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Dixon of Dock Green
The main character, PC George Dixon, played by Jack Warner, was an old-style British "bobby" (a policeman). The character had first appeared in a 1950 British film, The Blue Lamp, in which he was shot and killed by a criminal played by Dirk Bogarde. However, it was decided to bring him back to life for a television series, which was written by Ted Willis.
Each episode started with Dixon speaking directly to the camera. He always began with the greeting, "Good evening, all" and a salute. In similar fashion, episodes finished with a few words from Dixon, often in the form of philosophy on the evils of crime.
Initially, Dixon continued in the same role as in the fim The Blue Lamp, a Constable based at the fictitious Dock Green police station, somewhere in the East End of London. The character of Andy Mitchell, the young constable in the film, became a Detective in the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) at Dock Green (although not played by the same actor), and he was married to Dixon's daughter Mary (who did not appear in the film).
By the end of the series, Jack Warner was quite elderly, and George Dixon had been promoted to sergeant, and later given a desk job as local Coordinator.
In the final series, made when Warner was eighty, Dixon had retired from the police.
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