Juliet Bravo

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Juliet Bravo
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Genre Police procedural
Created by Ian Kennedy Martin
Starring Stephanie Turner
Anna Carteret
David Ellison
Noel Collins
David Hargreaves
Tony Caunter
Edward Peel
C.J. Allen
Mark Botham
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language English
No. of series6
No. of episodes88 (list of episodes)
ProducersGeraint Morris
Terence Williams
CinematographyAlan Jonas
EditorSheila S. Tomlinson
Running time50 minutes
Production companyBBC Studios
Distributor 2 Entertain
Original network BBC1
Picture format 4:3
Audio format Mono
Original release30 August 1980 (1980-08-30) 
21 December 1985 (1985-12-21)

Juliet Bravo is a British television police procedural drama series, first broadcast on 30 August 1980, that ran for six series and a total of 88 episodes on BBC1. [1] The theme of the series concerned a female police inspector who took over control of a police station in the fictional town of Hartley in Lancashire. The lead role of Inspector Jean Darblay was played by Stephanie Turner in series 1 to 3, but in series 4 to 6 she was replaced by Anna Carteret for the role of Inspector Kate Longton. Carteret remained with the series until its demise in 1985. [2]


The series was devised by Ian Kennedy Martin, who had already enjoyed success with another police drama series, The Sweeney . Although the genre of police dramas was well-established on British television by 1980, Juliet Bravo and London Weekend Television's The Gentle Touch , which started a few months earlier, were the first series that saw female officers as lead characters, having to fight both crime and the prejudice of male colleagues. [3] Kennedy Martin based the character of Jean Darblay on a real female police inspector, Wynne Darwin. [4]

UKTV’s Drama channel reran all six series in 2018 and again in early 2019. The series had previously been repeated in its entirety on the cable and satellite channel UK Gold from the launch in 1992 until 2001.[ citation needed ]


Bacup police station acted as Hartley police station. Bacup Police Station - geograph.org.uk - 462381.jpg
Bacup police station acted as Hartley police station.

The series' name was devised from the inspector's radio call sign "J-B" or "Juliet Bravo" as it features in the NATO phonetic alphabet. This sign was used only twice during Stephanie Turner's tenure, both times in series 3, episode 14 Where There's Muck – Stephanie Turner's final outing as the series' protagonist – when Inspector Darblay initially radios into Hartley Police Station from the scene of a road traffic accident involving a lorry carrying chemical-filled drums. On all other occasions she identifies herself as Inspector Darblay in radio communication. However, from the fourth series onwards, the call sign was frequently used. The original working title of the programme was "Inspector, Ma'am," a reference to the lead character's rank and title. This title was held during the filming of the first series, but was dropped prior to broadcast. The character upon whom Inspector Jean Darblay was based held the rank of Inspector at Great Harwood station just outside Blackburn. However, the fictional Lancashire town of Hartley featured in the programme was based on Bacup.[ citation needed ]

The first two series were produced by Terence Williams. From the third series, Jonathan Alwyn was appointed as producer, with Chris Boucher acting as script editor. Series 4, 5 and 6 were produced by Geraint Morris. The series signature theme tune was composed by Derek Goom. Bob Cosford was the initial graphic designer, who matched the theme tune to the opening and closing graphics centred on a revolving police "star and crown" cap badge, which bore the familiar "E II R" device of English police forces, but in place of the force name around the blue circle, it instead featured the generic words "County Constabulary."

In the first two series, Inspector Darblay is seen driving an orange Austin Mini (licence registration RVH 873T). In the third series she is seen driving a pale yellow Austin Mini Metro (licence registration MVP 519W [5] [6] ) which, in episode 4 Amateur Night, she can be seen parking next to an orange Mini – possibly the car used in the previous two series – in the car park outside the Hartley Little Theatre, except for episode 5 A Breach of the Peace where she is seen driving a marked Ford Escort police patrol car.

