First broadcast in 1992, Between The Lines, alongside Cracker and Prime Suspect, represents the best of the numerous Police dramas broadcast during the 1990's on British television. JC Wilsher elected to create a ground breaking series looking at the area of Police corruption, and how such a Unit investigating such matters is perceived by other areas of the Police service.
Neil Pearson superb as the central character Detective Inspector Tony Clark, was apparantly only cast after he was told to sit in a room full of women, to see if they fancied him or not. When they all said that they did, he was cast. The sex appeal of the character being an important factor in the series, particularly when we see how his affair with a PC affects his marriage and impacts on his important job role. As well as featuring London, part of the series was filmed in Liverpool, and features the team travelling to the city to investigate allegations of corruption. The second series of Between The Lines was also excellent, although the final series lost its way somewhat when Clark decided to become a private eye. Apparantly as Police Officers only normally stay in such a Unit for 2 years, the series could not run on a long term basis, without either replacing the cast or changing its premise. Some 13 years afer its debut, although some of its impact on viewers may now be forgotten, this is well worth revisiting.