologues from Dixon of Dock Green was recycled for the final scene of Ashes to Ashes in 2010. Like The Black and Blue Lamp, characters in Ashes to Ashes and its predecessor, Life on Mars, were seemingly sent into different eras of policing. Moreover, Dixon's resurrection for Dixon of Dock Green, after having been killed in The Blue Lamp, parallels the stories of the principal characters in Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes, having been explained in the final episode.[22]

The ending credits to the show were seen in the 2016 animated film Ethel & Ernest.


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  2. Jack Warner's autobiography (published 21 April 1975), p. 84, ISBN 978-0491019521
  3. "Buckinghamshire Constabulary—Dixon of Dock Green". Mkheritage.co.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  4. Although it is never mentioned on-screen in The Blue Lamp, Bert could possibly be the young sailor in uniform whose photograph can be seen on the Dixons' mantlepiece.
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  8. 7.Ted Willis, 'George Dixon of Dock Green is Back', Radio Times, 4 January 1957, p. 5
  9. Daily Mirror, Wednesday, 14 April 1976.
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  13. "The Guinness Book of Classic British TV: Amazon.co.uk: Paul Cornell, Martin Day, Keith Topping: 9780851126289: Books". Amazon.co.uk. Retrieved 31 October 2015.
  14. 4.Ted Willis, "Is PC Dixon on the way back?", TV Times, 26 November – 2 December 1983, p. 16
  15. Alan Plater, in "T.V. Gives False Impression of Police Work – But I Don't", Context, August 1976, p. 5.
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  17. McEwan, Kate (1983). Ealing Walkabout: journeys into the history of a London borough. Warrington: Nick Wheatly Associates. p. 45. ISBN 0-9508895-0-4.
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