Filming Locations

Studio scenes for the first two series were recorded at BBC Television Centre, Wood Lane in London. From the third series onward, studio scenes were recorded at the BBC's Pebble Mill Studios in Birmingham. Exterior scenes were filmed in the Lancashire towns of Colne, Bacup, Accrington, Nelson, Burnley, Todmorden, West Yorkshire, Simonstone and Read. Other locations around east Lancashire, West Yorkshire and the Black Country (Tipton and Dudley) were also used. The exterior of Hartley Police Station seen throughout the entire series run was in fact the real-life police station on Bank Street in the town of Bacup. When the station closed in 2011, a campaign was mounted by fans of the series to save it from demolition, and turn it into a museum dedicated to the series' legacy. [7] In 2012 it was purchased by a local developer and turned into 6 new flats.


All six series of Juliet Bravo have been released on DVD by 2|Entertain/Cinema Club. Series 1 was released on 12 September 2005. [8] Series 2 was released on 14 November 2005. [9] Series 3 was released on 20 February 2006. [10] Series 4 was released on 22 May 2006. [11] Series 5 was released on 14 August 2006. [12] Series 6 remained unreleased for over two years after the release of Series 5, until a petition created by fans of the series was delivered to 2|Entertain, demanding the sixth and final series be released on DVD. Series 6 was eventually released on 29 September 2008. [13] Series 1 & 2 have also both been released on Region 4 DVD in Australia.

Aside from the DVD releases, the BBC licensed three TV tie-in novelisations of the show. These were authored by Mollie Hardwick. The first two were published by Pan Books. Juliet Bravo 1 (1980) was a novelisation of the first series episodes Shot Gun, Fraudulently Uttered, The Draughtsman, The Runner and Family Unit. [14] Juliet Bravo 2 (1980) was a novelisation of the first series episodes Cages, The One Who Got Away, Relief and The Anastasia Syndrome. [15] A third novel was published by BBC Books. Calling Juliet Bravo: New Arrivals (1981) was a novelisation of the second series episode New Arrivals and the third series episode Cause For Complaint. [16]

A script book, containing five TV scripts from the first series compiled by Alison Leake, was issued by Longman Imprint Books in February 1983. [17] The theme tune was also released on 7-inch vinyl via BBC Records in 1980. [18]


Recurring cast

Guest appearances

A number of famous names, either of the time or of the future, appeared in the show. They included David Ryall, Kevin Whately, Eric Richard, Jeff Rawle, Jean Boht, Patricia Hayes, Peter Jeffrey, Peter Martin, Brenda Fricker, David Daker, Andrew Burt, Frances White, Malcolm Terris, Joe Gladwin, Sara Sugarman, Tenniel Evans, Nadim Sawalha, Jack Smethurst, John Savident, William Gaunt, Colin Baker, Kenneth Waller, Rita May, Stephen Yardley, John Woodvine, Stephen McGann, Leslie Schofield, Alan Parnaby, Shirley Stelfox, Maggie Ollerenshaw, John Quarmby, Neil Morrissey, Del Henney, Iain Cuthbertson, Leslie Sands, Hilda Braid, Melanie Hill, John Challis, Paul Chapman, Simon Williams, Christopher Ettridge, George Irving, Bill Wallis, Carolyn Pickles, Jonathan Newth, Kenneth Cope, Sally Whittaker, Karl Howman, Diana Coupland, Martin Jarvis, Rosalind Ayres, Yvette Fielding, Bert Parnaby, Robert Glenister, Mona Hammond, Steve Hodson, Danny O'Dea and Bernard Kay.


