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CLIP 9857

Crime drama 'Dixon of Dock Green', 1956

Crime drama 'Dixon of Dock Green', 1956

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Key Info
  • Crime drama 'Dixon of Dock Green', 1956
  • Duration: 03:11
  • Opening titles and music - whistling 'Maybe it's because I'm a Londoner'. Dixon gives his opening statement to camera to introduce the story. The extract shows Dixon (Jack Warner) confronting young PC Carr (Paul Eddington) who he suspects of corruption. In the ensuing struggle some stolen goods are revealed and Dixon angrily orders Carr to take off his respectable police uniform before he takes him to the station. Dixon then gives a cheerful sign off to camera stating that Carr was the only bad policeman he ever encountered. 'Dixon of Dock Green' was broadcast from 1955 to 1976 on BBC TV. The early episodes were live, before the transition to recorded drama, and each one was 'book-ended' by Dixon's speeches directly to the audience. This episode was written by the show's creator Ted Willis and attracted a 20% audience share of the time.
  • Subject:

    Media Studies


    TV Crime Drama

  • Keywords: police, series, Dixon, uniform, drama, representation, broadcast, television, tv, moral, tvgenres
Ideas for use in class
  • Changing face of the police. Critical analysis of the extract, highlighting how television and audiences have changed.
Background details
  • Clip language : English
  • Aspect ratio : 4x3

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