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Juliet Bravo

UNLIKE DR WHO, was not the name of the person as well as the programme. Comfortable 50-minute northern provincial policewomanry starring STEPHANIE TURNER/ANNA CARTERET as Inspector Jean Darblay/Kate Longton. Heroine battled against usually boorish baiting from male peers and “difficult” domesticities.



  1. KrisB

    May 24, 2009 at 2:45 am

    I’m revisiting tvcream for the first time in a few years and it appears that the entries have been edited of their “funnyness”…for instance whoever wrote up this entry included in it’s original form a reference to a wicked absurdist piss-take of said programme by Alexei Sayle, but it is now omitted thus depriving me of the laughs i need….a milder form of editing occurs on the “That’s Life” entry which surely ironically exaggerated the supposed hilarity of “The Red Barrows” with the parenthetically added “HAHAHAHA” …critically CAPITALIZED!!…it makes a difference …sorry to sound like a bit of whinger (and merely on the basis of two fondly recalled entries) but i hope the caustic humour of the entire site hasn’t been toned down by “Teh Powers That Be”…thanks anyways !

  2. TV Cream

    May 24, 2009 at 7:51 pm

    Thanks for the comment, Kris. Content-wise, at the moment this version of TVC is a straight cut’n’paste from the site at… Where it’s been since 1997. So no tinkering with the text at this point. That said, a year or so back the whole A-Z was given a little tickle, to correct long standing errors, and to add new entries. Maybe it was at this point a couple of those lines got the bullet. But, no. No pressure from The Powers That Be.

    Who *are* The Powers That Be? Are they ‘Them Upstairs’ off of POINTS OF VIEW?

  3. Palimpsest

    August 1, 2014 at 10:51 pm

    Gyroscope police badge motif and a strange episode about glue sniffing.

  4. Richard16378

    August 2, 2014 at 1:10 pm

    This was a favorite of my Mum’s & sometimes I was allowed to watch it.

    I’ve lenty of memories of moments of various episodes.

  5. THX 1139

    February 1, 2018 at 3:23 pm

    Remember the episode with the bloke who wanted to commit suicide, but was talked down then in the last moments of the episode jumped straight through a plate glass window to his death? Happy Saturday, everyone!

    • Richard16378

      February 1, 2018 at 6:28 pm

      I remember that one, he spent most of the episode saying “I want a solicitor” for reasons I escape me.

      A lot of episodes seemed to end with a sting in the tail like that.

  6. David Smith

    June 22, 2023 at 11:15 pm

    Early appearance for Sally “Seddon/Webster” Dynevor out of off of Corrie…

  7. Glenn Aylett

    June 23, 2023 at 9:43 pm

    @ David Smith, it had some crossover with Coronation St in that it was filmed in some gritty Lancastrian town full of terraced houses and actors who could probably move over to the soap quite easily.

  8. Richardpd

    June 23, 2023 at 10:44 pm

    It often took advantage of the location to go out into the countryside whenever possible.

    In the later series Kate had a very early golden Austin Maestro as her personal car, which was sometimes got to be used in an operation.

    There were a few episodes with younger offenders, including a lad who somehow got served in a pub while wearing a school uniform, got drunk, nicked a Mk3 Ford Escort & crashed it into a garden!

  9. Glenn Aylett

    October 1, 2023 at 8:26 pm

    Think of it as a more innocent Happy Valley where a woman is in charge of a police station in some unnamed town between Manchester and Leeds where it rained a lot, and while the crimes were less serious than Happy Valley, Inspector Kate Longton sometimes had to deal with some rather nasty crims. Also I do remember the one where the teenager( I think his dad was a policema) gets drunk underage, steals the Escort with Iron Maiden playing on the stereo, and crashes it.
    Interesting Kate ended up with an Austim Maestro, did her superiors inflict such a terrible car on her for a laugh as half the time these bloody awful things would never start and when they did, something would go wrong.

  10. Richardpd

    October 2, 2023 at 10:09 pm

    I heard the Maestro used in the series was a pre-production example, certainly it has a Birmingham registration.

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