Series 1 (1980)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Shotgun"David Reynolds Ian Kennedy Martin 30 August 1980 (1980-08-30)
2"Fraudulently Uttered"Derek Lister Ian Kennedy Martin 6 September 1980 (1980-09-06)
3"The Draughtsman"Paul Ciappessoni Ian Kennedy Martin 13 September 1980 (1980-09-13)
4"Coins" Pennant Roberts Ray Jenkins20 September 1980 (1980-09-20)
5"Trouble At T’Mill"Derek Lister Brian Finch 27 September 1980 (1980-09-27)
6"The Runner" Pennant Roberts Ian Kennedy Martin 4 October 1980 (1980-10-04)
7"Coming Back"Carol Wilks Tony Parker 11 October 1980 (1980-10-11)
8"Cages"Jonathan AlwynKenneth Clark18 October 1980 (1980-10-18)
9"Rage" Tristan de Vere Cole John Foster25 October 1980 (1980-10-25)
10"The One Who Got Away"Carol WilksKenneth Clark1 November 1980 (1980-11-01)
11"Expectations" Peter Moffatt Paula Milne 8 November 1980 (1980-11-08)
12"Home Grown Or Imported?" Pennant Roberts Simon Masters15 November 1980 (1980-11-15)
13"Family Unit"Jonathan Alwyn Ian Kennedy Martin 22 November 1980 (1980-11-22)
14"Oscar"Derek Lister Keith Dewhurst 29 November 1980 (1980-11-29)
15"The Anastasia Syndrome" Pennant Roberts Steven Morgan6 December 1980 (1980-12-06)
16"Relief"Jonathan Alwyn Ian Kennedy Martin 13 December 1980 (1980-12-13)

Series 2 (1981)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"New Arrivals"Derek Lister Ian Kennedy Martin 5 September 1981 (1981-09-05)
2"Arlene"Les Chatfield Brian Finch 12 September 1981 (1981-09-12)
3"Party Fun" Leonard Lewis Ian Kennedy Martin 19 September 1981 (1981-09-19)
4"Lies And Liars"Jonathan AlwynRay Jenkins26 September 1981 (1981-09-26)
5"A Private Place"Jonathan AlwynColin Haydn Evans3 October 1981 (1981-10-03)
6"Unpicking The Stitches" Christopher Barry Simon Masters10 October 1981 (1981-10-10)
7"Clever Boy"Leonard LewisWilliam Humble17 October 1981 (1981-10-17)
8"Aunt Sally"Les ChatfieldJohn Foster24 October 1981 (1981-10-24)
9"Gorgeous"Leonard Lewis Keith Dewhurst 31 October 1981 (1981-10-31)
10"Whispers"Leonard Lewis Tony Parker 7 November 1981 (1981-11-07)
11"Barriers"Jonathan Alwyn Ian Kennedy Martin 14 November 1981 (1981-11-14)
12"Journeys"Ben Rea Ian Kennedy Martin 21 November 1981 (1981-11-21)
13"Catching Up" Ken Hannam John Foster28 November 1981 (1981-11-28)
14"The Third Man"Derek Lister Ian Kennedy Martin 5 December 1981 (1981-12-05)

Series 3 (1982)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Betrayals"Robert TronsonNick McCarty4 September 1982 (1982-09-04)
2"Heat"Paul CiappessoniJohn Foster11 September 1982 (1982-09-11)
3"Amenities" Peter Moffatt William Humble18 September 1982 (1982-09-18)
4"Amateur Night" David Maloney Brian Finch 25 September 1982 (1982-09-25)
5"A Breach of the Peace"Paul Ciappessoni Robert Holmes 2 October 1982 (1982-10-02)
6"Family Ties" David Maloney Simon Masters9 October 1982 (1982-10-09)
7"Nothing to Report"Robert Tronson Henry Livings 16 October 1982 (1982-10-16)
8"You Can Go Home Again" Peter Moffatt Allan Prior 23 October 1982 (1982-10-23)
9"Past Lives" Oliver Horsbrugh Tony Parker 30 October 1982 (1982-10-30)
10"Cause for Complaint" Christopher Barry Tony Charles6 November 1982 (1982-11-06)
11"Hartley’s Midnight Cowboy" Diarmuid Lawrence Bill Lyons13 November 1982 (1982-11-13)
12"The Intruder"Sarah HellingsJames Doran20 November 1982 (1982-11-20)
13"Misunderstandings" Diarmuid Lawrence Valerie Georgeson27 November 1982 (1982-11-27)
14"Where There’s Muck..."Sarah Hellings Chris Boucher 4 December 1982 (1982-12-04)

