The events place in a fictive town of England, called Gasforth. The background features some rivalry between the uniformed police squad and the CID. The uniformed police’s head is Inspector Raymond Fowler and the CID is lead by Det. Inspector Derek Grim.
Inspector Raymond Fowler (Rowan Atkinson)
Fowler is the head of the uniformed police of Gasforth. He’s a rigid, strict, and quite old-fahioned man and applies the management of his team “by the book”. Married in the past but since then divorced and father of a boy, his soul mate in life is Seargant Dawkins. Unaware of current social trends and definitely fond of old-fashioned way of life, he amuses the Constable Habib and paves the way for open criticism from Detective Grim.
Sergeant Patricia Dawkins (Serena Evans)
She is Fowler’s significant other and desperately wants to have a baby – Fowler pretends that having a child is the best reason for him to not want having another. The character is frustrated by Fowler’s lack of interest in having any kind of sexual-life. She is jealous of the relationship her partner has with other women, whether she would be Constable Habib or her “Chrissieship”, the mayoress.
Constable Maggie Habib (Mina Anwar)
Maggie Habib is a feminist muslim who has an open mind and defends minorities. She is Fowler’s best officer and the most promising one. She is fine, intelligent, wise and often solves problems with caution although she is not exempted from getting wrong (like she was when Constable Goody was asked to make his “coming out”).
Constable Kevin Goody (James Dreyfus)
Constable Goody is the youngest member of Fowler’s officers and became a policeman because he wanted to wear a “nice uniform”. His lack of intelligence is his most prominent characteristic. Goody is also deeply in love with Constable Habib and would do anything to win her heart. However he has no talent and each of his attempts to seduce this intelligent policewoman is a failure.
Constable Frank Gladstone (Rudolph Walker)
This “Bobby” has been a police officer all his life, just like his father was one in their home country. He is the quietest man of the crew and enjoys telling anecdotes from his failed marriage. Although he doesn’t do anything noticeable in the series, this character balances the extravagance of all others pretty well and the series wouldn’t be the same without him.