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The latest episode of ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ looked into the police dramas of UK TV. This episode was pretty fascinating in learning more about the UK police dramas that were made before I was born as well as the ones I’ve seen on TV. It was also very enjoyable to have a comedic take on them.
Like with ‘Medical Dramas’, I’m not very familiar with police dramas. So there weren’t that many chuckles to get out from watching the episode without knowing much about how the police dramas worked. With that said, I did smile at certain moments that were funny and at least it did entertain.
One of the things my Dad raised about this series was that there isn’t a laugh track or an audience to react to the funny moments of Harry’s new show like with ‘TV Burp’. I agree. It would help if Harry had people laughing at the funny bits since we don’t know when we’re meant to laugh at something.
But anyway, the police dramas featured in this episode include ‘Dixon of Dock Green’, ‘The Sweeney’, ‘The Bill’ and ‘Line of Duty’. My parents were more familiar with these police dramas than me since they watched them years ago before I was born. So, it was a nice nostalgia trip for them. 🙂
I have seen episodes of ‘The Bill’ in the 1990s and 2000s, but I never got caught on with them since, like ‘Soaps’, there were so many characters to follow certain stories with. I do remember the day in 2010 when ‘The Bill’ got cancelled to be taken over by ‘Downton Abbey’. A pretty sad day, it was. 😀
One of the nice surprises I got out from watching the episode was seeing actors like Arthur Lowe, Brian Blessed and Stratford Johns in episodes of ‘Z Cars’ and ‘Softly Softly’. 😀 Mind you, I knew Stratford Johns was in ‘Z Cars’ and ‘Softly Softly’ before he played Monarch in ‘Four To Doomsday’. 😀
It was funny when Harry pointed out the usage of ‘swearing’ in certain police dramas such as ‘git’ and ‘wally’ as well as certain police jargon like ‘snout’ and ‘grass’. I don’t know if that’s what used by police in real life but it’s amusing how it gets used often in police dramas to the point of repetition. 🙂
At the beginning of the episode, I noticed how Harry Hill compared the action-packed gun fight in ‘The Sweeney’ to the quiet restaurant scene in ‘Line of Duty’. In previous episodes, it was from quiet to violent in ‘Soaps’, ‘Medical Dramas’ and ‘History Documentaries’. Amusing change-around that! 🙂
It was also fun to see John Thaw in his well-acclaimed role in ‘The Sweeney’ before he did things like ‘Inspector Morse’ and ‘Goodnight Mister Tom’. It is funny how John Thaw’s character seemed to be a grumpy old sort all the time. I wonder if his character was grumpy like that with his family at home.
I like how funny it was when there were so many details to take down about certain crimes in police dramas that it was difficult to keep track off. It was also amusing when a long car chase in a ‘Bill’ episode took place and we’re given a guided tour around the London Borough the series is set in. 😀
The episode concludes with Harry Hill asking the question “Which is better?” – ‘Dixon of Dock Green’ or ‘Line of Duty’? Just when I thought there wasn’t going to be “There’s only one way to find out! Fight!” like in ‘TV Burp’, we are given a montage of the fight scenes featured in many police dramas.
So, yeah, the ‘Police Dramas’ episode of ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ isn’t entertaining or funny as the ‘Soaps’ and ‘History Documentaries’ episodes. But it was fascinating to learn more about the history of police dramas on UK TV. I think the series would benefit having a laugh track or a live audience. 😐
Stay tuned for my review on the fifth episode of ‘Harry Hill’s World of TV’ called ‘Cookery’, coming soon next week.
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