Series 4 (1983)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Teamwork" Peter Cregeen Ian Kennedy Martin 3 September 1983 (1983-09-03)
2"Teacher’s Pet"Leonard Lewis Wally K. Daly 10 September 1983 (1983-09-10)
3"Retribution"Leonard LewisEwart Alexander17 September 1983 (1983-09-17)
4"Solvent Solution"Sarah Hellings Wally K. Daly 24 September 1983 (1983-09-24)
5"Who’s Your Friend?"Marc MillerTony Charles1 October 1983 (1983-10-01)
6"Mates" Peter Cregeen Julia Jones8 October 1983 (1983-10-08)
7"Bad Seed"Marc MillerJohn Foster15 October 1983 (1983-10-15)
8"Doors"Leonard Lewis Tony Parker 22 October 1983 (1983-10-22)
9"Guilt"Sarah HellingsWilliam Humble29 October 1983 (1983-10-29)
10"John the Lad"Leonard Lewis Tony Parker 5 November 1983 (1983-11-05)
11"Who Says the War is Over?"Marc MillerDouglas Watkinson12 November 1983 (1983-11-12)
12"Off Duty"Leonard LewisWilliam Humble19 November 1983 (1983-11-19)
13"Simple Simon"Marc MillerJohn Foster26 November 1983 (1983-11-26)
14"Backtrack"Leonard LewisIan Kennedy Martin3 December 1983 (1983-12-03)

Series 5 (1984)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Attack"Marc MillerEwart Alexander1 September 1984 (1984-09-01)
2"There’s None So Blind"Michael CustanceTony Charles8 September 1984 (1984-09-08)
3"The Day That the Circus Left Town"Michael Custance Tony Parker 15 September 1984 (1984-09-15)
4"Getting Away With It"Adrian Shergold Don Webb 22 September 1984 (1984-09-22)
5"No Peace"Adrian ShergoldWilliam Humble29 September 1984 (1984-09-29)
6"Strike the Father" Graeme Harper John Foster6 October 1984 (1984-10-06)
7"Lost and Found"Paul CiappessoniTony Charles13 October 1984 (1984-10-13)
8"Work Force"Paul Ciappessoni Tony Parker 20 October 1984 (1984-10-20)
9"Halloween"Marc MillerEwart Alexander27 October 1984 (1984-10-27)
10"Alibi" Graeme Harper Wally K. Daly 3 November 1984 (1984-11-03)
11"Abuse"Jan SargeantSusan Pleat10 November 1984 (1984-11-10)
12"Ducks in a Row"Marc Miller Don Webb 17 November 1984 (1984-11-17)
13"Resolution"Marc Miller Don Webb 24 November 1984 (1984-11-24)
14"Flowers Tomorrow"Jan Sargeant Wally K. Daly 1 December 1984 (1984-12-01)

Series 6 (1985)

No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Hostage to Fortune"Andrew Morgan Don Webb 7 September 1985 (1985-09-07)
2"Scab" Colin Cant Ewart Alexander14 September 1985 (1985-09-14)
3"Chasing the Dragon"Frank W. SmithJohn Foster21 September 1985 (1985-09-21)
4"Talk to Me"Michael Owen MorrisTony Charles28 September 1985 (1985-09-28)
5"Friends and Neighbours"Michael Owen MorrisWilliam Humble5 October 1985 (1985-10-05)
6"The Cut" Graeme Harper Don Webb 12 October 1985 (1985-10-12)
7"Keys" Ron Jones Tony Charles19 October 1985 (1985-10-19)
8"Flesh and Blood" Ron Jones Don Webb 26 October 1985 (1985-10-26)
9"Unlawful Arrest"Andrew MorganEwart Alexander2 November 1985 (1985-11-02)
10"Inspection" Graeme Harper Tony Charles9 November 1985 (1985-11-09)
11"We Are the People"Frank W. Smith Don Webb 16 November 1985 (1985-11-16)
12"Turbulence" Colin Cant Tony Parker 23 November 1985 (1985-11-23)
13"Girl Talk"Roderick Graham Wally K. Daly 30 November 1985 (1985-11-30)
14"Jobs for the Boys"Roderick Graham Wally K. Daly 7 December 1985 (1985-12-07)
15"In a Man’s World" Colin Cant Tony Charles14 December 1985 (1985-12-14)
16"Reason for Leaving" Colin Cant Don Webb 21 December 1985 (1985-12-21)

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