8.2/10
397
9 user

Between the Lines 

British police drama following the team at the Complaints Investigation Bureau - the unit that polices the police.

Creator:

J.C. Wilsher
Reviews

Episodes

Seasons


Years



3   2   1  
1994   1993   1992  
5 wins & 5 nominations. See more awards »
Edit

Cast

Series cast summary:
Neil Pearson ...  Det. Supt. Tony Clark / ... 35 episodes, 1992-1994
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Det. Insp. Harry Naylor / ... 35 episodes, 1992-1994
Siobhan Redmond ...  Det. Sgt. Maureen Connell / ... 35 episodes, 1992-1994
Tony Doyle ...  Chief Supt. John Deakin / ... 27 episodes, 1992-1994
Robin McCallum Robin McCallum ...  Det. Supt. David Graves / ... 18 episodes, 1992-1994
Learn more

More Like This 

Drop the Dead Donkey (1990–1998)
Comedy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

Political satire about television news company Globe Link and its team of workers such as anchors Henry and Sally, reporter Damien, editor Dave, execs George and Helen, assistant Joy and manager Gus Hedges.

Stars: Neil Pearson, Jeff Rawle, David Swift
Covington Cross (TV Series 1992)
Adventure | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

In England in the 14th Century, the Grey family, the widowed Sir Thomas Grey and his children, deal with issues such as romance, political intrigue and war.

Stars: Nigel Terry, Cherie Lunghi, James Faulkner
Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

Vicky Barton visits Paris with her brother Johnny, only to discover the following morning he has gone missing and the hotel staff have no recollection of his presence.

Directors: Antony Darnborough, Terence Fisher
Stars: Jean Simmons, Dirk Bogarde, David Tomlinson
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

Story of an underground newspaper in Boston about to be taken over by big business.

Director: Joan Micklin Silver
Stars: John Heard, Lindsay Crouse, Jeff Goldblum
Anglo Saxon Attitudes (TV Mini-Series 1992)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

Three part miniseries about Gerald Middleton, an aging historian, who reflects on his youth, relationships (especially the one with his best friend's girl), career (shadowed by a scandal), and current issues, like his marriage and kids.

Stars: Richard Johnson, Douglas Hodge, Elizabeth Spriggs
The Fear (TV Series 1988)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The story follows Carl Galton, an ambitious leader of an outlaw gang, who wants to expand his criminal empire.

Stars: Iain Glen, Susannah Harker, Jesse Birdsall
Kiss and Tell II (TV Movie 1996)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

An undercover police officer must prove that a lonely man's missing wife was murdered.

Director: David Richards
Stars: Rosie Rowell, Peter Howitt, Daniel Craig
Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  

In 1968, a Czech doctor with an active sex life meets a woman who wants monogamy, and then the Soviet invasion further disrupts their lives.

Director: Philip Kaufman
Stars: Daniel Day-Lewis, Juliette Binoche, Lena Olin
Saint-Ex (1996)
Biography | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Poetic biography of author Antoine de Saint-Exupéry.

Director: Anand Tucker
Stars: Bruno Ganz, Miranda Richardson, Janet McTeer
Badger (1999–2000)
Drama | Crime
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Drama series about a police wildlife liaison officer and others who help him fight wildlife crime set in the rural county of Northumberland.

Stars: Jerome Flynn, Adrian Bower, Kevin Doyle
Cardinal (TV Series 2017)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  

Cardinal struggles to right past wrongs that could derail his investigation and end his career, as the case grows more violent and twisted, and the clock ticks down on the killer's next victim.

Stars: Billy Campbell, Karine Vanasse, Glen Gould
Baptiste (TV Series 2019)
Crime | Drama | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  

The mercurial detective, Julien Baptiste, on holiday in Amsterdam with his wife, assists in an investigation for his former girlfriend, the Amsterdam Chief of Police.

Stars: Tchéky Karyo, Tom Hollander, Anastasia Hille

Photos

Edit

Storyline

This show is set in the Complaints Investigation Bureau (C.I.B.), the department responsible for investigating other police officers, of London's Metropolitan Police [the British counterpart to the Internal Affairs Bureau (I.A.B.) of a U.S. city's police force]. The first two seasons had stories based around various different aspects of the darker side of the police, ranging from such topics as petty corruption, racism, and sexual harassment through to grand conspiracy, with some plot threads running through the season over several episodes. The series also dealt with the personal lives of it's less-than-clean-cut characters, particularly the womanizing lead character Tony Clark, and is also notable for its inclusion of a lesbian character in a major role. In the third and final season, the focus changed significantly, moving away from the police force to other areas of security and espionage. Written by <mcollins@nyx.net>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Crime | Drama

Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The series was nicknamed "Between the Sheets" because of the bedroom activities of lead character Tony Clark. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Comedy Connections: Drop the Dead Donkey (2006) See more »

User Reviews

 
Gripping drama
12 May 2009 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

Between the Lines is gripping police drama about the CBI investigating abuse of police powers and corruption within the force. The first remarkable thing is that BTL has a fairly unlikeable protagonist: womanizing career police man Tony Clarke who is really blackmailed into joining the CBI. He acts so irresponsibly in his personal life throughout the series that it is really difficult to sympathize with him (and he wears the worst fitting suits I have ever seen). On the other hand he is very emotional about his job and also really professional about it (unless his private life or hormones get in the way) in spite of the fact that he really hates his job. His team consists of bisexual Maureen Connell and veteran copper Harry Naylor whose wife develops a terminal illness in the second series. These three really complex characters really carry the show. The standard of writing is also fairly high. The stories are complex and satisfying which is not easy to achieve in a 45 minutes format. However, in the second season they become formulaic in terms of the CBI's impotence to deal with corruption in the force. You can't help wondering why they bother at all. Apart from the strong performances of the cast (with the possible exception of the rather one dimensional DCS Graves) the series also has some episodes that are visually very well made particularly the inteview situation. For 1992 the first season is also groundbreakling in its depiction of nudity as you see some full frontal shots of Clark's beautiful girlfriend and you see Jaye Griffith's bottom.


6 of 6 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you? | Report this
Review this title | See all 9 user reviews »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.
Edit

Details

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 September 1992 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Inside the Line See more »

Company Credits

Show more on IMDbPro »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(35 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color
See full technical specs »

Contribute to This Page

Free Movies and TV Shows You Can Watch Now

On IMDb TV, you can catch Hollywood hits and popular TV series at no cost. Select any poster below to play the movie, totally free!

Browse free movies and TV series



Recently Viewed