Aldershot News & Mail : 2020-08-19

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29 NEWS & MAIL WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 19, 2020 TV REPEAT Everyone has a book in them Marion McMullen looks back at programmes from the past Bravo for TV’s new female police boss It’s called an autobiogra­phy We remember the show that changed the way we saw women coppers on TV 40 years ago It’s time to tell your story with the help of LifeBook, the world’s leading autobiogra­phy service. Find out how by contacting us on or visit A 0800 086 1019 lifebookuk.com WOMAN in charge of a male police force was a revolution­ary idea back in 1980. Stephanie Turner turned up as the newly-promoted Inspector Jean Darblay to take charge of the police station in the fictional town of Hartley as Juliet Bravo launched on BBC 1 on August 30. Creator Ian Kennedy Martin has recalled the early days of the BBC drama, saying: “‘I don’t know if I can write about a cop who’s a woman’ was a surprise response from some of the male writers – often they had written for Z Cars. I said they should write it using the name Barlow and we’d change that to our heroine Darblay later.” Police drama The Gentle Touch starring Jill Gascoine had started on ITV a few months earlier. Stephanie had unsuccessf­ully auditioned for the role of Detective Inspector Maggie Forbes on that but ended up joining the Force instead on Juliet Bravo. The first episode was called Shotgun and saw the new female police boss having to deal with a man who had taken his daughter at gunpoint. Actress Anna Carteret later took over the running of the police station as Kate Longton when Jean Darblay was promoted. The drama ran for 88 episodes over six series and the name Juliet Bravo came from the radio call sign based on the NATO phonetic alphabet. Future Inspector Morse and Lewis actor Kevin Whately appeared in an early episode as PC Chris Evans, while The Bill’s Eric Richard played Detective Sergeant Fournel. Other famous faces who popped up in Hartley included Call The Midwife’s Stephen McGann, Doctor Who actor Colin Baker and Men Behaving Badly’s Neil Morrissey. Juliet Bravo attracted up to 17 million viewers before finally coming to an end before Christmas 1985 with an episode entitled Last Reason For Leaving which saw Kate dealing with a spate of Christmas tree thefts. The gift of a lifetime JENNY, 12/1/1944 25/5/2016 Happy Anniversar­y Swee thea r t This picture of Jenny was taken at 3.27pm on 14/8/2011 at Hartley Wintney FC. during a 'Mike's Match'. A BIG THANK YOU AGAIN to the friends, who organised, played and supported those memorable matches We loved you all. I'm sure Jenny would agree. Brian RITCHIE - Anna Carteret as Inspector Kate Longton took over the top job in the third series of Juliet Bravo and was with it until the show ended in 1985 KATT AND LLOYD JONES FAST FACT Congratula­tions on the birth of your baby boy Miller on 12th August 2020 Grandson for Tracy and Grant and baby Cousin and playmate for Wren. Love from all the Family xxxxxx TELEVISION writer Ian Kennedy Martin created The Sweeney and The Chinese Detective as well as Juliet Bravo and also wrote for The Knock, Bergerac and The Chief. PRINTED AND DISTRIBUTE­D BY PRESSREADE­R PressReade­r.com +1 604 278 4604 . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY . ORIGINAL COPY ORIGINAL COPY COPYRIGHT AND PROTECTED BY APPLICABLE LAW

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